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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. Katster

    Where was God????? He's right where all the people that are asking where he was put him........... Ya'll kicked him to the curb years ago. Which is where the devil wants him to be. Question is where was the devil........... Answer, he was in that movie theater.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, for the love of Pete. What nonsense.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Bonch

      Really? People like you should be forced to read your won comment.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Bonch

      Katster you just destroyed any hope I have in believing in turning to any God with such a selfish and nasty comment.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Mike

      So you are claiming that God has petty human emotions and will turn away from people when others turn from him? If God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, then people need to start accepting the fact that God created evil and bad things that happen. Otherwise, your conclusion is that God shows pagan emotions and is human, thus imperfect, in his actions and plans.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  2. midwstrngrl

    Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? –Epicurus

    July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  3. Eric

    Sin opens the door for authority for the devil. When we allow sin to run free in our lives, we are allowing satan more and more influence in that area. However, for those that accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, his forgiveness and grace prevail. Unfortunately, God is a gentleman and will not interrupt our free will. If we choose to give authority to satan and turn our back on the Father, then that's our choice. Thankfully, His love works behind the scenes to pull us back to him. His love will be there in comfort for those that we hurt or the families that lost loved ones. But the same principle remains for them – they must receive that love. It's present regardless. In the natural, we have the opportunity to receive or disregard the love of our parents, friends, family, etc. For most of us, the love is there most often, but if we turn our back on it, we don't "receive" it. I pray that there be a greater wisdom for all of us in understanding His nature and that hearts be opened to receive the love of the Father. He is so good!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Eric

      ...and by "unfortunately, God is a gentleman, and will not interrupt our free will".. I mean that it's unfortunate that these things happen. It's unfortunate that all bad situations could not be stopped right before they happen. Matter of fact, "unfortunate" is too soft of a word. It's indescribable, really.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Madtown

      Eric
      for those that accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, his forgiveness and grace prevail.
      ------
      I guess those human beings who live in a part of the world where christianity isn't available are out of luck then. God must not love them to the same degree that he loves the people who have christianity available to them, huh?

      July 25, 2012 at 10:04 am |
  4. 3worldsofscott

    Its interesting to observe how many if not most atheist seem angry, Sure, there are logical arguments made by some analytical philosophers and academics, which attempt to disprove His existence (which has yet to be successful). But the comments here bathed in sarcasm and disparagement towards people of faith or even God Himself seems to only confirm this conclusion. Could it be that many atheist are really angry with God? Why would an atheist spend so much time, effort and energy on this subject if there really was no God? If He really doesn't exist, then there's very little benefit in trying to prove or rant that He's not there. Such behavior only tends to work on the side of proving God's existence.

    Now with all of that being said, I actually understand or feel empathy for those who are angry with God for whatever reason. I've been angry toward God myself. The beautiful thing about God is that even He has patience for our anger toward Him and offers grace for such emotions. He understands the heart and hardships (possible reasons for such anger) of each and every person here providing commentary. And I dare to say that He paid the price for our sins, our fits, our gross misunderstandings and our misleadings. This payment only follows how the world works now. In other words, where there is a mistake there is a consequence (sooner or later). We know this deep down in our souls and in our superficial intellect. That's why there are social, environmental, political, criminal, moral, etc... laws in all societies. But God's payment for our mistakes is a gift, yet He won't force this upon us if we deny it or don't want it. Even more telling, is that we won't value it or accept it if we are unable to own up to our sins toward Him and others.

    Where is God during horrific times? He is here during evil times and good times. But in order for there to be love, the highest law of the universe, there must be free will. Free will gives us the ability to choose spiritual life or death. Free will allows us to either love one another or hate one another. Free will allows us to choose to love God or hate Him.

    Yet, even in the darkest moments of history where freewill takes a turn towards the worst God works to bring people close to Him, to bring people true life. 26 "He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. 28 for

    “‘In him we live and move and have our being’;
    as even some of your own poets have said,

    “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ ACTS 17:26-28

    God's priority is to brings us into a live giving loving relationship first with Himself and second with others. He'll even use the most difficult trials brought on by our freewill or someone else's to draw us close to him. This is where the old cliche' "You don't find atheists in foxholes" comes from. Because when reality hits and our very life or existence is in the balance, there is a part in all of us that desires to cling to life (which is His gift).

    July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • The_Humanist

      Hey prove he exists then. Tell him to come by my house so we can have a discussion over a cup of coffee

      July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • zach

      the thing is though he has yet to be proved to exist too. im definitely not angry im more happy without god that i was with him. im not blaming him for what happened here but simply asking where he was, why he didnt stop it, and how people change their mind when something bad happens saying it was free will. but if its something good that happens its "god's will" please explain...

      July 25, 2012 at 9:59 am |
      • 3worldsofscott

        Zach, you pose sincere and good questions. Of course, I'm not all knowing and can't satisfy every question. I'll give it a try with what I know (including experience, scripture and logic). I won't go into deep detail citing scripture or any other possible basis of knowledge for times sake. But it seems that God allows all that happens to happen without being the motor or will (behind people's actions) moving everything that happens. In other words, I don't believe that God told Holmes to do it nor did He possess Holmes or create a desire in Holmes to walk into that theater and perform such horrific acts. But God can use even our worst actions for good.

        God is not absent and He has the ability to shape the future, while using our freewill (even the evil acts) to bring about His purposes and desired outcome. I believe that this is what many Christians mean, when they say its the will of God.

        It might be advantageous to try to understand what the most important, valuable, purposeful, fulfilling goal of life is. In other words, if God exists, what is the most important or valuable thing for Him and us in this life?

        First, the most important goal of life can not be every single person's happiness, comfort, or safety. If there is a God, comfort and safety are obviously not the most important things. Not so say that don't hold value in God's economy. But from experience, it seems that this is not the case.

        The most important thing can not be each and everyone's happiness either, whether there is a God or not. One person's happiness often makes another person unhappy. Hence, there are competing ideals of happiness among billions of people.

        I dare to say that the most important thing in life (or is family or relationships (i.e. love). If this is the case, then our relationship with God is the most important thing and our relationship with other is second. True relationships involve love. So in effect, love it the most important thing. And there can be no love if freewill does not exist. Freewill to choose right and wrong, hate or love, a good action or an evil action. Hence, freewill had a higher value to God than each and everyone's happiness, comfort or safety when He created the universe. But of course, where there is freewill there is opportunity for such actions preformed by Holmes.

        July 25, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • Atheist

      Why should something have to be proven it doen't exist when I hasn't been proven it exists in the first place?

      Angry? Have you ever heard of the Crusades? Jhiad? Which Hunts? Who are the angry ones hmmm?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • pntkl

      "Why should something have to be proven it doen't exist when I hasn't been proven it exists in the first place?" In mathematics, it's called proving a negative or more specifically in regards to propositional logic, modus tollens: P implies Q, but Q is false, therefore P is false. It is reductio ad absurdum (reduction to absurdity).

      Ultimately, it is an auto-epistemic argument. Of which, negative proofs are dependent on sufficiently qualified investigations. Unless people can overcome current limitations in observation, such as Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty, or the observers' effect on observation, the idea of being sufficiently qualified is a misnomer. As is, it's more like being one's ideas are sufficiently recognized by a group of peers, who are marginally more or less ignorant, but ignorant nonetheless. This is the same idea behind probability, which is humorous. Even 7+ Sigma, compared to all the bits of the universe, is insignificantly insufficient to define an absolute.

      Based on what faith or evidence either believers or non-believers have, neither has proven their faith [or lack thereof] is a certain knowledge. Which is a problem, when one ascertains their position, using key-phrases, such as 'cannot be'. That is, unless you happened to be the catalyst behind spawning this mixed bag of miscreants we call life.

      Faith itself is a muscle, it must be exercised, whatever your conviction is. The basis thereof is irrelevant, when considering one's personal confidence therein. In that, the only thing relevant is whether or not you hold fast to it. Many believers, for N-beliefs, regardless of their basis of belief being proof and/or probability, have quite a knack for talking to a tree, telling it to move, and then believe that they can–regardless of it actually moving. That isn't necessarily bad, as many here have been implying. It is only the application of that phenomena which dictates +/- cause and effect.

      So, to further the understanding of this lack of understanding, it is most simplistic to agree that everyone among us lacks the means requisite to prove a negative. Otherwise, when making others feel inferior for their differences of opinion, it's just stinking up the bathroom and expecting others to smell roses. With such behavior, people only need deferment of their personal responsibility. Being that there is no faith to be found, yet plenty of folly in return for one's meaningful contributions in opposition to others' beliefs–it could cause more a great deal more harm than any good, to prove a negative, if one could.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • 3worldsofscott

        Interesting appeals to analytical philosophy and logic and I don't say that sarcastically. If you're versed in logic and you really want to be challenged (i.e. seek the truth or answers), then I suggest you pick up Alvin Plantinga's book "Warrant and Belief". At the very least I think you'll find it interesting. You might also walk away from reading it with a different perspective or at least an understanding of the gravity and rational viability of belief in God.

        July 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
        • pntkl

          I'll check it out. Thank you, 3worldsofscott.

          July 29, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • Deborah

      TO Humanist, You invite Him to your house and He will come. No man can do this for you, it's your choice. If you sincerely want to know if God exists seek Him out. I double darn you. Are you afraid? The bible says that we do not need a man to teach us about God because His Holy Spirit will do the teaching. Get a good bible and read the New Testament, the new convenant contract between God and man letting the Holy Spirit teach you.
      Our God is a God of love He does not allow bad things to happen and it's certainly Not His will. God has given us the authority in this world to resist evil and to do all we can to prevent it.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • zach

      but the part i dont get that you just stated was "He has the ability to shape the future, while using our freewill (even the evil acts) to bring about His purposes and desired outcome." doesnt that mean then that he controls our free will? then we really dont have free will if he can shape the future to what he wants

      July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  5. Andrew

    He was out helping someone win a sporting event.... Or he was absent because he isn't needed as so many people claim to speak as/for him, why bother?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  6. Atheist

    God was in the imangination of the men who created him that's where he was.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  7. GOD

    I was getting a latte and watching it on TV. Don't forget to put money in the collection plate.... when you've given enough cash, maybe I will help you after your preacher gets that new Lexus LFA.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • The_Humanist

      Lol that sounds like God alright. Lazy SOB

      July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  8. Adam Wojnarowski

    Ever since God created man, He created them to ultimately glorify Him. With the creation of man, God also gave us a free will. He did this because he did not want a bunch of puppets. He wants our worship for Him to be a genuine decision that we make. Adam and Eve chose to sin and go against God's will and since then in the world we have had a huge sin problem. People make decisions all of the time that either line up with God's will or they go against His will. Fortunately for us, God did not just ditch us with our sin. He has chosen to give us grace and mercy through sending His Son, Jesus Christ. A man that was perfect and void of sin. Jesus, died on the cross and took the punishment for the sins of the whole world. But Jesus, did not just die and take our sin punishment. He rose again! Jesus defeated sin and through us believing in Him we also can defeat sin.
    To say that God is not present in times like these and that He just sits back and lets mankind just destroy themselves is completely wrong. God is very present, and is very devastated. To blame a perfect and holy God is a very wrong perspective. We need to blame our sin problem. Come to the Lord, who is the perfect Redeemer and Healer of our sins.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Who invited me?

      You have that backwards.
      Men created god, as men have created all of the thousands of gods that have ever existed.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  9. georgex

    There seems to be many nonbelievers posting on this subject. There are organizations that unite such people, ie, http://www.secular.org .

    July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • independentlyowned

      Yea, and there are blogs for Christians and believers of all denominations, too. This is a blog on a news site. It calls for ALL people to respond about their beliefs, or lack thereof.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • georgex

      Sure and I welcome your posting your views also.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  10. RealityCheck

    “Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” [Qur'an – 13:11]

    July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Who invited me?

      but didn't god put what is in men,in them...so we must change what god put in us, in order for god to change us?
      What a load of crap.(uh-oh...I think I need changing)

      July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • RealityCheck

      Typical ignorant reply, not surprised. There is something called 'free-fill', ever heard of it?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Who invited me?

      free-fill?
      Is that like an all you can eat buffet?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Who invited me?

      And by the way
      Your belief in that "holy" book you study, is not based in fact, it is opinion, and just becasue I have a difference in opinion does not make me ignorant your arrogant moron.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • RealityCheck

      On the contrary, I'm opposite of arrogant. I'm thankful to Lord that He showed me the right path... I pray He guides you too. And by "typical ignorant reply" I meant... you didn't even bother to think for a second the meaning and depth of the verse.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • Who invited me?

      I do understand the verse just fine...I also know it is the opinion of the man who wrote it.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  11. Amused

    The same people who demand freedom of choice are usually those who cry out Where was God when a tragedy happens. In a world with free will people have the choice to choose evil, stupidity and selfishness. Where were the people who noticed the shooter's weird behavior and said nothing? Where were the people who saw huge amounts of ammunition being ordered and said nothing? Funny thing, I have read that one of the shooter's automatice weapons jammed, so many fewer people were shot that might otherwise have been the case. Maybe God was there, after all.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      so 12 people died and 58 wounded good thing god showed up late

      July 25, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • zach

      if he was there to jam the gun, why didnt he completly stop everything in the first place?! guns jam all the time.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Andrew

      People always use god when they have no other explanation.... the fall guy..... No accountability by the overly religious....

      July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Objective

      Beautifully put. Thanks for sharing!

      July 25, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  12. Deborah

    I suggest that Pastor Riley Fraas read the New Testament over and over until he gets it.
    It was NOT God's will that this act of evil happened. Jesus clearly stated God's will. "Love your neighbor as yourself." "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..."
    God is not the author of confusion or the author of evil. Pastor Fraas has been deceived by the greatest deceiver of all time, Satan himself. I sure he (satan) gets great pleasure every time a christian blames God for the evil acts of men instead of him. Satan cannot force a man to do evil anymore than God forces a man to do good but he(satan) does his best to influence man to do evil just as God inflences us to do good. Stop giving people an excuse to hate God put the blame where it belongs on the one who goes about the earth seeking whom he may devour and the people who act out the evil in this world.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Specifically he should read the four Gospels, as all of Paul's letters do nothing but respout the old Mosaic code set down in Leviticus.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  13. Gregory

    There is no God. Men created God to control other men. We should have learned that in the middle ages. That's it, end of story.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • disgustedvet

      Are you aware that in your zeal to deny a "God " you are echoing the beliefs of Karl Marx ?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  14. richard7769

    God is where we (the believers) bring him. He does not stop violence (Cain and Able) but gives us an eternal home one so great we don't think about this world and all the troubles but rejoice in all his glory.
    It seems ironic that we look to, or blame God when things are wrong. But we try to keep him at bay (schools, prayer, 10 commandments) don't want to offend anyone when things are going ok.
    I know that God (if those slain were saved) when those harmed closed their eyes on this earth opened them in a place that they are still rejoicing about. Man has a choice to believe or not believe just like this man made a choice to kill or not to kill. His choice hurt others your choice in the long run could hurt you.
    I pray for our country I hope you do too.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • The_Humanist

      This God of yours allowed Zimmerman to kill a defenseless kid. I'm guessing that was all in his plans. Your God has a sick sense of humor don't you think? Not much better than the Colorado shooter

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  15. georgex

    Seems like some of my posts disappear. I am surprised at the number of posts by doubters and encouraged. This is a test to see if it remains on system.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  16. zach

    your god wasnt there because he isnt real. he is a figment of imagination for comfort. as justin said before on here, if someone does something good its "god's will" but as soon as something bad happens it changes saying "god gave man free will" do you expect the poeple that were praying in the theater what stopped the shooting? no, praying isnt going to stop bullets from tearing through your skin. last note, your god will forgive the shooter for what he did correct? will you?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Deborah

      zach, God has already done everything that needed to be done. His forgiveness has already been given and the price has been paid in the body of Christ at Calvary. The question is will the perpatator receive it? No one will go to hell because of the sin they have commited. That would be, if you will, double jeopardy on God's part. The Gospel, the Good News, of Christ and the resurrection is .....Accept Jesus and receive Him and you shall be saved thus receiving the mercy of God and His grace.
      In this case, I do not know this man, I do not need to forgive him nor does he need my forgiveness. Only God's. It's not my place to judge him only what he did. I can judge his actions as being great evil and that he had no right to do such a thing.
      My place is to pray that he will repent (change his mind=definition of repent in both the Hebrew and Greek) about what he has done. Repentance only comes from realizing how much God loves us.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  17. dbw

    what a ridiculous waste of time.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • GOD

      Yup, Even I Don't give a rats behind about you puny humans.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  18. The_Humanist

    I used to be a Christain until one day I realized I was an idiot for listening to the preachings of people about God without ever questioning it. I honestly do not believe that there is a God. What God would allow such tragedies to happen? If there's a God I would love to meet him so I could spit in his face and let him know that he sucks and should be fired. The only thing I believe in is the power that we as humans have. We're resilient, headstrong, innovative, and a myriad of other things. Yeah we're imperfect but we get the job done. Since the beginning, we've overcome so much and we can still do it without the help of a false idol. Man wrote the Bible, not God. Man preaches "God's word", not God. God is a false idol created by powerful mwn to control us. I only believe in humans.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Evenstar13

      It we who allow this evil.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • TruthTeller

      You are looking at the small picture.
      where were you 100 years ago?
      where will you be 100 years from now?
      Where was God 100, 000 years ago?
      God is the creator, preserver and destroyer of life: so are you.
      But there is a difference between you and Him: you have a beginning and end; but God does not have.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Marksfix

      You "used" to be Christian?? You're noty a non believer you are a jaded christian who lacked the faith needed to believe in something that is beyonf our understanding.Otherwise why did you keep capatalizing his name. The thing people need to understand is that religion is based on faith, and faith is the belief in something even though we can't see it or quite understand it. The fact of the matter is God does not think like we think, and God doesn't act how we would act, and God doesn't do how we would do. God isn't going to make an exception on the free will he gave man to save 12 people. if that were the case why doesn't he step in everytime somebody innocent dies. It's because GOD DOES NOT THINK LIKE WE THINK. It's easy for us to blame God instead of the shooter who completely exploited the vulnerability of our Gun control laws. Why can't it be that simple? Who are any of you to questions God's Will. Too easy to blame God. GOd never claimed to save anybody from earthly death. Not once did he say "I'm going to do everything in my power to keep people alive. NO he protects our soul and give us eternal life in heaven. I just hope that the victims of that day are there right now, because its a whole heck of a lot better that this world. Be jaded Humanist, be the smart guy who fiugured out there is no living proof. Then ask yourself what REALLY happened to your faith

      July 25, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  19. Jean-Luc

    As sad as this tragedy was, I think the omnipresent master of the universe might have more important matters to attend to.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Huebert

      What part of omnipresent don't you understand?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • The_Humanist

      If he was so omnipresent, then he would've been there to help out mate. You're just a bumbling idiot who does and accepts what he's told

      July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Ozzie

      Such as?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Brian

      There is a much greater reward waiting for the victims of the Aurora massacre than what we can offer here on earth. God welcomed them into his kingdom with open arms, and now they are experiencing joy beyond measure.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Jean-Luc

      @Huebert: The Omni part I guess.

      July 25, 2012 at 10:39 am |
  20. Evenstar13

    God was and will always be there. But we, as a nation, have demanded that God stay out of our schools, government and nearly every aspect of our daily lives, putting more faith in our electronic gadgets than in him who created all that there is. We, as a nation, have demanded this, and God has heard us and he has acquiesced, allowing evil to rule our lives. If we as a nation repent, and return to God and his ways, this evil will not rule us as it is now doing and a better, stronger nation will result. The choice is before us as a nation, as a people, as individuals.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • Rich

      Amen to that !

      July 25, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • ArthurP

      Were is he?

      He is right here in the United States bringing down vengeance against Americans for corrupting his message with Fundamentalist dogma.

      July 25, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • independentlyowned

      So people have actually developed a technology that shields an omnipresent, omnipotent God from their building? Amazing!

      You've seriously got to be kidding yourself though. The only thing taken out of schools was the mandatory Christian prayer time for all students. Kids still share, are nice to each other, help each other, heck schools even sponsor toy and food drives for the poor! Are those not Christian values? Or just ones you don't care about?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • luxx

      LOL and oye

      July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • tim

      God and his ways? Wasnt it God who inflicted the plagues upon people, with one being to kill all the first born of the people?

      July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • luxx

      Its funny in the olden days god interveened a lot but for the last 2 thousand years he's MIA things that make u go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

      July 25, 2012 at 9:55 am |
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