Why Does God Suck at Being Our Nanny?

by Philip Jonkers

Silly (and forbidden!) rendition of God as a harsh "nanny"

It is impossible to think that the universe is run by a wise, just, and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. If such a board actually exists it operates exactly like the board of a corporation that is losing money.”~ H.L. Mencken

It’s tempting to think that way yeah. God however, is anything but a control-freak and out of love and respect for humanity he is not here to act as our harsh little nanny, holding our hands at every step of the way and immediately spank us if we deviate from a narrowly defined spectrum of allowed actions and acceptable behavior.

God wants us to live and learn freely, i.e. that we do not have the feeling that some overly paternal being constantly breathes down our necks. The fact that he is omnipotent does not make him want to neurotically meddle into our affairs. He only intervenes if we explicitly request his assistance through intercessory prayer and then only if it fits God’s intention. God should not be mistaken to be some sort of ueber-Santa Claus.

If God were a control freak then he would ultimately be fueled by fear and insecurity, which is impossible since God has nothing to fear from anything or anyone.

It is a typical human fallacy to blame God for the things that go wrong in the world, this is for instance the deplorable incentive to curse and swear.

The world is ruined by the human ego. God is not to blame for the actions we decide on doing based on our “free” will. Rather it is the widely prevalent fear-driven incompetence and irresponsibility of people that is the causal factor of the misery and suffering in the world.