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Is Anne Lamott right that, "You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."?

Asked by ETpro (34469points) December 23rd, 2010

I found this a particularly pithy quote and wanted to share it. I also wondered, as Christmas approaches, if theists find it off-putting or will tend to see it as true. I’d appreciate everyone’s candid thoughts on Ms. Lamott’s aphorism.

Whatever your take on her words, happy holidays to all!

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kess's avatar

Men do create gods for themselves in their own images, possesing what soever qualities they desire.

But there is one who is the Father of Truth.
With sons exactly like Him.

liminal's avatar

I really like Anne Lamott, but there is more than one person who finds her off putting. I’m like her though: a theist who has no problem saying this and agreeing. I would even stretch it to say “hates and likes”.

ETpro's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir & @kess Thank you.

@liminal I think your expansion is valid—and that there is nothing in the quote that denies God, just false concepts we might form about God. Thanks.

whitenoise's avatar

I love that one and will use it. Great quote.

and thank you for introducing me tot he word pithy :)

Paradox's avatar

As a theist I believe there are the manmade “religious” Gods invented for no other purpose than to spread propaganda. One major turn off from the Abrahamic “Gods” to me is the fact that faith seems to be more important than works. The “real” God, at least to me would not adhere with any religious belief system so in the end to me we are all responsible for our actions while alive and no Saviour, Allah or repenting will “save” you from the universal law of cause and effect resulting from our actions/inactions while “alive”.

In a sense though I think I can agree with your op. I think, especially when it comes to religious stereotyping about God. I probally dislike religion more than most atheists believe it or not.

ETpro's avatar

@whitenoise Going through life without that word would have been a pithy pity.

@Paradox Thanks. Nice perspective.

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