I’ve seen this picture around the internets a few times, mostly reposts on /r/atheism, but after a friend sent it to me for a laugh, it struck me a little differently.
Haha, it’s funny because we are so small and God(if he exists) is so big, why is he bothering to tell us not to masturbate? It is such a stupidly small thing to care about in the grand scheme of things. Ipso facto, the idea of God is ridiculous because he must not really care about the important things in life. Hahaha. I get it.
But if you think about it another way, the straw man example created to poke fun can be used to show how deeply God cares about humanity. Whatever you believe about masturbation isn’t the point here, replace that instruction with “don’t lie”. It’s the same thing for the purpose of the image. While God is so so so so so so so SO much bigger than us, our galaxy, and the observable universe, He takes time to instruct us tiny things how we can better our lives. Tiny things that seem insignificant to us but can impact the way we live and interact with others. He does this in addition to handling all the other “big time God stuff”. He cares about our issues, big and small.
And it is strange to me that my friend is incapable of seeing this side of it. Anyone who looks at this image and doesn’t really know the impact of what a loving God can have in their minute life really can’t see anything else. Both perspectives start with the same precept, a God infinitely larger and complex than we are tells us how to conduct small parts of our lives. Some people stop there and call it meaningless and stupid, while others look to see if there actually is some meaning behind it.