Fellow sufferers, the theists want us to believe that we, human beings, are the object and end of creation. That we are created in the image of an incorporeal god who loves us but has no qualms sending us to eternal torment for not saying a few our fathers and not being generous with our earned cash to those self-proclaimed messengers of this said deity.
Many tomes have been written to discredit this idle belief. I have written several times that among the animals, we fare badly and our only redeeming feature is that we are laughing animals.
Jean Meslier says it in a more succinct way than I could. Please tell me if this is not a gem?
Man, charmed with his own merits, imagines that it is but his own kind that God proposed as the object and the end in the formation of the universe. Upon what is this so flattering opinion based? It is, we are told, upon this: that man is the only being endowed with an intelligence which enables him to know the Divine nature, and to render to it homage worthy of it. We are assured that God created the world for His own glory, and that the human race was included in His plan, in order that He might have somebody to admire and glorify Him in His works. But by these intentions has not God visibly missed His end?
1. According to you, it would always be impossible for man to know his God, and he would be kept in the most invincible ignorance of the Divine essence.
2. A being who has no equals, can not be susceptible of glory. Glory can result but from the comparison of his own excellence with that of others.
3. If God by Himself is infinitely happy and is sufficient unto Himself, why does He need the homage of His feeble creatures?
4. In spite of all His works, God is not glorified; on the contrary, all the religions of the world show Him to us as perpetually offended; their great object is to reconcile sinful, ungrateful, and rebellious man with his wrathful God.