God, not infinitely merciful.
I’ve spent a few days wondering what to write about the ghastly apologist nonsense that Al at Please Convince Me wrote about the Christian god handing out infinite punishment for finite wrongdoing, and I’ve come up pretty short. The whole thing is obscene, and not much else needs saying.
Got to give regular commentator both here and over at PCM, J C Birthner, some credit here though. Addressing the issue of god’s mercy he made the following comment –
Since I can forgive without the shedding of blood*, I put it to you that I am more merciful than YHWH, therefore YHWH is not infinitely merciful since there are those more merciful than he.
The idea that YHWH is still forced to punish people means YHWH is not infinitely merciful since the amount of mercy could be increased.
*“Indeed, under the Law everything is purified with the shedding of blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Heb 9:22
Absolutely brilliantly put. The theist position can be undermined so easily, can be shown to be disgusting so quickly, that there’s nothing much more to add.