Because it's so dodgy...
This subject isn't black or white. It's gray. During an Anthropology lecture, a lecturer posed this question.
Did God create man or did man create God?
People who believe in faith would agree with the former while those who belive in the religion of science would probably go with the latter. We all know most religious faiths believe that God is the ultimate creator, but could it also be possible that man was the ultimate creator?
Man evolved from primates, became self-reliant and developed intelligence as life progressed. How is it not possible that they could have created God in a bid to relieve themselves of the burden of answering all questions and claiming full responsibility? With a supposed powerful supreme being who cannot be seen but can only be trusted, they have generally unloaded a huge amount of responsibility on God. During early times, famine, draught, sickness, death etc. were all blamed on God(s). But in reality, they could have very well been the faults of their own (or nature) and yet, man chose to shirk responsibility, knowing that they could blame it on God.
"God is, to me, pretty much an idea. God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions." - Seth Green
Personally, I think that the subject of God is truly the greatest conspiracy of all-time. Even greater, than some might say, the question of Jessica Simpson's intelligence. How is it that this iconic figurehead developed into a whole new separate doctrine and religion? Isn't it easier to place the blame of our wrong-doings on someone else rather than admit our own frailties? It's Psychology 101 really. C'mon. Even a movie star gets it.
Religion can be interpreted as a form of rules or laws that function to keep actions and behaviors in check. The Ten Commandments are quite like ten various codes of law. If you break it, you go to jail, or in this case, Hell. And God would then be like the head of Interpol or the FBI; ever watchful, ready to apprehend anyone who pushes the boundaries of the law. The Bible makes Him out to be compassionate, loving, vigilant, clever, and ever patient. But why would someone who is often deemed the personication of Goodness act in the way that He does? Two things that I'll just briefly comment on.
In Genesis, Noah and the flood
I understand that the men of Earth were corrupt and wicked. Yet what God chose to do in combating this problem was to basically, kill all of them, save Noah. Does saving one good man justify the killing of many wicked men? The world was probably in shambles, yet couldn't God, being the almighty authoritative figure that He is, choose some other way to fix the situation? Understandably, you cannot force something upon someone who isn't receptive to change. Had God chose to force his word on the men, He would have probably failed. Yet, why the harsh act of mass genocide? Killing women and children (especially). Is it not pure hypocrisy to kill tons of people then create a commandment that forbids one from killing another? Comparing Adolf Hitler to God could possibly create a huge controversy. But is that not what Hitler did as well?
The need to test His follower's faith
Repeatedly in the Bible, God creates dilemmas for his believers in order to assure their undying and unquestioning faith to Him. Actions of a paranoid megalomaniac? The poor guy (I forgot his name) was deluded into thinking he had to sacrifice his son for God. The Book of Job. All these are examples of common folk being put to the test just to prove that their faith in God is unwavering. If God is all powerful and omnipotent, shouldn't He already have been assured of their trust in him? The United States of America come to mind. The USA has constantly put pressure on it's allies to prove their undeviating support. While this may all seem like an act of diplomacy, it could also be interpreted as a way to exhibit the supremacy of the USA. All-powerful, USA is widely regarded as the forefront example of the triumph of liberal capitalism and democracy. Not much unlike God and his actions?
It's not that we're hardcore jaded cynics and skeptics. We just want some kind of indication. I mean, who doesn't? Take a look at the state of the world. Poverty. The success of disco music in the 80s. Abortion. War. Killings. If God created man, why did He let his own creations go about killing themselves? As the ultimate creator, He surely could have 'saved' mankind. I read in an article that God in these times, is playing the role of the patient father. Instead of choosing to punish us, He is merely observing our growth in the hopes that someday we mature and we learn our lessons after much trial and error. It's all fine and dandy and explanatory but it would really make more sense if unicorns existed and Simple Plan didn't. Surely, any father would not just stand back and watch his child self-destruct without some sort of intervention?
It's easy to say that what the world needs is more faith. What if we put God aside and start claiming 100% responsibility for our own actions? Maybe when we finally accept that all the shit that is happening are the by-products of our actions, it's possible that things would run a lot more smoothly. A lot more efficiently.
Or at least the lines in Malaysia's public government offices will.