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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. gawill1234

    Where was God?
    A) Who the hell cares?
    B) How is this question news to anyone but CBN (as opposed to CNN)?

    March 21, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  2. mehmet

    Look at the living creatures revolving in this flowing universe, in these flowing beings! You will see that on each are many seals placed by the Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent One. One of them is this: a living creature, for example, a human being, is simply a miniature sample of the universe, and a fruit of the tree of creation, and a seed of the world, for he comprises samples of most of the realms of beings in the world. It is as if such an animate being is a drop filtered from the whole universe with an extremely fine balance. That means, to create it and be its Sustainer, it is necessary to hold in the grasp of one’s power the whole universe.

    Thus, if your mind is not submerged in delusions you will understand that to make a word of power, for example, a honey bee, a sort of minute index to most things, and to write in one page, for example in man, most of the matters in this book of the universe, and to include in one point, for example in a tiny fig seed, the programme of the mighty fig-tree, and to display in a single letter, for example in the human heart, the works of all the Divine Names which are manifest in the pages of the macrocosm and encompass it, and to make written in the human faculty of memory, which is situated in a place the size of a lentil, writings enough to fill a library, and to include in that tiny faculty a detailed index of all events in the cosmos, is most certainly a stamp particular to the Creator of All Things and peculiar to the Glorious Sustainer of the universe.

    Thus, if one seal out of many Dominical seals on living beings displays its light and makes read its signs thus, if you were able to consider all those seals at once, and see them, would you not declare: “Glory be to Him Who is concealed in the intensity of His manifestation!”

    March 21, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  3. mehmet

    Look at this garden of the universe, this orchard of the earth; look carefully at the beautiful face of the heavens gilded with stars! You will see that on each of the artifacts spread out and scattered over them is a stamp particular to the Creator of All Things, and on each creature a seal special to the Maker of All Things, and on the levels of being written on the pages of night and day, summer and winter, each published by the pen of power, are inimitable, illustrious signatures of an All-Glorious Maker, an All-Beauteous Creator. We shall now mention a few of those stamps, seals, and signatures by way of example:

    For example, of the innumerable stamps, consider this stamp out of many placed on life: "He makes everything out of one thing and makes one thing out of everything." For He makes the innumerable members and systems of animals out of a fluid and also out of simple water which is drunk. Thus, to make one thing everything is surely the work of One possessing Absolute Power. And One Who transforms with perfect order numerous substances from the uncountable foods that are eaten, whether plant or animal, into a particular body, and weaves from them a particular skin, and makes from them simple members, is surely One Powerful over All Things, and One Knowing of All Things. Indeed, the Creator of Life and Death administers life through His wisdom in this workshop of the world through such a miraculous commanding law that to carry out that law and enforce it is particular to One Who holds in the grasp of His power the whole universe.

    Thus, if your mind is not extinguished and your heart not blind, you will understand that what makes one thing with perfect ease and order, and makes everything, one thing in skillful fashion with perfect balance and order, is a stamp particular to the Maker of everything and a seal special to the Creator of All Things. For example, if you see that together with weaving a hundred rolls of broadcloth and various other cloths like silk or cambric from one ounce of cotton, a wonder-worker also makes many foods from it like helva and pastries, then you see that he takes a handful of iron and stone, honey and butter, water and earth, and makes some fine gold, of course, you would certainly pronounce him to possess such art that all the elements of the earth are subjugated to his command and all the substances of the earth look to his word. Indeed, the manifestatlon of power and wisdom in life is a thousand times more wondrous than this example.

    Thus, one stamp on life out of many.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  4. sara

    “Time and unforeseen occurrence befall [us] all,” says Ecclesiastes 9:11.

    Matthew 24:3 While he was sitting upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately, saying: “Tell us, When will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?”
    4 And in answer Jesus said to them: “Look out that nobody misleads YOU; 5 for many will come on the basis of my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 YOU are going to hear of wars and reports of wars; see that YOU are not terrified. For these things must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. 8 All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress
    2 Timothy 3:1 But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up [with pride], lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godly devotion but proving false to its power; and from these turn away. 6 For from these arise those men who slyly work their way into households and lead as their captives weak women loaded down with sins, led by various desires, 7 always learning and yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge of truth.

    Is God Responsible?
    “GOD is love,” states the Bible. (1 John 4:8) He is also just and merciful. “The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice; righteous and upright is he.”—Deuteronomy 32:4.

    As Creator, Jehovah God has the ability to foresee all potential causes of harm, and he has the power to intercede. In view of these facts and the qualities attributed to God in the Bible, many rightly ask, “Why does God allow natural disasters to occur?”* As millions of sincere inquirers have found, God himself has provided a most reasonable answer in his written Word. (2 Timothy 3:16) Please consider the following.

    They Rejected God’s Love
    The Bible tells us that God gave our original parents all they needed to enjoy a happy and safe life. Furthermore, as they and their offspring obeyed God’s command to “be fruitful and become many and fill the earth,” the growing human family could count on God’s ongoing care.—Genesis 1:28.

    Sadly, though, Adam and Eve deliberately turned their backs on their Creator by willfully disobeying him and choosing a course of independence from him. (Genesis 1:28; 3:1-6) By far the majority of their descendants have followed in their footsteps. (Genesis 6:5, 6, 11, 12) In short, humankind as a whole have chosen to be masters of themselves and of their home, the earth, without any guidance from God. Being a God of love who respects the principle of free will, Jehovah does not force his sovereignty on humans, even though their course may lead to harm.#

    Nevertheless, Jehovah did not abandon the human family. To this day “he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) Additionally, God gave mankind the ability to learn about the earth and its cycles, and to varying degrees this knowledge has enabled humans to predict extreme weather and other potential dangers, such as volcanic eruptions.

    Humans have also discovered which parts of the earth are more prone to seismic or atmospheric extremes. In some lands this knowledge has helped to save lives through education as well as the development of better construction methods and warning systems. Still, the number of natural disasters reported annually has been rising steadily. The reasons for this are many and complex.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  5. FlamedPostsigh

    Sigh, this post is going to get flamed by the trolls and idiots alike....sigh.....

    March 21, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  6. mehmet

    This world which is like a palace, and country which is like town, has a single maker and that is only he who runs and administers everything. He is completely free of ail deficiency. This maker, who does not appear to us, sees us and everything, and hears their words. All his works are miracles and marvels. All these creatures whom we see but whose tongues we do not understand are his officials."

    In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

    God is the Creator of all things, and He is the Guardian and Disposer of all affairs. * To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth. * So glory to Him in Whose hands is the sovereignty of all things, and to Him will you all be brought back. * And there is not a thing but its [sources and] treasures [inexhaustible] are with Us; but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures. * There is not a moving creature, but He has grasp of its forelock. Verily it is my Sustainer that is on a Straight Path.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  7. mehmet

    Yes, it is, for according to the consensus of those who observe and have knowledge of the unseen and those who uncover the mysteries of creation, the provisions, light, and steed for the long and dark road to post-eternity may only be obtained through complying with the commands of the Qur'an and avoiding what it prohibits. Science, philosophy, and art are worth nothing on that road. Their light reaches only as far as the door of the grave.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • George

      Nonsense.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  8. OR

    I can only speak of what JESUS has done for me and my family....All I know is that while America is in a recession I have a job and a paycheck, oh and a RAISE. I am 41 years old and in perfect health. My children are blessed with health. While the world is going in ruins the LORD has blessed me with a new home. The LORD has blessed me with a Godly Man to be my Husband. Who treats me the way the LORD loves the Church. When I go to bed at night, I sleep like a baby. Food is never lacking in my house. Thank you JESUS.....The LORD protects and blesses his people in convenant with HIM!

    Maybe if humans can stops all the evil and change their stubborn and callous hearts and surrender to a TRUE and LOVING GOD name JEHOVAH that exist and is VERY REAL . Who gave HIS ONLY SON JESUS to save all sinners (THATS TRUE LOVE) HE would bless you the same, BUT you have to let HIM into your heart. Many of you will not see or hear because of your lack of FAITH. Such Pity.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Dieter Zerressen

      Well good for you. I've seen plenty of Christians who are sick or struggling financially – too bad you don't care about those folks because you believe they are being punished for something. Very christian of you. I have all that stuff you have and don't believe in God so how does that fit in your scheme? In fact of the 5 billion people in the world who are not Christians a whole bunch are doing much better than you and they don't believe in your God so how does that play with your sanctimonious bs?

      March 21, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • DieterFail

      You both fail for judging. Christian shouldn't judge those who are suffering or anyone for that matter, and this dieter? Wow I won't even go there with your response. I'm not even religious so I would have been on your side but wow, I have become dumber from reading your response. "How very Christian of you?" For a non-religious person to rate a religious person on a belief they don't believe in? LOL fail

      March 21, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  9. Is it too much to ask?

    If you are going to make a statement regarding someone else's post, it would make it so much easier to follow your thoughts if you would use the "reply" feature instead of posting a stand alone comment. The rest of us would have to go searching through the earlier posts to find out what you're talking about. That is all.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  10. mehmet

    "Since everything will leave our hands, will perish and be lost, is there no way in which we can transform it into something eternal and preserve it?"
    While engaged in these thoughts, he suddenly hears the heavenly voice of the Qur'an saying:
    "Indeed there is, a beautiful and easy way which contains five profits within itself."
    What is that way?
    To sell the trust received back to its true owner. Such a sale yields profit fivefold.
    As for the most noble lieutenant, it is the Noble Messenger of God; and the most wise decree is the Wise Qur'an, which describes the trade we are discussing in this verse:

    Verily God has purchased from the believers their persons and property that Paradise might be theirs.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • George

      Useless ramblings

      March 21, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  11. Asher

    When, when, when, are people going to wake up from this delusional god fantasy ? I just want to shake people and say "There is no god, please wake up. You are embarrassing yourself. Invisible people do not exist and you certainly can not communicate with them. (lookup definition of delusional) Nobody is judging you, waiting to send you to heaven or hell. My 4th grader knows better." Have we really left the dark ages ? - Asher, Your Average Atheist

    March 21, 2011 at 9:20 am |
    • Jared

      As a christian, if I end up being wrong about this God that you don't believe in, then I guess I'll be in the same boat as you when I die.....But, if you are wrong, then it's gonna be hot where you're goin!

      March 21, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • FlyingSquirrel

      Asher,

      I'm not sure that you should be proud that your 4th grader is a gullible lemming (God Himself actually calls you both fools in Psalms 14:1). Proof of God as our Creator can be seen with your own eyes. Just look in the mirror when you work out at the gym. Your arms are literally a system of bio-mechanical levers, pulleys, etc. They are such an advanced technology that they even get stronger over time if properly exercised. Of course, seeing as you are an American, you are probably so fat and lazy that you've never been in the gym to see your body's engineering processes in action.

      Flying Squirrel

      March 21, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • Asher

      Yes Squirrel,

      Let's quote some scripture. (a man made set of rules reflecting society at the time). Here is some for you.

      "When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace. If they accept, all the people shall be subject to forced labor for you. If they refuse and they engage you in battle, lay siege to that city. When the Lord delivers it into your hand, take the women, children, the livestock and everything else in the city. You may take these as plunder for yourselves and you may use the plunder the Lord your God gives you from your enemies. "

      Deuteronomy 20:10-14

      "When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife. Bring her into your home and have her shave her head, trim her nails and put aside the clothes she was wearing when captured. After she has lived in your house and mourned her father and mother for a full month, then you may go to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife. If you are not pleased with her, let her go wherever she wishes. You must not sell her or treat her as a slave, since you have dishonored her."

      Deuteronomy 21:10-14

      March 21, 2011 at 10:29 am |
    • Asher

      @Squirrel,

      Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
      Samuel 12:11

      Good guy, that lord

      March 21, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  12. Dmoney

    What did God do for the 6 million or so years before Man came along...he must have been real bored.

    i wonder if the other planets he made for no obvious reason have deadly earthquakes on them as well, or is that just limited to this planet.

    i thought Jesus died for our sins so we were supposed to get a do over, why does all this bad stuff keep happening? arent we even yet?

    March 21, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  13. RVG

    I find singularly peculiar that believers "always" speak about god being in their lives completely, except when disasters happen – hundreds of innocent children killed – because that was "nature" acting unilaterally or because it was god's will. How delusional must one get to believe that a god is omnicient, omnipotent, all-loving and all-caring except when he wills that innocent people be killed. Then it's "someone else's" fault – god was disengaged at that time. Amazing!

    March 21, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  14. bones1918

    what cracks me up is how many of you athiests come here all the time. "i dont believe in god and i hate him *stomps foot*"

    right.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Dieter Zerressen

      Again, the point is there's no evidence of a God and you don't provide anything except a slam. Typical. Where's the evidence, where's the proof? Oh, you gotta have faith because faith is what you have to have when you KNOW something is not true. There's just as much evidence of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny as there is for a God – actually there's more for Santa Claus.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:26 am |
    • bones1918

      Easy dude. Who are you trying to convince? Science takes just as much faith to believe in as religion. Evolution without intelligent design is in direct contradiction to the two most basic laws of physics… that all things move from order to chaos and matter cannot be created or destroyed. How’s that for proof. Even Plato and Aristotle came to this conclusion. I believe in god because I’ve had spiritual experiences, not because I came to the logical conclusion. But make no mistake: logic eventually points to deism. There’s no way around it.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:37 am |
    • dnfromge

      @bones – I rarely pick-up "hate" from the atheists' postings. I pick up logic, some very understandable disrespect, amusement, and some times frustration due to the mindless belief that is displayed by the "believers", but rarely "hate". Not to say there aren't haters from BOTH sides of the argument – but a blanket statements like that truly reinforce the small mindedness of the "believers".

      March 21, 2011 at 10:01 am |
    • zero gods

      @bones1918: The universe is what it is. If a particular "law" of physics contradicts some demonstrable aspect of reality, then the "law" (which is actually just a theory) is in need of some fine-tuning. After all, these "laws" are just ideas that we develop about how things work, which we continually re-test to see if they accurately describe what we observe.

      That being said, I strongly suspect that theoreticians who know about it than you or I would dispute the notion that entropy and evolution are strictly contradictory.

      I can't say whether or not there are god(s), but I do know a couple of things. First, if they/he/she do exist, they're either mean-spirited or incompetent, and not worthy of the kind of the unconditional love/worhip prescribed by so many religious texts. And second, if they do exist, then I suspect they must have the same kinds of conversations - after all, they might be the creations of an intelligent designer just as we are.

      In the end, given that there's seemingly little evidence to suggest that any god(s) exist, the simplest explanation is that they do not. Either way, I'm not sure that it matters much.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  15. John

    O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling, and every pregnant one shall drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state. Yet they will not be drunken, but the Torment of Allah will be severe." (22:1-2

    March 21, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • George

      False

      March 21, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  16. Sybaris

    You don't have to read any more than the first few paragraphs to get the gist of religion:

    "In times like these, many people find comfort in their faith. But disasters can also challenge long-held beliefs."

    Just like children, adults create and subscribe to imaginary play-friends that they confide in and think will protect them from bad things. It is intriguing that there is no more evidence for the existence of either yet adults spend millions of dollars propping up their beliefs and the coffers of the charlatans pandering to the faithful.

    As for disasters challenging the flocks faithfulness, it should. Earthquakes, tsunami’s, hurricanes, blizzards etc., are temporal occurrences. Praying to whatever deity for relief is only an attempt to escape reality and provides the same results as a placebo or a video game.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • acwink

      I agree with you! Go Sam Harris! 🙂

      March 21, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  17. The One

    OK, they're a lot of claims posted here. Religion has been around for thousands of years. So, by now there should be factual clear cut proof of who is right. RIght? SO, just post the link to your video evidence of your god. Then I'm sure it will be shown on the news and then we will all know who is right. Plus, it’s good advertisement for your proven faith. Come on..........Think! Believe, faith, are words needed to prove something that isn't real. Ask a lair, a cheater, one who manipulates. Why would a god want those qualities?

    March 21, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • The Two

      @The One

      I second that.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • Logic

      Very well put.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Keron

      I feel sorry for anyone who has no faith in God, because in all the trials and tribulations in this life, one thing I know for sure (I speak from experience) is that the only thing that we truly have is God and his love. Everything we see with our eyes or touch with our hands or walk upon is temporary and is not promised to us. But God promises us that he is always with us, even in the midst of great trials. I also know that when we seek Him we will absolutely find Him for he is never far away. We are the ones who stray, He never does. I will never understand how those who do not put their complete trust in God can find any real peace in these troublesome times. For in God there is hope and life like no other no matter what.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • Sybaris

      Keron. The difference between you and non-believers in your faith is that non-believers hold themselves accountable for their trials and tribulations and have inner strength to overcome pitfalls in life. The faithful like to characterize these people as prideful and/or god haters. This is fallacious. Do you consult your god in order to resolve a stressful wardrobe decision? Of course not. Other events in life perceived as more stressful are all socially conditioned. Putting things in perspective, not relying on an imaginary friend, is a lot more grounding and useful for getting one through “tough” times. As for non-believers being god haters…….you can’t hate what you don’t believe in.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Religious sects

      Sybaris ... Excellent reality based point of view, if only more people could "get it" like you do. No hype, no twisting just truth.

      March 21, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  18. John

    Such is the Seizure of your Lord when He seizes the towns while they are doing wrong. Verily, His Seizure is painful and severe." (11:102)

    "When We decide to destroy a town, We (first) send a definite order (to obey Allah and be righteous) to those among them who are given the good things of this life. Then, they transgress therein, and thus the word (of torment) is justified against (them). Then we destroy it with complete destruction." (17:16

    March 21, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • George

      Your book is false

      March 21, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  19. SA

    People in all ages have challenged God by denying HIS (GOD's) existence. Take the example of nation of Prophet Lot (Peace be upon him) If you want to know open chapter 29 in Quran, Chapter 29 Verse 29 ""Do ye indeed approach men and cut off the highway?― And practise wickedness (even) in your councils?" But his people gave no answer but this: they said: "Bring us the Wrath of Allah if thou tellest the truth." (29)"

    When people challenge God – Allah gives them time so that they can correct their affairs and come back to straigt path but when they don't Allah brings destructions so that people can realize that there is Only One God and people need to follow his instructions and be on straight path.

    Chapter 29; Verse 33 – 35 And when Our Messengers came to Lut, he was grieved on their account, and felt himself powerless (to protect) them: but they said "Fear thou not nor grieve: we are (here) to save thee and thy following, except thy wife: she is of those who lag behind. (33) "For we are going to bring down on the people of this township a Punishment from heaven, because they have been wickedly rebellious." (34) And We have left thereof an evident Sign, for any people who (care to) understand. (35)"

    For last 1400 years there is only one Version of Quran b/c Allah promised that no one will ever be able to make any changes in Quran – if you do not beleive – go to any website and read and you will know the truth. Don't be ignorant by not reading Quran.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:05 am |
    • George

      That's false. There have been many versions of the koran, and Uthman destroyed all but one.
      As for the rest, you can quote your book all you want, utlimately Sam Harris is right:

      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.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • Craig Furrow

      He is in the hand of stranger that reached out and pulled in a drowning person. He is in the money of all that is sending it, he is in the people who are searching for others, in the ones from other countries over there digging to save a few. In the food in the shelters. In the moment a family or friend find each other. And on the sholders of the ones that have lost and are lost.....

      March 21, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  20. mehmet

    death is not the end of every things, it is beginning a new life same as a seed underground.

    March 21, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • George

      Wishful thinking

      March 21, 2011 at 9:21 am |
    • Troy

      Why is our nation still hung up on the writings of goat herders who lived thousands of years ago? Any child could determine quite easily that the Bible, Koran and Torah contain utter nonsense without any empirical support.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am |
    • TroyFail

      and any child can tell that troy's response is as filled with the same amount of nonsense

      goodbye

      March 21, 2011 at 9:34 am |
    • Veritas

      I find it ironic that the so called "scientific community" thinks that they know exactly what happens to one after death – which is nothing. Yet, they make this assertion without one shred of imperical evvidence, no way of confirming nor denying their hypothesis, and they are unwilling to consider any other possibility. I thought true scientific inquiry involved approaching the subject unbiasedly and without any preconceived ideas making sure not to accept or reject any ideas without EVIDENCE. Using these criteria the correct SCEINTIFIC position on what happens after death is "We do not know, nor can we know." Yet, in the name of science so many people emphatically and unequivocally assert their FAITH that the consciousness does not survive physical death. In doing so, science is delving into subject matters to which it is unqualifed to make claims. What happens to one after death is a matter of FAITH, whether you believe nothing happens or you enter into some after-life you believe so by faith. Whether or not you believe the individual consciousness survives death is still just a BELIEF. So, don't pretend you can unequivocally say that you know exactly what happens to one after death as if you can state this imperically. You cannot. This is just your belief. Those of you who do not believe in life after death and those of us who do, do so as a matter of faith.

      March 21, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • The Zen Particle

      @Veritas You are correct, however I don't believe anyone has any clue as to what happens after death. So neither side is privy to such information unless one has come back from the dead.

      March 21, 2011 at 10:23 am |
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