What would it profit a man to placate a silent and inscrutable God, yet lose his humanity and family in so doing?
More to the point - what parent would ask such a sacrifice of their own children?
Religions on the whole are rife with variants on the same principle - The Creator building the world out of blocks, not liking the end result, breaking everything down and starting again.
This is a Creator that demands immutable perfection and dependence, requiring his constructs to pay homage.
But then there's this whole thing about God the (strict) Father.
As a parent, it is always, always my goal to ensure my children develop their independence. I don't want to tell them why they need me - I want them to go forth and confidently create on their own.
It's more than a little ironic that questions like this are being raised at a time when the world over, people are questioning their confidence in government as unassailable leader. It's a movement we've seen before, but this time, it's even wider-reaching.
Which is why I wonder sometimes if we've got things backwards.
When the Master's work is done, the people say: "Amazing, we did it all by ourselves!"