Oh there are those that would argue that it is the free will of men that have allowed such things. They believe on a saturated level the almost insistence of God, a god or divine being. Yet, it is this insistence that provides for some of the most horrific malefaction against mankind. The recent murder of James Foley by the ISIL criminal goup provides for nothing more than the exhibition of a criminal mind twisted by the insistent belief of a God.
Insistence: the act of demanding something or saying something in a way that does not allow disagreement
Unfortunately, insistence is not belief nor would it ever be considered as belief by any divine being, god or God. Though the acts of both the religious and the insane feign at belief without knowing of their insistence.
Belief: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true.
There are about 4,200 religions in the world. Roughly one deity for ever 240 million persons in the world.
Often God, god or a divine being is described as being omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power) and omnibenevolence (perfect goodness). But if God is omnibenevolent and perfect in goodness why did this divine entity allow itself to be invented or even revealed? A perfect goodness God or deity could not let themself be used by mortal man in such brutal justifications as very often are found throughout the centuries of religious killings.
If you listened to Albert Einstein professing Spinozian beliefs in that the deity is seperated from us in action but found in the surroundings in the order of the universe and nature. This Spinozinian deity exists around but does not act upon or with man. Man is left to his own devices.
Such thought as Baruch Spinoza’s pushes the idea that the deity is only visible in the surroundings but does not interact with man. This thought allows for the divine discovery but not divine intervention. The deity can be detected by man in the surroundings of his existence. Mankind cannot be held accountable for detecting an order that implies a deity.
But mankind can be held accountable of his invention. Man’s invention that he is a follower following the deity. Man admires God.
Man is often is described as made in God’s image by Christian thoughts. But in reality God is often invented in with an insistence by man’s image of himself as a deity.
The picture of the young woman with a teeshirt that says God + Me = Infinity in all it’s innocence of devotion and empowerment actually invents for the individual a level of invincibility or diving power.
While mathematically, with the deity being infinite and man being some finite number adding will always equals infinity, in this thought there becomes a connotation of equality with the deity. It defines an equation that the deity is not completly infinite without a “me”. Man invents a completeness of the divine in his actions.
This invention is seen time after time in historical references. God was seen on both sides of Great War as on their side. Wars can be “just” in the name of the deity. War is the result of sins by man against the deity. The Christian kill the Jews and Muslims in God’s name. The Muslims kill the Christians in God’s name. Christian’s kill Christians in the Protestant era of Europe. Muslim kill Hindus on the order of 80 million in the conquest years of 1000 to 1500 A.D. The Jews killed Samaritins in 128 BC to stop the conversion of Jews. The Serers in Western Africa have been killed and persecuted since the 11th century by those doing the work of the deity.
As Thomas Jefferson pointed out that some men of God invent God to their benifit. This furthers from corrupton into religious justification for acts of horrible levels.
Religious persecution: the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.
In all these acts it is man’s invention of himself as being God’s equal. Man in forcing or changing the world to match the understanding or belief of the deity that he himself has.
If the deity is not able or not willing to act on behalf of itself but only placed order in universe of nature as Spinoza believed, then one can forgive the deity for not taking a hand in the criminal nature of man against his neighbor. But if the deity takes action within the existence of the universe and active participation the actions of man in either approval or direct intervention, then one would have to ask the question of why man is allowed to create reasons and invoke the deity as that reason in such atrocities? Why has God allowed himself to be equated in the manner by man’s belief of equality in this invention?