My point was that god can't help but be personally involved with his created beings, including humans. This involvement on god's part is as personal as it gets, because without god we and everything else would not exist.
I don't understand why you believe a Creator must be personally involved with it's creation. One action does not cause the other as far as I can tell. .
You portray god as a nutty professor that blew up his lab with a big bang and thereafter was reduced to nothing more than a passive observer of all subsequent events. I'm saying the converse, that god has and probably will continue to interact with humans on a personal level. I base that assertion on my own experience of god and the idea that god's personal involvement is paramountly expressed in our very existence which he caused. What do you base your assertion on?
No, not a "nutty" professor, rather I see "God" as an intelligent, powerful entity which is emotionally removed from it's creation. I'm also basing my assertion that this Creator does not interact with humans on a personal level on my own experience, in addition to what I consider to be predictably obvious non-involvement in the world in general.
...evil is nothing more than a natural consequence of action and inaction or cause and effect. Everything from a broken blade of grass to a starving child is a consequent experience or condition, nothing more. I know that may sound cold and insensitive to the starving child or cancer patient, but I'm simply trying to call a spade a spade. It would be hopelessly optimistic to suppose we humans will never be confronted with experiences that we believe to be detrimental or painful. It is we humans that have bestowed upon these "bad" experiences an evil connotation worthy of eradication. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with labeling certain things evil and wanting to rid ourselves of those evils; I'm simply saying that evil is inherent to our existence solely as a product of our consious minds. We do not live in a world with evil because god doesn’t love us or want to be personal with us, it's because we are finite beings living in a world of infinite possibilites. If god had somehow affected our evolutionary development and prevented us from developing concepts of good and evil we would be in a worse state. We would have been confronted with the same "evils," but we would have been bereft of the means to identify and overcome those evils. We would be intellectual and moral zombies doomed by our ignorance. Now that's evil.
Okay then, so you're saying God does not create or define evil/goodness and that he is completely objective when it comes to morality? If right and wrong are only concepts of our human brains, then we are the only judges of what's good and bad. This explains why there is so much diversity between different societies and cultures when it comes to moral issues over the ages. You assume "God" gave us the ability to develop concepts of good and evil, while I see that as a natural evolutionary process without assuming the involvement of a God.
Our concepts of good and evil may guide us morally and may help define us as a species; but, those concepts cannot prove or disprove a loving god any more than can concepts of beauty or ugliness. They are simply concepts invented by man, with evil having the distinction of being the most maligned by the majority of rational thinking people.~Jimminy
Those concepts cannot prove or disprove a God, but I think they disprove a "Loving" God since people suffering in sickness, pain and agony is not a mere human concept the same as labeling beauty or ugliness.
But I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. Sorry for making you feel like I was hitting below the belt.