I came across this article @ desiringgod.org. It’s about  a 2007 interview that Parade magazine did with Brad Pitt,where he shares why he doesn’t believe in God.

Pitt was raised a conservative Southern Baptist. For a while, his religion worked. But not for long.

Religion works. I know there’s comfort there, a crash pad. It’s something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright in the end. It works because it’s comforting. I grew up believing in it, and it worked for me in whatever my little personal high school crisis was, but it didn’t last for me.

Why not? He points to the ego of God.

I didn’t understand this idea of a God who says, “You have to acknowledge me. You have to say that I’m the best, and then I’ll give you eternal happiness. If you won’t, then you don’t get it!” It seemed to be about ego. I can’t see God operating from ego, so it made no sense to me.

Here are John Piper’s thoughts:

God is infinitely wise, just, holy, strong, and good. But God’s command that we see him for what he is, and be glad about it, is the reason Pitt found God unintelligible. God’s god-ness has always been the main problem.

There is an answer to the seeming egomania of God, and his demand that we embrace him as the supreme—and supremely satisfying—Treasure of the universe:

Reason #1 — He is supremely valuable and supremely satisfying.
Reason #2 — Receiving him as such is the only way we will find full, everlasting joy.
Reason #3 — Therefore, his demand that we do so is love, not egomania.

Pray for the thousands of Brad Pitts to see that God’s demand for worship is a demand that we enjoy what is supremely enjoyable.

About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

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  1. Robert says:

    John Piper doesn’t seem to have grasped Brad Pitt’s objection. If indeed God is “supremely valuable and supremely satisfying”, and “receiving him as such is the only way we will find full, everlasting joy”, then there is no need for a demand whatsoever. The reward itself should be sufficient reason. That there is a demand in addition speaks to the egomania Pitt pointed out.

    It’s actually worse than that, for not acceding to the demand earns you eternal torture. Thus, our compliance is actually being forced. If someone showed up at your door and said, “I demand you love me, or I’ll blow your brains out”, really, what choice do we have? Such is the tact utilized by megalomaniacal dictators…and certain gods.

    Love is not demanded, but earned; not forced, but freely given. This is why Pitt objects to gods like the Christian god as incoherent.

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