How many times have you or a non-believer you know been accused of “hating god” by some religious zealot? And how many times as the response been something like, “I don’t hate God, because I can’t hate what doesn’t exist.” While perhaps not the first time this was used, what has made this line of thinking popular was the film God’s Not Dead. In 2014, Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman wrote the film God’s Not Dead. The film pitches a Christian college student against an atheist philosophy professor. After the student refuses to write an essay explaining how God is dead, the student and the teacher begin a debate on God’s existence. Despite the factual evidence the teacher gives to disprove the student’s faith, he is utterly defeated when it is revealed he “hates God” and the student proves that one cannot hate what does not exist and therefore, since the teacher does hate God, he proves God exists. The Christians win the day and prove their God is real. Only one problem. Neither the student nor the writers seem to understand what existence really means. This semantic argument presented in God’s Not Dead is intellectually inaccurate and atheists and Satanists need to stop allowing the religious to use this line of thinking, as there are plenty of reasons to hate the almighty, none of which validate him in our reality.
Let’s take a moment to analyze what their side is saying. Atheists and Satanists only believe what they do because they secretly hate God, and one cannot hate something without proving that it does exist, because you can’t hate, or have any emotion towards, what does not exist. And in that last point, they are right. It is impossible to even conceive of something that does not exist, let alone have any strong emotions towards it. Since I hate God, he does indeed exist. Just not in the way Christians like to think. God exists in the same way Harry Potter or Captain America “exists.” They exist in our universe as fictional characters within a creative narrative. Ask yourself: how many people have said they hated Prince Joffrey on Game of Thrones? Does that mean that the land of Westeros is real and that the undead once walked the earth as white walkers? No. It just means you hated a particular character in a work of fiction.
Despite this very easy dismissal of their so-called “winning argument” multiple non-believers, surprisingly enough, will concede to them this point. Non-Believers consistently allow the other side to twist the narrative, playing along by giving public statements and interviews telling how they can’t hate God because of this same incorrect view of existence the religious spout. And they always say it so smugly, as if they just gained a major win for the Atheist Agenda. What they really did was surrender the definition of existence to the religious. We have prominent Atheists repeating this concession throughout social media and other platforms, with even High Priest Peter Gilmore echoing these sentiments, most notably in my mind during his interview on the previously affiliated podcast The Devil You Know, in which he stated this position almost verbatim, showing how widespread this semantic fallacy has become.
What giving in to their view of the world does is rob us of the ability to properly express our disdain of this religious narrative and its central character of God, and this disdain is well earned. We could go on and on about the atrocities of the Christian God, from the horrors of the Old Testament, to the weakening of the human spirit in the New. The stories within this fiction were designed with the carrot and stick mentality in mind. The Old Testament held punishment and torment for those who disobeyed the Almighty’s every whim, while the new testament offered the kindly Christ incarnation of our main character to assure people of all the good things to come if they just did everything he told them.
“Just fear me, love Me, do as I say, and I will be your slave.”Jareth, “Labyrinth“
Putting all of that aside, the writing itself is just awful. The plot makes no real sense, the stories contradict each other constantly, and the characters are unlikeable and uninteresting. There is no wonder why every attempt at adapting the Bible to a more modern storytelling involves adding and subtracting material in order to not only keep the audience entertained but also stop them from seeing the ridiculousness of the source material. Even when you have some of the greatest artistic minds of the age working on them, the idiocy of the religion still bleeds through.
Now there may be those of you reading this and wondering, “What’s so important? Why is this semantic squabble necessary? Perhaps we should just ignore this development and work to promote our own side.” I thoroughly disagree for a number of reasons. First, hate is a necessary human emotion, one that has been shunned by white-light religions. By allowing the religious to take existence, we in turn must then play their game and abandon our justified hatred lest we “prove their point.” The second point is more select to Satanism. It is commonly held that we must regularly check ourselves for these fallacies and falsehoods or else they will begin to lead us onto a path of greater self-deceit. Inaccuracies are infectious and ultimately corrupting. As the Doktor himself said in The Satanic Bible, “Belief in one false principle is the beginning of all unwisdom.” Allowing even one falsehood to penetrate our minds, no matter how small or inconsequential it may seem, wrongs only grow. One can easily see how this small concession is already forcing us to change our mindsets and deny our emotions towards this cult mythology. We cannot let the stupidity of inept filmmakers be allowed to corrupt our ideals and principles just to play their game. We are Satanists! Unlike other non-believers, we refuse to stoop to the levels of Theists. We’ll play by our own rules. Don’t like it? Find a different opponent.
We shouldn’t let ourselves be boxed into playing the game by their rules. The only reason they think they can get away with this is some idiotic filmmakers put it into a bad movie. You are more than free to hate God and we all know there are more than enough reasons to do just that. If you feel that hatred and disgust for this obnoxious mad redeemer, feel free to shout it from the rooftops! Or keep it as your own private fuel for your rituals and personal taste. Just don’t feel you need to surrender your feelings about the mythical sky daddy. Hate him, love him, ignore him completely, he’ll be just as fake as he was before.