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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. GetOverIt

    I think Jodie Foster explained it best in the movie Contact. "So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?" I personally believe that god is a made up figure, just like the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, leprechauns and unicorns.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • Craig

      I concur!

      July 27, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  2. Nietodarwin

    the vomit on the floor is proof that "a belief in god" exists, even though god doesn't exist. RELIGION IS PUKE. When you religious people are in a group of people, do you just vomit where you are, or do you try to go away or contain it. Think of it that way. Every time you feel the need to give your deluded opinion about your beliefs, pretend you are vomiting All this mental illness from deluded tricked people is making many of us sick. Take your religion, crawl in a hole, and wait for heaven. Please go to the restroom if you need to vomit, and put your religious opinions in the same receptacle.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  3. Reality

    Taking god down a "omniscient" notch but still powerful??

    o From Edward Schillebeeckx, the famous Catholic theologian from his book, Church: The Human Story of God,
    Crossroad, 1993, p.91 (softcover)

    "Christians must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history" .

    "Nothing is determined in advance: in nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human
    activity there is possibility of free choices.

    Therefore the historical future is not known even to God; otherwise we and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings.

    For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    July 26, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Reality

      Taking god all the way to the lowest notch:

      The Apostles' Creed 2012: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
      and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen
      (references used are available upon request)

      July 26, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  4. David, Tampa

    Ya might want to read the whole book. Hilarious that countless millions read the entire series of Harry Potter, but they spot read the Bible. If you just want to read a few verses to base your life and your after life on.... you might consider Genesis 6- Vs 1-4

    I almost guarantee that Gen 6 will cause you to seek Christ. He is all we got.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Bob

      David, nice pick and choose. Seriously, a careful, fair read of the bible should drive any reasonable person away from your Jesus myth. Consider some of the nasty demands by your murderous, cruel god that are written in there. Fine stuff like this, in both NT and OT:

      Numbers 31:17-18
      17 Now kiII all the boys. And kiII every woman who has slept with a man,
      18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      Deuteronomy 13:6 – “If your brother, your mother’s son or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul entice you secretly, saying, let us go and serve other gods … you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death”

      Revelations 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

      Note that the bible is also very clear that you should sacrifice and burn an animal today because the smell makes sicko Christian sky fairy happy. No, you don't get to use the parts for food. You burn them, a complete waste of the poor animal.

      Yes, the bible really says that, everyone. Yes, it's in Leviticus, look it up. Yes, Jesus purportedly said that the OT commands still apply. No exceptions. But even if you think the OT was god's mistaken first go around, you have to ask why a perfect, loving enti-ty would ever put such horrid instructions in there. If you think rationally at all, that is.

      And then, if you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that your "god" couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it. Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself.

      So get out your sacrificial knife or your nasty sky creature will torture you eternally. Or just take a closer look at your foolish supersti-tions, understand that they are just silly, and toss them into the dustbin with all the rest of the gods that man has created.

      Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement. Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
      http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

      July 26, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      I think you're reading it by spot reading also. Most people become Atheists after reading it fully and realizing the huge contradictions within it.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      I hope you know that the bible was written by a bunch of fallible humans over a long period of time, then edited by more people to fit an agenda of power, money and to convert pagans to Christianity. Learn the history of your religion please.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Bill Deacon

      You shall indeed hear but not understand,
      you shall indeed look but never see.
      Gross is the heart of this people,
      they will hardly hear with their ears,
      they have closed their eyes,
      lest they see with their eyes
      and hear with their ears
      and understand with their hearts and be converted
      and I heal them.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:03 am |
  5. Dan

    How does religion impart a sense of right and wrong. I am an atheist. I am one of the first people on the ground for many natural disasters getting communications back up. When i was in Joplin, Mo last year it affirmed my belief in a lack of a deity, because why would he be allowing innocent lives to be taken. I have a very high sense of morality because my parents taught me the difference between what is good and what is bad. I went from living on the streets to building my own business and being very successful without one bit of religion. Too many times God is praised or blamed for problems of our own doing. This person was sick and should have got help long before this, the signs were there but his co-workers and friends missed them. His own mother had no problem believing he did this, that means the mother knew something was wrong with her son and didn't do anything about it.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Randy Tyson

      The Idea of a God is just mans Mans ploy to controll other men. This was a good idea for social controll and it grew to an accepted fact by the people of Faith and was and still is a compulsary lesson for the children of the brainwashed. I believe that it is a form of child abuse to pound this fary tale into childrens minds. Humans can only do so much with their earthly punishments for social discord. What better way to have people conform to a groups Idea of morality then to tell them they have a god watching their every move and if they don't conform to their standard of morality then they are going to burn in a hell for eternity, or be rewarded for doing things that do conform to their standard of living. There has never been any proof that a god exsists except for the hopefull wishings of the brainwashed. Quoting scripture is the most absurd attempt to provide proof that a god is present. I am not saying that it is not possible that there could be some sort of connection between human beings thrue the laws of nature, but it is obvious to people of truly sound mind that this is nothing more than wishfull thinking being passed off as truth.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Kudos to you for proving that non-believers can be decent people. On the note of people not getting him help, it is sometimes easier to deny the reality and hope that the person changes. Even had they tried to get him help, it is up to him to accept it. Where I think the issue lies is why were red flags not raised when he was making the purchases? I'm Canadian and our laws are stricter...anyone making those types of purchases here would have been noticed.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  6. David, Tampa

    Ya'll are correct. God is not here. When he shows up, millions of amateur astronomers, and NORAD will be the first to notice. The off planet being whom the USA needs to really fear is Archangel Micheal.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:52 am |
  7. John

    Actually, God was there. If, at any point leading up to the horrible event, the shooter had just stopped and asked God, "Lord, help me here. I am lost and confused. What do You want me to do?" I doubt very much the God I know would have answered, "Keep going, and off as many innocent people as you can." The fact is, God is everywhere. Each of us decides on our own whether or not to acknowledge, listen to, or obey him.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • CF

      Amen brother, I agree fully.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      Life on earth is like a stretched second. For a second we have to endure the evildoers, but after the second God will punish them. Don't let us overestimate temporal suffering.

      We can regard our life on earth as a stretched second. Even time is a matter of scaling. Simply imagine you had been in general anesthetic for ten real years. It really could happen that at awakening you think you had slept only a second.

      Or imagine your whole life would be shot and then you would take a medicament which accelerates the processing speed of your brain. Actually the movie of your life would last maybe 70 yeasr, but with higher processing speed of your brain you could watch it in 7 seconds. You see it is only a matter of scaling.

      And God gives the sinner an opportunity to repent which can be over yet this evening. Hence, don't deny God's existence, but repent, before it is too late.

      During the "stretched second" on earth the good people have to endure the evil people and hope that some of them repent.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • David, Tampa

      Ya might want to read the whole book. Hilarious that countless millions read the entire series of Harry potter but the spot read the Bible. If you just want to read a few verses to base your life and your after life on.... you might consider Genesis 6- Vs 1-4

      July 26, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Bob

      That's utter nonsense, John. Many people with innocent children dying of various diseases have sincerely (to say the least) asked your god for help, and your "loving" god has never, ever done a damn thing to help them. Your god clearly does not exist, at least not with the benevolent characteristics that you apparently claim for it.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Carl

      @John, how do you know he did not do exactly that?

      Maybe he did pray and God told him to slaughter as many people as possible. This is the same God that tells some people abortion is wrong and tells others it is okay, that gay marriage is wrong and others it is okay, that eating pork on Sundays is wrong and others it is okay.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      "I doubt very much the God I know would have answered, "Keep going, and off as many innocent people as you can.""

      I doubt he would have said anything

      July 26, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  8. CF

    Are you serious to ask this? Some want to remove God from every part of our life becaus it "offends" them and then we turn around and ask "where was God?" Sickening. I serve an amazing and awesome God and I am offended that this question is even being asked.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • Bob

      Why would a "god" need your "service" or other obeyance? Pretty pathetic god that you've made for yourself there.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      You DON"T SERVE ANYTHING except a delusion of some sky fairy, because you still believe what you were taught as a child. Serving a drug addiction would make more sense than "serving god." Religion is FINALLY dying . Centuries of war, abuse of women and children, and judgmental hogwash is ENOUGH. Religious people do not care about the planet, the futures of their own offspring, or anything else related to our long term well being. Why should they? They are happy in their delusion that THEY will go to "heaven" (and "be damned" literally, those who don't by into the delusion.) I won't use dangerous drugs because you tell me that I'll be "saved" , so I certainly won't believe any quotes from one of the sickest most reviling murderous books ever written. Serve elsewhere and keep your delusions to yourself.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Bob

      Nietodarwin, great post. Spot on. Already has brightened my day.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:02 am |
  9. Rainer Braendlein

    Ain't that a catastrophe that we immediately think of Islam when we hear about any massacre?

    And ain't that a greater catastrophe that the Muslims boast when they have not committed a certain massacre?

    Dear Muslims, it should be very usual that you don't kill your neighbours. You don't have to be proud when you are not guilty of a crime sometimes. You should be ashamed that your reputation has become so bad that you always get suspected when a rampage has occured. You fools!!!

    Ain't that a demonic religion which includes the extermination of infidels (Jews and Christians in Muhammad's eyes). Damned Islam, such a crap.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:32 am |
    • reality

      muslims are only defending themselves because of the reputation that is built up around them (as you correctly pointed out) but the only reason they feel the need to point things like this out is because people like you who help to create this poor reputation that haunts many of the islamic faith, yes the Qu'ran says some scary things but so does the bible, but most christians chose not to follow these tenants of the bible just as most muslims dont follow the scary messages in the qu'ran. You cannot bully someone for being crazy and call their religon evil then attack them when they are trying to defend why it is not islam that is responsible for the evil in this world

      July 26, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • David, Tampa

      Call ye no man a fool

      July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @reality

      Why don't you become a Muslim, at least you are yet a liar.

      The problem is not only the Koran with its commands to kill the infidels (us, the Jews and the Christians). Regretably it is historical true that Muhammad and the Caliphs killed a lot of guiltless people. That is sad reality. Ask any historian. Have you never heart about the Muslim conquests?.

      The commands to kill degenerated peoples of the Old Testament really were divine commands. Israel should exterminate people, which offered guiltless infants to their idols and had intercourse with relatives and animals. I guess, it was a righteous judgement.

      The Christian Church is not a state like Israel was and thus these commands are no longer valid, beside this commands refered only to some certain peoples, which lived in Canaan (today Palestine).

      So, my friend, get some knowledge, before you tell crap.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • reality

      im not defending islam im defending muslim people whom you attacked, most muslims do not follow these commandments today, just as im sure there are commandments in the bible which you openly know and chose not to follow (i.e. not masterbating and that is not an attack on you we all do it)

      July 26, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  10. reality

    im an athiest but i do not like when people attack other peoples religous beliefs because everyone has their own perspectives on life and attacking someone's god is not going to bring back the people that died, at the same time i find it quite silly that people are trying to tie god into this, the fact of the matter is a lunatic with a gun walked into a theatre and killed a bunch of people, that is literally what we know happend (if we assume there is no god then this story makes complete sense, and there is nothing more needed to explain) we have no evidience besides for religous texts that suggest that this god people speak of has ever interviened and if i recall correctly these same texts state that god is so awesome that we as humans cannot begin to understand how or why he does what he does therefore it is pointless to try to understand what happened and why god would let it happen

    July 26, 2012 at 7:30 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      We can regard our life on earth as a stretched second. Even time is a matter of scaling. Simply imagine you had been in general anesthetic for ten real years. It really could happen that at awakening you think you had slept only a second.

      Or imagine your whole life would be shot and then you would take a medicament which accelerates the processing speed of your brain. Actually the movie of your life would last maybe 70 yeasr, but with higher processing speed of your brain you could watch it in 7 seconds. You see it is only a matter of scaling.

      And God gives the sinner an opportunity to repent which can be over yet this evening. Hence, don't deny God's existence, but repent, before it is too late.

      During the "stretched second" on earth the good people have to endure the evil people and hope that some of them repent.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • reality

      your right that everything is just a perception of our reality, but that in no way suggests god's existence rather it suggests that we cannot know what truley is and isn't the problem is we only see the world through the eyes we wear which is why life and its explination could be almost anything possibly god possibly not

      July 26, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      I'm an atheist too, and you are wrong. Religious nuts are destroying life on the planet, infringing on people's rights, and causing all kinds of problems. You may as well let meth addicts shoot up the streets and poison everybody. To be silent when people start talking about and acting upon beliefs (delusions) that harm the collective good is wrong. OK, education and patience, to be sure, but attacks against total lunacy ARE needed.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • reality

      nietodarwin i agree with what you are saying in many ways but attacking religous nuts isnt going to stop the problem we must teach tolerance we cant stop hate filled ignorance with our hate filled reason we must try to conquering their hate by teaching them to love if you understand

      July 26, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  11. Observer

    Being infinitely wise and just, God has decided that this cold-blooded murderer of adults and children should suffer the IDENTICAL PUNISHMENT as consenting adults for what they do alone in the privacy of their bedroom.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:23 am |
  12. Rainer Braendlein

    Safety is a value, but freedom too. That is a dilemma, even for God.

    "Where was God in Aurora massacre?"

    Where was the police, when half a dozen or so people got murdered in New York yesterday (I don't know how many people really get killed in New York every day)?

    Nobody of us would wish that around every corner is a policeman which would prevent crimes. We would get the feeling to live in a state of surveillance, extremly unpleasant.

    Now let us imagine "God would be around every corner" and prevent us from doing evil. Would we be happy about that? Would we still be free people?

    God is somewhat in a dilemma. At the one hand he wants freedom, on the other hand he wants to prevent injustice. Seemingly, God tolerates the evildoesrs for a while up to Judgement Day. During our time on earth it becomes manifest, if we are good people or evildoers. Beginning with Judgement Day the evildoers will get punished (of course, yet before Judgement Day the authority can punish the extreme sinners, called criminals).

    Concerning the victims:

    In a way death belongs to life. Maybe, if they had not died by the massacre, they had died by a disease or an accident or something else. There is no guarantee that we survive the current day. This should make us hurry to search for the real faith which leads us to eternal life. If we have got eternal life, we can die peacefully or in fact we only pass away.

    How can we respect our fellow human beings?

    First, we should realize that God gave his precious Son for us. By that he expressed infinite love for every single human being. God delivered his Son for us, although we are sinful, that is outrageous. This leads to the conclusion that he loves you and me, despite our sinfulness, and thus we should love him and each other. Of course, when we accept God's love for us, we should also accept his will to cure us from our sin.

    Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for us on the cross. This should really touch us deeply.

    Can I kill a guiltless human being which is loved by God? Impossible!

    Of course, the authority is allowed th punish the people which don't respect their fellow human beings.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:55 am |
    • Craig

      Judgement Day. lmao. you people are hilarious!

      July 26, 2012 at 7:52 am |
  13. Matt

    God was there, but he is just "camera shy".

    July 26, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  14. SaveTheUSA

    Im sure Alah approved of it. after all, these were all kaffirs werent they?

    July 26, 2012 at 6:11 am |
    • Live in Peace

      Of course I was expecting a comment from an angered American trying to turn this against Muslims again. Before you go on with a crazy rant, let me just tell you something, in hopes that it will enlighten you. Muslims believe in the same God as you do, Allah is merely the Arabic name for God. Muslims believe in the same God as Jews. In the Quran, Christians and Jews are referred to as "people of the book", because Muslims believe in the Old and New Testament as well, just as Muslims believe in Jesus, Moses, the Virgin Mary, Abraham and many more. When the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was exiled out of one of the cities, he was taken in by the neighbouring Christian-ruled cities and sought refuge there, where he was granted permission to pray in the Churches, because they are, just as Mosques and Synagoges are, houses of God. Yes, there are Muslim fanatics and extremists, but that exists for every religion. It is wrong of anyone to generalize or belittle a whole religion and population because of the actions of the few. If Islam really supports violence and killing and terrorism, like many Western people assume, it would be ludacrious for it to be the world's fastest growing religion. So as an Arab Muslim, I grieve as well for the victims of the shooting, just as I do for any innocent victims of any terrorist incident, regardless of their beliefs or affiliations. So I hope that people start to open their minds, for ignorance is what blinds everyone towards hate-crimes, and honestly, living in the 21st century, it's a shame how people still think.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Live in Peace (Poison upon you!)

      I am about to destroy the Islam, whereby I don't hate Muslims, and would never hurt or kill a Muslim. It is only about the doctrine of Islam, which I want to exterminate.

      Sorry, my friend, you are a liar like your lousy prophet. I say that without any religious hate simply confessing the objective truth.

      It is historically proven that Muhammad was a liar, thief, murderer and fornicator. Can such an individual establish a good religion, my friend?

      How did Islam spread? By its cogency? Never!!! It only spread, because Muhammad and the Caliphs spread it by using the SWORD. Can a religion which uses the SWORD be a legitimate religion? Never, of course!

      I admit that during the Crusades also the Catholics used the Sword, but that was caused by the Western Antichrist, called pope like the Jihad was caused by Muhammad, the Eastern Antichrist.

      I am a Protestant hating the pope and Muhammad, and love the Lord and God Jesus whose religion spread without violence, but the Church is built on the blood of the martyrs (of course, Christian martyrs never used weapons, but were murdered without resistance).

      "Live in Peace" you are a damned liar, because you want to depict Islam as an harmless religion which is objectively wrong. Islam is simply a religion of war and Muslims adore the God of war which may be Satan. Shut up!

      July 26, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  15. Brian

    If God is real, he has a lot of explaining to do.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:07 am |
    • justme

      he has explained everything and Harleyxx above in the article made a point that i recognize as being one of Jehovah's Witnesses and if you really want to learn the true explanation of what the bible really teaches go to J W.org or have a sincere discussion with one of them when they come to your door.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:24 am |
    • fintastic

      Just me wrote;

      "if you really want to learn the true explanation of what the bible really teaches"

      You do realize that everyone has a different idea of what "the bible really teaches" right? It's the great book of pick-n-choose.

      July 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Brian

      Any possible way you can stop the JW's from coming to my door? I don't come to your door trying to convert you to the wonders of science, reason, and logic.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  16. One one

    Everyone eventually dies, the only question is when. If god exists, it must be his will that we all die.

    July 26, 2012 at 5:41 am |
  17. Bob Dobbs

    God is imaginary. The question is moot.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:51 am |
    • demac

      Well Bob, that is just your dumb opinion. It just goes to show how narrow minded and ignorant people like you are.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:26 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      demac, thanks for your opinion. Do you have any facts to back it up. For example, can you prove there are any gods?

      July 26, 2012 at 5:29 am |
    • One one

      Actually, demac, I agree with it also.

      July 26, 2012 at 5:42 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      demac: No more than it is your dumb opinion that god does exist. Bob at least is being honest and not making claims based off of no real evidence.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • S.Lutz

      Thanks Bob. Simple,clean, clear and honest. Unlike the rambling, never-ending, hogwash of those who scramble to prove his existence.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:28 am |
  18. Nick

    Which "God?"

    July 26, 2012 at 4:28 am |
  19. Kyle

    God is dead, and no one cares. If there is a hell, I'll see you there.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:27 am |
  20. GG Allin

    God couldn't make it that day, because him, Santa, Thor, and The Easter bunny were busy not existing. Even if there was a god, we've been long forgotten.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:21 am |
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