I was listening to Penn Says (a podcast from Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame), and in one of his episodes, he posed a rhetorical question to make a point, that I’m actually taking more serious than I think he intended.
His question was, if god asked you to kill your child, would you do it?
(This can be “god” in whatever form you believe god exists, as jesus, allah, FSM, etc)
(And you can be asked by “god” in any form, that doesn’t matter, it could be a burning bush, jesus himself coming down from the sky, spelled out in a bowl of spaghetti-o’s, whatever)
Assuming that you do not know WHY you’re to kill your child, only that “god” ordered it, would you go through with it? I’d also add to this, if you would, is there something, anything actually, that under some circumstance you would NOT do it, if asked by “god”?
I’d REALLY like to hear your answers, and much more importantly, your reasons for those answers.
For the sake of full disclosure for those who are coming to here for the first time; I am an atheist, if that makes any difference in your view of this question or this blog (as it seemingly does for some).
(As a small aside, a friend of mine who is a believer refused to answer the question on the grounds that a good and just god would never demand such a thing. Apparently he has never read the bible, specifically the story of Abraham and Issac, which while not a perfect replica of this situation, is more than close enough to put this scenario into the realm of possibility.)
For those interested in following more opinions on this subject, I have also posted this question in another forum at the JREF and Rodibidably. For those interested, I’d highly recommend checking out the JREF post for a very good discussion on this subject from a number of perspectives (although it does get a tad sidetracked a few times).