Big Problem with "God's Plan": Determinism
I recently listened to a debate between Dan Barker and Todd Friel.
Friel argued at one point that God has numerous emotions. Anger, Happiness, Sadness, etc.
Now Barker didn't argue the way I'm going to...
But if God has a fixed plan that he's known for eternity, then how could he possibly have emotions?
ARGUMENT 1: GOD HAS NO EMOTIONS
Premise 1: Emotional states require time. That is, if you at any point in time, exhibit one emotion, that emotion exists for a certain period of time and is then replaced by another emotion. You cannot be happy, sad, or angry for eternity or "outside of time."
Premise 2: In order to have an emotion, one must be a temporal being, that is, he must be "inside time."
Premise 3: God is an atemporal being. That is, he exists outside of time because the universe supposedly requires an "eternal" creator.
Conclusion: God cannot have emotions because he is an A-temporal being. (If God is temporal, the cosmological argument is false, and the entire contigency for God's existence is annihilated.)
ARGUMENT 2: THE ALLEGED "GOD" IS A COMPUTER PROGRAM, not a loving "father."
God is a machine. He is deterministic. He is a robot. Everything that is happening right now is part of "his plan." For good, bad, whatever, God doesn't change his mind because everything is falling in line according to his plan that has already been laid out. So when Christians tell you that God is angry about your sins or that he is happy when you are doing good deeds, they REALLY mean that you are following rules in a type of computer-like program that is entirely impersonal and uncaring. IF good, THEN heaven. IF bad, THEN hell. Bad = not following 631 rules. Good = following 631 rules. God is not a sentient, intelligent being that loves you; he is a computer program!!!
ARGUMENT 3: GOD CANNOT CHANGE, BUT THE BIBLE SAYS HE DOES, THEREFORE THE BIBLE IS FALSE
Premise 1: In order to CHANGE, you must be a temporal being.
Premise 2: God is an A-temporal being.
Conclusion 1: God cannot change.
Premise 3: In the Bible, God shows a rainbow to Noah after the "Great Flood" to show him a promise not to smite down most of the Earth's inhabitants ever again.
Premise 4: The God of the Bible changed his mind about humanity after the "Great Flood."
Conclusion 2: Since God changed his mind in the Bible, he is either INSIDE time (temporal) or the Bible is false.
Conclusion 3: The most rational answer due to principles of contradiction is that the Bible is false and there is scant logical reasoning for even supposing that an impotent deistic God exists.
REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM.