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‘League Of Gods (封神传奇)’ is a way too creative retelling of the fictional 16th century Chinese classical novel (封神榜), sometimes translated as ‘Canonisation Of The Deities’ or ‘Investiture Of The Gods’. Why? Because the original material is already intriguing enough! Depicted in the style of Greek mythological ‘Clash Of The Titans (2010)’ and ‘Gods Of Egypt’, we see familiar ‘all too human’ gods and demons, albeit with super powers, in rivalry with one another, with their magnified human faults and virtues. In Buddhist culture, the story would resemble that of demonlike asuras battling with heavenly devas.

Incidentally, in Eastern culture, there is no emphasis on any god claiming to be a perfectly virtuous and capable creator in an all-rounded way. This does not mean that religions that traditionally subscribe to belief in the existence of one [1] perfect, [2] all-good (omnibenevolent), [3] all-knowing (omniscient) and [4] all-powerful (omnipotent) creator god will make sense. Using the Bible itself as a scriptural reference (New International Version), we can investigate this… 

[1] Is there a perfect creator god? Genesis 1:27 says, ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ However, we just need to look at ourselves physically to realise how fragile and flawed our body is, being so susceptible to ageing, sickness and death, to see its thorough imperfections and limitations. Mentally, we can also recognise how we torment one another with greed, hatred and delusion. Thus, there is instead an imperfect creator god, who created us, his creation, in his own imperfect image, or more simply, there is no perfect creator god. (Some would say that unenlightened writers of the Bible created an imperfect god in their own imperfect image.)

[2] Is there an all-good god? Exodus 34:14 says, ‘Do not worship any other god, for the Lord [God], whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.’ Ironically, Corinthians 3:3 says, ‘You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?’ Ironically, together, these quotes mean that the God in question is not godly; but still thoroughly worldly, since he is the very essence of jealousy. Even we as imperfect but reasonably sensible humans, would agree that jealousy is clearly a misgiving. How can a god with a clear misgiving be good? Isaiah 45:7 says, ‘I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord [God], do all these things.’ Not only is this God not good enough, he is supposed to create evil and suffering. Thus, there is no omnibenevolent god.

[3] Is there an all-knowing god? Genesis 22:12 says, ‘”Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he [an angelic messenger of God] said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”‘ God supposedly stopped Abraham from killing his son as a sacrifice for him despite himself asking for it earlier. This was to check if Abraham would follow his orders loyally. This means God did not even know if a human was loyal to him, what more about all beings, matters and things. Thus, there is no omniscient god.

[4] Is there an all-powerful god? Judges 1:19 says, ‘The Lord [God] was with the men of Judah. They took possession of the hill country, but they were unable to drive the people from the plains, because they had chariots fitted with iron.’ This means despite all of God’s blessings on their side, God was not able to empower humans to overpower iron chariots, what more of much greater obstacles in our midst? Thus, there is no omnipotent god. 

In conclusion, in the context of the Bible with the above references and reasoning, a [1] perfect, [2] all-good, [3] all-knowing and [4] all-powerful creator god does not exist. Not only does the god not have all of these ‘godly’ attributes, he is described to have none of them. As a standalone non-scriptural logical proof, if there is a being with all these attributes, this world ought to be eternally perfect since its ‘creation’, with all the ‘created’ only having goodness and wisdom, without a single trace of evil or suffering. Alas! This not so.   

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