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Atheist Confuses Watchful Heavenly Father with Spying Big Brother

Some contemporary atheists are arguing that even belief in God is not so much like the child's comfort blanket; it is like the child's nightmare. Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, put it like this:

I think it would be rather awful if it was true [that God exists]. If there was a permanent, total, round-the-clock divine supervision and invigilation of everything you did, you would never have a waking or sleeping moment when you weren't being watched and controlled and supervised by some celestial entity from the moment of your conception to the moment of your death … . It would be like living in North Korea.

For Hitchens, God is The Ruler, and so must by definition be a Stalin-in-the-sky, a Big Brother. And who in their right mind would ever want such a being to exist? But the triune God is not that God. Hitchens, clearly, had it in his head that God is fundamentally The Ruler, The One in Charge, characterized by "supervision and invigilation." The picture changes entirely, though, if God is fundamentally the most kind and loving Father, and only ever exercises his rule as who he is—as a Father. In that case, living under his roof is not like living in North Korea at all, but like living in the household of the sort of caring father Hitchens himself wished for.

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