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:

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.

"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:

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. marcus

    yes, god is where he has always been... a figment of our imagination.. a catch-all answer for anything we don't know or can't understand.. ya gotta love some of the ridiculous posts, like "the earth is satan's... just for now" what kind of god allows something as evil as satan to play unabated amongst his children ? there are some very intellectually unevolved people on this planet, and their beliefs are both scarey and laughable..

    July 27, 2012 at 12:10 am |
    • Mike

      I agree.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:12 am |
  2. Mark

    a priest molested boys, Sandusky molested boys, Aurora gets a big shock, and on and on it goes. Where is God in all of this? if this God is all loving and kind, why? I don't believe in a God who "lets" this happen. This is an Evil Mans will. not my higher powers will.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  3. Concerned

    God is where He has ALWAYS been... but everyone is so busy taking him out of the schools, pledge of allegiance, and anything else He is asked to be, but has previously been asked to not show up to... Make up your mind people!!

    July 26, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • Hambone Jones

      Back when prayer was still allowed in public schools few, if any people owned assault rifles and body armour. There were mobsters out there with tommy guns committing St. Valentine's Day like slaughters, so don't pine for the "good old days" too much.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Mike

      WOW you are so delusional thinking and assuming that the lack of god and prayers is the reason why this tragic event happened.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  4. yannaes

    God was watching His creation make choices that are contrary to His wishes.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • Cuff camlin

      God gave every one of his living creation free choice.He/She did so because if we were not given this freedom of choice we would all be robots who did good and loved God because we had no other choice.The negative side of this is that every one of us has the free will to disobey and to do evil.In Aurora 1 very sick individual who was living on his own for the first time in his life chose to do evil.But even in that moment others chose to do the right thing.3 of the victims died shielding the women in their lives.No doubt those women will feel a sense of loss.but they will also know that someone cared enough for them to give their life.God was there in that theater.But Because we all have freedom of choice evil was also there.The fact that these people died is not evil.We all will die some day.What was evil was the premature loss of their lives for no Good reason at all that we can understand.but this mans choice to do what was evil should inspire each of us to do what is right in God's eyes or the evil wins.If you let it make you angry at God you are another victim of this killer.But if you seek God to ask why and what you can do to make this world better this Killer will not count you as 1 of his victims.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
    • Hambone Jones

      If God makes miracles and signs to only a select few people then he is interfering with people's free will. It would be like two people deciding to take a new drug, but only one of them being told of it's horrible side effects. True "free will" only works on a level playing field where God does nothing to aid any one person's decision-making.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • HappyMadison

      So the Will of God is not perfect then – since man can do things that God would not want. Just like a parent cannot have perfect control of their child. Sometimes a kid will do or say things that you would not want them to do. God is not in control after all it seems.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Eric

      If God created us in his image, then God is a little bit retarded, gay, black, atheist, Buddhist, etc.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  5. dvkn53

    The way I see it:
    1) A gunman killed people in a theater in Colorado. It was a tragic event for the families involved and a sad event for most of us. Shame on those of you who say that the victims deserved to die for our sins.
    2) The people who died no longer exist. They are gone in the same way that a candle flame is gone after one blows out the candle. They have not gone anywhere, and they are not suffering or celebrating or for that matter doing anything.
    3) A God that lets this type of tragedy happen may exist, but only as a non-omnipotent, sadistic tyrant. Hope and pray that there are no such Gods around.
    4) The magical gods and spirits our ancestors believed in could exist, if they exist in a way that follows the laws of the universe. Such beings would not be omnipotent and could as easily be malevolent as beneficent. They probably don't exist, at least not around here; a good thing, I say. But they COULD exist. The God that so many of us believe in, the omnipotent creator of all that is, CANNOT exist. It is logically impossible.

    July 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • The King Is Coming

      God can't exist, but "magical gods" might? Your whole spiel contradicts itself. Nice job.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Cuff camlin

      Okay Sheldon but many of us logical beings do not see it the same way.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  6. Cleve

    Where was God you ask? What happened in Aurora was without dough evil, why don’t we ask were was Satan, for we should put the blame were the blame lay, this was evil. My hart cries when we look for God in what was evil. God is there in in the consoling arms of a love one. God is in the loving prayers of a nation, calling for peace and comfort for all involved. In these times we forget God is in the helping hand of a stranger, a loved one, a friend. God is in the soup kitten feeding those who are down and out. God is in the smile of a baby, the laugh of a child. God is in the beauty of the sun rise. God is in the words of His book. Where is God? Not in our schools, our government or in many of our homes. In our school we teach Darwinism and naturalism and we expect morals to come from these teachings, but how? In Darwinism there is survival of the fittest, strongest, cleverest, there is on self-sacrifice, courtesy or morality. Natural Law eventually erodes, destroys and erases. In Natural Law there are eaters and the eaten. We can find no fault in the cheetah for eating the gazelle. The cheetah is neither good nor evil he is simply surviving. In nature either the grater eliminates the lesser or the stronger eliminates the weaker. The Darwinist and the Naturalist have no place to put blame on this young man because, natural selection does not teach morality. You ask where is God, I ask where is evil?

    July 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • cinqo

      your response on darwinism is eloquent. it's a total shame that students of medicine, biology, physiology, etc. accept darwinism as the foundation of their field of study. it's kind of scary, that the doctor who heals you accepted darwinism when he or she was a student.

      July 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Missy

      Considering all the harm that they are doing, wouldn't it be fair to say that Satan is who's driving the folks who oppose gay marriage?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • HappyMadison

      I think natural selection does a great job all on it's own. Of course, you can spend years studying "God's word" in seminary school just to end up molesting young boys. Good thing we got that bible to teach morality right?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  7. Supersam

    If none believers go to hell then Jesus's grand parents and all the people befor Christ 's time would be sent to hell as well.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Nick

      If that's why you don't believe in God then clearly you don't have an understanding of the basics of the Christian faith...

      July 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • The King Is Coming

      You've obviously never read the bible. If you had, you would know that is not true. But you've never studied it, so you wouldn't know.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • HappyMadison

      But isn't it strange how you have to study "the word" so much before you can have a basic understanding of what is right or wrong? And isn't it strange how people who go to seminary school for years still argue with each other over what the text is saying? Catholics vs Evangelicals vs Calvinists vs Armenianists vs Mormons.... what did Occam say about this? To paraphrase, elaborate complexity probably equals BS.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:03 am |
    • Hambone Jones

      Yup, you could put 20 Christians in a room and have 20 different opinions on what the Bible says. Half of them will think most of the others are going to hell too. Now, that's a great belief system.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:08 am |
  8. Nurse

    A non-believer on their death bed becomes an instant believer.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Observer

      A non-believer on their death bed becomes an instant wisher. Learn the difference.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Nicole

      I agree, for some however, time runs out and they miss their chance.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • lou

      because since birth this non sense has been driven into our heads , we can't help it because we are all brain washed....maybe i'll wish for something better but right now am fine with shutting down and letting the bits of me return to the great compost to help form something new.

      July 26, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Missy

      If you're saying that a desparate person might resort at grasping for straws, then maybe. I've worked as a nurse and have seen people gamble their last few weeks on a slim chance operation that fails 80% of the time. It says a lot when your best argument for God is that people in desparate emotional agony are far more likely to believe in him than when they are their most rational.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Elizabeth

      I am a nurse also–and from the comments I see my love for Jesus puts me in the minority. I have seen many people accept Jesus in their final days ;and that still counts; but I prefer to have him with me now instead of waiting–and some of us may go in a way that we won`t get that option. I was blessed with a look at the othe side when I was 14–all I was told has happened-yet I know the road is wide and the Gait is very narrow. Reading the comments lets me see free will in action.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Hambone Jones

      So, even a man as evil as Hitler could have "found Jesus" on his death bed and you would imagine him up in heaven while his Jewish victims ended up in hell because of their non-belief? That's twisted, you know?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  9. SkoalMan

    We live in a world of order and disorder and we are given the power and ability to increase and improve our experience here on Earth but nothing is perfect its not an excuse and I think sometimes God's power can be/ is too overwhelming for humans (in this case) to handle at times. So now you know why it's so important to do what's right for others and for yourself along the guidelines of getting along. God is all energy and experience God never guaranteed we'd know as humans what to do with His power we are tempted and unfortunately humans have the free will to abuse His power freedom is fragile we can only do so much to fully protect but of course we can and should only get better at it. But it all starts in your head and we can learn a lot from each other just dont give up the pursuit of hapiness and justice

    July 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  10. georgex

    The beauty of the Internet allows many doubters to express their views here as we become a more open society. There are organizations for non-believers such as http://www.secular.org that have meetings and interesting projects.
    Personally, I don't think we can blame God for these killings anymore than we should give him credit for the survivors. He seems to stay out of almost every human event.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  11. henry

    He was there. Waiting to great each of his children home. They were born to die that night. It was his plan. The fact we have the suspect alive and in custody is proof there is a god.!

    July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      Empty, hollow, baseless conjecture.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Hambone Jones

      Were these people martyrs to the faith? No offence to the dead, but what makes these people worthy of a free ticket into paradise?

      Or are you arguing that EVERYONE gets into heaven?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:41 am |
    • A Frayed Knot


      1. Well, at least one of them was "living in sin" with his girlfriend, tsk, tsk.... what about him?

      2. Do you have any idea how many murders (and other crimes) never have had their perps discovered or brought to justice?

      3. The fact is - you have no verified evidence that anything happened to them after they died.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:51 am |
  12. Bonnie Hawkins

    Hollywood seems to only be producing extreme violent and immoral movies now more than ever. When there are people who can't see the difference of fantasy vs. reality it ha an effect on society and then we have the nerve to question God?? Let us place the blame on the men producing the evil!

    July 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • What???

      Bonny I couldn’t agree more. It wasn’t like this guy went into a Bambi or Winnie the Pooh movie shooting. The “Dark Night” says it all. A violent movie attracted what it was profiting from. It wasn’t like the gun possessed an evil spirit that all of a sudden took over this guy making him shoot these people. He was obviously influenced by this movie as described by the victims when they said they thought it was a part of the props or promotion for the movie??? “You shall reap what you sow”.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Eric

      Perhaps we should be blaming the parents, or just come to the conclusion that he was psychotic – a medical disorder. Maybe "God" told him to kill those people – this of course being the first time God has ever actually spoken to anyone.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Len

      I was forced to watch the "Left Behind" movies. Now that was pure fantasy, and there was violence too. Same for the Passion. That was the most violent movie I ever saw, and my church showed it to me when I was 12. Why don't you point your finger at those guys?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:47 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Eric

      God does not interfer.

      July 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Hambone Jones

      If God does interfere by answering (some) prayers and sending signs and miracles only to some people, then he is messing with people's free will.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • HappyMadison

      Awesome, I have a lighbulb out – can you pray for it?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • Mike

      UNFORTUNATELY, Christian dogma has convinced too many people into believing that mitzvahs (good works) have no meaning without their Jesus fealty pledge. Many people perform good works simply for the sake of doing them, not in hopes of some reward like salvation; selfless people are good for goodness sake and nothing else.

      Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people, otherwise there would be no religious people.

      "God" is merely a power play. It is an attempt to steal the authority of an all powerful being. It matters not whether that being actually exists. What matters is that people believe He exists and that certain people speak/spoke for Him. Don't fall for it.

      And, religion is for those who would have others tell them how they should act, think, feel, and believe, That is counterfeit spirituality. True spirituality is figuring those things out for yourself.

      As long as there are those who would have others tell them how they should act, think, feel, and believe, there will be religions – and, those exploiting them for their own agendas.

      God believers fail to realize that, regardless of whether "God" (whatever that is) exists, or not, "it" will ALWAYS be a construct in their imagination that they created for themselves. And, "God" doesn't have to be anything like that. So, it's just an imaginary friend.
      Studies have failed to find any evidence for benefits from prayer that cannot be ruled out as either the placebo effect or a form of cognitive behavioural therapy. In fact, the most comprehensive study performed thus far found that hospital patients who were prayed for suffered more complications than otherwise.

      July 27, 2012 at 3:23 am |
  14. Nox

    The same place every other 'god' was at the time. With just as much irrational fervor as people cling to the hope that there is something more than this today, past cultures have clung to similar and similarly absurd fervors. A thing does not become true just because enough people insist upon it vehemently, no matter how many idiots agree upon it.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • What???

      The same can be said against you point. Just because you express your unbelief vehemently enough will make it not exist.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • Cq

      What you said doesn't make any sense. People claim that a god exists, and Nox says that just saying that he exists doesn't make it so. Skeptics don't have to prove that he doesn't exist. All we have to do is not accept the claim that he does.

      We can do this because there have been thousands of proposed gods throughout history and nobody ever had to prove that any of these others didn't exist before people stopped believing in them, so why should we treat the existence of this one any differently?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  15. Art

    If the so called believers in God are true believers they don't own or carry a gun. I never heard of Christ carrying a sword or any weapon. But just as radical Islam can change the words of their faith so it's ok to kill , I guess Christians can also change the meaning of their faith for convenience. Lets just say there is a God and he carries a gun to kill , then Americans are very God like !

    July 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • SaveTheUSA

      Nope. 'Radical Islam' didnt change the wordings to make it OK to kill. Read about the peace of the kuraysh (or Quraysh, there are more than one spelling for this JEWISH tribe). Mohd. himself was quite bloodthirsty and spread his faith by the sword. Educate yourself.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • What???

      No he didn't but Peter did and he used it when he thought Jesus was in danger. Do you thing Jesus didn't know Peter had a sword and do you think Jesus really needed Peter to have sword. Sometimes God allows us the liberty to satisfy our human need to fix it while he watches until WE choose to let Him fix it.

      July 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Hambone Jones

      This is the same Peter who denied Jesus and otherwise expressed a lack of faith in that Gospel, right? Wouldn't his bringing a sword just be another example of how he simply didn't "get" what Jesus' mission was? That he was destined to be arrested, and killed?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:20 am |
  16. martin

    For some reason we want God to be Gene, when things go wrong "Where was God" why God allows such a things.

    Starting with President Obama --} and the rest of the nation .......... WE a Christian Nation kicked Him out the public schools , out of our Government, out of our families , out of our Culture and we "THE AUDACITY" to question him? come on lets be real.
    Why instead we dont question Holywood, video games companies, Divorce, drugs, all the evil we willingly allow to be part of our daily lives............... see GOD is not a gene , what else needs to happen to turn back to HIM ............HOW MANY PAIN AND MISERY...... Whats wrong about teaching our kids about God ,,,,,,, now more than ever we need Him to control all these evil.............

    July 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      If anybody could ever prove that god existed and wanted us to do certain things, we'd at least try.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      One might as easily ask, "What's so wrong about teaching our children about Zeus? If we hadn't kicked Zeus out of our schools this wouldn't happen." Feel free to replace Zeus with "fairies" or "magic bunnies" or "Allah." It's an argument that lacks reasoning and maturity. It's time to grow up and stop blaming things on invisible fairy tales.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Divo

      The United States has never been a christain nation. It has been secular from day one. Most historical figures were atheist, agnostic, or deist. Our greatest leaders have all said that god has no place in politics. God was not added to our money until 1956, and was not added to the pledge of allegience until 1954.

      The idea of 'god' is a relic handed down by people to ignorant to see that all things can be explained with reason. Magical sky wizards have no place in society anymore.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  17. Fer

    I am a believer of God almight. I do not question his existense or question why things like this happen. I believe that all things happen for a reason. That good things and bad things happen to us all and God is not to blame. Only God know why things really happen and we can only hope that one day we know the answers to all things that puzzle us right now. People can say what they please and have different views on the topic. My opinion is what I have said, plus that one should be greatful for the things that we have for each and every blessing, but we should not complain or lose faith for the bad things that happen. Good and bad thigs will always keep happening that does not disproof that God does not exist. I feel kinda sorry for people that don't belive in Him. I pray for people like that. I was raised in a very Catholic family and my father is a Chirstan, but I don't considere myself much of religious person, but I believe. It makes life much better to have hope. “I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.”

    -Albert Camus

    July 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • Eric

      The only reason you believe is because your parents believe, and their parents cause them to believe.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Pascal's Wager is stupid. There are many good refutations on line you can look up.

      I'll provide you one: The god in which most people believe doesn't accept just a general "I believe in god" statement, does he? No, the believer must believe in the correct god, in the correct way, and with the correct behavior, prayers, etc, and etc.. So Pascal's Wager works equally well for you to believe in Allah, the sufi way, the shi'ite way, and all the other flavors, too. Where does it end? When you realize none of them have any better reason to believe than any other one. Choose atheism, it's the wise choice.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Fer

      I'm not really sure about that... see I don't go to church quite often like my parents religion says I should, and I do not agree with all of the things me as a Catholic supposed to agree with. I consider myself to be a believer that is all. I believe in God. Period. There are cases where parents believe and their children don't. My Father for example concideres himself a Chirstian because he belives in Jesus Christ but does not believe in the church and he comes from a family of Catholic faith.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • GodFreeNow

      "Only God know why things really happen and we can only hope that one day we know the answers to all things that puzzle us right now."

      This is a pretty lazy approach to life. Thankfully the greatest men in our history were not content to sit back and wait for god to answer questions for us. If you enjoy your internet, refrigerator, antibiotics, iphone, gps, television, car and air conditioner... Please take a moment to thank those who did the work to find the answers to the questions in life that others so readily dismissed as god's will.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • northern light

      @ Fer

      You say you believe in god ....but is that the Christian god or just god.
      You cannot be a Christian unless you accept JC as your saviour .....it is quite simple.

      Many people claim to be Christians but are unwilling to commit to the "Christ is my saviour "part.

      If you are say you are Christian and do not accept JC .......well then you might as well join me ....and be an unbeliever.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Elizabeth

      God set up many laws in this universe and gave us all the gift of free will-that is what makes us so different from the ducks -chickens and the pigs – so If I know the law of gravity and think I can jump off of a building –guess what – bad choice–last time I get to use my free will gift. I know many terrible things happen –and I also know he can make good things come out of these bad things. This life is very short and your body and mind are magnificient creations that most of you take for granted ( GOD created us)! If you believe in Jesus that gives you a chance to survive these horrible things that happen every day. So don`t blame God for a persons screwed up life and mind-they probably never knew him- but they knew the Devil, this is their real influence ; and he is running rampent right now getting all he can to do this evil crap to others. If you believe stand back and watch the Lord deliver things you will never understand as a non beliver. Jesus even loves the bad guys;but their time is running out.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  18. Tim

    God was not in Aurora because "he" has to exist to be in a specific location/

    July 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Eric

      32 + 40 + 29

      Christians 1
      Atheists 0

      July 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • northern light

      @ Eric

      The score is irrelevant ....you are the one wasting your life with fairy tales.....while you could be doing far more useful things.....such as curing cancer.

      Oh ....and life is a very very long game....it may take hundreds of more years....and many more lives (via religious strife).....but eventually humanity will rid itself of the .....curse of bronze age religious belief.

      July 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Eric

      @ Northern Lights,

      If you saw my post before I started commenting, you would see I was being sarcastic and pointing out how illogical the reasons are to believe in a "God".

      July 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  19. TJ

    Finally, I understand. We humans are really nothing more than avatars in God's never ending Sims game. The point of which...only God knows.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  20. Eric

    The idea of a super intelligent create is completely false. The most common religions, the Abrahamic religions, are based on ficticious third-hand accounts of people claiming to speak to God. There is no evidence that can prove, or disprove that these people spoke to "God" – but just because someone claims they saw the boogie man under their bed, does not mean it's real. In our modern society, I don't think anyone believes in Ferries, Leperchauns,or any other legends and wife's tales. However, religion has still managed to live on. Despite specifics in the bible contradicting eachother, more people find it comforting to believe that once they are gone, they'll live forever in paradise – the harsh truth is nothing happens.

    The only defense to religion is the unknown – we are unsure how the universe was first made – prior to the big bang. However, the only ideals we hold as true from the stone age is the bible. We know we are not the centre of the universe, the Earth rotates around the sun, and you will not fall off the planet if you sail out in the great wide yonder.

    It's time we accepted the evidence and simply acknowledge that the possibility of an all powerful God – who won't interfer- is almost as likely as Big Foot walking into your house.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, ghouls, goblins or guns

      There is more evidence for Big Foot than for any god.

      July 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
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