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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. Delbert

    There is no god. Get over it.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      And your proof lies where?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  2. DJR

    GOD was there. Understanding that is a search, a destiny a way of life it self. Not till the day of all days. Imagine your little brain or those of 750 physicists, all working in Sweden, to understand GOD, It's obvious isn't it, we can't do that. Never, ever, You know "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. HIS KINGDOM, HIS power (HE's in charge) and only by HIS grace and glory do we even exist. Rejoice and know the day of days is a promise. Like time, the ocean wave, the rising sun, can you honestly change or stop these events. A promise was made, look and trust.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      All those brains also couldn't understand or find a universe made of Krishna, Casper and Thor but the default position is to believe that those things aren't real, not assume they are.....

      July 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  3. Dan

    Well If you ask that question, you should ask, how is it that a man armed to the teeth, didn't kill everyone in the theater...

    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Huebert

      Because his gun jammed. Because he was a poor shot in a dark movie theater. Because some people were able to get away. Because the police responded quickly.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  4. poncho

    where was God? well,if there's no God , then probably,all the people in that theatre might have been killed.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @poncho

      " where was God? well,if there's no God , then probably,all the people in that theatre might have been killed. "

      So... God could only save 'some' of the people as 'he' was to overwhelmed ?

      Peace...

      July 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  5. Joel

    "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 wrote this sometime around 300 BC. People were committing atrocities on their fellow man then, and they are now. Faith, Belief, and Religion have been around for as long as people have known that one day, they would die. There is no God watching over us. If there were, priests would not molest kids, teens would not strap bombs to themselves and detonate in crowds of innocents, and people would not use irrelevant dogma written by late bronze-age middle-eastern nomads to justify the abominable act of a mentally ill man in 21st century Colorado. To use Colorado to argue in favor of the existence of God is inane.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  6. Ethicist Dan

    I'm sorry, Mr. Gilgoff. How is this "a fresh take" on these questions? No disrespect to anyone, but this is simply a new referent for the exact same sorts of questions. The study of theodicy is not revolutionized whenever something terrible happens. Terrible things happen in the world every day. Just because some people think this was God taking time off from His usual routine of killing African babies to kill "real" people–you know, Americans–doesn't mean that the state of human knowledge is shifted in some huge, irrevocable way. By all means, let's have a discussion about the issues. These are important and interesting ideas. But your playing kindergarten teacher to a slew of internet commenters in the hopes that it will make people say something you can air on TV instead of, like, news reflects poorly on you and CNN.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Cogent

      July 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      Perfect

      July 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  7. Plain Jane

    When will Satan or even humans catch some of the flak for things like this. When we will we say "hey I kept quiet and stood idly by when I couldve provided support to someone in need, I bullied and made someone and made them feel like less than they are, I did something that was wrong"? Until then blaming God isnt really the answer.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  8. NuclearWynter

    So some of the comments seems to suggest that God didn't allow this to happen, we did. Yet by Christians own admission only God has the omnipotence and omnipresence and power to prevent this occurance. Which means that if god wasn't imaginary, he had both the means and power to act and he did not. This is for one of few reasons, he doesn't exist(most likely), he doesn't care or he can't act (which means he isn't God) . This is yet another occurrence of God being able to take all the credit for all the success in the world but none of the blame or responsiblity for all the terrible in it. That somehow this must be just on humanity making humanity inherently evil (since we are the cause of anything bad that happens but can claim no credit for anything good that happens) and therefore creates a need God. Its obscene. Christians are welcome to mentally (and shallowly) burden themselves with the responsibility of all the evil in the world. But how hypocritical that if a man with the power and will to act to stop this tragedy failed to act, he would be villified. After all, all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. But we replace man with God and somehow inaction is not only okay but justified and righteous meaning we hold god to a lower standard than we do each other and still praise him. What a shallow species.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Plain Jane

      So the next time you go to do something that God deems 'evil' he should strike you down right there huh? If he doesnt and you harm someone; physically, emotionally, psycologically, or spiritually it'll be his fault becaause he allowed you to doit and there is no fault of your own.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      No, I'm saying God is imaginary and humanity, specifically individuals, are solely responsible for the evil acts we commit against ourselves and others and equally responsible for our successes.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Plain Jane

      I'd agree that the Christian construct of 'God' is a myth but I wouldnt say that we are the end all be all. There has to be consciousness that is above what we are able to percieve and a source for it all (not in an all knowing wizard type way).

      Think about it. Even subatomic particles have to be conscious able to create reality witha sense of consciouness because they create things that are conscious HUMANS.

      I completely agree with the second point though

      July 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      No Christian would say that ONLY God had the power to stop this event. The shooter had the power to stop it too and I have no doubt that God beckoned him innumerable times away from the decision he made to pursue the course he did.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      No, subatomic articles don't need to be conscious, in fact the behavior of subatomic particles follows stric physical laws indicating they don't act with any consciousness at all. There doesn't HAVE to be a consciousness that exists beyond ours. There is nothing to suggest that either of these things have to be true or are true. They are just assertions based on a personal belief. It's fine to belief that there is mysterious consciousness watching and judging you but in no way is that a fact or requirement for existence or even our consciousness. There are literally an infinite number of possible explanations for why we are consciousness outside of the biological and physiological reasons and none of them have any more evidence than another.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      I agree, the shooter could have stopped but since he didn't, anyone or thing that had the power to act on behalf of him and prevent casualties should have, so either there is no such being or that being failed to act or didnt care enough to act. Those are the only options.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Plain Jane

      Explain why those two things have to be mutually exclusive? There at the minimum has be knowledge and intelligence outside of ours because nature uses them to create all the time with or without us. Scientific "discoveries" arent really discoveries at all they are more like "realizations"

      I really hope none of this is offensive because I'm enjoying the dialogue. Many people want to call you stupid or throw bible verses.

      Thanks

      July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • NuclearWynter

      Lol, I do enjoy not being hit with bibles and I do enjoy positive dialogue. Which two things are mutually exclusive? Again, there doesn't have to be a consciousness or intelligence outside our own. There is nothing, no physical law or biological requirement or general rule that requires that to be true. Its just an assertion posing as a fact. Just out of sheer size and probability, it's unlikely that we are the only conscious beings in the universe but there is nothing that says there has to be. However, there is nothing that would require our consciousness be connected or interact or could even communicate with that consciousness. Nor would it automatically be a hierachy between our consciousness and another beings. Our consciousness and abilities to study the university are so incredibly limited in comparison to the magnitude of the universe and all that in it and can be known, that the only reasonable answer to these questions of our consciousness origins, life in the universe, gods, devils, etc. is I Don't Know.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Plain Jane

      Youre a cool individual if people can have respectful dialogue without throwing around spiteful words and rhetoric we might all help each other get somewhere and make a real difference even though we may not agree 100% your think is no less valid than mine. I wish I knew a way to get to that point though. Things are so polarized there has to be a unifying figure or realization (not in the drink the koolaid or join this religious sect or go to hell type of way) but just to reassess where we are going as a human species and say the path we've been going on since we've been on this planet has led us to the place we are now.

      July 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  9. edinatlanta

    There's no God you idiots.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Is too! And you're another!

      July 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  10. Eric

    God was there, as always. The idea of a perfect, world without suffering oversimplifies the universe. Faith becomes somewhat obsolete if never tested. The truth is an "X" percentage of the population do whatever they want, whenever they want it, for whatever reason, and the rest of us have to clean it up. The larger the population the greater the chance of radical, selfishness events. These acts of pure selfishness can't be removed from life.

    Belief in God helps those of us trying to get back on track after the society train jumps the rails. "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." comes from the Princess Bride. This pain balances the equally heart-rending beauty of the world. One does not exist without the other.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  11. Erik

    God was where he always is - in our thoughts. Where else would he be?

    July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  12. Delbert

    There is no God, so get over it, and enjoy every day you can. This is all there is.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Christian

      If you believe that, you will be burning in hell when you die

      July 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      sorry christian
      If he believes that, then hell also does not exist, so he can't go somewhere that does not exist.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Christian

      " If you believe that, you will be *burning in hell* when you die "

      Yes, once again... the old 'believe' or 'burn' mind-set. Your concept of a loving god is quite warped IMO.

      Peace...

      July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • gatorguy1

      There it is the good old "Christian" threat: if you don't believe what we believe our all powerful merciful God will torture you for all eternity.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • ArthurP

      @Christian

      And atheist will never tell an impressionable child that they will burn in hell for something they do or do not do.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      You guys don't even recognize one of your own posing as a Christian do you?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Adam

      Any poster that makes god look bad clearly is not really a believer. No True Scotsman and such.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  13. just sayin

    Events like this are a reminder of how there is no God.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Christian

      That is so untrue of a statement.
      the punk who shot everyone is evil and God will take care of him
      YOu don't think the people mourning and taking care of the leftovers from punks rampage don't act Godly?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      christian
      If god knew he was evil, why didn't he do something before the evil-doer acted?, he can see the beginning and end, so he knew this would happen, why not just not have it happen in the first place?
      And don't give me the free will cop out
      Free will: The term used by religious affiliated people to explain the total absence of god when someone does something bad.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Dave

      No, it doesn't prove there is no God. It's a reminder that we threw God out of our lives as a society. Remove the goodness in our lives and events like what happened in CO are what we're left with.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Adam

      @Dave

      Yes, because back when god was wholly accepted, bad things never happened. No mass killings. No genocide. Its all because people turned away from god.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  14. Christian

    God was watching his children act horribly (gunman)

    July 25, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Delbert

      So explain the morality of eternal punishment. You may be enjoying heaven while your best friends burn forever, and you worship this monstrosity?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Ignorance is no excuse

      Cool. Will do. "Eternal punishment" is simply remove from God's presence (YOUR choice). He doesn't want that, but water (holyness) and oil (sin) don't mix. That's just the way it is. His presence can't accept Sin, no matter how small. But, there is a way, even full of sin, to STILL be let in. It's just a choice. Free will. Either you choose good, or you choose evil. Actively or passively. Sin is sin. One drop of oil will still not emulsify into a sea of water. It's not that he won't let you in, it's that you have chosen to BE something that won't fit. No matter how much he want's you in, he can't change your free-will oil to his-will water.
      That's about as simple as it gets.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • Enlightend33

      There was no divine hand moving the pieces to this calamity...no devil(Satan) moving among the shadows manipulating the carnage that unfolded that tragic day. There was only the deranged actions of one man who took it upon himself for whatever sadistic reason and he murdered those innocent people(adults/children). To implicate that this atrociousness is the work of divine powers is laughable and to others offensive given what most Christians/jew/muslims are taught of the true nature of "God". The only "Devils" in this world is ourselves, the bars that keep it in are our morals and the chains that keep it down are our choices. It was his choice to let his demon out and other paid with there lives, so learn from this ... were are the divine and the damned.....what truly sets you on either path is CHOICE!!!. either here or the religion of our fathers , he will be judged.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      That is truly about as simple as it gets

      July 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Deborah

      Not all people are God's children. You have to accept Him as your Father to be His child.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Adam

      @Ignorance
      "he can't change your free-will oil to his-will water."

      So then he is not all powerful.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  15. Ignorance is no excuse

    "Where was God?". That's not the question. The question is "where are we in relation to God?". We reject him daily, run far from him, deny his existence, blame him for all the evil in the world, but forget the fact that we are the ones that remove ourselves from HIS presence. Remember "original sin"? That's the whole key. This world is fallen, folks. Add in free will (anyone can decide to do anything at any time) and you have THIS world. God is not going to step in and "save the day". He's not our fictional Super Hero, he's the creator of the Universe. What we perceive as a tragedy, an irreversible act, is just not the same in his eyes. Every single one of us will pass away, just as every human has that was ever born (almost).
    God is not the blame. The free will of the shooter is. We all have the will to think and then act, with no higher being restricting that act. That would make us...robots. What would the purpose be, to create a bunch of creatures you were going to use as "puppets"?
    Blaming God is the equivalent to being a teenager, fed up with your parents, running far far away (even though home is always an option), finding yourself in a dark alley, cold, hungry, maybe strung out, with nothing, and then blaming your parents. Did they kick you out? Nope. Can you go back? Yep. But yet, the immature insists it's mommy and daddy's fault. Strange how, once these same kids grow up and learn responsibility and morality, they see it MUCH more the way their parents did, and understand THEY ran away, and it was their own actions, or lack thereof, that caused the predicament..
    We, as humans, are still those teens that think everything is to blame on mommy and daddy not letting us play our XBox 24/7, so we are going to run away.
    Time to smell the coffee folks.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Peace2All

      So... God 'never' ever intervenes in anyone's lives... ever ?

      Peace...

      July 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Ignorance is no excuse

      NO dude, that's taking it to the far extremes. I didn't say that, but I also don't have room to lay out our entire relation ship with God on CNN's messaging system. If you want to know the whole story, I suggest you start studying and seeking answers.
      But no, he will not interfere with your free will. He may change the outcome from what you expected (and often does).
      But that's just plain foolish inductive reasoning. At best.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Ignorance is no excuse

      Hi -Ignorance...

      " But no, he will (not) interfere with your free will. (He) may (change) the outcome from what you expected"

      Let's look at your if/then logic. If... God will *not* interfere with our free will, but... then *does* change our 'outcomes' from what we expect, sometimes, THEN... God *does* in fact interfere with our free will.

      Bad logic -Ignorance... you need to re-think what you are saying.

      Peace...

      July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Adam

      You can't mix logic with religion.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  16. Deborah

    In the olden days (before Christ died at Calvary) God made a covenant with the Hebrew people. A covenant (contract) based on laws that no natural man could fulfill.
    Two thousand years ago God made a new covenant with man based on His mercy and grace. But not only was sin paid for at the cross man was given authority in the name of Christ to battle the evil in this world. He will help us and show us the way but we have to move God already did. He has given all the tools we need.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  17. TheBigSarge

    that was Him, standing at the gates and welcoming the victims to eternal happiness.

    -TheBigSarge

    July 25, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Christian

      to be absent from this body,is to be present with The Lord

      July 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      I think the Apostle Paul said something like "If I am killed for Christ's sake, that is good for me. I will go to my reward. But, it is bad for you because you will be the one who killed me." Ask yourself this. Would you rather be one of the victims of the shooting or the guy with the orange hair and the dazed look?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  18. Dave

    Where was God?!?!?! Where was GOD??? Society is doing all she can to strip away any references of God in our daily lives and, when something like this happens, we have the audacity to ask "Where was God?" You've got to be kidding me. We mock those who believe in God. Libs and scientists say there is no God so why are you asking where he was during this horrific incident? You insist on removing all symbols of God and goodness from our society and then you wonder why this happens.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Chris

      Amen to that. Can't have it both ways.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Adam

      Oh, so god is concerned about his public exposure? His creations turn away from him and so he turns away from them? Sounds kind of petty. Almost human. Not very god-like.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Stephanie

      No, God has given us a choice. He loves us enough to let us go to make our own choices, like any good Father would. He has promised that we have the choice to love and follow Him or not. He is ALWAYS there when we turn away and ALWAYS there when we turn back.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  19. Hannah

    Misunderstanding

    Have you ever met someone, who speaks a certain way that conveys a totally different emotion than what they’re really feeling? They don’t do it intentionally but you end up being confused whenever they speak?
    Have you noticed that the bible is also full thing’s we ought to do? Things that we’re told to do?
    I think a problem with people misunderstanding the bible today is because whenever they read something that requires them to do something they feel as if they’re being commanded by a military general. A general with a harsh voice and oppresive nature which adds to the feeling of condemnation. However, really it’s the total opposite. God is not an oppresive dictator. He is a loving Father. But thanks to misconception that the devil has imprinted in the minds of so many, He is constantly mistaken for a tyrant.
    Even without reading the bible, whenever people hear the name God, they associate it with bad luck, cursing, punishment, and they even go as far as to blame him for bad weather. But then, whenever they see good weather or something beautiful they give props to “Mother Nature” Just who do they think really is Mother Nature? They’ve come up with some false information, someone who doesn’t even exsist because for them it’s so hard to imagine that God is responsible for all the beautiful things. It’s like the world is separated into two halves. The people who see Him for who He is, and the other people who are on the edge of their toes when walking around Him as if ready to dodge anything that could be thrown at them out of his wrath. It’s funny while at the same time very saddening. Without even realizing it, so many people are being victim to the devil.
    As the loving Father, if He tells us to do anything, it’s most likely not for the fun of it,but for our good. Yet so many people take offense at things like “Six days you shall do your work, but the seventh day you shall rest and keep Sabbath.”They take it that He’s punishing them for something when really He knows that we need rest. After all, He enjoyed His rest on the seventh day after creation, so He just wants to share it with us. Something that He enjoyed, He wants us to find the same enjoyment. It’s like, you walk into a café, and you drink this amazing latte. So, the next time you see your friend, you buy one for them also saying “Drink this, just taste it.” It’s similar to the situation, but how would you feel if your friend ran away from you in fear and avoided you for the rest of their life, and associated you with the worst things in the world, and whenever you try to apporach them, they think of your presence as a punishment? Wouldn’t you feel horrible?
    Even when He did give the Ten Commandments, He never comanded them to do something so hard it’s take the rest of their lives to complete, nor did He command them to do something that would put their lives at risk, but instead, He commanded them NOT to do the things that would put their lives at risk. And yes, I know that the bible says to have reverent fear of the Lord, but that doesn’t mean avoid Him to the point where you can’t enjoy Him. It only means respect Him, like you would a Father. Do you really think, that God, the same one who created the lillies of the field, and who’s created all the beautiful scenes of nature that you’ve seen on earth…do you really think He’d want you to hate him? After going through the act of creating the earth just so we could live here...and only for a while at that because the next stop is the Kingdom of Heaven his very own home, how could one even imagine that He could hate them? Well I’ll tell you, they had a little help.
    The devil is to blame for all of these misconceptions. But, don’t worry, I’ve written this to hopefully persuade some if not most of you to wake up and realize that the Father tenderly loves you. He’s even said it Himself a few times. Sorry to continue to make this so long but He even sent prophets to help those who don’t understand to comprehend. I mean, even when He says it clearly they imagine the worst meaning possible and go with that one. Once you realize His true nature, I welcome all of you to His rest, salvation and into the Family.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Hannah

      Hi -Hannah...

      " The Devil is to blame, etc..."

      **sighs**

      Peace...

      July 25, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Genold

      God created nothing. That was evolution Hannah. We live in a world that was created as a result of the forces in place in our galaxy and our solar system. God had absolutely nothing to do with the worlds diversity or creation.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • Deborah

      Hannah, I totally agree with you about our loving God. But please consider this. The law was given to show man that he cannot ever fulfill the law. If we could we would not need a savior we would be able to fulfill the law ourselves. Jesus and only Him could fulfill the law and bring us into a relationship with God based on mercy on grace. " For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." " You are saved by grace....not by works least any man should boast" Eph. 2:8-9

      July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Bill Deacon

      Genold – How was it all created then?

      July 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  20. GEORGE

    GOD CREATED PEOPLE WITH THEIR OWN FREE WILL, NOT LIKE PUPPETS. THAT IS ALSO WHY BOMBING OF YOUGOSLAVIA WAS POSSIBLE.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • mshoe24

      Our universe and its contents (man included) obey the laws of physics in general terms. The laws of physics apply everywhere, in every corner of space and time. God made the universe and those laws that govern the universe for all of infinite time. He too must obey those laws as do we, and any other form of life that exists within this universe here or over there. There’s no exception. There’s no magic. Although elegant and beneficial to most, the laws of physics can be harmful when abused by those.

      July 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
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