To me, this all draws back to a larger issue: either there is no God, and things like murder, pain, and suffering are allowed to happen, or there is a God, and he allows and accepts such things, in which case, I wouldn't want to accept Him.
If you have the power to make a difference in this world, are you not cheating those around you by choosing to do nothing? If so, then that brings me to my next point: presuming that God is, in fact, "real," He has greater power than any other being. And yet, he does nothing.
Many say that mankind is making its own choices, thanks to God's "loving" gift of freedom of choice, but really, did I choose to live in this world? No.
I wasn't asked. No one gave me a choice. If they had, I think I probably would've said no.
And yet, I'm here. I'm forced to suffer in the Hell that mankind has, according to religion, created for itself, that could've been fixed had they considered God's word, and there's nothing I can do about it. Suicide sends one to Hell, does it not? Then I guess I'm out of options.
So, if I didn't choose this, why should I be forced to deal with it? Someone could walk into this room as I'm typing this, and put a bullet through my head. Did I deserve that? Did *I,* personally, make any decisions that led to this state of the world? No.
In my opinion, that means that God should've stepped in, and put a stop to it.
And yet, it is clear that God does nothing, if he exists, and in the future, that most likely won't change.
To me, that shows that God Is Not Great, in the words of one author.
Your question could be mimicked in several forms: Why would I accept God if God doesn't accept gay people? Why would I accept God if God accepts suffering? Why would I accept God if God accepts murder? And so on..
Ehh. Sorry for the rant. To answer your specific questions:
1. How would one know if God actually has a/no problem with gay people?
That's just it. It's impossible to know. We have the Bible, and yes, that speaks against homosexuality. But really, can we prove that the Bible is the word of God? No. In fact, if there were a God, I would find it highly unlikely that He was exactly as portrayed in the Bible. There are just too many contradictions -- over the course of time, logical stories were probably morphed by word of mouth into amazing miracles of which the Bible and other religious texts tell. So, when it all comes down to it, no one really knows, and personally, I don't accept the Bible as a source of good reputation.
2. If He did have a problem with gay people, why would I want to believe in him?
That's my point in what I said above. Personally, I wouldn't. I'm an atheist, therefore my views are of course rather biased, but if there were a God of such homophobic tendencies, I wouldn't accept him. It doesn't matter if I'm not gay, because there ARE gay people, all around us. In fact, I could've been born gay. As far as I'm concerned, people are born gay, if they in fact are, and it's just a matter of chance.
3) What is God's purpose?
I think that, if God is in fact real, he would have no purpose that could be pinpointed by those here on Earth. Something so great would have more a purpose than molding a person. He / she / it / both / neither would mold *life.*
Atheist, but I tried, anyway.
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