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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. stephen quinn

    TO MANY TIMES WE JUST CALL ON GOD WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE. SOMETHING LIKE A SPARE TIRE. WE KEEP HIM IN THE TRUNK TIL WE NEED HIM. HE WAS THERE. HE IS EVERYWHERE

    July 25, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • virginia

      if you keep yourself away from God, or keep him in the truck most likely you'll end up in trouble alot oftern than if you kept him near at all time no matter what actions you take or what place you find your self in....every thought must be and find grace in the lords presence...

      July 25, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • rh

      If He is everywhere, why do you have to leave your caps lock on?

      July 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  2. Tee

    Psalms 32:8-9 God doesn't want to lead you with a bridle like a horse or a mule that has to be reigned in.
    He wants to lead you intelligently by the Holy Spirit according to the Word.

    Proverbs 16:25 Your ways lead to sorrow, death, and destruction.

    James 4:13-15 You shouldn't be planning your own life. You should be trying to do God's will.

    I John 5:14 You can have confidence that if you ask according to God's will, He will hear you.

    I Peter 4:11 That God in ALL things might be glorified!

    Isaiah 30:20-21 Though you go through adversity and affliction, God will talk to you. You will hear a voice behind you as you turn to the right or left. God will show you, "This is the way, walk ye in it

    Isaiah 49:15-16 He cannot forget you, your problems, or struggles! Trust Him! He thinks about you constantly!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • virginia

      be careful with schizophrania that voice is evil and you must not hear it and pray to the lord to keep you safe from it...you do not have to give away you will to evil, or God but you must gain wisdom by the knowledge of God's wisdom...

      July 25, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  3. virginia

    I am not asking you to believe in people, or Religion, i am asking you to find it with in your heart to became aware of the existence of God our creator, that source of peace, and wisdom, safety, and life...

    July 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • Tee

      I agree Virginia, some people do believe that faith should rely on people or religion when it fact it's God himself & his precious son Jesus Christ we need to focus on. So many religions including christianity have manipulated, used & abused religion & God is not deceptive. It's a lot of false witnesses & false religions.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  4. Debb

    For those who believe in God, they know that no where in the Bible did God promise that we wouldn't have struggles, strife, and challenges; in fact the Bible is filled with story after story of challenges. Our world today is no different; it is filled with strife and challenges; sometimes horrific as was the case in Aurora. What God DID and DOES promise for those who believe and trust is "Presence". That sense of "presence" when you are experiencing something as traumatic as the event in Aurora is important, comforting to know that you are not alone. That is all that God promised. Those who believe understand this, and understand the importance of presence.

    It's those who don't believe that seem to always be asking "Where was God"? For some reason those who don't believe have a skewed vision of God; believing that if there were an omnipotent being, there would be no strife or challenges. God was present with each person there, aching as each of us ache; heart-breaking as each of our hearts are breaking.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • deannhorn

      Nicely said.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • jones

      Too bad god didn't write the bible. How can you possibly believe something written by the very people who may or may not shoot up your movie theater someday? Is it the magical hang of god that helped someone else write (since the almighty seemingly has a difficult time writing) "his" book? How could you fall for that?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • Debb

      Thank you for your compliment, Deann. "Mr., Mrs, or Ms." Jones, I'm not exactly sure what you were asking in your response to my post. I will try to respond as thoughtfully as possible. You said: "Too bad god didn't write the bible. Is it the magical hang of god that helped someone else write (since the almighty seemingly has a difficult time writing) "his" book? How could you fall for that?"

      Unlike many who believe in God, I do believe that the Bible is not the only inspired word of God; there are many writers in today's society who have been inspired to write about God or their experiences with God, just as those who wrote about their experiences with God thousands of years ago. I am a writer. I have experienced the presence of God in my life, thus I can write (and have written) about my experiences as well as the experiences of friends and family. It's up to the reader to determine whether or not they believe me. God didn't write my words; my words were my own, but God may have inspired my words. Just as we are given choice in every other aspect of our life, it is your choice or any other reader's choice whether or not to believe my experiences of God. There is no difference with the Bible. No one is demanding that you believe it; it is your choice.

      You also asked: "How can you possibly believe something written by the very people who may or may not shoot up your movie theater someday?" I am sorry, but I am unable to respond to this question as I am not certain what it is that you are asking, or even suggesting? How does Mr. Holmes' illness, and obviously anyone who committed an act like his is not well (and I mean that in no disrespect of those struggling with mental illnesses, as I deem them no differently than physical illnesses in recognizing that they are an illness), equate with "something written by the very people who may or may not shoot up your movie theater someday"?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
  5. ArthurP

    The shooting was a sign from God that the owning of assault weapons is evil.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  6. Mohammed_Islam

    Satan has not power over men... in fact satan is weaker than men... he just whispers to the chest of man and it is man who decides whether to listen to not... the only job of satan is to take human to hell fire with him by associating any objects with The God Almighty... when The Almighty created Adam and commanded entire creation to prostrate on Adam and everyone did except satan as he was jealous because he from jinn nation created out of smokeless fire and Adam created from dust... and then satan was cursed and thrown out of heaven... due to loss of his being in heaven, he vowed that he will take all men to hell with him but The Almighty says you can't take those who would be follower of message and messengers comes time to time... and at the same time satan was granted life time till the end of this earth.... so he can only whispers human and do not have any control over any human unless human answers his calls... this is what we learn from The Quran... please read the Quran for further details and you will be amazed... and you will for sure discover lots of new that you have never thought in ur life... doesn't necessarily with the thinking of reverting to Islam but you can just read to increase your database of knowledge....

    Also wanted to elaborate little more about 'satan' from the Quranic point of view... Jinn is the name of the nation that The Almighty created out of smokeless fire – satan is the one who does wrong/evil things and misguides others – iblis is the one who disobeyed the order of The Almighty when HE ordered entire creation to prostrate on Adam, and he (iblis) is the head of satan (Shayateen in arabic)....
    The other nation that The Almighty created is Angels (in Arabic Malaekah) who are created out of light and having no free wills, they are all the time in a state of obedient and have not free will to disobey the order of The Creator of Heavens, the earth and everything between them...
    And the third creation is Human – who we all know that are created out of dust/clay and in fact we go back to where we came from after we end the course of this earthly life and then will be raised again in the day of judgment, no matter whether a person was eaten by an animal or fish or burned, everyone will be standing as a complete human in front of The Creator to be judge. Human are given the free will to chose what they want to do... if there is no free will there will not need of any judgment, do they? also the Quran gives the 4 different ways of human creation as – 1) Adam created from dust then 2) Eve created from Adam and then 3) all human created from a clutch (in Arabic it is TIN which means when the sperm and ovum gets together) and 4) the creation of Jesus the son of Marry who created from only mother and not a father....
    I hope this will help little bit to know what the Quran teaches us.... and I appreciate your time and I would really like you to read the Quran to get the entire picture... I do study bible as well but bible has very limited information...

    Peace!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • ra17

      Thank you for this. I found this information very educating.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • rh

      I believe that ANYONE of ANY monotheistic faith should not only read their own foundational text, but those of other monotheistic religions as well.

      If I were religious, it would appall me that in surveys atheists far surpass believers in knowing about religion.

      And as an atheist, I wish that everyone would follow the golden rule of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". If you gad about telling other people what God thinks and does (like other posters), do you want others to tell you what God thinks and does?

      To me, personal views on religion should remain personal, and no one, not even the author of this article, should impugn them because they are like picking a partner or whether to have peanut butter, jelly, or both on your bread. Honestly, if you have always had jelly on your bread, and never tried peanut butter, how do you know if you'd like it? And to say "Where was God?" is only supporting the atheistic point of view, and there is no explanation that a believer should need other than "God is everywhere".

      July 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  7. T

    Some theological thoughts in my head after the shooting( I bet I am not the only one.......Anyone who is very familiar w/biblical quotes--Is this quote accurate?(by that I mean-is it written in the Bible?

    John 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do [it].

    If it is, it makes no sense to me. People have asked for countless things in the past–no doubt there were people praying for the 6 year old baby in the theater to live........If this quote IS in the Bible as is, doesn't it cut itself off unhelpfully short? Should it not read at the end of the sentence "if it is my will"?----And if it should, how many other passages are incomplete/unhelpful that must be rewritten by people in order to fit into the framework of Christianity? As the quote stands, ik don't know about you, but it would concern me if all anyone had to do was ask for anything in His name and He will do it.......It doesn't say I will do what is best/I will do what will turn out for the best in the end even though you may not ever understand it........It simply says, again, "I will do it"------–!?Can anyone elaborate? "Just believe" won't help me....Faith without reflection doesn't seem to be worth much to me.................

    July 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • t-bone

      at some point humans need to help themselves.
      For instance, why were there so many infsants and children in a theater at midnight to watch a violent movie that was aptly rated for all to see?
      If harm comes to the children, i blame the parents for subjecting them to something that was meant for adults and adults only.
      How is a parents stupidity Gods responsibility?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • T

      no no- I completely AGREE% it is poor parenting to drag a 6 year old out to even a G rated movie at midnight........However-I find it very poor "parenting" from a Father is to have the child shot in cold blood...I just do not understand....Has to be a better way.......

      July 25, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • rh

      I think the ultimate question that is most difficult to grasp is why someone who is supposed to be omnipotent, omniscient, and good to humanity would not be able to stop evil from happening.

      But I think many ignore what the older generation (those who were young adults in WWII and the 50's) would say – "God works in mysterious ways".

      Where is all the respect for God? Why does He need people to defend him? Why would atheists bother anyone more than someone of another religion?

      "Sure as God made little green apples" can also be construed as "Sure as God made Muslims" and "Sure as God made atheists" and "Sure as God made serial killers" – it (if "it" is true) is supposed to be WAAAAAAYYYYYYYY beyond mortal ken, and somehow it's worth discussing and can be discussed respectfully by believers (and not)?

      July 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  8. TJ

    For those of you belittling someone for their beliefs, you have just as much proof that God doesn't exist as I have that he does. THE ONLY WAY you can with 100% certainty say that God doesn't exist is die and come back and tell us. And that same logic is true for those of us who believe in God. So calling someone unreasonable for believing is hypocritical because your proof is just as inconclusive as mine.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • rh

      Yeah, but what if God exists AND there is no Heaven or Hell, just nothingness?

      Maybe He helped people create the idea of Heaven to make Himself feel better for not having an afterlife.

      I've never been to North Korea, or Israel, or Australia. I've seen pictures of Bigfoot, Nessie, and a mermaid. How can I know that all those things exist?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • LinCA

      @TJ

      FYou said, "or those of you belittling someone for their beliefs, you have just as much proof that God doesn't exist as I have that he does."
      Just because nobody can conclusively show that tere are no gods, doesn't mean that both positions have equal merit. Merit of any position is based on the evidence in support. Until there is evidence to support the notion of gods, the hypothesis that there are any has no merit.

      Without evidence in support, there is no reason to believe there is any validity to the hypothesis. Believing there are gods isn't reasonable, as there is no reason to believe there are any.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:32 am |
    • TJ

      That's my point. Belittling someone for something they themselves can't prove I think is hypocritical. I can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt my beleifs, hence they are called beliefs. Same for the atheist who claims to know that there is no God. No one should be attacking either side for their beliefs because no one can prove anything.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • TJ

      And I would counter that there is a lot of evidence to support the existence of a God. Just because you don't believe in that evidence does not give you the right to belittle the reasonableness of my belief. You are putting yourself on an intellectual platform looking down because you think your beliefs are right and mine is wrong.

      I understand that many Christians try to shove God down many peoples throats, but that doesn't make it right. The same goes for the atheist belittling the Christian for what he believes

      July 25, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • LinCA

      @TJ

      You said, "And I would counter that there is a lot of evidence to support the existence of a God."
      Please share with us. If there is evidence, I will change my position. Promise.

      You said, "Just because you don't believe in that evidence does not give you the right to belittle the reasonableness of my belief."
      All "evidence" that I have seen, isn't. But if you have something that I haven't seen yet, please share. I will examine it with an open mind, and if it establishes that there is a god, I will amend my stance.

      You said, "You are putting yourself on an intellectual platform looking down because you think your beliefs are right and mine is wrong."
      Not really. I don't espouse a belief. I only have disbelief in this matter.

      You are free to hold the beliefs you do. I'm merely trying to show you they are not supported by any evidence.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:53 am |
  9. Stephanie

    Where was God? Same place He always is, beside us grieving when we grieve and rejoicing when we rejoice. We can't push God out of society and our lives and then expect that His grace and love will will dwell in our hearts and the hearts of those around us. We need to call upon God every day to strengthen ourselves and our society and to fight against evil such as the evil displayed in Aurora. It's sometimes hard to comprehend people's use of their free will, such as James Holmes', but the truth of God's love stands regardless of the evil that exists on earth. God is unmoving and unchanging and though His plan is hard to understand at times, He promises that He works for the good of those who love Him.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Debb

      Stephanie, I absolutely agree with you, as my post states. Where our views seem to differ is that I don't believe that such events are "God's Plan" as you suggest. I believe that God gave each of us free will; the right to choose. "Timschel"; thou mayest or thou may not. We ALL make choices that miss the mark (sin), but regardless of our choices, both the good and the bad choices, God does promise presence if we open ourselves to that.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  10. DOLO

    are people really that stupid? if there is no God, please explain how we got here. god gave us free will to do what we want to do. god gave you a free will to believe in him or doubt him. thats why there is a good place for people who have faith and a bad place for the non believers. everything happens for a reason but they are all blessings in their own way. believers just keep the faith and you will get what you deserve. non believers keep doing what you do and you will get what you deserve. you can continue to worship material things which will be long gone when you die unless your dumb enough to throw it in your casket.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • rh

      LOL, again with the "I am but a humble Christian but I know the will, thoughts, and actions of God".

      Get off your high horse, the Bible says to be humble. How dare you tell anyone else what you think God is or is not doing, let alone act like it's not your thoughts but what you KNOW.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • gatorguy1

      Just because you don't understand science does not make it wrong. Sorry that evolution and other scientific theories are a little more complicated than the idea of some magic man waving his hands and creating everything out of nothing.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  11. Biohazard42

    Where was God? Well, the hard answer is all over these comments, we are being punished for not following him, blah blah blah ....the easy and most likely answer is that there is no God. As with anything else, the easy answer is almost always the correct one.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • t-bone

      if the easy answer is no creator then whats the hard answer?
      I have yet to see a single scientists say "This" is where we csame from and there is no god.
      Sounds like your belief is based on "Faith" as well.
      Only difference is i dont see people in here bashing you for believing in nothing.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • jones

      cause we still don't know T-bone. Is it so hard to realize that you don't know and probably never will? Why must there be an answer? Why not try to find your own answer (and not the answer of men thousands of years ago)?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  12. cf

    Where was God? The same place as leprachauns, unicorns and faries.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  13. t-bone

    If the earth is satans domain, the vast majority of people on this sitre should be right at home.
    Just look at all the atheists that hang out in the belief section.
    I'm straight and wouldnt hang out in a Ga,y bar yet look at these clowns.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Larry89

      I hang out in the belief section to get a good laugh. Thanks for providing one.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • rh

      Yeah, almost as bad as white people watching the Jeffersons...

      July 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  14. Nathan A Stewart

    Don't know what you got til it's gone. Why God allows bad things to happen to good people? As a Christian I ask myself this all the time especially when it comes to horrific acts of evil like this.I think there are many reasons,but, one is becoming more apparent to me. The world today is a dark ,selfish, ego dominated place,not to say there is no good there is,but, it seems that the bad is cancelling out the good.We have become so detached from what we where originally intended to be,our lives are a selfish one track mind anymore and we only think about what is effecting us. We have completely lost sight on who and what we are to one another we are allowing our hunger for money,fame,position ,status to be the fore front of our lives and we shut each other out completely. I think God is having to take serious steps to get us all to stop,look and listen. When things like this and 9/11 happen it brings out the best of humanity in it's aftermath,but,it is such short lived.Why? I think God is hoping the we will redirect our minds and hearts and to understand and know what the most precious thing in this world is which is us his children who he loves so much. God has to look down on his children and watch us destroy each other. The more we continue to disconnect with one another the more powerful the warnings must be,and if we continue down this path things like this is what awaits in our future. I fully validate God's response is one of complete sorrow and hurt,he doesn't want us to suffer he did that for us,he wants use be what he intended. People that love and care for one another people that are giving and not just taking and to look at my life and your life and know how precious we are to one another. Gods not destroying us, we are, and we need to realize this.I think this maybe one of the reasons. We all contribute to the pain in this world by our selfishness,greed,ego,anger,unforgiveness. We reap what we so,Galatians 6:6-9. We can not love each other just(sometimes)We cannot be there for each other just(sometimes) all times is what it should be my brother's and sister's. How much longer do we have to keep losing each other until we learn how much we mean to one another. God's (Tough Love) Where will we be in the future if we continue to hurt one another? No place I want to be. Love You all so much and God Bless!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  15. Sarah Conner

    God was with Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny in Gotham City.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • t-bone

      waiting for the next wave of humans to spawn from rock bacteria. right?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  16. Geoff

    There is always a struggle between good and evil. Sometimes good wins, and sometimes evil wins. "God" is the spirit of good - the devil (or whatever) is the spirit of evil. YOU have the choice, minute by minute, over which spirit you follow. When you make that choice, you lend your power to that spirit... making it stronger... making its pull on others more powerful. If you want "good/God" to win, then sow good deeds. You will make the spirit of good/God more powerful... make its pull on others more powerful... and lessen the strength of evil. Unfortunately, however, the spirit of evil wil always exist, and will sometimes win its struggle with good/God.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  17. ObamaJoe

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 2012 ~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Craboo

      I will vote for Mitt if we can all have lots of wives and he will bring polygamy with him. It is part of his religions beliefs.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  18. David Day

    Our Lord God was there as he is everywhere, and he wept as he witnessed the evil man does unto man, just as man did unto his son, Jesus. When man took up the knowledge of good and evil, he also took on the responsibility of free will. This act was not God's plan. God's plan is that man should choose good over evil, but it is man's choice to do so. What is in God's plan is that the hideous creature that did this shall surely spend eternity in hell and those innocent people that have chosen good over evil shall spend eternity in heaven. At what level in heaven is granted is based on how good one lived. Our physical life is short and no one’s knows the day nor the hour in which it shall end, but it shall surely end. God's promise to us is in the afterlife based on how we lived in our physical life. Do not expect God to protect you in this life, that is up to you. Just make sure you choose wisely in how you live, eternity is forever!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • rh

      LOL, was Jesus with you at the time he wept?

      Now that he's gone to heaven, do people, let alone people who are both God and man, actually weep?

      Do you actually read what you write?

      July 25, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • David Day

      Yes rh, I did read what I wrote, you however, did not. You are too full of yourself to even comprehend what I wrote. You were just too excited to ask if I actually saw God weep. May God have mercy on your soul.

      July 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • rh

      Sorry buddy, I don't have a soul. And neither do you, but if it makes you feel better, you do.

      You were excited to write that you saw Jesus weep. You think that somehow you are important because you believe in God.

      Guess what? If there is a God, that doesn't mean that YOUR particular set of narrow beliefs in Him are right. The worst hypocrites in the world are Protestants who made believe that they were leaving the Pope so they could be free to make their own religious choices, yet all of you continue to act like YOU are the Pope.

      Maybe one Pope is better than millions of them.

      July 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  19. TJ from Nashville

    GOD's will for us is good. The rest is up to us. Instead of writing negative comments
    here about GOD go out and change the world....such as campaigning to support better
    gun control in this country. You have all been given a healthy body and mind from THE ONE
    above to do so. GOD bless you all!!!!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:21 am |
    • rh

      How dare you make judgement on God? How can YOU say he is good? How can you know what He does is good for you and others?

      The fallacy of religion is that people continually purport to KNOW the will of an omnipotent omniscient being. That's the beginning, the middle, and end of religion – people interpreting the thoughts of someone who is in charge of everything.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  20. Genold

    God was exactly where you'd expect. God was nowhere to be found. God is nowhere to be found when good people are being brutalized and killed by bad people. God is nothing more then a delusion of those who wish to be deluded.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • jdawg

      Well said.

      July 25, 2012 at 11:34 am |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.