I’m aware many of my readers are not Christians and I seldom write about religion. But please, non-Christians, don’t take this post as a religious rant. Look at it from a logical standpoint and consider it as a thought experiment.
The reason Stephen Fry thinks God is “evil” (if, as he qualified, He exists) is because he doesn’t really understand the Christian faith and because he is a massive Lefty. It’s a common enough mistake. The argument goes something like this: “If there is a loving God then why does XXXX happen?” Where XXXX is something horrible that happens in the world. War, cancer, famine, earthquakes, racism, UKIP etc.
The reason I think Lefties struggle with this so hard is because they already expect somebody else to look after them from the cradle to the grave, namely The State. So they are unable to imagine why God, in his infinite power and wisdom, would not choose to do so.
The answer is pretty straightforward though – free will. God offered Mankind the Lefty paradise of perfection; no disease, no pain, no death, no want of any thing. Mankind said: “No thanks, give me that apple!” Or womankind did anyway, and mankind grinned and was like: “Party time!”
I’m not really being frivolous. Lots of people spend a lot of time demanding that somebody else – often The State – look after their every need and get very upset when it fails to do so. Lefties are particularly prone to this. People on the right end of politics believe in stuff like personal responsibility, free will, individual choice, duty, hard work and the like. Once you have these things you will sometimes make choices that lead to mistakes and problems and woes. But you’d have to live through some period of massive state control to understand the value of that, warts and all. The dangers and problems of freedom can be terrible, tragic and miserable. But you still wouldn’t give that freedom away – unless you are a Left-winger or on the authoritarian right.
God isn’t “evil”, Stephen Fry, as any Christian will be quick to tell you. God just did the same thing most parents do, He stepped back when asked to do so and let his children, and indeed his whole creation, run wild. In the knowledge that whatever mess they made, as long as they lived their lives right they would spend eternity – which is a very, very long time, infinitely long – in paradise. God is Love, Stephen Fry. And if you love someone… you know what they say, right?