Religion was invented when the first con man met the first fool. ~ Mark Twain
Someone who is trustworthy in a small matter is also trustworthy in large ones, and someone who is dishonest in a small matter is also dishonest in large ones. ~ Luke 16:10
Christianity is founded upon the idea that God is trustworthy. That is its central claim. If God is not trustworthy then Christianity is false. But there is no proof that God even exists, let alone that he is trustworthy. So the first question is, what do Christians mean when they say that God is trustworthy? Here is a typical example from Christian artist and author Richard Gunther:
Have you ever had this experience? Someone tells you they will be coming to see you on such-an-such a time, so you stay home and wait, but they don’t come. On top of that they don’t even ring to tell you they are not coming, and when you see them they don’t apologise.
Reluctantly, I have to say that this has happened to me so often I almost expect people not to come! And this frustrating event goes for many Christians too . . . sad but true.
I have learned that people are unreliable. They cannot always be trusted. Christians are sometimes even worse than non-Christians when it comes to reliability, and of course this should not be!
But there is something else I have learned – God is always reliable. Every promise He makes is trustworthy. He is never early or late. His timetable is faultless, and we can always expect to happen what God says will happen.
When Christians say that God is trustworthy, they are clearly talking about the ordinary kind of “trustworthiness” that we expect when we go to the doctor or dentist or put our money in a bank. The Bible is filled with exhortations to trust God in this manner. Here are a few of the more famous examples:
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~ Proverbs 3:5
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. ~ Psalm 37:5
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. ~ Psalm 118:8
Thus said the LORD: Cursed is he who trusts in man, Who makes mere flesh his strength, And turns his thoughts from the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 17:5
This is the central teaching of the Bible - God is supposed to be more trustworthy than any human. Preachers have been preaching and believers have been parroting this blatant absurdity for two thousand years. The claim is utterly delusional. If the Christian God were only half as trustworthy as the average dentist there would be no question about his existence! It would be trivial to prove that God exists if he were actually trustworthy in any meaningful sense of the word. Christians speak gibberish when they say that God is trustworthy. The word is utterly meaningless when applied to God.
Christians are brainwashed to believe and to declare that God is trustworthy no matter how untrustworthy he actually proves to be. It’s madness, pure and simple. Nothing could be more obvious. Imagine going to a dentist who is as trustworthy as God. What are the chances your tooth would be fixed? Imagine flying on a plane which is as reliable as God. What are the chances you would survive? Imagine giving your money to a bank as trustworthy as God. Would you ever see it again? How then can Christian claim that God is more trustworthy than any person or thing?
This is why we know Christianity is false. It drives believers to assert absurdities that are literally delusional. The more God is proven to be untrustworthy, the more the believer will declare not only that he is trustworthy, but that he alone is trustworthy. They utterly empty the word of any meaning whatsoever. And when this fact is pointed out to them, they cannot see it. It doesn’t matter how clearly the truth is explained, they will not see that they are speaking gibberish.
There can be no conclusion but that central doctrine of Christianity is a strong delusion. The only way Christians can maintain the idea that God is trustworthy by denying the very meaning of the word. Consider this advice from a believer’s blog post called Is God Really Trustworthy? Do you Really Trust God?:
Lost your job? You child is rebelling? Received a bad report from the doctor? It’s only a matter of time…until God will come through. Right? Right!
Let’s test our “trust quotient.” How do you know if you’re trusting God? Here are four possible ways:
Real Trust Means:
- No timetable
- No fixes
- No worry
- No control (of mine)
Now let’s think about this for a minute. Let’s apply this definition of trust to a doctor.
- No timetable: Your child has a burst appendix. You rush to your doctor’s office. The secretary tells you the doctor knows all about the problem and that you should take a seat and wait. You wait for a few hours as your child slowly dies in agony. You tell all your friends that your doctor was the most trustworthy doctor you have ever visited. The death of your child only proved how trustworthy he really is.
- No fixes: You child is dead. You praise the doctor as the most trustworthy doctor that ever lived.
- No worry: You sat in perfect peace watching your child writhe in agony, knowing the doctor was perfectly trustworthy.
- No control (of mine): The doctor does nothing, you have no control, your child dies. You praise your doctor and recommend him to all your friends and family.
I used the death of a child because that is what this delusion leads to in real life. Parents who trust God to heal their children end up with dead children and manslaughter convictions. It’s happened many times. This is what happens when anyone actually believes the delusional Christian dogma that God is trustworthy.
How is it possible that anyone could believe something so obviously delusional and contrary to reality? There are two primary explanations. First, the religion is based on the idea that blind faith is a virtue. That’s why John has his Jesus say “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” And since faith is the only way to please God, the virtue of believing grows in direct proportion to how strongly it contradicts reality. I talk about this problem at length in my article The Art of Rationalization: A Case Study of Christian Apologist Rich Deem.
The Ultimate Delusion: Though he slay me, yet I will trust in him.
When Christians are challenged by the fact that no one can actually trust God for anything in any given situation, they typically respond with the non-sequitur that “God has answered many prayers.” Even if that were true (it is not, it is an illusion created by confirmation bias), it would not mean that they could actually trust God to answer any specific prayer. Prayer would still be a total crap shoot, and the thing about crap shoots is that they cannot be trusted to give a desired outcome.
When pressed, the believer will say that it is absurd to expect God to answer all our petty prayers. His ways are higher than our ways, and he knows best. They imply that God actively allows all the evil in the world that destroys the lives of his people because it is actually “for the best” in the long run, and we simply can’t see it from our limited perspective. I’ve watched William Lane Craig put forth this argument. The problem with it is, of course, that it presents God is an inscrutable and implacable force, functionally equivalent to Fate that cares nothing for us in the here and now. Sure, we’ll understand it all in the sweet by-and-by, but here on earth our fate is indistinguishable from that of anyone or anything else. We are on our own and cannot rely on God for anything.
Finally, when cornered by reality, they will pull out the proof text that reveals the ultimate root of their delusion – though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. (Job 13:15). What could that mean? For what are you “trusting” from the person who slays you? This verse, as understood and applied by Christians, is the ultimate admission that God cannot be trusted for anything in this life. At best believers can hope, they can pray, they can plead. But they know they cannot trust because God is not trustworthy. And as it turns out, neither is their Christian translation of the Hebrew Old Testament!
The proof text is a completely misleading error of translation. There is no hint of any “trusting God” in spite of his inscrutable but just decision to slay a believer. On the contrary, in the 13th chapter Job speaks of God as a terrifying judge before whom he will present his “legal case” even though it is likely that the judge will have him killed. He says he will “have his say, come what may” and that he knows he is risking his life when he dares to present his case to God. Here is how the Jewish Publication Society translates it:
13:11 His threat will terrify you, And His fear will seize you.
13:12 Your briefs are empty platitudes; Your responses are unsubstantial.
13:13 Keep quiet; I will have my say, Come what may upon me.
13:14 How long! I will take my flesh in my teeth; I will take my life in my hands.
13:15 He may well slay me; I may have no hope; Yet I will argue my case before Him.
13:16 In this too is my salvation: That no impious man can come into His presence.
13:17 Listen closely to my words; Give ear to my discourse.
13:18 See now, I have prepared a case; I know that I will win it.
If only Christians had such a devotion to truth! The irony is sharp. The ultimate proof text of “faith in God” is itself a blatant fraud, a deliberate false translation tailored to satisfy the demands of the customers (Bible believers – so committed to truth?). The only reason translators follow the ancient error is because there would be a lot of complaints if they corrected it. Believers are devoted to their delusions.
There are those who scoff at the schoolboy, calling him frivolous and shallow: Yet it was the schoolboy who said “Faith is believing something you know ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain