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My Take: This is where God was in Aurora
Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial across the street from the movie theater where last week’s mass shooting happened.
July 28th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

My Take: This is where God was in Aurora

Editor’s note: Rob Brendle is the founding pastor of Denver United Church, a former associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and the author of "In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting."

By Rob Brendle, Special to CNN

I held her hand as she died.

Her family had come to a church where I was pastoring that morning, a routine Sunday. A thousand things would never have crossed their minds as they drove through Colorado Springs toward New Life Church’s enormous concrete worship center - including the prospect of being assaulted in their minivan by a young man with a high-powered rifle.

Later that day, we were all at a local hospital. The girl whose hand I held, Rachel, had already lost a sister at the scene. Her father was down the hall in critical condition and her mother was coming undone in the waiting room, but she didn’t know any of it. Rachel lay unconscious for a couple of hours more in the ICU.

And then she died. Her family had come to church together that morning, and by nightfall they were shattered.

That was almost five years ago.

The movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado shook me and the rest of the nation. Reading about the young and unsuspecting victims took me back to the dying girl in the ICU who had come to my church that day in 2007, in a an incident that left the two girls dead and injured several others. Back to the Columbine massacre a decade earlier that horrified the world and traumatized Colorado. And back to the aching questions that accompanied those previous incidents: Why did this happen? Where was God in all of it? How could a loving God allow this?

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We pastors face the unenviable task of being asked to answer for God. Most people ask the big questions in times of irresolution, times when satisfying answers are scarce.

Let’s be clear: there are no easy answers to the deepest questions of suffering. Libraries overflow with the volumes that have been written to address these questions. Centuries of philosophers, pundits and preachers have reflected on the existence of evil, the meaning of pain and the role of God in suffering.

I won’t begin to recount all of their ruminations here. But here’s what I think.

God is the author of life and the originator of good. He distinguished humankind from among his creation with faculties like reason, emotion, dexterity and choice. Scripture teaches that God made people in his image. Set apart from all the rest of his creatures, we were endowed with the capacity to know our Creator and ennobled with the ability to choose him. So singularly did God love humans that he gave us this ultimate gift.

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The capacity to choose God and goodness came with the commensurate ability to choose evil. Is it loving to force his creation to follow his order, or to teach it and leave the creature to choose? It would seem that God came to the same conclusion that America’s founders did many millennia later: compulsory virtue is no virtue at all.

But Scripture also teaches that God is totally in control. He is all-powerful and all-knowing and he is willing and able to intervene in human events. So there is a gap between human choice and divine foreknowledge, a gap that transcends understanding and that helps define God in my mind.

The debate over this theological tension has persisted for centuries, and I don’t aim to settle it here. Let me suggest simply that God, in his sovereignty, has chosen to make our decisions meaningful. Consequently, much of what happens on earth neither conforms to nor results from his preference. There are at least four influences on human events: God’s will, to be sure; but also the will of Satan, our adversary; peoples’ choices, for better or for worse; and natural law (gravity, collision, combustion, and the like).

It is difficult to know which force causes the circumstances that devastate us. But it is enough to know that God need not be responsible for them.

The man who made the Aurora crosses

Much of the internal gridlock around tragedy is because suffering is foreign to us. This foreignness is peculiarly Western and modern. Most of the world, for most of the world’s history, has known tragedy and trauma in abundance.

You don’t get nearly the same consternation in Burundi or Burma, because suffering is normal to them. God and hard times coexist intuitively there. For us, though, God has become Anesthetist-in-Chief. To believe in him is to be excused from bad things. He is our panacea for the woes of life.

The God of the Bible promises no exemption from suffering. In fact, he all but promises suffering. He does not suggest that his followers won’t go through fire, but rather that we won’t burn up. Mostly he promises to be there with us, to comfort and encourage us and renew our strength. God grieves with us, and he grows us into good people in the process.

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Where was God in Aurora? He was on the lawn in front of the Civic Building as thousands gathered in solidarity, hope, and love at a packed prayer vigil last Sunday. He was in University Hospital as neurosurgeons groped for synonyms for miraculous.

He was in the outpouring of compassion at a victim’s funeral and in the passionate call for unity from a resolute councilwoman and at the bedside vigil of a wounded victim’s church community. Redemption has only begun in Aurora, and already God is everywhere. Their will be beauty once this story is written that overshadows and transcends the ashes.

Jesus started his ministry by declaring, “I am the light of the world,” and ended it with “you are the light of the world.”

What God our cities will see is what we show them. From the beginning, light has shone in the darkness - he ordered it that way. And the deeper the darkness, the brighter the light will appear. Where is God in Aurora? He is shining brightly from the hearts of his people.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Rob Brendle.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • God • Opinion

soundoff (4,566 Responses)
  1. Bob

    God was where he always is – nonexistent.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  2. John

    I'll tell you where God was. He was instructing James Holmes to carry out his mass murder.

    You'll hear him tell it during trial. It's part of his insanity defense: "God spoke to James Holmes and made him do it."

    July 30, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  3. MagicPanties

    Isn't he one of Ted Haggard's buddies?
    He needs to relax, go get a massage.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  4. Michael

    This article offers no answers, only excuses. What a surprise. "PLEASE REMAIN BLIND SHEEP AND KEEP MY POCKETS LINED."

    But at least we know where God was during the holocaust... on the belt buckles of the Nazi officers: "Gott Mit Uns" - "God With Us."

    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  5. coconnor1017

    If the evidence points to the fact that Holmes is a person with schizophrenia then the pastor needs to change his premise from the classical to the evidential problem of evil and there the argument from free will is invalid. Agnosticism should be anyone's answer to God's presence in this event. The atheist simply looks at the event and concludes it looks like something one would expect if an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving god didn't exist.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  6. WU

    I don't mean to be disrespectful but justifying things we don't understand with an explanation of a God in charge of it is like trying to smell with your toes. Its pathetic....especially considering the number of people that need practical help. This "servant" of God could have taken the time that went into writing this nonsense and given someone a hug and done a lot better for all of us. The wisest among us know when to say....I don't know. The worst among us waste their lives and ours chasing their own tail. No matter what you believe you end up right here and now....where everything always makes perfect sense because it is what it is. Its only when we look back and forward and try to make "sense" of it all that we die a little before we are really dead.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • AJ

      How do you know he didn't give a hug or lend a helping hand. The article is what it is. It's childish to tear down an individual and accuse them of something we know nothing about.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • exlonghorn

      WU, very well said. Better to expect individuals to help others and themselves rather than admonish or suggest that we go follow the unclear and contradictory whims of some invisible supernatural being.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  7. exCONservtv

    Without evil, good cannot be recognised and we would not have opportunity to grow. Ignore both and your soul is just chaf in the wind.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  8. mslisac363

    People will soon have enough with these questions. Man has created all of the issues we have in the world. God did not create guns, but man... It was a man who killed these people and not God.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Michael

      mslisac363
      "People will soon have enough with these questions. Man has created all of the issues we have in the world. God did not create guns, but man... It was a man who killed these people and not God."

      You're right, God did absolutely nothing to cause this, because fictional beings can't be held responsible for actual incidents. We can't blame Santa or the Tooth Fairy for the same reason.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • KS

      If you are going to say man created guns, then the same must be said for all of the inventions created since the beginning of time. People are beaten to death with sticks too. Does that mean I can blame God for those?

      July 30, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  9. JOSE-USMC-0311

    THE MOST RELIGIOUS PEOPLE I KNOW ARE DIRT POOR..GOD BEEN HELPING THEM ??? NO....MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DIED EVERY YEARS, WHERE IS GOD TO STOP IT ????

    SYRIA GOVERNMENT IS KILLING THEIR PEOPLE AS WE SPEAK, WHERE IS GOD ????

    July 30, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • John

      what a pathetic man. and you call your self a marine.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • AJ

      Why should God become the numbing agent to wipe out all life's suffering? Much of the bad that happens is a DIRECT result of the wrong, sinful choices made by PEOPLE. We, people, have a free will. We make our own choices, and often others suffer for it. We CAN'T blame God because someone makes a terrible decision. Blame that person, and blame the true cause, SATAN.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • cedar rapids

      "Blame that person, and blame the true cause, SATAN."

      too funny, we apparently cant blame god because its the person's choice....and oh yeah, its also satan's fault.....but you cant blame god.
      pathetic.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • 8th E ist

      @ John and AJ – You must explain to me how your god is different from Wala, Malakbel, Xiuhtecuhtli, Ekhi, Ra, Ptah, Apollo, Agni, Inti, Tohil, and about 100 more (and these are just Sun gods). Nevermind, I can't stand the suspense! I'll answer my own question. – You weren't born into these

      July 30, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Ting

      AJ 'We, people, have a free will. We make our own choices, and often others suffer for it. We CAN'T blame God '

      A child that suffers with cancer does so for his/her bad choices while exercising free will? Nice. Like they say, Jesus loves the little children.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  10. Bart Flaster

    An appropriate response:

    Cool story, bro!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  11. DeBruickashaw

    “If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a way to figure it all out again.”
    ― Penn Jillette

    July 30, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • MagicPanties

      Great quote!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • cedar rapids

      ok, i like that.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      It is an appealing quote. Not provable but appealing.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • KS

      iIt actually has been proven. In history, entirely autonomous civilizations have come to develop similar technologies and general understandings but their religions are quite different. Had technology never allowed them to meet, it would have progressed even further but the technological advances would still be similar while the religions diverged.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  12. Zeus_RuleZ

    But what if you're a polytheist like me Mr. Pastor?

    July 30, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • rAmen

      Then you need to burn in Pasta Hell with hearty marinara! All Hail the Hypnotoad!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  13. Robin Jones

    More bafflegab in another failed attempt to to defend ridiculous beliefs. Complete and utter nonsense.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  14. JOSE-USMC-0311

    I HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT THEIR IS NO GOD....IF THERE IS A GOD, HAVE ANYONE SEEN HIM ????????????????????

    THE BIBLICAL READINGS OF GOD IN THE OLD DAYS I THINK IS FAKE.....

    I WILL BELIEVE IN GOD WHEN I SEE HIM IN PERSON, THAN I WILL BELIEVE.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Al

      You are, you're, your, yore fake.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • AJ

      I've never seen your brain. Therefore, based on your argument, is doesn't exist.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • Just Me

      Jose, you shouldn't worry about god......you should worry about going to school and learning how to spell and use proper english.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • exlonghorn

      AJ, you clearly don't understand structured reasoning and logical fallacy. You commit two failures of logic in your comment...
      1) Straw Man
      2) Argumentum Ad Ignorantiam

      Get an education and then come back and debate. It makes me wonder if YOU have a brain, because I now have some evidence that you may not.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  15. Jesus was a space alien

    God is on vacation. Send an email or text, however, he may not respond since he did bring his iPad or cell phone with him.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  16. Which God??

    Rainey the Rabid is at it again with his threats and posturing. Sad. 'catholic engineer'is is another pousuer. Logic and fairy tales all go together in his world, Kyrie Eleison.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  17. atheist keep out (by radiobutt)

    atheists are freak,
    they are weirdo
    what the hell they are doing here
    they don't belong here.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • LinCA

      It isn't atheists who still believe in the Tooth Fairy.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Which God??

      So, radiobutt, you have your radio up your butt with your head? No wonder you you are so dense and ignorant. Thanks for telling us how ignorant you really are, your honesty is so refreshing.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • CAlin

      @LinCA

      What's the connection? Haven't get over your lost front teeth yet?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • all atheists are gay but not all gays are atheists

      It's the atheists who put their butts over their heads.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • HeavenSent

      LinCA, did you know you stole Jesus' truth again, changed the wording and called it your own.

      Fairy tales are fables. Itching ears is to have preachers stroke you with lies instead of Hearing Jesus truth of what you need to hear.

      2 Timothy 4:3-4

      3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

      4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Amen.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • LinCA

      @all atheists are gay but not all gays are atheists

      Some of the harshest critics of homosexuality have been later identified as being homosexual themselves. Also, studies show that there is a strong correlation between homophobia and arousal by homosexual imagery.

      Could it be that all these homophobes are actually gay and just trying to hide that fact? Smart money says they are.

      See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014

      July 30, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • MagicPanties

      That's like saying that people who don't believe in invisible pink unicorns are freaks.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Huebert

      LinCA

      If you keep feeding it, it will follow you home.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • all atheists are gay but not all gays are atheists

      @LinCA

      I have a news for you..you HIT it!

      I'm gay but not an atheist and I keep my head and butt where they should be.

      @huebert

      I also have a news for you...you may not be a troll but OBVIOUSLY, you're a TOOL!

      July 30, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      If people who protest most strenuously again gays are in the closet, What does that make people who protest most strenuously against God?

      Come on Lin, you guys are supposed to be the logical ones aren't you?

      July 30, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • LinCA

      @Bill Deacon

      You said, "If people who protest most strenuously again gays are in the closet, What does that make people who protest most strenuously against God?"
      Realists? Rational? Non-delusional?

      But my protests aren't against any gods, as they are highly unlikely to exist. I only have issues with those that try to force that nonsense on the rest of us. While you are free to believe as you see fit, I don't want any of it. It's just like smoking. You are free to poison yourself, just keep the smoke out of my air.

      You said, "Come on Lin, you guys are supposed to be the logical ones aren't you?"
      Of course we are. Did you ever doubt that? Just because you don't understand simple concepts, doesn't mean that I'm less logical for it.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Billy, how does someone "protest" against something that they don't believe exists?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm |
  18. atheist scientist

    JRR Tolkien once wrote: "You cannot pass!"

    July 30, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Al

      Mark Twain once wrote: Apparently one of the most uncertain things in the world is the funeral of a religion.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  19. Rainer Braendlein

    Dear atheists,

    your error is obvious.

    I have bought the book "Mythos des 20. Jahrhunderts" by Alfred Rosenberg who was the leading high priest of the Third Reich. Of course, he had never admitted publically that he was an atheist, because the Catholic and Evangelic Germans had been disturbed by that, and Hitler needed them as "Kanonenfutter". Rosenberg simply invented a new Jesus. Rosenberg's new Jesus was a proud and violent ruler according the demands of the Masterrace. Rosenberg's Jesus was the devil.

    So, if someone asked Rosenberg: "Do you believe in Jesus Christ?", he certainly answered: "Yes, I do." But, of course, he believed in a pseudo-Jesus which had nothing to do with the meek and humble and righteous Jesus of the Bible.

    It is all about getting rid of a bad conscience. It doesn't matter, if you try to explain away God or if you invent a pseudo-God or pseudo-Jesus, the aim is always to justify the personal sins.

    The ancient Greeks did the same. They were passionate fornicators and thus they invented a God, called Zeus who was also a strong fornicator, in order to justify their sin.

    Dear atheist, there is a righteous God, as you know, and he will finally judge you. Hence, don't doubt his existence, but repent right now, before you die.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Jill

      Rainer, don't obfuscate the primary prenuptials with rasberries. Often, the pertinent cat presents fabled necessities in the parking chamfer. Realize your net precedent. Triangulate! Save the best for the alligators. Ever the bastille notches the orchestra but Wendy is not green and horses will capitulate. Filter out the log from the turnstile and cry prevalently.

      So there brown stare. Feed your inner walnut and resolve. Subject your lemon to the ingenious door in the presence of snow and animals. Aisle 7 is for the monetary cheese whiz. Faced with the kitchen, you may wish to prolong the sailboat in the cliff. Otherwise, rabbits may descend on your left nostril. Think about how you can stripe the sea.

      Regale the storm to those who (6) would thump the parrot with the armband. Corner the market on vestiges of the apparent closure but seek not the evidential circumstance. Therein you can find indignant mountains of pigs and apples. Descend eloquently as you debate the ceiling of your warning fulcrum. Vacate the corncob profusely and and don’t dote on the pancreas.

      Next up, control your wood. Have at the cat with your watch on the fore. Aft! Smarties (12)! Rome wasn’t kevetched in an autumn nightie. (42) See yourself for the turntable on the escalator. Really peruse the garage spider definitely again again with brown. Now we have an apparent congestion, so be it here. Just a moment is not a pod of beef for the ink well nor can it be (4) said that Karen was there in the millpond.

      Garbage out just like the candle in the kitty so. Go, go, go until the vacuum meets the upward vacation. Sell the yellow. Then trim the bus before the ten cheese please Louise. Segregate from the koan and stew the ship vigorously.

      And remember, never pass up an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Satan

      Present proof of you gods existence. No proof, no point in worshiping a diety. Easy enough.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'Rainer Braendlein' concludes with a threatening form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.

      http://www.fallacyfiles.org/glossary.html

      July 30, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Dennis

      Jill, too funny. I think we love you.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      July 30, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • Al

      'But, of course, he believed in a pseudo-Jesus which had nothing to do with the meek and humble and righteous Jesus of the Bible'

      That's the average Christian, right?

      July 30, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • exlonghorn

      "I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. "

      – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2

      "Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time. "

      – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 5

      "What we have to fight for is the necessary security for the existence and increase of our race and people, the subsistence of its children and the maintenance of our racial stock unmixed, the freedom and independence of the Fatherland; so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the Creator. "

      – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 8

      And yes, we ARE in love with you Jill. :)

      July 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • jeffr1967

      Dear Rainer,

      I must say when one tries to explain the existence of the invisible man in the sky they can get very creative in doing so. So, I give you kudos of your creativeness. Is is that same trait that allows you to believe in the invisible man in the sky and lead your life on a book of fiction written by humans about the invisible man in the sky. Keep up the good work and keep up the child like enthusiasm for something that is not real.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • fintastic

      Jill........ AWESOME!

      July 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  20. catholic engineer

    Saint Jose Maria Escriva once wrote "The great Christian revolution has been to convert pain into fruitful suffering and to turn a bad thing into something good. We have deprived the devil of this weapon; and with it we can conquer eternity."

    July 30, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • howart Dao

      Right on. The devil was deprived of columbine 1. So now he has moved on to Aurora. ;-)

      July 30, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Catholic Engineer
      How tight is your celice?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      That is as beautiful a description of Christianity as I have ever seen. Thank you CE.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Moby Schtick

      @Bill Deacon

      What?!? Maybe you could explain why you find that statement so aesthetically pleasing.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • myklds

      For those who have faith, no explanation is needed.
      For those who don't have faith, no explanation would be enough.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • LinCA

      @myklds

      You said, "For those who have faith, no explanation is needed."
      I think we can agree here. I'm not sure you can consider it a compliment.

      You said, "For those who don't have faith, no explanation would be enough."
      A rational one, supported by evidence will do. The problem is, that there isn't one.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      "The great Christian revolution has been to convert pain into fruitful suffering and to turn a bad thing into something good. We have deprived the devil of this weapon; and with it we can conquer eternity."

      So are you saying the Catholic Church missed the revolution? Because there are a lot of abused children that would say they "turned a good thing into a bad thing and converted the joy and happiness of childhood and turned it into a lifetime of pain"

      July 30, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • Barney

      For those cynics of faith in Jesus Christ, I have but one question: Do you love your mom? Prove it. That's faith. You just know it in your heart. I could sit around and poke holes and easily prove you don't love your mom. But yet, you do. Give Christ a chance in your life, an honest to goodness chance and see what happens. I promise you, you will be happier, more loving, more at peace, and more understanding of the world because you will start seeing it as God does. God Bless.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Barney

      "No Truth, Just Claims"": It sounds to me like you put a lot of faith in man. If you do that, you will always be let down. We are sinful. Christ was not. God is not. Put your faith in them, learn about them, and stop worshiping mankind because again, you cannot help but be disappointed. People in the church are many times just as sinful as those who are not. The difference is that we have faith that we are forgiven, and the result is growing and getting better....and becoming more righteous and doing some good in the world, even if just a little.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • myklds

      All I know is that nothing is absolute and everything can be questioned.

      If you don't believe in something, you will never ran-out of reason not to be convinced.

      It's all in our mind.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • cedar rapids

      "We are sinful. Christ was not."

      except he got angry and violent at the moneylenders, and that is a sin.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      Moby, I'd love to explain further but the thread has run away. I suggest meditating on the crucifixion of Jesus. Think about His intentional acceptance of suffering and how what appeared to be a bad thing to those gathered with Him has blossomed into such beauty.

      July 30, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      Barney,

      My mother exists, the christian god is so absurd in definition and mythology as to be nearly certian it is a fable. I am sure you have great feeling for your non-existent god, that does not make it real.

      My point on the church is everyone talks about how belief in jesus makes them a better person, or churches are where we get our moral compass from. But the catholic chuch as an organization has failed time and time again to show they act in a more moral way than any other business and it could in fact be argued they act worse, that kind of track record does not make me think they have the correct theololgy, can't their god help them with all the praying and worship that they do? Apparently not.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
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