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My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'
A man pauses at a memorial of crosses near the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the scene of last week's mass shooting.
July 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Over the last few days, CNN’s Belief Blog has received more than 10,000 responses to its question, “Where was God in Aurora?”

The underlying concern here has vexed theologians for centuries: How can evil happen in a world that is lorded over by a good and all-powerful God? As CNN's readers struggled to make sense of God's presence (or absence) in the Aurora, Colorado, massacre, I counted seven different answers to this question:

1. There is no God.

Self-professed atheists may make up only 2% of the U.S. population, but they are extraordinarily active online, and on CNN's Belief Blog. A commenter who identified as Jason spoke for them when he wrote, “Where was God? He was where he has always been. Nowhere because God does not exist.” Bob Dobbs agreed: “God is imaginary. The question is moot.”

Many in this camp also quoted the ancient Greek philosopher (and skeptic) Epicurus:

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?

2. Don’t blame God, blame Satan.

Many theists on the site described the world as a battleground between God, who is working for good, and Satan, who is working for evil. “As long as Satan is loose to promote evil, bad things will happen to good people,” wrote kat.

3. Don’t blame God, blame us.

Probably the most common response from Christian commenters was that evil is a result of free will. Do we really want to be “puppets” or “robots"? Of course not. So God has given us the will to choose either evil or good.

Watch: Survivor of massacre says he forgives gunman

Believer summed up this position well:

"It's been said that the only thing we can truly give God is our will because its the only thing we possess that is uniquely ours. Everything else was given to us by him, and is, in effect, not ours to give in the first place. As such, and despite his omnipotence, he cannot intervene. . . .  He only possesses power where power can be possessed - and controlling our actions is not within that realm."

Here Deborah also chimed in: “This act of violence was not God's will. I get so tried of people blaming God for evil acts. Humans of their own free will do evil things.”

4. God was behind the massacre, and it was just.

Some believers saw God’s righteous hand in the Aurora massacre, inflicting a just punishment on a wayward nation now run by secular liberals rather than conservative Christians.

Lenny wrote:

"We as a country have been telling God to go away. We told him to get off our currency, get out of our schools, get out of our Pledge of Allegiance, take your Ten Commandments out of our courthouses, get those Bibles out of hotels and no graduation ceremonies in our churches. How can we expect God to give us his blessing and his protection if we demand that he leave us alone?"

Read: The man who made Aurora’s iconic crosses

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, took a similar tack in an appearance on the Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live" radio show, laying the blame at the feet of a nation that has turned away from its God:

"You know, when people say, where was God in all of this? Well, you know, . . . we’ve threatened high school graduation participants that if they use God’s name that they’re going to be jailed, we had a principal of a school, and a superintendent or a coach down in Florida that were threatened with jail because they said the blessing at a voluntary off campus dinner. I mean, that kind of stuff… where is God? Where, where? What have we done with God? We told him that we don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

5. God was present at the massacre but with the victims, not the perpetrator

One classic claim in the Abrahamic tradition of Jews, Christians and Muslims is that God is with those who suffer - the poor and the oppressed. Some commenters saw God’s miraculous hand in the midst of this suffering, not causing it to happen but bringing it to an end.  “This may sound crazy,” wrote Diana, “but I believe God had a hand in that the gun jammed so that more people weren’t killed.”

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The most common claim in this category came from peacemaker, who wrote, “God is and was with the victims and s/he is weeping.” In a more explicitly Christian vein, Lauren wrote: “He was there in the theater, pierced by bullets with the victims. He was scarred by the shrapnel. His eyes were scorched with gas and then burned with tears as He mourned alongside the broken.”

6. Which God?

Some commenters interrogated the question itself, arguing that the knots it twists us into are rooted in what commenter Ego_Death called “a false idea of what God is.” After all, the problem of evil in a world ruled by a sovereign and good God only presents itself if you posit one personal God who is both good and all-powerful.

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Referring to "our idea of a human-like personal God" as "an ancient myth," Northstar56 wrote:

"But just because this kind of God does not appear to exist, does not mean that God, in fact, does not exist. I think many have developed a more mature and realistic perspective . . . in which God exists as a pure fundamental consciousness or state from which all of existence arises. This God does not control anything, but rather continues to perpetually emanate as reality . . . God was present in all of the victims, and everyone else. God was present in the killer as well. The tragedy is that the killer's awareness was so distorted and twisted that he could not see or be aware of the intrinsic priceless value of every person he gunned down."

Evoking something more akin to the “watchmaker” God of the deists, who makes the world and its laws and then refuses to intervene in its operation, Norm wrote: “God is not involved in our everyday mundane activities. How arrogant of man to think he’s the center of the universe and has God’s constant attention and every action is ‘God’s will.’”

Taking a different tack, "varun" invoked the teachings of the beloved Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita:

"Only the followers of Semitic religions have problem with understanding this - because they do not believe in rebirth and karma. As soon as you introduce these two concepts into (the) picture along with the eternal indestructible soul (something Semitic religions do believe in), everything makes sense. Read Bhagavad-Gita and everything would be as clear as daylight."

7. Who knows? It’s a mystery

Agnosticism is a rare virtue in the United States nowadays, but there were a few commenters who admitted to something less than the absolute certainty exhibited by atheists and evangelicals alike. "The answer," wrote Terry, "is we don't know where he was." Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom saw this "God works in mysterious ways" move as “ultimate cop-out/rationalization,” but I am not so sure.

In September 1862, in the midst of a much greater American tragedy, Abraham Lincoln wrote a private “Meditation on the Divine Will” in which he struggled to make sense of what God was doing in the Civil War. He later reworked those reflections into his second inaugural address, one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Surveying the corpse-ridden landscape of North and South, Lincoln observed, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.” Clearly there was little good in slavery, he reasoned, yet equally clearly God was not giving a swift and sure victory to the Union. So what was God up to? In the end, Lincoln had to admit he did not know. Or, as he put it, “The Almighty has His own purposes.”

I suppose this is in a sense a “cop-out,” but it is a humble one, uninfected by the absolute certainties (either pro- or anti-God) that have shed more blood on earth than agnosticism ever will. It is also a classic example of answering a question with a question: What is God doing with this war? Who knows?

“Josephpusateri” also answered our question with a question. His comment was in my view the best of the hundreds I read, so I will end with it here:

"Oh, the blindness of such a question... as if only theodicy was a relevant question in white, American suburbs. Where is God in Afghanistan? Where is God in Gaza? Where is God in Syria? . . . Where is God, indeed."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Devil • Ethics • God • Violence

soundoff (4,074 Responses)
  1. One God, One faith!

    I quite agree. The government has been throwing God out of a lot. I know a lot of fellow students at my high school who would love to learn more about the Bible from respected teachers whom they know are pastors or married to pastors or are even church leaders. But the school district prohibits it because of the separation of church and state. Even the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which is approved by the government, is limited that they can only teach about Jesus. No Ten Commandments, nothing but Jesus. They even threaten to suspend students for trying to share with others God's word. They say they don't discriminate, but they do.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • yeahalright

      What the hell is so hard about worship whoever you want, just don't put it on me??? You're dam* right I don't want you teaching my kid about your god.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Here's a thought – why don't you organize a club a school where you discuss world religions and beliefs (including non-belief). Do some independent studying; bring in non-affiliated people to speak about the many Christian sects, about the other Abrahamic religions, but also about all of the other major (and many minor) religions. Talk about the ancient religions – the Roman and Greek gods, African, North American. Move outside of the tiny box that is the majority religious viewpoint in your area. Expand your mind – if there IS a god, surely god would want you to use your brain, right?

      July 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • J.

      I agree with yeahalright. There's no need to spam religion or atheistic thoughts on somebody that doesn't want to learn them. That's what creates violence.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      Not on MY tax dollars is that religion crap going to be taught in schools....that's for you to do on your OWN TIME and YOUR OWN DIME

      July 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • J.

      Again, I agree. I might let a 5 minute moment of silence slide for a quick silent prayer for all religions (or a much needed nap for some), but you need to put you're own resources into YOUR beliefs. Not someone else's.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  2. TOMG

    GOD ARE ALREADY IN AND ON EVERY SINGLE ANAL OF THE HUMAN WASTE , HUMAN URINE , HUMAN MIND , HUMAN THINKING , HUMAN THOUGHT OF ALREADY , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • TOMG

      LET TLAKING ABOUT GOD OKEY , WILL THERE ARE MANY GOD THE WIND GOD , THE FIRE GOD , THE LIGHTNING GOD , THE RAINING GOD , THE HURRICANE GOD , THE TORNADO GOD , THE TSUNAMI OCEAN WAVE GOD , THE CLOUD NINE GOD , GIANT TREE GOD , THE MOTHER OF ALL EARTHQUAKE 15.O AND HIGHER GOD , AMEN .

      July 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  3. George

    The debate is more involved than whether or not God exists. It is one's view of what God is that matters. Most Atheists and Agnostics do not believe in the God of Abraham, Jewish, Muslims, and Christians; or the Gods in other ancient religions. The reason is simple; those cultures had no scientific knowledge of any kind therefore the only way to explain natural occurrences, droughts, floods, fires, etc. was that there must be a God controlling everything.

    They also gave God all of the human characteristics, such as hate, love, anger, jealousy, etc. But that does not mean there is no Intelligence underlying the universe. I believe in such an Intelligence that created and sustains the universe, but it is not a human like figure sitting in sky somewhere with his son. It is the missing link that scientists have been looking for which cements all of the quantum theories together.

    As far as Satan goes, that is completely ridiculous to begin with. No further comment needed.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • J.

      Finally, some deeper thought. Thank you!

      July 26, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  4. TOMG

    IMAGINING IF THERE WOULD BE NO SUN LIGHT FOR JUST SIX MONTHS TIMING , AND THAN WE ALL WILL SAW IF GOD IS CONTROLLING IT LIFE FORM IN THIS HELL AND HEAVENLY PLACE OR NOT , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Morgan

      You can get a real life experience of six months without sunlight. Move north to Alaska for the winter. You'll see what it's like.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  5. Waiting

    Atheists and agnostics comprise 12% of adults nationwide. (2004)

    July 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Waiting,

      what is the source of this 'factoid' please.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • sativa619

      The actual fact: Self proclaimed atheists make up 4%, Agnostics or people who are not religious make up 12%. The total percentage of people who are neither religiously affiliated or believe in god, are around 16%.The figure stated by the article is inaccurate. You can see these darn facts on google.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Since you've already Googled it, why not share the link.

      The Pew Forum data shows atheists and agnostics adding to 4%. Unafilliated is not the same as unreligious.

      The complete survey data shows unafilliated at 16.1%, though there are supposedly new numbers at 19%. I can't find these on the Pew websites.

      In any case, the non-athesist, non-agnostic unafilliated data includes people who believe in God, but not a particular, organized denomination. Believers in God are not atheists by any definition.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  6. TOMG

    ONE NEED TO LEARN FIRSTLY ONE HAVE TO LOVE ONESELF FIRST AND THAN LOVE OTHER AND THAN GOD WILL APPEAR IN ONESELF MIND FROM ONESELF THINKING AND THOUGHT OF GOD IN CONSTANTLY ON EVERY GIVEN SECONDS AND EVERY GIVEN MINUTES AND EVERY GIVEN HOURS AND EVERY GIVEN DAILY ONTO THE REST OF ONESELF LIFE TIME AND TIMING IN THIS KARMA HELL AND HEAVENLY PLACE THAT WE THE HUMAN WASTE AND HUMAN URINE CALLING IT HOME , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Anonymous

      ALL CAPS MAKES IT HARD TO READ

      July 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      So does incoherency.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • TOMG

      TO ANNAYOMOUS YOU ASSSSSSS FRICKEN CHINKY DO NOT HAVE TO OR NEEDED TO READ IF YOU ARE ALREADY BLINDED , AMEN

      July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Anonymous

      We're trying to read, but you're making it hard for us... Wait, did you call me a CHINKY??? And with to many S's at the end of your ASS? Ok, I was trying to help, BUT IT'S ON!

      July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      TOMG is off his meds, or he's baked. Either way he's incoherent and not worth the exchange.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Morgan

      your comments come across as though written by someone abusing drugs.

      Bugger off.

      Or should I type...
      BUGGER OFF.........

      July 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  7. The_Pope_is_just_another_man

    Billy Graham defends Chic-fil-a! Now that's some interesting stuff.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  8. Yoni

    If the general consensus between Christians is that god does not intervene in our affairs…why do so many pray for god’s intervention in their lives? And if god had a hand in the gun jamming to spare the lives of more of the innocent you’d think that A. The children may have been spared from injury and death…and B. That manufacturers of these tools of lethality would not be held to any sort of merchant standard…people….sheeple…*sigh*

    July 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  9. TOMG

    THE ONLY GOD IS YOU AND ME WHEN WE ALL ARE STILL DOES THE CONSTANTLY BREATHING OF THE INHALE FRESH AIR AT THIS GIVEN MOMENT AND THAN EXHALE THE CONSTANTLY DIRTY TOXIC AIR , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Morgan

      Fear you have inhaled a bit to much toxic air already. Please stop.............breathing.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  10. RichardSRussell

    Answer #8 (omitted from Prothero's list):
     
    He WAS there, but he was the one who put Holmes up to it.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  11. TOMG

    U.S.A. THE LAND OF THE FREE . THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT DO AND DOES HAVE THE LAW OF STEEL , AMEN . FREEDOM FREEDOM FREEDOM ALSO DOES HAVE THE GREAT PRIZE TO HANDLE ON EVERTHINGS NOW DAILY , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  12. Tyler

    There is no god; God is dead.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • lilyq

      Jesus loves you. Have a nice day.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • The_Pope_is_just_another_man

      I am not religious.but saying that...saying there is no God is as close minded as the religious saying there is definitely God.Just say you don't know for sure which is true.Thank you for your time.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Anonymous

      God had to exist in order to die. Try again.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • lou

      Jesus is a corpse at best

      July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Pope, it's a matter of probability. Some things are so ludicrous that one can reasonably say – sorry, not possible. I.E., if I told you a magician put up the new bridge in my town with a spell, you could reasonably say "sorry, not possible," even though you didn't see the construction crew do it. Yeah, you don't know for SURE that a magician didn't do it, but you can be pretty dam* sure, can't you? Same thing with believing in an invisible deity who created everything and is concerned with each and every one of us, not to mention all the other ridiculous cr*p associated with him by his believers.

      Sorry, it's so ludicrous that I can safely say, not possible.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ yeahalright – to be intellectually honest, I think you should say that it is extremely improbable, with the degree of improbability approaching infinity. Saying something is impossible is an absolute statement – and by doing so you are putting yourself right into the same camp as people who say that god – or a god – exists – which is an absolute statement, and which logically requires the same level of proof.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Anonymous

      @Smurfette Ok, I'll bite. How do you think the world was created? Evolution? Abra Kadabra? Bring me forth some knowledge.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • yeahalright

      Alright smurfette, then there really are no absolutes are there unless you personally saw something happen, and even then, are you 100% sure it wasn't an illusion or your imagination? Everything is just a shade of probability and there are no certainties? Come on.

      In my example, you can't say for certain that a magician didn't put up the bridge can you? The best you can say is that it's extremely improbable.

      I prefer to just say it's impossible that a magician put up the bridge.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Anonymous

      How could a process that describes biological changes over time (evolution) be in any way realted to how the earth formed. Complete nonsense on your part.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ Anonymous: i do not "Know" how the world came into existence, nor do I claim such knowledge. The current scientific theories appear, at this point, to be the most likely, but I imagine those theories will continue to be refined over the upcoming years. However, i don't subscribe to the approach of "I don't know; I can't explain it; therefore, it must be God" That is an argument from ignorance. On no way does "god" logically follow from "I don't know"

      July 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Anonymous

      @Hawaiiguest All in the specifics are we? Well, technically since soil is made up of the decomposed life (possible proof to our connection to it originally) I'd say life is a major benefactor in how the world is (here's where I correct myself) still being created.
      @Smurfette While I agree that the "I can't explain it, it's supernatural Burn it's enemies!" is absurd. I believe that a force capable of something humans couldn't is worth acknowledging and maybe respecting. Build a shrine and sacrifice your kid to it? Hell no. But I'd use the term higher power, creator, or even God at times to the force that created life, the evolutionary laws, and physical laws of our existence.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Anonymous

      You're drawing some very weird lines here.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Anonymous

      @Hawaiiguest You got something against lines??? XD

      July 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Anonymous

      When their all weird and twisty, yes! lol.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Not YOU again! Can't you please at least try to say something original?

      July 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Atheist = Thinker

      Yes. It makes them worse...

      http://seattletimes.nwsource. c o m /html/health/2002901053_pray31.html

      July 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Yes, prayer sure changed the Manhattan skyline when the 9-11 terrorists prayed for the success of their mission

      July 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • RichardSRussell

      This is why God (or at least CNN) invented the "Report abuse" button. I've done my part.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Anonymous

      Guys be a little more sensitive. How is anyone supposed to respect Atheism if a majority are just going around insulting beliefs? You make it look like Atheism is an excuse to abandon morals and respect.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ Anonymous – the right to believe is sacrosanct. The right to express that belief is as well. The CONTENT of that belief is fair game. If I said that my flying dog told me in a dream that he was actually God, and that I should smear honey on myself and then go stick myself to the neighbour's wife in order to please him, would you say that someone criticizing THAT belief was being insensitive? Hmmm – that gave me an idea, 'cas the neighbour's wife is pretty hot . . .

      July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • ArthurP

      More can be accomplished by two hands working than thousands clasp in prayer.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      Prayer is the act of communicating with God. allah is a muslim idol, a false god. No muslim prayer is acceptable to God unless that prayer is the sinners prayer to receive Christ. God bless

      July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ just sayin: what make YOU right, and billions of other people, living now and back through history who believed something else, wrong? Isn't that displaying arrogance on a monumental scale?

      July 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • just sayin

      No. God bless

      July 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Smurfette

      Don't bother with this just sayin. All he does is troll around showing his uselessness.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ just sayin – which god re you asking a blessing from? And why that specific god, out of all of the thousands in human history?

      July 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Smurfette

      Akkk – too late! Hey, Hawaii, how are you doing?

      July 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Anonymous

      @Smurfette Fine, be my guest. I don't believe in a dedicated god nor nature creating its own sets of laws without being considered a higher power.
      I do believe that when you chose to use insults and insensitivity as a tool for discussion you're only going to be branded and ignored.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      @Smurfette funny and so true

      July 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • just sayin

      There is one God and thousands of idols. God bless

      July 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Smurfette

      Not bad, haven't seen you here in a while.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Smurfette

      @ just sayin: THANK YOU! Yes – I agree! There is only one god – Thor, God of Thunder! You're heard thunder, haven't you? Well, there you go – proof positive! Evidence that is observable, measurable, and quantifiable! And, I hear he's quite the hit with the ladies – swings a mean hammer, if you know what I mean! Glad we were able to agree! God bless!

      July 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • just sayin

      Thor as with all Norse gods = idol, sorry ! God bless

      July 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  14. TOMG

    GOD DO AND DOES EXIT ONLY WHEN ONE PUT ONE MIND INTO AND ONTO IT THE THINKING , THE THOUGHT OF GOD , THE ALMIGHTY POWERFUL PRAYING STYLE , AMEN

    July 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Ron Long

      That's easy for you to say!

      July 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  15. J.

    I always figured God was a force or set of uncomprehendable laws which started life and set it on a evolutionary track for some unknown reason, not some bearded man up in the sky creating war strategies against the bad guys.
    For that reason, I believe God lacked the intention, let alone the ability to alter what happened in Aurora Co. It's like people asking why a biologist in one location didn't help with a crime on the opposite side of the globe.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  16. TheOnlyTrueBeliever3000

    I just don't see how any true Christian can have a problem with this massacre. Everybody who died in Aurora went straight to heaven, and they are enjoying much better life there than here on Earth. Everyone who sends their condolences to the families of victims is a hypocrite – if you do so, you don't believe in Heaven and therefore is not a true Christian.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  17. TOMG

    AND SO DOES THE GREAT CAUSE AND THE GREAT AFFECT TO HELP DEVELOPING THE GREAT KARMA TO STARTING OUT WITH FROM THE BEGINING TO THE END OF ALL MANKINDS HUMAN WASTE AND HUMAN URINE TO ALL OUT ANIMAL WASTE KIND OF THINGS , AMEN .

    July 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  18. Jonny Hern

    God doesn't exist, nor the devil. However, crazy people and inane american's with their NRA surely do.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  19. panorain

    God is undoubtedly very busy. If he is the God of the Universe. Since there are so many billions of worlds to keep track of. If we have our own special god, God of the Solar System, the he could read CNN, see which way opinion is leaning, and respond accordingly. Main issue is God helps people see their lives as part of something much larger. Plus offer consolation for grief and sadness. In this manner God has helped countless billions of people and even animals to face their fears and deal with the realities of life, good and bad.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  20. Alex S

    Gods on Vacation. The Tooth Fairy was covering for him but was on a smoke break at the time..I dont mean to be crass, but come on people get Real..

    July 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Anonymous

      Oh! I want a turn. Saqsatch was supposed to be on duty in case something happened but got pulled over on the way to work and thus missed stopping the event.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
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