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Where was God in Aurora massacre?
Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial near the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, scene of last week’s mass shooting
July 24th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Where was God in Aurora massacre?

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Where was God in Aurora?

It’s a fresh take on an age-old question: Why does God allow suffering, natural disasters or - if you believe in it - evil?

We put the question to Twitter on Tuesday and got some starkly different responses.

“In short, God was in complete control, exercising His will,” wrote @PastorRileyF, who leads a church in Bethune, Colorado.

That riled @TheTrivia Jockey, who tweeted, “If that was God's will, God is definitely not deserving of my worship.”

Watch: Survivor of massacre says he forgives gunman

@trentpayne also took issue with the Colorado pastor: "I'm going to respectfully disagree with you Pastor. God gives free will to man, but it wasn't his will that they die."

The back-and-forth provoked other believers to chime in on the theological issue of God’s sovereignty vs. human free will, with many Christians seeking to explain how a sovereign God could preside over seemingly senseless bloodshed.

“It is not God's will or want that people died in Aurora,” wrote @GospelBluesman 20m. "God allowed man's inhumanity to man, rather than intervene.”

The conversation and debate continued in the comments section of this post, with some insinuating that the massacre might be a kind of divine punishment, or at lease divine neglect:

Lenny
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?

Jesse R
Liberals have made it impossible for God to be anywhere during the upbringing of a child. Can't have any religious connotations in schools, libraries, government offices, etc., etc. Young men (and women) are growing up with no real sense of right and wrong. ... We no longer have the right of religion, but rather the right from religion. Parents no longer have the ability to discipline their children. We are always looking for the excuses ... violent video games and movies, bad teachers and schools ... when we should be looking in the mirror. We as a society are the reasons these massacres happen. We have allowed our children to become social misfits that lead to the kind of carnage we have seen on several occasions since religion and God disappeared from what the Founding Fathers once said was a necessity of a successful democracy ... faith.

Lots of readers used religious takes on the shooting to challenge the whole idea of God:

Who invited me?
How do you know the people that were killed didn't go to hell?, and how exactly does any of this show there is a reason? Reason is obviously something that you have replaced with belief, and you threw out logic with it.

Kyle
"God doesn't exist, so he wasn't anywhere. Get over it. A man was evil, and he was evil because he was crazy.

Plenty of others said the shooting was the devil's work:

Harleyxx
Evil things like this happen because Satan is the god of this world ... for the time being. God will undo all the damage caused by Satan's rebellion and man's disobedience when the time is right. In the meantime we all experience trials and tribulation due to living in an ungodly world. That is why Jesus taught his followers the Lord's Prayer ... 'to pray for God's kingdom to come.'

What’s your take? Where was God in the Aurora massacre? Or do you feel that such tragedies are evidence for a godless universe?

Let us know in comments, and we’ll highlight the best ones.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: God • Violence

soundoff (10,690 Responses)
  1. indypolitic

    For all those that do not believe in God. What do you believe in? Your government? Yourself? And where is that going to get you?

    July 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • matt in nw

      Science .. us.... we need to make this a better place... reduce all the needless division lines, which is exactly what religions are.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • ArthurP

      You're right a man has to believe in something and I believe I'll have another drink.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  2. Jan

    Why is only God blamed for tragedies? Why do people who don't believe in God feel the need to comment about God? How does a atheist know God is a male?

    July 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      Atheists read the bible much more than christians do. They try to figure out what makes you people so remarkably
      foolish. Your bible says that god is male, because men wrote that poor excuse for toilet paper. Praise Allah or whatever.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  3. PETROS TSIKKOS

    LETS WALK THROUGH THE AVENUES OF TIME REALLY QUICK, AND SEARCH IN ANSWER OF ONE OF THE MOST DEBATED QUESTIONS OF MAN'S HISTORY, WHY IS THERE EVIL?, WHERE WAS GOD?
    WELL, MANY ANSWERS AND PHILOSOPHIES WERE RELEASED IN TIME BY MANY GREAT AND REVERED MEN AND WOMEN, YET I'D LIKE TO TAKE ADVISE FROM THE BEST, ESPECIALLY IF I WANT TO LEARN SWIMMING, I WOULD NOT ASK SOMEONE WHO DOESNT KNOW HOW TO SWIM IN ACTION BUT ONLY IN THEORY, OR HAS ALLREADY DROWNED BEFORE; THEREFORE, AM LOOKING ON THE GREATEST MAN EVER WALK UPON THIS EARTH, FOR WORDS AND DEEDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED, AND THIS WAS FOUND IN CHRIST JESUS. BLIND RECEIVED SIGHT, LEPERS GOT CLEANSED, EVIL SPIRITS WERE CAST OUT,THE SICK WERE HEALED, EVEN THE DEAD RISEN. SEE, WHEN JESUS WAS ACCUSED BY THE AUTHORITIES, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES AND LAWMAKERS ABOUT HEALING A WOMAN ON THE SABBATH, HE BROUGHT UP THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SOWER, REMINDING THEM THAT THESE INFIRMITIES, SICKNESSES, EVIL, THATS HAPPENING IS NOT BECAUSE OF GOD NOT BEING GOOD, BUT THE ENEMY OF GOD AND MAN, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THESE.SO AFTER JESUS CLEARED UP THE NAME OF OUR RIGHTEOUS CREATOR BY SIMPLY SAYING," THIS WOMAN, DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM WHOM SATAN BOUND..", AND THEN GIVES THEM THE PARABLE THAT GOES, "THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKENED UNTO A MAN WHO SOWED GOOD SEED IN HIS FIELD: BUT WHILE MEN SLEPT, HIS ENEMY CAME AND SOWED TARES AMONG THE WHEAT, AND WENT HIS WAY. BUT WHEN THE BLADE WAS SPRUNG UP, AND BROUGHT FORTH FRUIT, THEN APPEARED THE TARES ALSO. SO THE SERVANTS OF THE HOUSEHOLDER CAME AND SAID UNTO HIM,SIR, DIDNT YOU SOW GOOD SEED IN THY FIELD? FROM WHERE THEN DID THE TARES COME FROM. HE SAID TO THEM, AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS. THE SERVANTS SAID TO HIM, YOU WANT US GO AND GATHER THEM UP? BUT HE SAID, NO; LEST WHILE YOU GATHER UP THE TARES, YOU ROOT UP ALSO THE WHEAT WITH THEM. LET BOTH GROW TOGETHER UNTIL THE HARVEST: AND IN THE TIME OF HARVEST I WILL SAY TO THE REAPERS, GATHER YE TOGETHER FIRST THE TARES, AND BIND THEM IN BUNDLES TO BURN THEM: BUT GATHER THE WHEAT INTO MY BARN." WHEN HIS DISCIPLES DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE MEANT, SIMPLY HE EXPLAINED; HE THAT SOWETH THE GOOD SEED IS THE SON OF MAN; THE FIELD IS THE WORLD; THE GOOD SEED ARE THE CHILDREN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; BUT THE TARES ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE WICKED ONE; THE ENEMY THAT SOWED THEM IS THE DEVIL; THE HARVEST IS THE END OF THE WORLD; AND THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS. AS THEREFORE THE TARES ARE GATHERED AND BURNT IN THE FIRE; SO SHALL IT BE IN THE END OF THIS WORLD. THE SON OF MAN SHALL SEND FORTH HIS ANGELS, AND THEY WILL GATHER OUT OF HIS KINGDOM ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, AND THEM WHICH DO INIQUITY;AND SHALL CAST THEM INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE: THERE SHALL BE WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH. THEN SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN IN THE KINGDOM OF THEIR FATHER. WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR." SEE, OUR GOD AND CREATOR IS LOVING AND KIND NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE, THEREFORE HE IS BARING WITH US, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE IS NOT THERE, FOR HE IS OMNIPOTENT, OMNIPRESENT, OMNISHIENT. HE CONTINUASSLY THRU OUT AGES, EVEN THOUGH MANKIND TENDS TO BE DECEIVED AND WORSHIPS IDLES AND CREATED THINGS INSTEAD OF THE CREATOR, YET GOD ALLMIGHTY HAS PROVIDED FOR US THINGS THAT NO MAN CAN EVER DO, SUCH AS THE SUN TO RISE AND SET, THE MOON AND STARS IN THE HEAVENS, THE RAIN AND EVERY GOOD DEED AND THING UNDER THE HEAVENS. GOD IS EVERYWHERE, FOR NOTHING IS TO HIGH OR LOW OR DEEP OR DARK FOR HIM, YET, HE IS NOT IN SIN. SIN, ENTERED THROUGH OUR DISSOBIDIENCE TO HIM AND HAS BROUGHT A CURSE UPON THIS EARTH AND ITS INHABITANTS AND HAS POLLUTED OUR CONNECTION WITH HIM. YET HE IS FORGIVING, AND PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT ACCEPT HIM OR KNOW HIM, TO TURN AND BE HEALED, EVEN IF ITS AT THE POINT OF DEATH. ON THE CROSS , WHILE DYING, THE THIEF OR MURDERER OR WHATEVER HE HAD DONE, ASKED THE LORD TO FORGIVE HIM, AND THE ANSWER WAS, "TODAY" YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE, THEREFORE WHO IS ANYONE TO JUDGE OR SAY WHERE SOMEONE WILL GO. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON US. WE MIGHT NOT HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS IN THE WORLD, BUT TIME ALONE WILL TELL. MANY MORE WILL SUFFER AND MANY MORE WILL DIE, DONT SAK ME WHY? . MY ADVISE, UNLESS A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. WE HAVE TO RENEW OUR SELFS, CLEANSE OUR SELFS FROM SIN, BECOME LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN, INNOCENT PURE, HUMBLE. THE PRIDE AND LUST OF SOME, MAKES MANY GO ASTRAY.. THE LORD BLESS YOU ALL. LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH BROTHERLY LOVE

    July 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Sdavis

      Im sorry to say... nobody will read this post... #1 its too long and #2 its all in caps. BUT my comment will be read because its short and sweet! 😛

      July 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      This is why Hitler is in heaven. You can be a mass murderer with the blood of millions on your hands, and all ya gotta do is ask this christian god for forgiveness and your in heaven. What a fair and just god. Not.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  4. tcp

    Addressing the quoted post from Lenny in the article: Is he honestly insinuating that the SIX YEAR OLD girl who was ruthlessly murdered somehow told the god thing to leave her alone and that because of this she deserved to be ruthlessly murdered? Careful how you answer now people...

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  5. JP

    Sounds like the garden of eden wasn't such a bad place.Tell Eve to put down the fruit and none of this happens. The non belivers need to get with it and realize that in thier logical assumption we are as follows. We were somehow born of a Big Bang, then a nuclear reaction, then a bonding of carbon and water then we crawled out of the sea and grew legs swung from trees then invented evil and guns. I think Dust to Dust and breath of life sounds more realistic. Find your inner soul logical thinkers.

    Guns are not to blame, it is not a item capable of killing on its own. Nor the Bulletts nor any other perceived weapon. My hammer is a leathal weapon if I choose to use it in such a way. Fellow men and women, understand that we are created, we choose daily between right and wrong. At some point this James Holmes was a caring individual he was in school and helping young kids in 2008. I am betting if he went to church or had religion in his upbringing or knew how to talk to God he could have worked through the terrible thoughts he had. God could have prevented this by speaking directly to his soul and mind but this man obviously tuned it out or didn't have fellowship to help him. He was alone and without God's light. Until you find it you can't understand it. Do not seek God in worldly miracles. You will find him in the peace and tranquility of knowing this world was created so that he can be worshiped and true love expeinced when beliers can share the burning love of the holy spirt together.

    My prayers are with everyone hurting and mourning over this tragic event. The dead are at peace with my loving heavenly father right now. Thier suffering is over.

    – JP (Common Christian)

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Just call me Lucifer

      So all I have to do is ask forgiveness and I can go to heaven? Me, the Prince of Darkness can go to heaven?
      Is it not painfully obvious that there are gigantic inconsistancies in this bible/god crap? Ok... here goes, Jesus, forgive me for my sins. As of right now, there is no more hell, and no more satan. So, tell me, where are all the muslims and non-christians gonna go now when they die? Hell is closed, and everyone that has died throughout history that were in hell are now in heaven. According to you genius zealots, there will be no more evil on earth, because I'm now in heaven.
      Good luck spinning your circular logic around that one.

      July 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  6. Jonathan

    This tragic crime is an evidence of a person's agency. This horrific crime doesn't diminish God's reality and validity. I'm afraid the answer to CNN's question, is that God was there but he will never intervene in the affairs of people when they exercise their agency whether for good or evil. The same question can be asked about Jesus Christ's crucifixion when he asked "Father why has though forsaken me"? God never abandons anyone but it is true he does allow everyone to use their agency whether for good or evil. It's an experience we all go through it's a blessing we all have. Sadly, there are some people like this terrorist (because he is terrorist) who use their agency to hurt others.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • tcp

      And what of the innocents? What "agency" are they exercising? I'm not asking you why your god thing does nothing to intervene on behalf of the crazies, I'm asking you why it doesn't intervene on behalf of the innocents? There is NO logical answer. If it doesn't intervene, it is EVIL and not deserving of blind worship. The ONLY correct answer is that it doesn't exist at all.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • JP

      TCP,

      If God intervened right now what would happen to you? Time is God's gift to you, at some point put down your will to control the destiny of your soul and find that you can be more helpful to society preaching God's logic for living a happy fullfilling life. It's all in the bible. I have challenged every situation in life I can think of and there is a solution on how to handle it or directly what to do, but you MUST seek it. That is God's gift of free will to love him or deny him, your choice. Ask for God's peace and guiadance and it will be given to you, if you don't feel you need it then you will never find peace in life.

      – JP (common Christian)

      July 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  7. ArthurP

    So according to the Bible, Job Ch. 1: 6. God let Jobs children die. Now he did this to test Job to see if he would renounce God.

    Well there you go. You see God let these 12 people die in order to test our faith. Just like in Job and judging by the comments I don't think we passed the test so he will probably do it again soon. You know a retest. I wonder how many will die that time.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • tcp

      If your god thing kills innocent children to test ME, shame on it...

      July 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  8. adam

    Needing to believe in an abstract being to mollify ones sense of mortality and the unknown, while understandable, is truly naive. The notion of "god" pulling the strings in all facets of life is an archaic ideology that people still hold on to. People need to grow up and embrace reality.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • JMB3

      I could not agree more and am really sick and tired of people who really believe there is an all knowing power living in the clouds dictating what we do.. Its beyond ridiculous and comical in this day and age that people honestly still believe this stupidity.. its scary so many are still so naive..

      July 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  9. Charles K

    god was there, in the persons of those who shielded others, those who risked themselves to assist others, those policemen who responded to the situation. god is always present when humans act with love, compassion, with sincere concern for and desire to assist others. I believe this is how god expresses himself in this world.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • tcp

      And what of the six year old girl? Does your god thing not have enough hands to protect them all? Or is her murder designed to "punish" us for not being true and faithful "servants" of the looooord. C'mon!

      July 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • CV

      It was the heroic instincts of these individuals who sacrifice their life to save others not god. You give him too much credit for doing nothing.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Jimmy Rustles

      So when I do something good, it's just God doing it through my body? Nice to know that I personally, as well as the rest of mankind, are completely incapable of doing anything good. Your notion also opposes the idea of free will among men. That we are just puppets always either being controlled by Satan or God.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Bill Gates

      People who made the decision to help others before helping themselves get out of that theater are who were present. Let's give credit where credit is do. It was not god. It was the decisions of selfless individuals that helped others. It was the love and goodness of people who may not even believe in god. You have no right to speak for them. Your whole argument is based on the assumption that god even exists and which there is no evidence of. Let's stick to the facts and give credit to people with an abundance of human compassion who performed selfless acts of kindness.

      July 25, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  10. Toonces

    God was pretty busy that day with all the prayers from football players and jihadists. Must not have been paying attention to Aurora.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  11. TM

    God created man, and man created evil. It is that simple.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • tcp

      And then your god thing just went on vacation...admit it, it isn't omni-present using your logic.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • db3

      No,YOU'RE that simple.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  12. Marty

    People assume that if God does exist then this being must be about love and forgiveness and be against things like murder etc. But that's what religion has taught us about God. And nobody knows if any religions have credibility because they all require faith. Christianity says that man was made in God's image, but if that isn't true then why would God care if a human murdered another human anymore than if an animal killed another animal? And God is supposedly outside of space and time, so how would God even relate to this one event in time?

    So my answer to CNN is that it doesn't matter one bit. People need to deal with reality and stop looking to some invisible force for answers. Btw, so does the media, CNN. Leave this question to the local churches.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  13. LetUsReason

    Hey folks,

    This is the only logical answer to this question I've come across in the last 20 yrs of searching:

    http://www.dawnbible.com/booklets/permits.htm

    Lord bless.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  14. Justin Cohen

    "Where was God?" We ask a question like that because we are trying to reconcile what we know about God with what happened. We ascribe to God the characteristic of "omnipotence" meaning God is all powerful, so if God is all powerful, He could have stopped this. We ascribe to God the characteristic of goodness or love, so if God is a good and loving God – He not only could but would have stopped it.

    So, the question is based upon a presupposition concluded from two assumptions.
    If you are one to believe that God is good and all powerful (which I do) then we have a conflict here.
    If you do not believe in God or do believe in but do not believe He is good or all powerful, then you have no conflict.
    So, for those who are conflicted – I offer this suggestion;

    God's love and goodness do not require Him to intervene when He has already revealed His will and given us instructions on how to behave in accordance with His character and nature. God is good and loving, so we should be also. If you think God is good and loving, then you should act that way also. He leaves it to us to act how we want. He empowers us with choice.

    God's all powerfulness does not require Him to intervene. He has already given His power to us to act right. He has given us free will. To use His power to overpower the power He gave us would be an abuse of His power and a violation of the agreement that He already put in place. He would be a tyrant and we would be robots. We would be reduced to being a stimulus-response mechanism instead of the free moral agent which He has empowered us to be. God uses His power responsibly, as well should we.

    Just a little TheoLOGICal perspective for you 🙂

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  15. Bill Gates

    As an atheist or agnostic a theoretical discussion about someone or something that hasn't been proven to exist is futile at best. Their is no effective argument for blind faith in god. Belief in a creator or higher power have served their purpose throughout the ages in all civilizations. For the believers the existence of god answers questions that science hasn't been able to answer yet. It comforts the weak. Organized religion gives order to the masses. Religion makes the fact that once we are dead it's all over an easier pill to swallow. God is a fabrication of the human mind that once served it's purpose. it's time for people to step up and take responsibility for their own lives and actions. If your wealthy it's because you worked hard and made right decisions. If your healthy it's because good fortune is with you. If you were in the theater in CO it's because you wanted to see the Batman movie. It"s as simple as that. God?!?!? Come on people!

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • db3

      Well said, BIll. I hope you go on to have some success in the future.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  16. TOMG

    THE WAY TO SOLVE THE SOUL THAT GOT KILL INSIDE THAT THEATHER IS TO REPLACE THE TOP ROOF OF THE AURORA THEATER SO THE SOUL OF THE PASS AWAY CAN HAVE MORE BLESSING FROM GOD , AMEN . IF WE DO NOT REPLACE THE TOP ROOF OF THAT THEATER THEIR WILL BE GHOST INSIDE THAT THEATHER .

    July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  17. Sam C- Toronto

    it maybe comforting to some to suggest that this sad event is somehow part of a bigger God plan or the wisdom of the super-natural being,

    i would go out on a limb and say that this was the act caused by a deranged human being, and made possible or at least more probable by the policies of other human beings allowing him to buy guns ammunitions that have no other purpose but to kill other human beings ( with high efficiency in this case of semi automatic rifles).

    One of these days we will wake up and stop blaming an imaginary friend of what's good and bad in this world, and start realizing that we humans are responsible for these atrocities.

    whether god exists or not is not the issue and it does not really matter. what matters and what it is highly probable though is that a healthy society that looks after its citizens and each other and adopts responsible gun policies would have prevented these types of massacres.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  18. Dale

    God is a mind game that people force themselves to believe so that they can exist without the worry or having to deal with things they have no control over. Because if there was a god,,,,there would be no hesitation what so ever that a god existed and there would not be thousands of religions and side-shows of religions going on. Once a child is exposed to these religions and they stay in them until their teens, that stuff is hard burned in their brain and it won't let go

    July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  19. Shelly

    I think Lenny (above) summed it up the best.....Where is God in our society? HE may be in some individual homes where people actually practice what HE preaches still; but I know from experience people just USE HIM when he is convenient. But when we get out into society, there is no right or wrong; but even what some of the Laws state, God taught or told us FIRST to do or not to do. I think in some cases the Law or Courts (whatever) created this environment of not teaching people about "Consequences" of your own actions. We have a society who worships Hollywood stars over teachers, people in our services, the working class, etc. This society is full of people divorcing, once, twice.....father's abandoning their responsibilities w/kids and not having any consequences.....people killing left and right.....politicians arguing over vote for me "I'm better for the job"....when in actuality nobody really knows.....they're just plugging the "now issue". We've created, and accepted, for YEARS all these ISSUES we are having.......

    I personally think God is getting tired of forgiving us.......He's just testing us right now and seeing if we can correct all this damage WE have done......Mother Nature is surely next in line......

    July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • What?

      This may be the most incomprehensible articulation of a point.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  20. JMC

    This was exactly the question that shattered my faith after 9/11. Any attempt to make religious sense of senseless tragedy is an insult to the victims. To the extent that religion can bring relief to anyone who is suffering the loss of a loved one– I respect religion as a source of comfort. But ultimately, it doesn't make any sense that a loving God would permit such tragedy in order to test individuals or teach them a lesson or punish them. We would think such action from a teacher, a parent or authority figure would be abusive to say the least. So if God exists, God is the opposite of loving, or if God is all-loving, then He is not all-powerful.
    It is much easier to stop believing than try to rationalize all of this as God's Will or Free Will. Not that it is easy to lose one's faith. My last time I attended a Mass (not for a wedding or funeral, but just because I missed going) I ultimately became overwhelmed by sadness and left so as not to weep in public. I was sad because there was no denying that my "faith" was gone. I still pray though, mainly for the health and safety of my children and family. I pray that I will grow old along with all of my children and that we will be spared tragedy. But I pray in the sense of I hope. I know I can take whatever precautions I can take for safety, and still any random and devastating tragedy may occur at any time despite my hopes and "prayers." There is no reason or lesson for suffering, for a child to be left without a parent or a parent to bury their child, other than some people will be spiritually and emotionally broken while others may survive their wounds and keep living.

    July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
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