Imagine a drowning man out to sea. He is splashing and waving and yelling for help. Near the man is a small boat and on that boat is a man in a blue and red leotard with his underwear on the outside and a giant “S” on the front; Superman.
Superman throws a rope out to save the drowning man, but the drowning man is panicking and cannot grab, or even see the rope. Superman sits by and hopes the man will take the rope but he isn’t really invested in the situation and won’t fly over to save the drowning man. In the last moments, in trying to save the drowning man, Superman yells “if you don’t take the rope, you’ll die”.
One can only suppose one of two things: that was not Superman and the assumption we had that Superman could have flown over and saved him was wrong, else it was Superman and he just didn’t care to save the drowning man. If your average Christian apologist is correct we are born drowning with Superman at our side offering us a rope that we can’t see, and then being told that it’s our fault.
For those that don’t like metaphors, Superman is God and drowning is being in a world full of natural things that cause suffering. The rope is salvation through accepting the quasi-sacrifice (he comes back to life) of Jesus Christ to absolve us of our responsibility. Our panic, so far that I can see, if the average Christian apologist is correct, is our critical thinking and moral sense.
I didn’t say we were born being kicked by Hitler; this has nothing to do with human freewill. Our drowning is earthly disease and natural disasters and famine etc. The Genesis account of the Fall caused our drowning. When Adam first sinned he brought great evil into the world, and every generation today must live with that. We are drowning in the legacy of a sinner.
It wouldn’t make sense to call this ‘unjust’ or ‘immoral’ if this was the natural way of things, blind and without knowledge. But that is not the world the average Christian apologist asserts. The world is actually at the whims of God, who could remove the Fallen state of Earth and abolish this suffering and stop us drowning in the legacy of a long-lost relative. God could fly over and save us.
God clearly hasn’t done that.
We are still drowning. So we can assume that if God could, but hasn’t, saved us that He simply doesn’t care to. But the average Christian apologist says that God is all loving, so He must care to. But He doesn’t do it. But He can do it, and wants to do it. But He doesn’t. I can’t make all three of these facts true, but the fact of our suffering is evidential.
The average Christian apologist tells us of our offer of salvation; God helping us while never actually stopping us or the ones we love from drowning. If we believe that the temporary death—by murder—of Jesus Christ is a good thing. This is our publicist-inspired, half-assed rope of salvation.
We are blind to see this offer, I agree with the average Christian apologist on this point. I cannot see how a human sacrifice is a good thing. I cannot see how a murdered human being is someone who I can throw my responsibility, or Adam’s responsibility, on to. I cannot see how the temporary death of one person is more important than the permanent death of everyone else. I cannot see what I need to see to be saved. That’s not my fault.