When most people here the name Nobel, they think of the Nobel Prize. There are actually six Nobel Prizes given out annually for outstanding achievement, in physics, chemistry, medicine/physiology, literature, economics, and the most famous – peace. The Nobel Prize is funded by the will of Alfred Nobel who made his fortune as the inventor of dynamite. Concerned about his legacy, he created the prize to acknowledge positive accomplishments and to leave behind a legacy beyond that of a “merchant of death”.
Many people responded to my first post with what I labeled the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” defense. Here is where God can take a look at what Mr. Nobel did. Dynamite is not intrinsically good or bad. It just is. Dynamite can be used to blast through a mountain and establish a tunnel that may save people a lot of time (good). It can also be used to blow people up (bad). Nobel realized the destructive capability of his invention and wanted to encourage people to do good things with the proceeds.
God allegedly created the world and allegedly commanded his prophets to worship Him. The arguments I’ve seen come back to me is that religion isn’t bad, it’s being manipulated to do bad things. I’ve said, consistently, that God created religion and religion is His responsibility. Seems to me that it is very much like dynamite. The good side is treat other people the way you want to be treated and whatnot. The bad side is kill those who don’t agree with you.
OK God, I’m talking to you now. You need to set up an annual contest to reward humanity for outstanding achievement. Take some responsibility for your religion! Otherwise your legacy turns into this (brought to my attention by my friend, The Kiwi):
Of course, I don’t believe God exists (and if He does he is evil). If you want to turn to the Bible for reasons God would never follow Nobel’s example, look no further than Genesis 11 aka The Tower of Babel (great blog by the way). Turns out if you read the story, this wasn’t God punishing man’s pride. It was about God preventing us from working together and progressing as a culture. Seems like God doesn’t want us to advance as a species. He likes us ignorant and fighting against each other.