From Thomas Aquinas and many other great philosophers (even Aristotle to some extent), we can determine that something infinite, something we call God exists.
But lately I have been thinking, doesn’t the world make a lot more sense from a deistic perspective?
- There is no problem of evil since God doesn’t really care for us, and just created us instead.
2.A lot of things in Christianity make more sense as a social construct for example :
a) We don’t need to justify polygamy in the Bible, it makes more sense if it was a cultural norm at the time
b) We observe that different cultures have different moral standards. If a God really imposed morality on us, wouldn’t we all have similar moral thoughts?
c) Regarding the controversial murders in the Bible we can just say it was written in the Bible to justify their war acts.
3. Don’t we believe that God wants all to be saved ? Doesn’t that also imply that he would also want for everyone to know the truth ? Why not show himself to other cultures not just the Jewish people then (Yeah I get that they were the chosen ones, but why have chosen ones but it makes more sense if that was just an ethnocentric view of the Jews )
4. I realise this might be a more emotional question but : If God uses evil for the greater good, what about epidemics ? I can see how sickness and death can be used to teach a lesson or for a greater good, but collective sickness does not generally lead that way.
5. I have seen someone say this on the forum before but, don’t we have a super low expectation of what a miracle is ? Like most miracles today are cures of sicknesses that had a low chance of succeeding ( but its still possible that they succeeded ) and there are very few miracles that we could actually define as such ( Fatima and maybe a couple of saint ones only to come to mind ) How can we know if a religious experience isn’t just us defining it as such
Any thoughts ? I would love to hear some opinions about this subject. Thanks !