Sock-Puppet Deity

A post on Evangelical Realism concerning How God Really “Works” is a prime example for how people try to tie normal human activity to acts of a supernatural deity. It references a story about a professor who states “God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you exactly 15 minutes.” Of course nothing happens until a Marine steps up and knocks him down. The Marine calmly replied, “God was too busy today protecting America ’s soldiers who are protecting your right to say stupid stuff and act like an a$$. So, He sent me.”

Evangelical Realism has an excellent rebuttal for the whole thing discussing something I’ve brought up many times. Acts of God are simply just acts of humanity attributed to the wrong person. Prayer is just hope given over to the supernatural and hope doesn’t result in any real actions unless we decide to act. The blog post ends with a great summary of this:

This is the secret. This is how God really “works” in the real world: somebody thinks they know what God ought to be doing, then they sit there stewing about it because God’s obviously not taking care of the matter, then they jump up and do it themselves, then they claim that God ought to be given credit for having gotten the job done. A classic case of sock-puppet deity. Rather pitiful, really, but so long as God persists in failing to show up in the real world it’s the best Christians have to offer.

Mr. Anonymous And Probably Fictitious Marine, I salute you. You may have acted violently, ignorantly, and unjustly, but you at least gave us a clear demonstration of how Christians perpetuate the delusion that God actually does things in the real world.

2 thoughts on “Sock-Puppet Deity

  1. Its funny because i tell people to BE the Prayer all the time. What i mean by that is i tell people that a lot of the time you are the answer to someones prayer. Everyone whats God to do something magical or mythical to prove himself. God i need some new shoes so magically make some appear whenever i wake up in the morning. My question to us is what if that is what God has called Christians to do? What if his people are to do his work. That does not mean that God is just lazily hanging out in heaven sippin on some tea but what if his real work is to put the idea of helping people into the hearts of his people. I have a prayer that i pray often. God let people see you through my life. Help me to be the prayer in someones life. I think you just hit one something big… how God is really seen (through his people)

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