Mostly I liked that title. I actually want to write about: where is god?
So... it doesn't seem that god has done anything in a while.
Sure, there are anecdotal stories about god's intervention. But I've written before about how god's interventions does not happen to come along in the majority of cases.
And, of course, we're told that bad things are all god's wrath. Seriously, Japan, god has tolerated your low crime rates and refusal to engage in warfare long enough!
I think god's greatest show of power must be his amazing ability to influence events without ever leaving a statistical fingerprint. Run an analysis on earthquakes, and they seem to occur randomly along stressed fault-lines. God sure is clever to kill a lot of nice people, and occasionally hit barren wilderness. We'll never be able to tell that the earthquakes were related to him at all!
In addition, god sure is sneaky when he miraculously saves as many heathens as Chrisitians, while allowing most Christians who have contracted terrible diseases to die, just like everyone else. The fact that he conceals his hand in all of this is incredible... you'd think there would be some kind of pattern if these things were deliberate.
You know what one of the most fun passages of the Bible is? 1 Kings 18:26-27
The priests of Baal and Elijah have a mountain-top showdown to settle once and for all who's god is the real one. The Baal guys dance and sing and cut themselves, and nothing at all happens. Elijah makes fun of them while they do this:
"Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked."
After this, Elijah douses the sacrifices and prays, and the fire of god comes down and burns up not only the animals, but all of the water and the stone altar. Pretty persuasive, no?
But wait! Where the heck is that god now? Hunting? Sleeping?
Or maybe we need to get with the times: he spends all his time on World of Warcraft!
Or Minecraft (if that's the case, I'm very Christ-like).
Seriously, where is the guy? Remember how the Mormon church started on the principle of "God is not silent?" The whole continuing-revelation thing?
And yet, nothing significant has been said for decades by modern-day "prophets." It's all basically the same as it was, doctrinally, as the way Brigham Young left it. Sure, we get a couple more tiny bits of D&C after this, but it's really nothing new.
Pretty much, god is dead. He does nothing. He can't even get the "faithful" to all be on the same page!
I think it's time to stop waiting for god to fix things for us. Maybe we should give up on the jerk until he decides he'll start being consistent (or even just apparent).
Damn, I get sick of the self-righteous we-know-everything attitude of some of the religious folks around.