This post is intended for those who might be inclined to believe there is some reason behind the ‘accusations’ Bill Maher levels against God. Whether you believe or not – or maybe you are trying to figure it out – you need to understand that Maher is making an irrational assertion. There is no logic behind it at all, and I hope I can help you see this. That way, whether it affects your faith or not, at least you won’t make a decisions based on the madness of a man who believes he is actually on the side of reason. Here is the latest story I a long string of self-serving diatribes dealing with Bill Maher mocking God:
“A more psychopathic character you will not ever find in fiction. Just the idea that people worshiped the God of this Bible is insane. There is no more psychopathic mass murderer than God, so good luck with worrying that you picked the wrong religion, you’re going to suffer for it.”
OK, let’s deal with the assertion that God is a ‘psychopathic mass murderer’ first. To do that, we need to start with the assumption that God is Who and What He claims to be. Luckily, Maher has already implied this when he sets out the conditional, “If it is the God of the Old Testament…” So, Maher is granting that we are starting from the assumption of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses. The next thing we need to do is look at a simple definition:
1: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought
There you go: Bill Maher is making a false claim, and that makes it a fallacious assertion. If you do not know what that means, all you need to understand is that, if something is fallacious, it cannot be said to be rational. And if something is not rational, it is irrational. This is what Bill Maher is doing: making an irrational appeal. It is designed to appeal to the emotions of people who do not understand reason while making himself look good in the process. The idea is that he will sound smart to the ignorant, and thus, the ignorant will accept what he is saying and hold him up in esteem while – at the same time – assuming his argument means God cannot be real or, if He is, that God is a mass murderer. But let’s not stop here; let me explain Maher’s mistake.
We have already assumed that we are dealing with the God of the Bible (the Old Testament God is the same as in the New Testament). This means God makes the laws. He is the only source of what is and is not lawful. It also means God cannot make mistakes. He is perfect. Therefore, God cannot kill anyone without just cause; and if God cannot kill anyone unjustly, He cannot commit murder. It is that simple: God cannot murder, therefore, Bill Maher has just demonstrated that he is an ignorant, self-promoting mocker. And if he is not ignorant, then it is worse for him because he is intentionally trying to deceive others into rebelling against God. In either case, this also means that Maher has chosen to go to hell. Maher is damning himself – not God!
Now, let’s look at another mistake Maher is making in his reasoning:
Maher did acknowledge that it isn’t possible to be entirely sure that God doesn’t exist, but said religions just make up stories — something he believes is entirely wrong.
“So you know we don’t know the answers but the answer to that is not to make up stories. If you don’t know something, just say, I don’t know,” he continued. “That’s your gospel right there. The gospel of ‘I don’t know.’ I combined apathy and atheist, and I came up with apatheist. I don’t know what happens when I die, and I don’t care.”
If Maher actually ‘does not know,’ then it is irrational to embrace Atheism – as he claims – or apathy. Does one simply decide that the real world does not exist and, therefore, one will make no attempt to learn anything about it? If you believe that and actually try it, you are not going to survive very long. The world is real, and we must learn about how it works in order to sustain our lives. The same applies to God. Remember, we are assuming the God of the Bible is real – as Maher says – so we know that His word is true and He says that, if we seek Him – sincerely seek Him – we willfind Him. This is why the majority of those names we hold up as giants in the development of what we now call ‘the scientific method’ not only believed in God, they believed He made the universe so we could learn more about Him by learning how the universe works. But Maher does not tell you this, does he? And why not? DO you think he even knows the fathers of science were devout Christians? Or does he even care?
I suppose – if I could ask him – Maher would give me some excuse about how ‘science’ has ‘disproven’ God. If he did, my first objection would be to point out he is continuing to be irrational because he has already admitted we cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, but I doubt he would care. To him and people like him – those who see only their own greatness – ‘science’ has provided all the answers they need to reject God. But because they are irrational, they do not even understand that ‘science’ has done no such thing. If you doubt me, spend some honest time reading through these sites and the links within them:
There is much more evidence that speaks against a naturally generating universe and spontaneous life than there is that can possibly be twisted into supporting it, but those who deny God do not care. They would rather convince themselves that something can come from nothing, and that that same nothing can do something to create something else. The truth is, the entire universe screams to the existence and glory of God – just as the Bible claims. And this is why Atheists do not want ‘the science guy’ to debate evolution: because he will not have the answers to the many questions he will be asked. He will have to say he does not know or – as is all too often the case – he will make stuff up. And isn’t this what Maher said people shouldn’t do? So why does his side have to make stuff up to convince people that God is not real?
Look, seriously, believe what you want. Just understand this one point: Atheists have more faith than anyone who believes in God. Not only do they believe something they cannot prove and are not based in reason, they have to believe that things just pop into existence for no reason at all – a clear violation of Newton’s laws – the same laws these same Atheists claim as the reason for not believing in the first place.