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'Religion has the best %[email protected]* story of all time'

It takes both courage and talent to stand up in front of fellow human beings and make them crack a smile, and at the same time keep it clean. George Carlin was well-known and loved for what is often known as “black humor,” as well as having routines on politics, religion and various other taboo subjects.

George was a devout atheist. However, like almost every atheist, his concept of God was unbiblical.

He said, “Religion easily has the best %[email protected]* story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there’s an invisible man … living in the sky.”

That would be equivalent to me mocking the existence of the President of the United States by saying that a three-headed man with four legs and six arms lived in the White House. I don’t know any Christians who believe that God is “an invisible man living in the sky.” God is nothing like a man.

Perhaps he had that thought because the Bible says that God made man “in His own image.” However, that simply means that God created us with the attributes of His own character. Man is unique in creation because he has a sense of justice and truth. We spend billions of dollars each year to set up court systems to see that justice is done, and we build prisons for those who transgress the laws we enact.

We have other unique attributes that separate us from the animal kingdom. A dog may wag his tail, but he has no evident sense of humor. If you disagree, tell him a funny joke and see if he cracks a smile. Neither does he of his own volition tap his foot to music, appreciate the splendor of a sunrise or the beauty of a flower. He thinks, reasons, plays, and has the ability to communicate, etc., but he isn’t aware of his “being,” as are we human beings. By that I mean that “To be or not to be” isn’t the big question for a dog. But for a human being to be (to live) or not to be (to die) is the biggest of all questions.

After creating his non-existent man in the sky, Mr. Carlin said that this man “watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.”

No doubt the routine produced the desired laughter, but it was just a routine. It wasn’t based on truth.

The Bible does say that God has a list of Ten Commandments, and those who murder and rape, and transgress His perfect Law will suffer punishment in a terrible place called “hell.” But to say that there is no ultimate justice is to say that Hitler and every other mass murderer got away with murder. Such a thought makes God unjust, when He is both just and merciful to all who call upon Him for mercy. So I guess atheism, in the minds of some, conveniently deals with that whole dilemma.

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