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

Finding faith amid disaster

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CNN's Carol Costello contributed to this report

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Belief • God • Japan

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  1. jen

    At times like these I am even more convinced the Bible is true because Jesus prophesied these events would take place just before the end of this old world.Matthew chapter 24

    March 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Chandra Gurung

      another ignorant. When you really want to find an excuse to believe what you already unquestioningly believe, it is always possible to do so.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Jen, Jesus predicted the end of the world within the lifetimes of some of his listeners. He did so repeatedly. See Matthew 16:28, 23:36, 24:34, 26:64 (there are of course parallel ones in Mark and Luke).

      As such, "these events" that you state as taking place now cannot be what he was talking about, because he clearly was talking about events that would be completed by no later than 100 AD (within the lifetime of some of his listeners).

      Now consider the problem of all this – Jesus was wrong, repeatedly. The Kingdom of God did not come on clouds within the lifetime of some of his listeners (no, his resurrection does not fulfil that prophecy, as the Kingdom of God has not happened yet, and did not come on the clouds in the lifetime of some of the audience).

      Your evidence that the Bible is true is actually evidence that it it not true.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • TruthintheBible

      @Mr. Sniffles:

      I am sorry to say that you committed a mistake in reading the verses (specifically Matthew 24:7-8,6). Jesus Christ did NOT mean for His prophecies to come to pass during their time but, the apostles asked for the SIGNS OF THE END TIMES, which was obviously not during their time.

      "As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?

      For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

      See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet."

      Matthew 24:7-8,6

      And how is it that we are now in the end times? See what the prophet Daniel has to say through the inspiration of God:

      But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

      It is noteworthy that about 2,000 years ago there have been nothing that goes here and there. And look at us now, in the airwaves, signals going here and there. Heavy traffics irritate us because of vehicles going here and there; and it is not a new thing to all of us that when aircrafts lost signal, they go against each other, because they go here and there even above us. Prophecy makes sense. But Jesus Christ did not lie and makes the most sense.

      God bless you my friend.

      March 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Magic


      "It is noteworthy that about 2,000 years ago there have been nothing that goes here and there."

      Oh come on now... they didn't go to the river and back home...? or from Nazareth to Jerusalem and back...? or hither and thither all sorts of places?

      You twist and turn, weasel and squirm, to get those Bible quotes to mean anything you wish.

      March 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      @ Truth, I will post the Biblical references below, in order, which clearly show that I commited no mistake in reading them:

      "There be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom"

      "Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation."

      "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place."

      "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."

      Jesus' words directly refute you. The position you are putting forth was invented afterwards to try to explain away why Jesus was clearly and repeatedly wrong.

      March 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      And please read the whole verse that you only partially quoted, because the very next line is "Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened."

      March 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • TruthintheBible

      @ Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger (Or, I am supposing you are Mr. Sniffles)

      Thank you for taking time to analyze the verses I quoted..Directly to the verses that you are saying that soon followed, the questions now lie before us: Have there been earthquakes IN ALL PLACES with magnitude as that of Fukushima's, about 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ made such declaration? Have there been massive famines? When did the World War I and II occur? You could go on and read until verse 35 of Matthew chapter 24 and you will realize that Jesus Christ clearly was not referring to their time (as the verse say, "Generation"). He was neither a liar nor was wrong..

      Is Jesus Christ playing words with us? May it not happen, as his Father assured:

      "All the words of my mouth are righteous;
      there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
      They are all straight to him who understands,
      and right to those who find knowledge."

      Proverbs 8:8-9

      One of the worse things that we could do in this life is to show to God and His Son who created us, gave us life, and continue to allow us to exist that we are ungrateful but saying that Jesus Christ is a Liar and was repeatedly wrong is a lot worse..

      I respectfully admonish you to not think that God thinks like you do.

      "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
      neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
      For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      so are my ways higher than your ways
      and my thoughts than your thoughts."

      Isaiah 55:8-9

      May God open your heart and enlighten your mind my friend..

      March 21, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  2. TruthintheBible

    How dare this ignorant Harold Kushner call himself "Rabbi" (which means teacher) when according to the Bible itself, we should acknowledge Jesus Christ as our only teacher? (Jude 4). Blunt blasphemy..

    "Natural disasters are acts of nature, not acts of God.." – The question is, who made nature? Isn't it God Himself? I am expressedly saying that God Himself caused the earthquake.

    Earthquake is God's way of showing His anger to abusive sinners:

    "He who removes mountains, and they know it not,
    when he overturns them in his anger,
    who shakes the earth out of its place,
    and its pillars tremble;"

    Job 9:5-6

    Tsunami's, too, are of God's:

    ";who calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out upon the surface of the earth—
    the LORD is his name."

    Amos 9:6

    What is startlingly amazing about the Bible is that it lays down things or even occurences before they even happen; when no other religious or prophetic book or manuscript had. It is reasonable to believe that we are now towards the end times but it is NOT necessarily the end yet. The Lord Jesus Christ prophecied:

    "As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?

    For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

    See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet."

    Matthew 24:7-8,6

    God's justice may NOT, in any sense, be likened to that of man's for His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). If God allowed for the earthquake to happen dragging even innocent people, then we that are still alive should be thankful that we still exist. It is God's problem anyway, as every living soul is in His disposition (Job 12:10)

    And to the Atheists, I see why EVERYTHING you say does NOT make sense. You always say that it is hard to prove something that is NOT seen, no wonder it is HARD TO PROVE that you ungrateful creatures have thinking. Common sense is NOT so common to Atheists, eh?

    March 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      Truthinthebible.. we need proof you have none.. insulting people because of that is not evidence, we are still waiting for your evidence of truth. if you are an honest person, you should look at other evidence before you claim you have the truth .

      March 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Sunshine

      " Earthquake is God's way of showing His anger to abusive sinners:" You seriously believe that, yeah right. The problem with your logic is that everyone is a sinner! Including YOU! So, watch out you will probably be in a nature disaster pretty soon. It's crazy interpretations like this that show how screwed up some Christians really are. Time to get an education dude!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • TruthintheBible

      EvolvedDNA, the best proof to satisfy you is yourself..Just look at yourself and you will come to realize that there
      is a God and He is great..Your parents made you..But who made your parents? Your grandparents? Your grandparents'
      grandparents? And so the list goes..The logic drives to the fact that your computer won't be there if no one created it.
      There is clearly a Maker, there is a Creator, there is a God..Not even the most intelligent of the Atheists is able to create
      something that God created.

      I apologize that it sounded like I insulted Atheists but there are more proofs than one in proving that God exists. I am willing
      to share with you my time, if you will just alow me to, as to the truths in the Bible that will enlighten you.

      "since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

      Romans 1:19-20

      God bless you my friend.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • TruthintheBible

      I really appreciate the reply..It is noteworthy that I used the term "ABUSIVE sinners". That should have got you thinking that I, too, admit that I am a sinner. Sin is inherent in a man. But there are sins that man did not will which is being forgiven by God. Willfull sinning is the one that burdens God.

      If disaster shall come upon me, then so be it. But with God's help, it will NOT take away my faith in Him. You may get in touch with me thru e-mail so I could share more wonderful things about God, with you. God bless you my friend.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • TruthintheBible


      It is NOT my business to question God why He does what He does:

      ""But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”

      Romans 9:20

      March 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • Sunshine

      So Truth, how many homeless people have you driven or walked by lately or know about but do nothing, How many children in your community are still in orphanages because you are too selfish to go and adopt them. How many people do you owe money to, do you own a home with a mortgage, car payments, you are suppose to not be in debt. How many TV's do you have in your home, computers, etc... that is greed. Get the picture? I think you do and guess what that is also abusive sinning, willful sinning. But, of course like all others you will find a way to justify it in your head. Get real, get educated and love others like you do yourself. Peace

      March 20, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • TruthintheBible


      March 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Magic


      Romans: ....

      I wouldn't buy a 'previously owned' donkey from Paul of Tarsus... but it looks like he sold you a whole fleet.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • TruthintheBible


      Sure. Peace. No malicious intentions here. I just have to state that I am renting a place to live in. I don't have a car. I have one old television just enough to get me by, I dont have any computer, I have to go out and rent a unit for an hour or so, perhaps, and I am currently in debt.

      I understand your point, though. But if I have the resources, I hope God would forbid me from bluffing, I will certainly contribute to those in need.

      Such is the reason why I am taking the opportunity in venues like this, to profess that God is real and we should believe that He exists and He owns our lives so He has the right to take it. I may not be able to help you with your finances say, I am your neighbor but I am certainly, with God's help, helping people with things that money cannot exact value to.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Henryk

    it's 2011 and PEOPLE still belive it GOD? LOL. It shows how much of your brains you are guys using by believing this nonsense. There is NO GOD and there never will be a GOD. GROW UP HUMANS! I just can't believe it there is so many people believing in this kind of tales!!

    March 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Cents

      Me either!!! Fortunately global information sharing via the internet will soon show that the Emperor has no clothes. If we could stop the brainwashing of children, the delusion called religion would end sooner. I have hope that we may be done with this in 50 years and move on to the world becoming a global civilization and eventually type I civilization in about 100 years. Type 2 and 3 are farther in our future maybe another 200 years. Want to know more google Kardashev_scale to read the wiki. (Of course this assumes no global Armageddon, either from human or natural disasters). This gives me way more hope than some world view that served its purpose but who time has come. Religion is the buggy whip of the 21st century. An interesting discussion I read is that countries with strong religious views are either in the 3rd world (as life is extremely uncertain and people will clutch at religious straws and the only modern nation is the US where the social safety net is so full of holes that people are worried for their existence as well (Americans are frightened of any social progress because the scourge of Communism and the atheists that go along with it might get their foot in the door. They should look at the rest of the modern world to see they are being neurotic). You don't see many fundamentalists in Europe, Canada, Australia. Particular northern Europe where religion is strictly ho-hum. Look at all the surveys of the best places to live in the world and they are invariable in Northern Europe, Australia or Canada.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  4. Chris

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

    By being human beings? In every natural disaster that has ever occurred, the survivors do what they can to survive. This is instinct, it is what makes us mammals, what ensures we survived the past 200,000 years.

    Could you imagine all of the survivors of the tsunami simply laying down and waiting to die because they do not have the aide of a deity?

    Have some dignity, you are a human being and you do not need supernatural parents to watch over you.

    March 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  5. paul

    Why not just ask God, it is obvious that none of these religious expert know what they are talking about.
    Surely God would answer a phone call from is Holiness.

    March 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Da King

      If you read the scriptures will learn that God is actually opposed to religion because it is of man.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • paul

      And the scriptures is not of man?

      March 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Chandra Gurung

    More people have been killed in the name of god than anything else. You are asking the same Moslems and Christians about god in tragedies. These religions have killed millions to enforce the will of god, and are willing to kill more. These buffoons listed above have no idea what god is, they are just seller of faith. They will end up in hell first.

    March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Stuart Hegedodia

    I see that CNN's high tech blog soft-ware is flinging posts all over the place again

    March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  8. Notice To All Blog Users

    For those who are confused about the order of posting, this is because some people kept pushing the "report abuse" button on a post they didn't like. Once the root comment is deleted due to petulant button pushers, all the attached replies get tossed to the end of the thread – there to stay and accu-mulate a few random posts.

    If you look at the time-stamps on the last page, you will see where the latest regular posts have been printed.

    This is all due to the "report abuse" button and how some people abuse it and how the blog soft-ware cannot properly handle such a thing. There should be no way to delete posts, for there is no where handy to put the replies that were attached.

    Get it now? You big babies need to quit pushing that damn button! The whole last page becomes filled with leftovers.

    March 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Stuart Hegedodia

      @Notice To All Blog Users

      Fair enough, but why does the "reply" button start working so strangely, no longer attaching replies to the post but sometimes putting them a bit farther down and sometimes at the very end of the thread?

      I agree that people should not wimp out and try to punish each other as abuse – this is an online forum, where everything is abuse – but all the same, the soft-ware really sucks.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Notice To All Blog Users

      Most replies work okay if they are above the cut-off point (where the time-stamps change on the last page).

      If you try to reply to something below the cut-off point, your reply will get tossed to some seemingly random point below the cut-off point.
      It can be pretty confusing. And there are exceptions to all this, too.
      For example, if you use certain words, your post will never appear at all.
      And if you use words that have "banned" letter combinations, like c-um in the word "docu-ment", you get hit with an "awaiting moderation" block that only you can see.
      Literally hundreds of posters have complained loudly about these glitches. Some of them quite loudly and have tried to contact CNN to make them fix these problems, but it never happens.
      This pagination thing is new, however. Yet it still works the same where the glitches are concerned.
      Good luck and don't feed the trolls unless you really want to. 😀

      March 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • LJ

      I have noticed that when I get a reply stuck in moderation because of the filters that when people reply to the one I finally fix that the replies sometimes get put at end of the thread too. It's words like att-it-ude because it includes the word t-i-t. LOL! It really makes reading your reply for hidden curse words tedious. LOL!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  9. Karen

    Well I would make a comment but cnn's editor keeps deleting my post

    March 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • Da King

      They must be doozies.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Dilbry

    "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence." – Christopher Hitchens, "Mommie Dearest", Slate (2003-10-20)

    March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  11. Stuart Hegedodia

    Actually, by definition, the Bible is not truth in most definitions of the word.

    From Mirriam-Webster:

    "Definition of TRUTH
    1a archaic : fidelity, constancy b : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
    2a (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true c : the body of true statements and propositions
    3a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality b chiefly British : true 2 c : fidelity to an original or to a standard"

    The argument that truth and fact are not directly linked is spurious. Therefore, the Bible or Buddhism cannot really be claimed as truth because no evidence supports that conclusion. There is an outside chance they are truth, but it is the exact same chance that vampires exist and that my cousin Larry is the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  12. Jim1151

    As Carl Sagan stated, It's far better to understand the universe as it truly is than to persist in delusion however satisfying or reassuring. The universe is indifferent to us. When is the rest of the 80% of our species going to begin using their reasoning to realize it's not about us. Darwin proved that evolution didn't need an intelligent designer. We even use the wrong language. The "ascent" of man. Arrogant, egocentric and delusional thinking, all for the wish of that great reward, life after death. Here's a good primer for believers, I place to begin your rational thinking. Explanations that explain everything, explain nothing! This principal can be understood at even the lowest level of human cognition.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  13. The Dude



    March 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  14. ThomasM195

    How can people still believe in their fictional gods? People who have been brainwashed since birth are the only ones who can still believe this nonsense.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Da King

      I got brain washed by Jesus at age 56. Praise God. I really needed it. Now I can see clearly. We love you Thomas.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  15. The Dude


    March 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  16. The Dude


    March 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  17. Dan

    God is exactly in the same place he always is – inside the imagination of the deluded.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Da King

      You can not know him until you believe.

      March 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Itlyboy

      Couldn't say it any better. There is no meaning to these disasters. Physics happens!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • PallasAthene

      DaKing. You ass(u)me that since one doesn't beileve, they never did. You are quite wrong. I did believe, for many years. I did know god, saw him for what he was, an imaginary friend (with friends like him, who needs enemies?) who never existed and was actually detrimental to my happiness.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Da King

      PallasAthene, you did not know him. Once the Spirit of Christ is in you, and you know that peace and power in your life, you would not want to reject it and it will not reject you.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Karen

      Oh yeah, the "no true scotsman" fallacy. If you don't believe the ridiculous nonsense posited about a deity who can only be characterized as murderous, petty, and jealous, you just haven't "felt God's love" yet. And if you claim you were ever a believer, you just didn't believe right. It's amazing, the gymnastics a brain will do to avoid facing mortality without a safety net.

      March 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  18. Evan

    Best article I've seen on this topic. It's honest, in-your-face and gives hope... http://www.thirdoptionmen.org/blog/wow-god-pretty-ticked/

    March 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  19. Michael

    Where was God when these things happened? In the same place He was when His Son died on the cross. The enemy shows his character through disasters and tragedy. God reveals His love through people who make sacrifices for people. I hope you will be one of them. Amen.

    March 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • Torianto

      Well said!

      March 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
    • Susan

      You are insane. Both of you. The real answer is right in front of your eyes in this reality but you are locked into false belief that does not exist with blinders on. Good luck... And now I am exiting this futile subject.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Michael

      @Susan: I love you. =)

      March 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  20. jim

    where is god during this? what a stupid thing to ask! where was he during ww2? or the reign of ramses? or any other bad time in history? imagine this tho....god shaking his head and muttering "i buried that radioactive stuff really deep to protect them and what do they do? dig it up and play with it! KIDS..."

    March 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • Susan

      Indeed... There is no God. Grow up human race–if you can. God and religion has only existed in our minds and early on for good reason purhaps but now... now we need to grow up and try to move on on this planet and universe. Think what it would mean to the human race around the world... No more war over dead religous thought.

      March 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
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