Can’t you see I’m burning?

“Job finds himself confronted with a world ruler of grotesque primitiveness, a cosmic cave-dweller, a braggart and blusterer, almost agreeable in his total ignorance of spiritual culture. /…/ What is new for Job is not God’s greatness in quantifiable terms; that he knew fully in advance /…/; what is new is the qualitative baseness. In other words, God – the God of the real – is… a capricious cruel master who simply has no sense of universal justice. God-the-Father, thus, quite literally doesn’t
know what he is doing, and Christ is the one who does know it, but is reduced to an impotent compassionate observer, addressing his father with “Father, can’t you see I’m burning?” – burning together with all the victims of the father’s rage. Only by falling into his own creation and wandering around in it as an impassive observer can god perceive the horror of his creation and the fact that the he, the highest Law-giver, is himself the supreme Criminal. Since God-the-demiurge is not so
much evil as a stupid brute lacking moral sensitivity, we should forgive him because he doesn’t know what he is doing. In the standard onto-theological vision, only the demiurge elevated about particular reality sees the entire picture, while particular agents caught in struggles get only partial misleading insights; in the core of Christianity we find a different vision – the demiurge elevated above reality is a brute unaware of the horror he is creating, and only when he enters his own creation and experiences it from within, as its inhabitant, he can see the nightmare he fathered. (It is easy to discern in this vision the old literary motif of a king who occasionally dresses up as an ordinary man and mingles with the poor to get the taste of how they live and feel.)

Some Thoughts on the Divine Ex-sistence Slavoj Žižek

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