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(This is not a case completed argument. It is just a sketch I may get back to)

A common argument against the existence of the God of the Bible contends this God is mere wish fulfillment: you wish for such a God and so pretend he exists.

This contains (at least) two arguments.

1 God does not exist just because you wish he did

2 A God for whom you wish conforming to your wish is evidence God does not exist

Thinking of this second argument

A Why wouldn’t God correspond to human desire? Would it be illogical for God to create human beings that would feel their way towards him and find him? Acts 17:27

B Does the God of the Bible actually look like a bare wish fulfillment? He is at least as upsetting for human culture as any wish could entail?

C (I do not know who originated this response) Just because a sailor on a raft wishes for land does not mean land does not exist.

There is then an irony in the use of this argument. Sometimes the argument is used by one who also contends that the God of the Bible does not exist because that God does not conform to *my* expectations. This brings us to point 2b, above.

If the Christian proposition of Fall and Redemption is true then a God who conforms and unsettles is what should happen. The relationship between humanity and God is – to use a modern idiom – “complicated”

The true wish fulfillment God would be one who happens to confirm one’s present culture: a god who confirms me. But the Christian God says take up your cross,

Be crucified to the world, put to death “what is earthly in you.” That is an odd wish (especially since the last command comes immediately after the instruction that asceticism is not profitable Col. 2:20-23)