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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. Flamespeak

    I don't know why people never consider the possiblity that, if god exists, he might just be a huge troll.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  2. LOL

    does not exist. that is why there are so much evil around the world. because man created evil, as well as good.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:54 am |
  3. Rob

    Why do religious people always vastly downplay the number of non believers? 2%? Get a clue.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Cocopuf

      The real question you shOuld ask yourself is why are so many people willingly ignorant. You know very well that we are not here by random chance. lOL

      July 27, 2012 at 3:09 am |
    • MOCaseA

      Let's do the math game!

      Current US population: 311,591,917
      Per this article the Number of atheists would be: 6,231,838
      Number of atheists according to the latest Gallup Poll: 15,579,596

      The first number (2%) is the number of people who DEFINE themselves as Atheists. The second number (5% and at the low end of the averages) is the number of people who would be CONSIDERED atheist as the do not believe in any God(s).

      I love it when people bend numbers to suit their need. The actual numbers vary depending on the polls, but range from 5% to 13% of people do not believe in God(s).

      July 27, 2012 at 3:13 am |
  4. Hawkeye321

    Proof that God exists:

    1. God could lift a car if He wanted to
    2. God is more magical than David Copperfield and Harry Potter combined
    3. God created the universe and sort of inspired the white color scheme of the original iPod

    July 27, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • MOCaseA

      You forgot one:

      4: God killed off all unicorns because he couldn't stand the idea that something was able to s__t rainbows and Skittles.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • Atheist = Thinker

      Wow. I've been wrong all this time. Thanks for helping me see the light... Now where did I put that iPod manual... Errr, I mean Bible??

      July 27, 2012 at 2:53 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      Does God really need to prove himself to people? What makes you think you will believe in God when God performed it in Egypt in front of the israelites and yet people disbelief in God or Jesus performed miracles in his days and yet people disbelief? What makes you think you will be different when you will probably be the same?

      Is it Magic or Photoshop?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:10 am |
    • I wonder

      Gabriel,
      "What makes you think you will believe in God when God performed it in Egypt in front of the israelites and yet people disbelief in God or Jesus performed miracles in his days and yet people disbelief?"

      1. There is no verified evidence that any of those things actually happened.

      2. If they did, and folks still did not believe, I sounds like this god was not very good at convincing them. A real smart god would know just how to do it right.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:17 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      It is because you are all evil... it is written in the book. God hid his face and promise not to return until the favorable time.

      Do you know what their sin is? read Jeremiah 7 or, when the day they ask for a king 1 Samuel 8.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:25 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      you should be all be thankful to Jesus because he could have ordered the angels to kill you all.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:27 am |
    • MOCaseA

      @Gabriel: And another one to add to the loony bin...

      Yeah, Jesus (whom is only recorded in the Bible) could call down legions of angels to kill us all. But only if he were a vindictive punitive demi-god who actually though like you do.

      We are all evil??? Since when did my religion violently oppress ANYONE who didn't believe their message (I'm a wiccan BTW)? Since when did my religion say "Convert or die!" Tell me once that my religion committed acts so evil they have banned even MENTIONING them in their churches? If you can do that, then I'd be surprised.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      mocase,
      Do you think people in Sodom and Gomorrah like the angels? the answer is No!

      Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”
      (Revelation 22:11)

      July 27, 2012 at 4:04 am |
    • MOCaseA

      @Gabriel – And how did that answer my question? It doesn't. Just another obfuscation to hide your own ignorance of what you are attempting to preach.

      Also, by your own definition you too are "evil" and desrve nothing less than death.

      As for Soddom and Gamorah, guess what... there is no proof that they ever existed. No roads, trade routes, nothing to indicate there were ever two large metropolitan centers where the Bible says there were.

      July 27, 2012 at 4:18 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      @mocases

      We are all evil??? Since when did my religion violently oppress ANYONE who didn't believe their message (I'm a wiccan BTW)?

      To answer your question...Whom do you think killed Jesus?
      Is it not religious people who think they are good in their own practice?

      They love to see miracles and by doing so they put him to the test by putting him on the cross so they can see if God will rescue him but God is not like that. He does not bow down to their demands. He fails them because they are trying to trick God and that is what they do all the time. Can God do this? Can God do that? (Evil will not see good only death.)

      If you think you are good then think again you may find you are not and I do not claim I am all good.
      I am both good and evil so it really depends who you are to me. Satan was like that also and so other angels.
      So this world will depends on how you behave to other people.
      I wish this is all over so we can set up this New kingdom and I hope you will be there and If not then nice talking to you.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  5. maddog

    God has nothing to do with the killings. If you want to believe in a higher powers
    r. Believe in all of the gods and goddesses. Believe in the men that died for their girlfriends. Believe in what is right

    July 27, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • maddog

      cbjr. you have way too much time on your hands......

      July 27, 2012 at 2:56 am |
    • Cocopuf

      Men always find excuses for not wanting to know God. At the end, they are all without excuses. God loves us but he hates the sin within us all. God can't force you to know him. Remember that.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:06 am |
    • maddog

      unicorns? Well.... I am Native American and unicorns are a European thing. I would love to see a horse with one horn. Please tell me where I can find one. In the land of fairy???

      July 27, 2012 at 3:16 am |
  6. Charles B. Magee Jr

    I believe in a mix of the above. God is omnipotent and omnipresent but He gives humankind free choice. Humankind sinned through the first 'Adam' but through the 2nd Adam (Jesus Christ), we have eternal life, healing, grace etc.. i.e. if we freely choose it. In this time of grace, people can still choose to do evil but also to repent. There is suffereing in this world because of the consequences of the first Adam's disobedience and specific suffering if people freely choose to participate in acts of utter depravity. If we ask, God can supernaturally intervene but sometimes He does intervene but not in the manner of our expectations. If we lack understanding of where was God in any situation, we can ask God for discernment or revelation if we belong to Him & are obedient to Him. However, sometimes God does not provide full revelation, as we now only see in but one day we will understand all things. If we are suffering, we can ask God the Father, through Jesus Christ to comfort us in the midst of pain and sufferering; forgiving persons if required.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • MOCaseA

      So just a couple of things:

      Define depravity.

      And if God is omnipotent, then why does He have to rely on the supernatural to get things done?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • SidewaysEight

      The creation of humans on Earth, AFTER having satan cast out of heaven and onto Earth, seems as if god was either neglectful or unimaginably sadistic. How could god not prevent the rest of human kind to born into sin, when all he had to do was to cast satan into a different dimension or realm? Why would yahweh do something like that? How can one believe in such a cruel deity?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      There are contradiction in the first command. What are the contradiction? You can eat all the fruit except this one fruit. The world "all' and "one". and the momment you eat it you will become like God.

      Genesis is the summary of the whole bible OT and NT. the Old Testament is "Do not eat" (EVIL) and the New Testament is "Do eat" (GOOD). Satan is both good and evil. firsts he will pretend to be good like a good lawyer introducing you what is not best for you then he will tell you it's all a lie. like for example the fruit being bad when it is actually good, so the eyes of Adam and Eve were opened and they been scamed by the law and took their property same goes as today. There are only sin in this world if you allow law to rule your life and be condemn about it. This is why Jesus hates religion and teacher of the law.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  7. MOCaseA

    "Where was God," no matter how oft repeated, is simply a denial of the realization of our own impermanence, and our own inability to comprehend a malign and troubled mind. Instead the question to be asked should be "How can we understand and learn from this, that we may prevent it from happening again."

    July 27, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      prevent from happening? you are making me laugh only weak in spirit do that.

      Do you think Jesus prevent himself dying on the cross even he knows he must do it?
      Do you think Jesus prevent Peter from denying him three times when he is trying not to?
      if you try to prevent it just means you are afraid of death and not afraid of God who is the giver of life
      sometimes the way up is down.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:18 am |
    • Cocopuf

      We can't learn anything from our own sins to get out of it. That is why God made provisions for us to repent of our sins through Jesus. He died, was buried for 3days and nights, and resurrected by The Father as written inThe Scriptures. John 3:16 couldn't make it any clearer, if you could ONY listen to His Word.

      Many would rather die than listen to The Word of God. There is a reason why we are here. If you don't know why, then you should find out before you leave this Earth.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:33 am |
    • I wonder

      Gabriel,
      "Do you think Jesus prevent Peter from denying him three times when he is trying not to?"

      Peter was either:
      1. Real stupid - to not go hide or tape his mouth shut after the first 2 denials.
      or
      2. Compelled to do the 3 denials, or else Jesus would have been proven wrong in his "prophecy" (shudder).

      And that's allowing for the far-fetched possibility that the story is even true.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:47 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      @ I wonder

      "Peter was either:
      1. Real stupid – to not go hide or tape his mouth shut after the first 2 denials.
      or
      2. Compelled to do the 3 denials, or else Jesus would have been proven wrong in his "prophecy" (shudder).

      And that's allowing for the far-fetched possibility that the story is even true."

      and do you think the 3 denials would not happen if no one had ask him?
      Will you ignore the person who is asking you if you are in Peter's situation?
      You can't even ignore commenting when someone insult you so, what makes you think you are wise than him?
      Will you still consider yourself wise if you don't answer?

      If a Parent tell his kid (who all ways jumps in the couch) not to jump would he listen to the command or still jumps?
      His Parents said do not jump because you might fall. To the kids mind it is fun to jump forget about what they tell you until you fall. Will you able to learn the next time they told you not to?

      Jesus just knows Peter like a kid to him.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  8. doesn't_matter

    "doesn't-matter, Your many uses of the word "I" and other first person pronouns just demonstrates that religious faith is a form of narcissism." – Sorry man, that's a cop out. Pretty much anything can be boiled down and labeled "narcissism". We could say Mother Theresa was a narcissist because she just wanted to feel better about all the little children.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  9. scientist

    there is no god. and I just wasted 3 minutes of my life reading this article, because the question never should have been asked in the first place. and for those people saying that this happened because we have "pushed god out", then you are fooling yourself, this would have happened anyway. the only way this could be prevented would be round up all of the 300 million firearms in the US and launch them into space.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • Cocopuf

      Then why are still here as a scoffer? Have it your way. Which is precisely what God is doing to people that are willingly ignorant. LOL

      July 27, 2012 at 3:38 am |
  10. sippyjuice

    Why do people of religious faith presume to have an answer for "where was God?". If I chose to believe in unicorns, would reading about them give me insight as to where they are, what they are thinking, what they have done? And even if my convictions were strong enough would anyone take me seriously? The truth is that we don't know, no one knows. Those of us that don't believe in a god merely answer or post on here primarily out of frustration that the obvious is being deliberated upon. The back and forth over "free will" and "god not allowing evil" is mundane at best. There is no answer to the initial question unless a god answers. So the real question is "God where were you?" and we can all quietly sit back and wait for a resounding answer from the heavens.... that we can all hear and understand as residents of the planet Earth.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:16 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      Do you know what Jesus said "My God! My God! why have you forsaken me and the evil people (Pharisees, scribes, and traitors) who is watching him said "Where is your God now?"..... is that sound familiar?

      those whom I love I rebuke and discipline so be earnest and repent. Revelation 3:19

      July 27, 2012 at 2:27 am |
    • sippyjuice

      How do you know Jesus said that? According to my studies Jesus never wrote anything down, hence someone wrote it down for him, who was author of that verse, who wrote Genesis, who were the authors of the bible, and which books of the bible were excluded. If the bible is the infallible word of god yet it was written by men who are not infallible how can you reasonably account for it's accuracy? These are questions, among others, that require an answer.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • HeavenSent

      sippy, all the answers to your questions are in His truth (the Bible). Why not look for them?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • I wonder

      HeavenSent,

      What is your evidence that the Bible has supernatural truths?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:22 am |
    • Cocopuf

      If the Scriptures don't convince you of the existence of God, then you will have to wait till you are gone from here first. So, have it your way and chose ... we all have free choice since Adam and Eve. 🙂

      July 27, 2012 at 3:44 am |
  11. CueBallSTL

    Long live the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:12 am |
    • SidewaysEight

      It's the Flying Rigatoni Monster. Sheesh...haven't you read the Holy Noodle yet? You should repent and say your Hail Linguini's quick!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:34 am |
  12. saray

    There will be more of these to come. Humans suck. When the wipeout comes in 12000 years, I say good riddance to a nasty cancer. Interestingly the next time that mammals are the top dog again isn't for 1.2 millions years and it isn't us that time (nor any of the apes! who would have guessed the harbor porpoise would turn out to be so darn savvy?!!) But the real kicker comes in 4.7861 million years when it isn't even the animals that take top position on Earth anymore, its the darn plants! A member of the bean family actually achieves sentience and carves out a nice little green niche in this corner of the galaxy for an epoch. Cool huh? But sadly our doom is sealed 4.632158 billion years from now when the ants take all. They are a sick bunch, real nasty tactics, they pretty much vaporize our genome off the map. Sad. If more people knew that now, that would be the number one priority for everyone these days, kill the ants, kill the ants, kill the darn ants!!! oh well, I digress..

    July 27, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Peace2All

      @saray

      😀

      Peace...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:15 am |
  13. noillusion

    2. "Don't blame God, blame Satan".

    Without God, the devil cannot exist.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • Kaylina

      Actually, the devil made himself who he is. He was once a perfect angel in heaven. But desire to be worshiped and have what God has drove him to covet what was not rightfully his. That is why he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. He wanted her and Adam to worship him instead of God. Each individual is accountable for his own actions, good or bad. Do you blame someone's parents when the son or daughter commits a crime? Usually a person who commits a crime started out as an honest person. The word Devil means "slanderer". Satan means "opposer". I find it immensely remarkable that God's inspired word does not include Satan's real name. He doesn't deserve it. And no it isn't Lucifer. That's a common misconception. A little research will help you see that it is actually referring to the King of Babylon.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • SidewaysEight

      Kaylina,

      Why did yahweh cast his arch nemesis on Earth, the future location of his most beloved creation? It's funny how we happen to know the "how's" of yahweh, but not the "why's".

      July 27, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  14. Art

    Apollo take back your arrows!!!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:05 am |
  15. Antoine

    Hello everyone! I have come to say that I am surprised to see so many thinking about gods. The Human creature can think and postulate, but is fearful to be alone. When the Human creature is young it talks to ... ahh, well we must then name it. This god of your Christian myths and your Islam and your etc etc are full fiction, pure creation at the hands of man (not even woman! 🙂 Just plain rubbish, awful life-wasting garbage most of it really, purge your thoughts of such Human imaginative nonsense. Heaven? Hell? what? eternal soul? LOL, what wonderful arrogance for the ape mammal uprights to place themselves as the focus. Live forever indeed, your minds do not wrap around time. Heaven in the garden with loved ones eternal, nice dream eh? (help the little ones sleep better at night) Give the Humans 43.19 millennia and check them again (how many senses now?!! still arrogant?) . Now for me. who am I? A christ follower? No, you guessed that already, but also not a Buddhist, nor Hindu, nor Parsi, nor Methreist, nor atheist, nor.... Simply because all of the current major religions on Earth right now are as incorrect as the Greeks, the Mesopotamians, the Aztecs etc, does not negate the notion of a sentient application at the primal Bang (but doubtful we could comprehend much regarding any of the dimensional or relativistic aspects in our wee wavelengths yet 😦 Yay Gods!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:04 am |
  16. Paradox

    "Do you feel better now because you are so logical and I'm so pitiful??"

    The only reason i say pity is simply because your so quick to "give up". Just because it doesn't make sense or it doesn't "do something for you" doesn't make it wrong.
    As far as the modern scientific hypothesis reply goes, Modern Science is working on the the most complicated and complex questions of the Universe and Space itself. As well as questions of Life and the origin of such. Religion, no matter WHAT region of the earth gives the same ridiculous claims of an all powerful being, playing a role in the existence of life and the Ideology behind life. As Dawkins put it simply,

    "I find harder to take. I should have thought it was intellectually impoverishing in the sense that it cuts off investigation by providing easy, facile answers to deep and troubling questions, like the questions that science tackles. If there are some questions that science can’t answer, what on earth makes anyone think that religion is going to fare any better?... Insofar as religion tries to answer those questions it is stultifying and impoverishing and limiting, not enriching."

    July 27, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • doesn't_matter

      "The only reason i say pity is simply because your so quick to "give up". Just because it doesn't make sense or it doesn't "do something for you" doesn't make it wrong." – Yes, exactly.

      The rest of your comment is concerning religion – I'm not talking about religion, I'm talking about God.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • Paradox

      The rest of my comment concerns the idea of a creationist reality. The one your submitting to. The one you found easier to convince yourself to believe in.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  17. Gabriel 710

    Do you guys know what "Jesus said to the rich man?" he said " Why do you call me good? no one is good except God alone." ... so why do you all people assume you are all good? when there was no one is righteous? the rich men had fallow all the rules and yet stumbles so why are you so different?

    It is written in the scripture: "No one is righteous"

    God reject his love ones and discipline them like Jesus. Are you up to discipline? you must take the narrow way because the kingdom of God is not free.
    "Blameless" is the key to get there and anyone who judge will be judge by God himself according to those who abide by the law and not by faith in Jesus.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:03 am |
    • SidewaysEight

      Gabriel,
      Did you know your book of belief is written by men?

      July 27, 2012 at 3:04 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      um yes! that is why God had messenger! Do you think king write things down themselves? No! they have scribes.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:43 am |
    • Gabriel 710

      If you are an alien it will be alien writes things down. but we do have aliens it means strangers not know to you.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • I wonder

      Gabriel,
      " Do you think king write things down themselves? No! they have scribes."

      Not a dot was written by anyone while Jesus was supposedly alive.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:51 am |
  18. Bart

    Agnosticism isn't a virtue. It's a copout.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Atheist = Thinker

      Perhaps... But religion is the true cop-out... People who embrace religion are giving up on the ability to think their way through life, instead embracing an ideology that largely controls them... Cop-out.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Bart

      Hi -Bart...

      " Agnosticism isn't a virtue. It's a copout. "

      I'm sincerely curious as to your thinking that 'agnosticism' = copout.

      How so, specifically ?

      Peace...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:19 am |
    • Atheist = Thinker

      Peace – I'm pretty sure he means that agnostics 'cop'out' by not taking a position one way or the other on whether or not there's a god... I hear people say that all the time.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheist = Thinker, I don't believe that. I believe atheists have this unquenchable thirst to be different than everyone else. That thirst gets so out of control, it becomes an obsession.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • Mirosal

      HS, I think you are the last person to tell others about being "out of control" and obsessed.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • tallulah13

      Wrong again, HS. I was raised to be honest and to look for truth. There is no evidence to support the existence of any god, therefore I am not able to believe in any god. If there were any proof of your god, I would believe.

      As for conformity, I don't see it as a virtue. I am smart enough to think for myself, and confident enough to stand up for myself.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • Atheist = Thinker

      "" I believe atheists have this unquenchable thirst to be different than everyone else.

      For someone who claims to know a great deal about religion, you sure know very little about atheism... There is no need whatsoever to be different. Atheists disbelieve in god because there has never been any proof that there is a god, and because so many of his 'followers' are blatant hypocrites and tend to know less about their faith than atheists...

      July 27, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheist Thinker, every Christian is on their own pace with their relationship with Jesus Christ. Why would that make them a hypocrite?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:54 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Mirosal, what's the mattter? You have a problem with my posts or a problem with the hijacker that posts all over the place using my handle? Let me guess, I post Jesus Christ's truth about ho-mo-s3x-uality?

      July 27, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • HeavenSent

      tallulah13, there is more than enough proof of Jesus Christ. You just don't care to look and when you find it, you reject it. I don't believe in Jesus Christ due to any form of conformity. As a matter of fact, Jesus' truth sets you free.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  19. Tommy

    This isn't news. This is a stupid survey of no real importance. Please put more important news on the internet.

    July 27, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • MOCaseA

      Yes because eveything on the Internet should (and is) news worthy.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:30 am |
  20. doesn't_matter

    "You choose to believe in something bigger than yourself. I got your belief right here pal." – uh huh. Score one for the nutties!

    July 27, 2012 at 2:01 am |
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