“All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (New York: Harper Perennial, 2006).
This is something that I have always questioned. Why does God give us, some more than others, such severe hardships, yet we worship them. At that point, are we worshiping them for ourselves or out of fear?