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 Where is God in Japan?
March 20th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Finding faith amid disaster

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Around the world, people are still struggling to come to terms with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which have left more than 8,000 dead, thousands more missing and hundreds of thousand others homeless. The threat of a nuclear crisis only adds to the uncertainty.

In times like these, many people find comfort in their faith. But disasters can also challenge long-held beliefs. The CNN Belief Blog asked some prominent voices with different views on religion how they make sense of such suffering, where they see inspiration amid destruction and how they respond to people who wonder, “How could God let this happen?”

Rabbi Harold Kushner, author whose books include “When Bad Things Happen to Good People”

Whenever a disaster like this occurs, I go back to the Bible, to the First Book of Kings. Elijah, in despair over the situation in Israel, runs to the desert, back to Mt. Sinai to find the God of the Revelation to Moses.

"And lo, the Lord God passed by. There was a mighty wind, splitting mountains and shattering rocks, but the Lord was not in the wind. There was an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake."

To me, that is the key: the Lord was not in the earthquake.

Natural disasters are acts of nature, not acts of God. God cares about the well-being of good people; Nature is blind, an equal-opportunity destroyer.

Where is God in Japan today? In the courage of people to carry on their lives after the tragedy. In the resilience of those whose lives have been destroyed, families swept away, homes lost, but they resolve to rebuild their lives. In the goodness and generosity of people all over the world to reach out and help strangers who live far from them, to contribute aid, to pray for them.

How can people do such things if God were not at work in them to lend a counterweight to a natural disaster?

The Rev. Tesshu Shaku, chief priest of Nyoraiji Temple, a Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land sect of Buddhism) temple in Ikeda City, Japan

Buddhism is called a religion with no god. So we don’t think God caused this, according to the Buddhist way of thinking. We think of the law of cause and effect, searching for a cause. It is the same approach as science. The cause of this earthquake is the friction between the North American plate and the Pacific plate.

The Japanese are more focused on relationships as opposed to faith, feeling the pain of others. I have witnessed this at the time of the Hanshin Awaji earthquake. [In 1995, the Great Hanshin earthquake on the island of Awaji killed about 6,500 people.] There were many people who came to the affected area to help and volunteer.

There is a word, “earthquake children,” for people whose perspectives were affected by the disaster. They became very active in community service or became Buddhist monks. So people will be more spiritual, feeling the pains and joys of others.

The Rev. James Martin, Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine and author of “The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything”

For the believer, there is no satisfactory answer for why we suffer. Each person has to come to grips with that. It’s not as if some magic answer can be found. But the idea of God suffering along with us can be very helpful.

The Christian believes that God became human and that God underwent all the things we do. Jesus on the cross cried, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?” Christians do not have an impersonal God, but a God who understands what it means to suffer. People can relate more easily to a God who understands them.

Where is God? God is right there with the people who are grieving and sorrowful. In my own life, when I have felt great sorrow I have trusted that God is with me in this and that I’m not facing my struggles alone.

Oftentimes people become more religious in times of sorrow. They find that they are able to meet God in new ways. Why? Because when our defenses are down and we’re more vulnerable, God can break into our lives more easily. It’s not that God is closer, it’s that we’re more open.

Dr. Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances

These sort of natural disasters become the collective responsibility of all mankind to mobilize our compassion and resources to ease the pain of the people who have suffered.

This disaster is not the result of any sins of these people; we need to be clear that there is no belief that these victims “deserved” it for any of their actions. Rather, Muslims see these kinds of tragedies as a test from God. Muslims believe that God tests those he loves, and these tragedies also serve as a reminder to the rest of us to remain grateful to God for all our blessings and cognizant that we must support those in need.

These kinds of calamities should push us in positive ways. They should strengthen our faith in God and in his goodness. We attribute the things we don’t understand to his limitless wisdom and comfort ourselves that he is with us and he loves us, so there must be some meaning in what has happened, even if it is beyond our comprehension here at this time.

We are trained by our faith that every suffering, whether big or small, brings us closer to God’s mercy and forgiveness, to the extent that the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said, if you are walking and feel a thorn pierce your foot, you should know that even this little bit of pain brings you divine blessing and God’s forgiveness. These times of suffering give us an opportunity to demonstrate patience and faith, and therefore, become closer to God.

Every natural phenomenon challenges us as God’s trustees on this Earth, showing us that we should continue to study and explore ways of safeguarding humankind and all creatures from being subjected to this kind of devastation. It is the collective duty of all humankind to put resources in this and advance our understanding of how to respond to these disasters in a scientific way.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, writer and activist who founded the Unified Buddhist Church in France, and Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile

As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.

The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.

An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what’s most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: We can live in such a way that they can feel they are continuing to live in us, more mindfully, more profoundly, more beautifully, tasting every minute of life available to us, for them.

Sam Harris, author of books including “The End of Faith,” and co-founder and CEO of Project Reason, dedicated to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values

Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.

The only sense to make of tragedies like this is that terrible things can happen to perfectly innocent people. This understanding inspires compassion.

Religious faith, on the other hand, erodes compassion. Thoughts like, “this might be all part of God’s plan,” or “there are no accidents in life,” or “everyone on some level gets what he or she deserves” - these ideas are not only stupid, they are extraordinarily callous. They are nothing more than a childish refusal to connect with the suffering of other human beings. It is time to grow up and let our hearts break at moments like this.

The Rev. Franklin Graham,  president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief organization

I don’t believe God does want this to happen. I don’t think it was ever God’s intention.

We know that there are going to be storms in life. No matter what happens we need to keep our faith and trust in almighty God.  And I want the people of Japan to know that God hasn’t forgotten them,  that God does care for them and that he loves them.

We care and God cares, and we’re standing by them.

CNN's Carol Costello contributed to this report

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Belief • God • Japan

soundoff (1,886 Responses)
  1. ijreilly

    I hope God exists so when we meet I can punch him in the face, give him the finger, and walk my happy ass right to hell.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      How sad to see how ignorant you are! Your day shall come and you will indeed face God and the last thing you will do is just that. You will be too busy wishing you never disbelieved in Him while being a live now. I pray to God that you will open up your eyes now and stop being so angry and miserable instead.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  2. pajocoaz

    Here is an answer to everyones question..

    Their is a God but he is going to let you do whatever you want to do and believe whatever you want to believe. Some will find out too late that He is real, Some find out before they die, that is what is world is all about.

    So there you have your answers

    March 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Redeemed

      I see where your coming from but not what this world is all about lol.. We were created to have a realtionship with God but then that was ruined when Satan came about..Now brings us to whats gone to happen in the End theres a bigger plan..Its gone to be amazing. That relationship will happen.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      -> Their is a God but he is going to let you do whatever you want to do and believe whatever you want to believe.
      With that statement, you have basically stated that god is non-existent. Thanks for clearing that up.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  3. Incontinentia Buttocks

    As Eric Idle said of religious zealots. "When you stupid, there's nothing that can be done."

    March 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  4. brad

    God is EVERYWHERE.. just LIke God was around during 9/11, and all other man-made and Natural disasters.. God doesn't MAKE BAD things happen, HE ALLOWS life around us, and our choices in life to take their course.. and when God's needed, he's there showing mercy, forgiveness, and his LOVE , even during tragedy. In an upside down, Bad is Good, Good is Bad, Up is down and Down is up, Backwards moral world.. God will ALLOW anything to happen to get OUR attention. And sometimes, just sometimes... God Allows us a KICK in our COMPLACANCY, to realize how BLESSED we are, and how we should SHOW HUMILITY and HELP OTHERS, and Give to Others in need. Because it's ALWAYS to Give than to Receive... That's my .02 now I'm Broke

    March 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Redeemed

      Uhh...God is everywhere your right about that but realize that these things happen because of the sin of Adam and Eve. God is the same as He is even today. Hes not gone to go back on His word and say that the Earth is no longer cursed. Because of one mans responsibility we all suffer from it. When Adam sinned he gave the dominion we had over to Satan. Which means that it was no longer in mans control, but God then sent Jesus to give us back dominion. Which brings us to the point where we have the choice to Walk under dominion of God or to walk under bondage of Satan..

      March 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Redeemed
      @Redeemed
      Uhhhhhhh.........where have u been? adam and eve is already discredited as a myth. If u think that adam and eve us true, please clear up these contradictions for me:
      1. FACT: If a brother and sister have a child together, there is a high probability of that child suffering from retardation.
      Based on this fact, why isn't most of the world suffering from retardation if we all came from Adam and Eve?
      2. FACT: The first early humans were walking this earth 200k-500k years ago, and came out of AFRICA.
      Based on this fact, how does the Adam and Eve story hold up to such a vast error in timescale? God created the world in 7 days, and even if

      you say that 1 day = 1000 years, the number is still way off!
      3. FACT: The stars we see in the night sky are just other suns (some larger than our sun, some smaller). They were also formed BEFORE our sun.
      Genesis 1:3 says: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. <– This means that the sun was created.
      Genesis 1:16 says: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars

      also.
      Why did God make the stars AFTER our sun?? It contradicts FACT.

      With so many obvious flaws and contradictions, I don't understand why believers keep citing this Adam and Eve creation myth in Genesis.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  5. ohmy

    God has been there beside us but everyone is just ignoring him. Dont blame him because he is only reminding us that were forgetting our faith in him. These things happen for a reason. All we have to do is pray and believe in him because he knows what he is going to do. I dont get how people do not even thank him for another day that they are alive. All people do is blame when something is wrong. How about the good things that he has done? How can you forget? The things that he has done might not seem obvious but he does do something. Thats why he gave people the knowledge to know what to do so that they can help each other out. He does not help you directly but he surely does do something about it.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  6. Cheopa

    Who is this that question counsel without wisdom? Were you there when I laid out the foundations of the earth? Do you know where the warehouses of snow reside?
    When you have the answers to those questions, then come talk to me. Until then, close your pie holes and show some respect for the King of the world.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Read some books other than translated versions of the bible

      "close your pie holes and show some respect for the King of the world."

      Leonardo DiCaprio??

      March 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • hyades85

      Uh, well we DO know how the foundations of the world were set, and we DO know where the warehouses of snow reside. I can't tell if this is sarcasm. But quoting Job doesn't make your case. Not after god senselessly slaughtered Job's ten children and his servants just to settle a bet. So now we must have the right to question the almighty without being ground into the dust as Poor Job was. But then again, I shouldn't cast my pearls before swine.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  7. 29NPark

    Ahh CNN and the belief blog... Any article posted that contains the word "God" or "Religion" immediately draws the ire of every atheist and irrationally compels them to make some tired quip about the inadequacies of religion. It is almost as though the atheists who post here have been subjected to Pavlovian conditioning on a scale not seen before. Rather than trying to engage the piece with thoughtful dialogue or ignoring it all together, the posters seem to be slaves to there own idiosyncracies (wait a second, I thought the religious were the only weak-minded individuals in the world). This average post is so fraught with vicious tu quoque assertions that intelligent conversation becomes impossible. To actually view constructive dialogue I recommend you watch or read professional debates that involve people who have more training on the subject and on logic as a whole.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • Observer

      You ignor all the comments from believers who insist that atheists should go to hell. Works both ways.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • 29NPark

      While there is a problem of theists acting like God, their fault is seen far less often in this blog. If you need any evidence of this count how many times (in this article) an atheist has made an assertion as to the nature of religion or God and compare that to the number of theists.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Redeemed

      Im sorry guys that people upon them selves to judge.They have noo right at all..we as believers are told not to judge even by God. But even they themselves are humans and misinterpret things so have mercy on them..again sorry

      March 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  8. Wesley

    I like the ideas of buddhism a lot better than what so many Americans hold on to.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  9. Dr. Bombay

    The existence of God is not predicated on whether or not bad things happen to good people. The acknowledgement of God's existence can only come from very personal life experience. No person can ever prove to another the existence of a higher being. Either you've experienced God's existence (if you are patient enough to be still) through your own personal observations of cause and effect, or you haven't.

    I believe bad things happen to all of us at some point in our lives. The question is, when bad things do happen, where do you turn to for help? If good things always happened, then God would not be necessary. However, I believe, bad things happen to show that He IS necessary. He/She expects us to turn to the Creator, and not ourselves, for answers. God, like a father to his child, expects us to turn to Him/Her to acknowledge his glory.

    The Bible has a passage that says, to paraphrase, "Above all else, love one another." I don't believe we've met this very simple, yet high standard. In fact, we've taken major steps in the opposite direction. As a father of any child would, I would expect that my children turn to me in time of need. It, personally, makes me feel good when my son turns to me for assistance. I'm never more willing to sacrifice for him. However, if he does not turn to me in his time of need, I need to take steps get his attention. Sometimes that may mean letting him go through his struggle alone, at least for a time. Eventually, if he has enough wisdom, he wil turn to me and acknowledge my support.

    ...Just me, thinking inward...

    March 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  10. Read some books other than translated versions of the bible

    I am sick of people quoting the bible as their only shield against reason and rational thought. Proponents of a christian god always reference the bible and quote scripture as the foundation of god's benevolence and morality. Ok. Let's cherry pick another often overlooked gem of how we should behave as humans, from god's rulebook:

    (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)
    If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

    Apologists will say that "raping" was lost in translation... but does that change the nature of the transaction? Is the father still the pimp?

    THIS "BOOK" is the foundation of your religious morality and how we should behave? Not for me, thanks.

    March 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • 29NPark

      An inexperienced and fundamentalist understanding of the Bible you possess. People of every denomination read the Bible through different lenses but the uniting factor is that they comprehend each passage by looking at the model of Jesus Christ. The Bible had human authors and served different functions throughout its existence. Your particular passage is indeed a gruesome one, but one that is wholly immaterial to all but the most fundamentalist Christians. You seem like the same person who would interpret Moby Dick as a mere whale chase or The Brothers Karamazov as just a domestic drama.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • airwx

      And after 2000 years how many of your cherry picked quotes are still in effect? None. Personally I agree with your name....I prefer to research each verse for myself...something about "Be diligent (Study) and show thyself approved.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Rashad

      Hey before you say anything read the whole Bible.Its kinda funny everything that the Bible says has an answer to every question you have its your job to seek it out.Try to understand the whole marriage process of Jewish culture. And God loves you..Have a good day

      March 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Dr. Bombay

      You're quoting from the Old Testament. The New Testament supersedes this way of thinking. Seek wisdom and you shall find.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Dr. Bombay
      Oh, so because the old testament has TONS of uncomfortable and socially unacceptable verses, we are now to believe that the coming of Jesus in the new testament has automatically superseded the old testament???
      Do you even know why Jesus came to earth? Because adam and eve committed original sin and he came to die for us and give us eternal life. So the coming of Jesus IS connected to the old testament and we still have to consider it with all the uncomfortable stuff in it. Sadly, evolution shows that the adam and eve creation myth is FALSE, which means that there was no original sin and hence Jesus did not need to save us from anything.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  11. Dr Bombay

    The existence of God is not predicated on whether or not bad things happen to good people. The acknowledgement of God's existence can only come from very personal life experience. No person can ever prove to another the existence of a higher being. Either you've experienced God's existence (if you are patient enough to be still) through your own personal observations of cause and effect, or you haven't.

    I believe bad things happen to all of us at some point in our lives. The question is, when bad things do happen, where do you turn to for help? If good things always happened, then God would not be necessary. However, I believe, bad things happen to show that He IS necessary. He/She expects us to turn to the Creator, and not ourselves, for answers. God, like a father to his child, expects us to turn to Him/Her to acknowledge his glory.

    The Bible has a passage that says, to paraphrase, "Above all else, love one another." I don't believe we've met this very simple, yet high standard. In fact, we've taken major steps in the opposite direction. As a father of any child would, I would expect that my children turn to me in time of need. It, personally, makes me feel good when my son turns to me for assistance. I'm never more willing to sacrifice for him. However, if he does not turn to me in his time of need, I need to take steps get his attention. Sometimes that may mean letting him go through his struggle alone, at least for a time. Eventually, if he has enough wisdom, he wil turn to me and acknowledge my support.

    ...Just me, thinking inward...

    March 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  12. DoodleSheep

    The sooner we accept there is no god, the sooner we can move on.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  13. Crow

    This is sick.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  14. Steve Portaro

    I know where he is, the same place he has always been....in peoples heads and fantasies!

    March 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  15. Brandon

    God was lonely so he called home a few thousand people!

    March 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  16. PonyLover

    Go watch A Haunting in Connecticut on tv for those who have comcast channel 113. Listen to real hauntings and tell us what you think.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  17. Robo

    I am a follower of Jesus Christ and I have to say after perusing this thread I am saddened, appalled, and really disappointed in all of you who call yourselves Christians. Before you engage people, please keep in mind You have no idea the judgement coming your way. There is no greater demonstration of God in action than to love others. If it doesn't start there you have nothing.

    peace.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • airwx

      And the people of God said, "Amen"

      March 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  18. jda379

    This article is a perfect example of how religious clerics slide hands on situations like this. Either your "god" exists and is responsible for acts of "nature" which would be directly under his control. Or there is no god, and natural disasters are just that... natural. You can't have your cake and eat it too, Rabbi. No need to wonder "why" god lets things like this happen. Chaos spontaneously breaks the fragile order we conceive, there are perfectly good scientific explanations for it. No gods are required to figure things out.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  19. refugeek

    hell = senseless suffering
    heaven = senseless compassion

    March 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  20. Mike

    There is absolutely 0% objective information about God, that is why you need belief instead of intelligence. If you claim to know God exists or not, what characteristics said God has, etc. YOU ARE A LIAR. Plain and simple. What the world needs is more truth, not belief.

    March 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • Jarrod

      agreed. What I know is that the Catholic Church hindered the advancement in science, philosophy, art, physics, genetics, astronomy, etc, etc. for over 1500 years. Reason?? it goes against everything they stand for... and it may question a person's faith through truth and facts. BTW, if the 'believers' god is so great, understanding, compassionate, loving and caring, then why is it that non-believer's go to hell?? wouldn't this understanding god know that modern science would carrying a conflicting view to his existence, and that he would have compassion to their soul? What happens to the billions of people with a religion that does not believe in the Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church?? and plus, the story of Jesus Chris the epitome of plagiarism and every book within the bible is one that was written at least 300 years after his death. Not one first hand account of this man... not even a third hand account.

      March 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Ibelieve

      I am proud to call myself a Christian. I was raised in a Christian home by loving parents and my entire life is evidence of God's handiwork in my life. I've had my share of pain; my dad died of cancer at the age of 49. I choose to believe that God is using his death for his glory. I choose to believe that God is in control even when we cannot understand why or how He is working. Consider this: At the moment of human conception, there is a spark of life. And where does that spark come from? If there is no God, no reason for existence, and no plan for each human being, then life simply should not exist. God created life and this creation not because He needs it, but because He wanted to create it. The Bible says that Jesus stands at the door of every man's heart knocking–not barging in unannounced. God is a gentlemen, and for those who refuse to see Him or accept him, God will not push the issue. There is one more puzzling factor. If there is no reason for existence and life is nothing but suffering, why does the word "hope" appear in the human conscience? There is hope because Jesus has given a way. He died for all of mankind's sins through all ages at one point in time, and then he was buried, and then he rose again 3 days later. You may call me crazy, but I choose to believe this. If, as so many atheists suggest, that there is nothing after death, then I lose nothing by serving God. If, however, God is real and there is salvation through Jesus Christ, then those who don't believe in Him have everything to lose. I wish never to offend any person. I wish simply to give a testimony of God, and I stand firmly on my beliefs. Thank you for reading my post.

      March 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Edward

      You have 0% objective evidence for your claim. I guess we're in the same boat. Evidence will always be mediated through the mind and heart of a human being, therefore making it subjective at every turn.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Person of Faith

      "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." His name was Jesus. If you want to know anything about God, look at Jesus. Jesus was born into this world so that you might know who God the Father is. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." If you want more truth, you want Jesus, because He is Truth.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Rashad

      Hey if God does theres no information about a God that exists
      Where do we come from? What went wrong? How do we fix it?
      If you look at nature it shows very much that there had to be a creator...something cant appear out of nothing

      March 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Cason

      "If there is no reason for existence and life is nothing but suffering, why does the word "hope" appear in the human conscience"

      Who said life is nothing but suffering? You live a miserable life if that's all you think there is. And "hope" isn't just "hope" for the "perfect". Hope can be hope for the simplest thing, such as a cookie after a long day at work. We can understand that easily. It isn't a complicated idea.

      Your entire paragraph is riddled with stuff like this. You are making claims with no substantiation.

      Oh, "And God is a gentleman"? No. The biblical God would be defined as a psychopath if he happened to be human. A gentleman he is not.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Cason

      ".something cant appear out of nothing" And God is? Nothing? Well I'm glad we agree.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Person of Faith

      Jarrod, the Bible says the God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence. It says that God's creation is evident to all, so all may believe in a Creator, even if they have never heard of Jesus. True science does not conflict with Christian faith. Isaiah speaks of "the circle of the earth." So the Bible declared that the world was round when most people still believed that the world was flat. As for the billions of people who have never heard of Jesus, God does not judge them by what they do not know, but by what they do know, which is that there is a Creator, and that they have a conscience, and can choose to follow their conscience or not follow their conscience. When people are really searching for the truth, they usually find it. As for the accuracy of the Bible, it states at the beginning of Luke, that what is written is based on thorough research and eyewitness testimony (Luke 1:1,2).

      March 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • chris

      I agree that religion has hindered our progress to advance technology and humanity. I also believe that the world needs intelligence and logic, and stop believing that god with come down and clean up the mess that greed made on our planet.We had more than enough resources to live life to the fullest before fossil fuels, before nuclear energy and most certainly before money! We must simplify our issues together as 1 world and learn to work together to make it a safer , cleaner place for all, rather than set out to destroy it so we can drive a ferarri or fly in our own private jet.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • whitecat

      my dad died of cancer at the age of 49. I choose to believe that God is using his death for his glory.

      Please, with all respect, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? I would truly like to understand. I accept that you believe it. Please explain to me how this young father's death glorifies God.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • 29NPark

      Cason: your understanding of the cosmological argument is sadly naive. If I were to put it in a nutshell, God exists outside of the universe and being extremely powerful created the universe and every property we assign to it including time. Because time is subject to God and not the other way around, God does not have a beginning in time. God is also generally posited as being self caused in the same way the number 2 is self caused. I recommend you read some papers by William Lane Craig if you want a more detailed case.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • HeIsGod

      Mike, if you don't believe in God, it's okay, it will not affect us who do believe, we will just pray for your soul. I am sadden to see that Satan has deceived you 100% and if you don't believe me, that's okay too, you will see it when you die, but I just hope that you will open up your eyes before you die.

      March 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Person of Faith
      -> "True science does not conflict with Christian faith."
      Yes it does. Evolution is a FACT and true science and it directly contradicts the adam and eve creation myth. We did not poof out of thin air but we and apes are descendents of a common ancestor.
      Here's another true scientific fact for you to ponder: The stars we see in the night sky are just other suns (some larger than our sun, some smaller). They were also formed BEFORE our sun. This is a fact, agree?
      Genesis 1:3 says: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Isaiah speaks of "the circle of the earth." So the Bible declared that the world was round when most people still believed that the world was flat.
      He speaks about the FLAT circle of the earth, akin when u go up to a mountain top and look 360 degrees, you realize that the earth is a flat disc. He DID NOT say that its a sphere, and there is a specific word in hebrew to call it a sphere, but he did not use that, he chose the word that means a FLAT disc. Sadly, even the divine Jesus did not know that the earth was a round sphere, which means that Jesus is not god. How did I discern this u ask? Simple: Remember during the temptation in the desert, when Satan took Jesus to a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the earth? Obviously both Jesus and Satan and the biblical authors who made up this story did not know that the earth was round. No matter how high a mountain I take you to, you cannot see all the kingdoms of the earth because the earth is round. Jesus who u consider god was not aware of this simple fact. How can someone who u attribute a god status to not know that the earth is round??
      -> As for the accuracy of the Bible, it states at the beginning of Luke, that what is written is based on thorough research and eyewitness testimony
      Ok, i promise i wont laugh at this statement. Science shows that the "thorough research and eyewitness testimony" of the bible is flat out wrong! If you can answer my questions posited before LOCICALLY and RATIONALLY, then i will concur that thte bible is "thorough research and eyewitness testimony"

      March 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
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