I asked a question a few hours ago to get opposing views in attempt to have a discussion, but noone denounced the claim. I am writing this to see what y'all think, and to get y'all to think in another way than you normally do. I am not judging any person for their faiths, I am merely questioning those beliefs... So with that being said, let me begin with my thoughts. (in addition, I do not mean to single out the christian god here, but that is the religion I know most about)
God is a tyrannical dictator. When hearing this many react with shock. How could god be a tyrant or a dictator? I think this is a result of people not thinking objectively about what the bible claims god to be, or what religion tends to portray him as. Many people think that god and jesus are love incarnate, but are they? That is what I will be explicating/ denouncing in this. There are two things that make me believe this, the first being the idea of a being with absolute power that does not allow for free will, and the second being that this god can (and does) punish absolutely for thought crime.
Firstly, the free will issue. When I tend to broach this subject with theists they say that their god does allow for free will. I have two problems with this, the first being more of an emotional argument and the second (more important) being a logical argument. The first problem I have with the idea of free will is that theists tend to act as though god offers us absolution for our sins (which I will ignore for now, maybe mention later) at no cost to us! We are free to accept or reject the absolition given to us by the torture and gruesome murder of jesus. This is simply not true though, what does the bible say happens if one rejects this claim, this absolution? The bible says you will be tortured for an eternity in hell. That does not sound very free to me. If my father were to say, "You have free will, choose to do what I say or I will burn you alive." I would not feel very free to make that decision. However, emotional arguments do very little for me, because of this the logical argument is more important to me. The bible says that god knows the future, this absolute knowledge of the future by definition refuses us the possibility for free choice. If the future is written in stone (as it must be if god KNOWS it), then we are not free to choose a path that is contrary to that future without god losing his omniscience.
Secondly, god is accountable to no one. His word is law, and if we disobey we are severely punished in this life and the next. These crimes are not even as kind as human law. In our laws you have to commit an act to be punished, but in the bible you do not have to commit a crime to be punished, you merely need to think of it. This is totalitarianism defined! "We know what you are thinking, and we can punish you for it!" If this is not a despotic tyrant I have no idea what could possibly be considered as such.
Those are my thoughts! If you made it this far I appreciate you giving me your time! I look forward to you presenting your thoughts and rebuttals if you have some. Thanks in advance!