My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'
A man pauses at a memorial of crosses near the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the scene of last week's mass shooting.
July 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

My Take: CNN readers' 7 answers to 'Where was God in Aurora?'

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Over the last few days, CNN’s Belief Blog has received more than 10,000 responses to its question, “Where was God in Aurora?”

The underlying concern here has vexed theologians for centuries: How can evil happen in a world that is lorded over by a good and all-powerful God? As CNN's readers struggled to make sense of God's presence (or absence) in the Aurora, Colorado, massacre, I counted seven different answers to this question:

1. There is no God.

Self-professed atheists may make up only 2% of the U.S. population, but they are extraordinarily active online, and on CNN's Belief Blog. A commenter who identified as Jason spoke for them when he wrote, “Where was God? He was where he has always been. Nowhere because God does not exist.” Bob Dobbs agreed: “God is imaginary. The question is moot.”

Many in this camp also quoted the ancient Greek philosopher (and skeptic) Epicurus:

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?

2. Don’t blame God, blame Satan.

Many theists on the site described the world as a battleground between God, who is working for good, and Satan, who is working for evil. “As long as Satan is loose to promote evil, bad things will happen to good people,” wrote kat.

3. Don’t blame God, blame us.

Probably the most common response from Christian commenters was that evil is a result of free will. Do we really want to be “puppets” or “robots"? Of course not. So God has given us the will to choose either evil or good.

Watch: Survivor of massacre says he forgives gunman

Believer summed up this position well:

"It's been said that the only thing we can truly give God is our will because its the only thing we possess that is uniquely ours. Everything else was given to us by him, and is, in effect, not ours to give in the first place. As such, and despite his omnipotence, he cannot intervene. . . .  He only possesses power where power can be possessed - and controlling our actions is not within that realm."

Here Deborah also chimed in: “This act of violence was not God's will. I get so tried of people blaming God for evil acts. Humans of their own free will do evil things.”

4. God was behind the massacre, and it was just.

Some believers saw God’s righteous hand in the Aurora massacre, inflicting a just punishment on a wayward nation now run by secular liberals rather than conservative Christians.

Lenny wrote:

"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?"

Read: The man who made Aurora’s iconic crosses

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, took a similar tack in an appearance on the Heritage Foundation's "Istook Live" radio show, laying the blame at the feet of a nation that has turned away from its God:

"You know, when people say, where was God in all of this? Well, you know, . . . we’ve threatened high school graduation participants that if they use God’s name that they’re going to be jailed, we had a principal of a school, and a superintendent or a coach down in Florida that were threatened with jail because they said the blessing at a voluntary off campus dinner. I mean, that kind of stuff… where is God? Where, where? What have we done with God? We told him that we don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present."

5. God was present at the massacre but with the victims, not the perpetrator

One classic claim in the Abrahamic tradition of Jews, Christians and Muslims is that God is with those who suffer - the poor and the oppressed. Some commenters saw God’s miraculous hand in the midst of this suffering, not causing it to happen but bringing it to an end.  “This may sound crazy,” wrote Diana, “but I believe God had a hand in that the gun jammed so that more people weren’t killed.”

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The most common claim in this category came from peacemaker, who wrote, “God is and was with the victims and s/he is weeping.” In a more explicitly Christian vein, Lauren wrote: “He was there in the theater, pierced by bullets with the victims. He was scarred by the shrapnel. His eyes were scorched with gas and then burned with tears as He mourned alongside the broken.”

6. Which God?

Some commenters interrogated the question itself, arguing that the knots it twists us into are rooted in what commenter Ego_Death called “a false idea of what God is.” After all, the problem of evil in a world ruled by a sovereign and good God only presents itself if you posit one personal God who is both good and all-powerful.

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Referring to "our idea of a human-like personal God" as "an ancient myth," Northstar56 wrote:

"But just because this kind of God does not appear to exist, does not mean that God, in fact, does not exist. I think many have developed a more mature and realistic perspective . . . in which God exists as a pure fundamental consciousness or state from which all of existence arises. This God does not control anything, but rather continues to perpetually emanate as reality . . . God was present in all of the victims, and everyone else. God was present in the killer as well. The tragedy is that the killer's awareness was so distorted and twisted that he could not see or be aware of the intrinsic priceless value of every person he gunned down."

Evoking something more akin to the “watchmaker” God of the deists, who makes the world and its laws and then refuses to intervene in its operation, Norm wrote: “God is not involved in our everyday mundane activities. How arrogant of man to think he’s the center of the universe and has God’s constant attention and every action is ‘God’s will.’”

Taking a different tack, "varun" invoked the teachings of the beloved Hindu scripture the Bhagavad Gita:

"Only the followers of Semitic religions have problem with understanding this - because they do not believe in rebirth and karma. As soon as you introduce these two concepts into (the) picture along with the eternal indestructible soul (something Semitic religions do believe in), everything makes sense. Read Bhagavad-Gita and everything would be as clear as daylight."

7. Who knows? It’s a mystery

Agnosticism is a rare virtue in the United States nowadays, but there were a few commenters who admitted to something less than the absolute certainty exhibited by atheists and evangelicals alike. "The answer," wrote Terry, "is we don't know where he was." Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom saw this "God works in mysterious ways" move as “ultimate cop-out/rationalization,” but I am not so sure.

In September 1862, in the midst of a much greater American tragedy, Abraham Lincoln wrote a private “Meditation on the Divine Will” in which he struggled to make sense of what God was doing in the Civil War. He later reworked those reflections into his second inaugural address, one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Surveying the corpse-ridden landscape of North and South, Lincoln observed, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other.” Clearly there was little good in slavery, he reasoned, yet equally clearly God was not giving a swift and sure victory to the Union. So what was God up to? In the end, Lincoln had to admit he did not know. Or, as he put it, “The Almighty has His own purposes.”

I suppose this is in a sense a “cop-out,” but it is a humble one, uninfected by the absolute certainties (either pro- or anti-God) that have shed more blood on earth than agnosticism ever will. It is also a classic example of answering a question with a question: What is God doing with this war? Who knows?

“Josephpusateri” also answered our question with a question. His comment was in my view the best of the hundreds I read, so I will end with it here:

"Oh, the blindness of such a question... as if only theodicy was a relevant question in white, American suburbs. Where is God in Afghanistan? Where is God in Gaza? Where is God in Syria? . . . Where is God, indeed."

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Atheism • Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Devil • Ethics • God • Violence

soundoff (4,074 Responses)
  1. SD

    A world that can be explained even with bad reasons is a familar world.
    But, on the other hand, in a universe divested of illusions and lights,
    man feels an alien, a stranger. His exile is without remedy since he is
    deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land.

    Albert Camus

    This unfortuneately, it true!

    July 27, 2012 at 12:29 am |
  2. sathyavrath

    This question only arises if one believes that god is a NOUN not a VERB. A Religion without the understanding of Karma will ask this question.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • Peace2All


      Ongoing Process.


      July 27, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  3. Observer


    "If you are a baby, and you are born, you have never heard of a man called Jesus. Of course this baby would not go to hell if if had died. It would surely go to Heaven because it didn't have an opprotunity to accept or deny Jesus."

    That's the best argument I've ever heard from a Christian to support abortion. Well done.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • Sam

      You are twisting my words and I never mentioned abortion at all. Obviously Christians do not believe in Abortion. For God is the giver of life and the taker.

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


      Your words: "It would surely go to Heaven because it didn't have an opprotunity to accept or deny Jesus."

      Abortion doesn't matter. The baby didn't choose that.

      Actually, the Bible NEVER mentions abortion but does offer more to support it than to oppose it.

      So were you telling the truth?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  4. FParan

    Benighted Christards

    July 27, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  5. Bootyfunk

    read answer #1. stop there. the rest require a belief in one of the various gods, all of which are made up.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:22 am |
    • raenil

      Because you say so? The only way that you can say definatively that there is no god is to be god, as far as knowing for certain. Otherwise you're simply stating that your belief is more valid than that of the next person.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  6. Mike

    God is silent because god is a myth, plain and simple.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • raenil

      Mike thinks therefore he exists.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  7. frank

    If there's a God He has nothing to do with the stupidity of his children!

    July 27, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      if there is a god, he has EXACTLY to do with the stupidity of his children.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • Heavensent

      You atheists are so easy (LOL). You're like shooting fish in a barrel.

      For my people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

      Jeremiah 4:22


      July 27, 2012 at 1:16 am |
  8. Eli Matthew Jordan

    God was present and working through those who acted against this evil. He was in the hands the young girl pressed to staunch the bleeding of her wounded friend. He was in the will of the young man who urged the mother and her two young children out ahead of him. His will was shown in the actions of the the three boyfriends who took the bullet to save their loved ones.

    I would not say if God is He or She, or Yahweh or Allah or Jesus. At Aurora, as in the WTC towers on 9-11-01, He was with us, acting through us as His hands and feet and voice as we care for one another.

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


      58 wounded.
      12 dead so far.

      Get serious.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • magnus

      are you serious? the guy you mention ran out leaving his wife and their 4-year old and 3-month old children to fend for themselves. the guy who ran out is a coward.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      god is fail.

      if he is all powerful, he could have saved those people. if he is good, he would have.

      god is fail.

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

      Bootyfunk, here's were your blindness roars it's ignorance. God did save all those people. They are back with Him.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • I wonder

      "They are back with Him."

      What is your evidence that this is a fact?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • Heavensent

      I wonder, Jesus is truth. All your man made beliefs are gone when Jesus returns.

      Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

      6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

      7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.


      July 27, 2012 at 2:21 am |
    • I wonder


      That Bible quote from old Hebrew men proves nothing.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:45 am |
  9. Thinkster

    Nicely written, but still a load of pious baloney – there is no deity, no demons – just humans doing what they do. I'm sad that these beautiful people lost their lives – there is no reason – it just is. Don't bother looking for solace in reasons for the way humans are and act – just try to be better, and not hurt anyone – the sad person that hurt these people will be punished and regret – but he cannot atone, or apologize – those persons have passed, and cannot forgive – he, and all of us, are doomed to remember that we didn’t, and couldn't intervene – and there was no God to do so either – or they would still be with us.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • raenil

      The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. (Verbal)

      July 27, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Peace2All


      " The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. "

      As-sumed premise to start with, along with a 'self-sealing' structure.

      Flawed argument.


      July 27, 2012 at 12:52 am |
  10. Sam

    If the Gunman knew God, and knew Jesus, he would not have done what he did. Noone that is truly of God and is truely a follower of Jesus Christ would do such a thing. So please do not hate the people of our world that believe in a God that is loving and caring and gave his only Son Jesus to die for us. The man that killed the 12 was a man that was lost and in need of a loving God as our is. Jesus can forgive him if this man comes to know him. As hard as this may sound, this man can still come to know our Lord, though he will sit in a cell for the rest of his life. He can reighn in heaven someday.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:06 am |
    • abandonedinfrance

      There is no evidence that Jebus ever existed.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • A Frayed Knot

      "He can reighn [sic] in heaven someday."

      What is your evidence for this?

      (reign means dominating rulership, you know... this guy is going to rule heaven?)

      July 27, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Peace2All


      Hi -Sam...

      You Said: " If the Gunman knew God, and knew Jesus, he would not have done what he did. Noone that is truly of God and is truely a follower of Jesus Christ would do such a thing. "

      Your statement is a demonstration of the 'No true Scotsman' logic fallacy, and therefore a very flawed argument.



      July 27, 2012 at 12:44 am |
    • Heavensent

      Sam, this shooter needs to get the death penalty and the attorneys that stall his execution are a waste of time. Just push the paperwork through ASAP.

      Remember to read the following scriptures again Sam.

      Matthew 19:18
      Deuteronomy 19:7-12
      Deuteronomy 19:20-21
      Deuteronomy 19:13
      Numbers 35:11-16
      Matthew 5:17-18
      Luke 16:17


      July 27, 2012 at 12:50 am |
    • I wonder


      All the shooter has to do is say, "Love ya', Jesus, save me" and he'll be going to heaven, right?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • Observer


      The Bible says that God will welcome the person who wounded 58 people and killed 12 as long as the mass-murderer repents.

      The Bible says that God will send unrepentent couples to hell for what they might do as consenting adults in the privacy of their bedrooms.

      So much for LOGIC and FAIRNESS.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:57 am |
    • Heavensent

      I wonder and Observer, Jesus says He does not forgive murderers. There's more to murder than meets the eye. Not only does murder take the life of the victim(s), the murderer also kills future children, grandchildren to infinite children that would have come through the victim if there never was the taking of this life. Then, the fact that a murdered person may not have come to salvation of Jesus Christ's truth. God knows what's in a person's heart. God also made provisions for this in the Day of the Lord.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:25 am |
  11. Dave Goldberg

    The Universe is Random, but so large that it has almost infinite possibilities. Overwhelmed by this, people will see God in those infinite possibilities. For example there were maybe 300 people in that theater that night. Out of that 300, maybe 350 planned on going to that show. Some got a stomach ache and didn't go. Some tried to buy a ticket right but it was sold out. Perhaps someone had a fender bender on the way to the movie and didn't make it. Of the people in the theater perhaps someone was going to sit the seat where the first person got shot, but changed their mind and sat one seat over. My point is, if you think of everyone on earth which is over 7 billion people, it's such a large amount that you shouldn't be surprised by anything. Someone is going to survive 3 plane crashes in their lifetime. Someone is going to go nuts and shoot up a theater and have their semi automatic gun jam. It's not God, it's the randomness of the universe.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • magnus

      David, all the religious yahoos became dizzy and confused reading your post. i find it very well written, but the religious yahoos have no idea what you just wrote.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  12. Al

    Idiots. Still discussing gods in the 21st Century. When will humanity ever get over this nonsense?

    July 27, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Robert

      if you dont believe in God? then why do you make such a fuss about him and Believers. or are one that expects miricals from him. when any other time you have nothing to do with him?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • Heavensent

      Al, you, as well as, all the atheists and other non-believers on this site harden your hearts, blind and deafen yourselves to His truth. Jesus just obliges you.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  13. Sam

    As hard as this may seem, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one, and Jesus said no one, comes to the father except through him. That is a BOLD BOLD BOLD statement that scared people and still scares people. Scary statements, though true are hard for the human mind to grasp. Yet, it is the truth. You can't look upon other religions and say, well what about them? You need to focus on the facts, and that is that, Jesus is the lifeline that you need. He is your key to the gate of heaven. No other faith in this world, condemns you for not believing. Christianity does. I know it may seem unfair, and wrong. However God says, I am a jealous God and you shall not believe in any other Gods but me. Because other "Gods" are false and only one TRUE God is real and that is the heavnly Father and his son Jesus Christ and his Holy Spirit.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Observer


      So millions of inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere were automatically sent to hell no matter how good a person they were before they had ANY CHANCE to hear about Jesus.

      Tough luck, right?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:05 am |
    • Sam

      If someone doesn't hear the "GOOD NEWS" which is the news of Jesus being our saviour, then they are not held responsible for not following the ways of Jesus, because they didn't even know of his existence. Before the time of Jesus, people were saved by being obedient to GOD, not Jesus, and in doing so gave sacrificial offerings, burning incense and giving live sacrifice of livestock, cattle, to the altar of GOD. That was the old way, now we have Jesus, that doesn't mean we don't have to sacrifice anything, we give of ourselves, our lives to the Lord. We confess with our mouth that Jesus is lord and that we believe in him and that he died for our sins and then we continue on in our lives believing in him, living as he taught us to do. Not killing 12 innocent people.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • A Frayed Knot


      No other religion condemns non-believers? Wrong. Here's the deal with Islam and ol' Allah:

      "O Prophet! Strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites! Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey's end. They swear by Allah that they said nothing (wrong), yet they did say the word of disbelief, and did disbelieve after their Surrender (to Allah). And they purposed that which they could not attain, and they sought revenge only that Allah by His messenger should enrich them of His bounty. If they repent it will be better for them; and if they turn away, Allah will afflict them with a painful doom in the world and the Hereafter, and they have no protecting friend nor helper in the earth." (9:73-74)

      July 27, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Observer


      "If someone doesn't hear the "GOOD NEWS" which is the news of Jesus being our saviour, then they are not held responsible for not following the ways of Jesus, because they didn't even know of his existence.'

      Could you please supply the exact Bible quote to show you didn't JUST MAKE IT UP?

      July 27, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Ting

      True? Because your Bible says so? Nothing that Jesus said while he was alive was written down. Not one word. Who knows what he really said. Just because someone wrote something in a book doesn't make it true. He did not return is his disciples' lifetime like he claimed he would and he never will. Sorry to break it to you, but that really is the truth.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Sam

      I do not have a verse from the bible that backs up that theology. However. If you are a baby, and you are born, you have never heard of a man called Jesus. Of course this baby would not go to hell if if had died. It would surely go to Heaven because it didn't have an opprotunity to accept or deny Jesus. I guess what my point is, is that if you are 89 and have never heard of the man called Jesus, you would go to heaven when you died because you were innocent and didn't know. This is a widely held belief, based on theology and not scripture.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:21 am |
    • magnus

      sam, you seem like a decent person so i will not flame you. but religion in its totality is the most evil man-made creation ever. maybe individually you might be a good, spiritual person, but collectively, the industry of religion is just as corrupt as any other industry including wall street.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:29 am |
    • Sam

      You have nothing to lose by believing in Jesus, but you have so much to gain. You gain an eternity in Heaven, for Jesus said, and this is scripture. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." See Jesus is like our Lawyer, he will defend us in court someday, and when the Judge goes to present the judgement, Jesus will stand and say, OBJECTION! This man/women is a man that believes in me and he is saved, and then you will be accepted into God's house and here you will take ownership of a new heavenly body and a mansion that will be given to you and we will reign with God and Jesus forever and ever in perfect harmony. It is true. You must believe in this. God Loves you the same as he loves me no matter if you are lost or you believe like me. So will you believe in him today? Ask him into your heart, pray this, Say Lord Jesus, I am a sinner, I am lost, I need you to direct my life. I need you. Save me for I believe you died for my sins and that you rose from the grave and were resurrected. You are the son of God, and I believe in you. AMEN. If you prayed this and you truely meant what you prayed. Then you are saved by GRACE! You will be with Jesus someday. Praise the LORD! Live your life as best you can to be as Christ was. Read your bible, and find a church that can help you in your faith. Amen. God Bless.

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

      Observer, first, you haven't a clue to how Jesus writes His name. Second, He wrote His truth on all our hearts. Some folks harden their hearts to block out what He wrote. Others deafen their ears to Hear Him or blind themselves to His truth. Your ego erases God out. He just obliges you.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Heavensent

      Observer, you can find the answer to your question in 1 Peter 3:18-22.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:42 am |
  14. tanna

    God is a spirit, and they that worship Him do worship Him in spirit and in truth. The young gunman did not know his Maker..
    very very sad. None of us is promised tomorrow therefore we need to seek out the Master of the Universe and save ourselves from this untoward generation. Both the atheist and the believer will meet God face to face in the end, we all will meet Him. And we don't want Him to say 'depart from me workers of sin, I never knew you'.

    July 27, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  15. capnmike

    Sorry to have to tell you, but Atheists are a heck of a lot more than 2% of the population. More like 15%...and growing all the time as people slowly come to their senses.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
    • t3chn0ph0b3

      Unfortunately, most are in the closet for fear of reprisal from family members. It's easier to come out as gay to your family nowadays than it is to come out as an atheist.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • abandonedinfrance

      You are right, I was thinking the exact same thing. Atheists are about 15% of the US population.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • Imminent

      You are incorrect about them coming to their senses. They have always been smart enough to figure things out for themselves as are most human beings. Most, choose not to. You are also assuming that the numbers are growing are equally incorrect. People have been finding and losing faith for decades. It's the same story, just more people living longer to continue the endless cycle. If you don't believe in anything, that is your choice. But don't try and make yourself feel less alone by spouting fabricated information.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Heavensent

      capnmike, and now you atheists can know why we witness God's wrath?

      July 27, 2012 at 1:04 am |
  16. David H.

    The real question you are trying to ask is "Why would a good God allow evil to happen to innocent people?" ; )

    July 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
  17. Realist

    Ever notice that when the subject of life elsewhere in the universe is brought up, that religious types balk at the idea, will argue it's not possible, or will just walk away from the conversation. Yet, these religious types believe in an all powerful being who lives in.....OUTER SPACE!

    July 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Sue

      That is a sweeping generalization. Not all who believe in God dismiss he concept of extraterrestrial life. Some believe the universe is teeming with life.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
    • Heavensent

      Star Trek is in outer space. God is in Heaven which is another dimension.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  18. James

    If there is a God, do you honestly believe that he is micro-managing every aspect of our lives? Evangelicals believe that there is only one way to salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. Does that mean Muslims, Jews, Buddhist, Hindus etc. have no hope and only Christians born in the last 2000 years can be saved. What about all those who died before Christ came into this world? Who is God anyway and where did he/she/it came from? Did God always exist? The God depicted by Christians is a white old man who had a good-looking son. Who decided what God should look like? How come God who knows everything and therefore knew that human beings would one day invent radio, the internet, television and other communication system, chose to send Christ 2000 years ago instead of the year 2000? Do yourselves a favour and spend the net few minutes pondering these questions.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Sam

      Before Jesus came to Earth, God himself, spoke directly, verbally to us, so we knew our creator then. There was no invisible man in the sky. So then, if those didn't obey, they were obviously not of God or Going to God when they died. Then we had Jesus, who stepped in and was our ultimate sacrifice. Because prior to Jesus, if you were of God you had to offer sacrifice to God. Well Jesus stopped all that. Since he left, we no longer needed to sacrifice animals and such, so we got Lazy and think that God no longer exists. Yet, Jesus left us the Holy Spirit which lives in us an if you believe in Jesus, the holy spirit lives in you and you will never ask these questions. If you have such questions. Then you know that the holy spirit isn't in you, and Jesus isn't your saviour. So, do you know Jesus? When you accept him as your Lord, these situations and questions will all become moot. Do you know the Lord? Search him out, for all the ask, receive.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • Heavensent

      James, look in the mirror. We were made in God's image. The rest of your questions are in the Bible. You can find them if you seek.

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

      Your observation about whether G-d can take notice of every aspect of everyone's live is an interesting one, although not a new one. As a matter of fact this is one of the primary ways that Chritianity and Judaism diverge.

      Christians believe that G-d is too great to understand and be involved with the daily mundane dealings of everyone, therefore he has his surrogates that supervise things for him. Whereas in Judaism, the belief is that precisely because of G-d's unlimited greatness, he is able to observe everything that takes place in this world, and that happens to everyone of his creations.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  19. Sam

    If we(all of society) understood God completely and knew him. Things like this would not happen. Our life is a journey to figure out how to find him, know him, and understand him. When we accomplish this, we find our salvation in him, with him and then and only then will we never need to worry about anything as sad as this story of Aurora.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Observer

      Maybe then we'll know how God could sit around and watch 58 people be wounded and 12 die and not bother to help.

      Maybe he was busy then peeking into the bedrooms of gays looking for sin.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • Rick James

      So when we all come to God, God will come down and shower us with his love.

      Wishful thinking. Really wishful thinking. "God" actually appeared before in human history and those times weren't so great.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
    • MidwestJoe

      Observer, your ignorance is showing. If you have an atheistic view of life, that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it, then you have a point. However if you truly believe in G-d, then your purpose in life is solely to receive a greater reward in the world to come, that being the case those who were killed may be in a better place then we are.

      G-d gives everyone a mission in this world and everyone's is unique. Some people have a 100 year old mission, others have a 10 year mission. That doesn't make the person with the 100 year mission more fulfilled or accomplished then the person with a 10 year mission.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:59 am |
  20. Reality

    You would think that a Professor of Religion, i.e. Stevie P, would be able to tell where and who god is but alas he simply summarizes what others think.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Rick James

      It's kind of being like Professor on Mythology, only more harmful to the mind.

      July 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
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