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.

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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

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  1. seamus27

    Socrates & a group of his contemporaries; ask & pondered apon the reasons behind evil acts. They concluded the one has the choice to do a thing or not....a thing is done not becuse its evil but becuse its the best choice...thoe soecity may deem that choice to be...a act of evil. ..........do people think that God should be doing non stop good and or miraculous deeds for us in order to prove God's love or existence?.......how many of us ask for God's help when were under mental or physical distress? my guess would be plenty.....some stone cold atheists included...I hope even just the possibility of a God that in some way might help us during are moments of need will get us through them or have our hearts right; if it be our turn to check out.......all stone cold atheists included.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Kobbe

      God surely did not gifted you with great spelling seamus27. But as an atheist, I am far from cold and emotionless. My cousin has a daughter who nearly died. She had a liver transplant when she was two years old. Nobody in the family ever mentioned the word "god" and nobody prayed, not to the god with the elephant head, the bird head, the dog head, the one with six arms or eight arms, not to the god of the forest, the god of the mountain, the god of the sea,... none of the long list of Roman gods, Greek gods, Egyptian gods, none, zero. My cousin's little girl is fine and in good health now. I would not pray to a god if my life was in danger. I am too convinced man made god and not the other way around.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Rico53

      Say Kobe , did you ask the doctor if he said a prayer be fore he did the operation or the other staffers assisting in the operation, you see GOD works in the lives of so many others that touch our lives ,so even if you and your family didn`t pray to GOD i would bet you that someone in that hospital did , so even if you don`t believe in GOD he does answer the prayers of the faithful.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Seamusk, give me even the slightest shred of evidence that God exists. I mean other than twisting everything to "show" God's will. You can't point to an elephant after it's farted and say God made him do it. Tell us before the event. Tell us in advance. BTW, why hasn't your God struck down all of us atheists? He doesn't seem to mind killing and threatening to kill a host of others. He stands by while very bad people do very bad things to innocent people. Why doesn't he use his magical powers to get us?

      July 29, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Freako, I see you are still having trouble with spelling and grammar. Your thinking remains clouded as well. Do you see God everywhere? What else do you see? Santa maybe? Tinker Bell? Leprechauns?

      July 29, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • Rico53

      OK Peteyroo here is your proof , 2000 years before Christ was crucified ,the exact events of it were foretold in the book of Psalms , the prophecy was so exact it even foretold of how soldiers would cast lots for his cloths after he died ,it even discribes the spear wound he would receive in his side. There is just 1 example of prophecies that have come to pass exactly the way they happened.By the way i sometime do spell incorrectly, but typing is litterally painful for me i have muscular dystrophy going back doing corrections is painful so excuse the spelling and lets stay focused on the subject shall we?

      July 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Kobbe

      I am Belgian and have been living in the USA for quite some years now. Most western industrialised first world countries are baffled to see how religious the USA is. People simply do not believe like they do here. I have never met anybody in Belgium, except for some really old people, who still believe in the invisible hocus pocus man. The USA is the laughing stock of the world. The USA think their imaginary god is from the USA and that he blesses this land as if he favours it above other countries. The people who flew those planes in the World Trade Centre think alike. Anyone in warfare, the attacker and defender, always said god is on their side. The same stubbornness that blinds you to see there are good and honest people who simply do not believe in fairy tales (god) is the same stubbornness that makes you behave like a blind and mindless robot who believes there is an invisible hocus pocus man. If you were born in Egypt, you 'd be a muslim, if you were born in India, you 'd be a hindu.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Rico53

      Kobe , we do not believe GOD is from the USA, at least not sensible Christians , unfortunately there are many in this country that have been teaching lies only to make money from those who don`t open their bibles to read it themselves to see they are being miss led.. You like so many others only see those that would stand in the limelight for all to see how religious they are ,they carry signs of hatred and march in the name of GOD protesting what they themselves don`t understand. This country was founded by Christian people seeking religious freedom, and for this in the early year of Americas growth i believe GOD did bless our county,after all how many countries became world powers in just 200 years,but as always greed finds its way in the door and so many of our politicians were overcome by greed and corruption,just like every other nation on earth,but we the faithful keep our hope that GOD will continue to bless our country. There are many Christian groups that just don`t have the ability to rightly divide the word of GOD and so they make poor examples of good Christians.I`m 58 years old ,i have attended many churches in my life seeking answers and i have learned from experience that there are far far too many teachers teaching lies, yet soo many will follow, but you see this was a prophecy for us to see , in the end times there will be a falling away of the truth, Jesus told us that in these times there will be many false prophets, and as an example that we are shown in the bible these false prophet will be standing on the street corners for all to see , of course these days we have lots of media outlets instead of street corners, so these non believers see all these false prophets spouting their version of GODS word.So i guess i`m trying to tell you Kobe , there are good Christians out there that you haven`t met yet , so please don`t judge us all based on what you may have seen so far.
      One last comment he for you Kobe, i want to give you one example of the lies we have all been taught as children , that teaching being that Adam and Eve were the first people created by GOD, THAT IS AN OUT RIGHT LIE . Genisis says that on the 6th day of creation GOD created Adam, in the ancient Hebrew manuscripts the word Adam translates to MEN plural,on the 7th day GOD rested , on the 8th day GOD created Adam( here the Hebrew word used was Ha Adam ,THE MAN from which Christ would be born). This is just one example of how the truth has been concealed.So Kobe don`t believe what you see and here about the majority of Christians in the news. Those of us that can open our bibles to read the truth for ourselves are few and far between .The truth about GOD like so many other truths are being hidden from us by those that would profet from their lies.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  2. ruemorgue

    Where was god? No where.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  3. Rico53

    I believe that there is great evil in this world ,just as we know there is also great good.Wen God sent each of us here in the flesh he gave us ALL free will to choose our own path in life, Holmes chose to do evil, but in the wake of chaos GOD has often used chaos to bring him closer to those that believe in Christ.In my studies of the bible i have seen how GOD uses even those that do not believe on him , i.e. the Pharaoh of Egypt, Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and yes even Hitler, my heart truly aches for those that lost loved ones and were injured . but have faith in knowing that your lost loved ones are now with Jesus Christ and that as much as we cannot see the future ,i don`t believe that this action by Holmes was to punish anyone, there may be purpose in this that we have yet to see, I know from experience that sometimes GOD loves certain souls so much that he calls them home before they reach the age of accountability. So yes i believe GOD was in Aurora Co.that day ,but first and foremost i believe he was there to welcome everyone home.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Peteyroo

      There is no God anymore than there are unicorns and leprechauns. No Easter Bunny, no Tinkerbell, no Santa Claus, and no Tooth Fairy.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Rico53

      Say Petyroo , if you don`t believe in GOD then why did you spell his name in caps ,like you would a real person ?

      July 29, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Freako, God means the one and only supreme being of Christians. Written in lower case "god" means any being from any religion or belief. I don't want feeble-minded Christians to get mixed up. I want them to know exactly who I mean. Go back to school and finish the Third Grade. There will be atheists there to help you with your homework.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  4. Rallph Smith

    I always find it quite amazing that "god" always loves massacres. It revels in death, torture and destruction. People keep being told that "god" loves you. How abhorrently stupid. YHWY, Jesus and Allah were all in a bowling tournament in Cleveland, Ohio at the time. They were competing against an all star team of leprechauns, tooth fairies and gnomes. Grow up, Christians......................

    July 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  5. zeus_z

    great story. well written. right on point.

    the bible says bad things will happen that will test our faith.

    we have to pray to God to keep us well. and to have mercy on us sinners

    July 29, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Dr.Zeus, you are really a moron. The story was crap. Give up this absurd belief in a magical, mystical being floating in the firmament watching his/her creations killing each other.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  6. Kobbe

    I am fascinated by religion. I can not wrap my head around the fact that people are able to believe such nonsense. I truly do not understand the difference between believing in the invisible hocus pocus man who's name spelled backward is "dog", and believing in Santa Claus. Religion is without any doubt the biggest insult to human intelligence.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • mkaile

      if its such a scam, then the whole western world has been scammed, since we mark our time before Christ and after Christ. You my friend, have no interest in God, and therefore He is nothing to you. But those that seek after Him will find Him. Just because you refuse to believe doesn't mean that He doesn't exist. Are you telling me that you evolved from a monkey? Now THATs a fairy tale.

      Its also funny that many who don't believe spend incredible amounts of time and energy debating and making "their point" and feeling somewhat smug that they out debate people on their own view of God.

      And you can – easily – its not about debate, knowledge or anything about YOU. Thats where we have it wrong, we somehow demand that God explain Himself, be there when we need Him, but refuse to seek Him.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Peteyroo

      MKale, you are welcome to waste your time believing in the nonsense of religion. The problem is that it demonstrates clearly that your intellect is weak and prone to severe breakdowns. Mother Nature made a serious mistake when she gave atheists all the brains and talent. Leaving religious morons with single-digit IQs and mental instability means that good and decent atheists are forever having to clean up the messes made by their mentally insufficient brethern. It's a cross we atheists must bear.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  7. Marshall


    God gave man a choice. He gives all of us a choice to love him. Otherwise we could not call it love. God Almighty, by the very definition, is sovereign. An almighty God can do whatever He wants. God Almighty answers to no one and does not have to give an account of His actions to anyone.
    While it is true a sovereign God can do whatever he likes, it is not true that he does everything. A person’s actions are reflective of his nature. A person acts in a way that’s consistent with his personality. A loving person will act one way and an unloving person will act the opposite.
    To illustrate, let’s consider the treatment of a pet dog. For the most part, the owner of a dog is "sovereign" over his dog (this is especially true in undeveloped parts of the world). For the most part, the owner can treat his dog any way he wants and his actions will go unchallenged. Yet, the owner’s treatment of his dog will be consistent with his nature. A good owner would never mistreat his dog even though his "sovereignty" gives him this freedom. Contrary to what some people think, sovereignty does not mean a person has the freedom to do whatever he wants. The person’s nature dictates the "limits" of his freedom.

    God Almighty is also bound by these "limits." God Almighty will never do anything that would contradict His nature. Since God is righteous, just, and fair, He will never do anything that is unrighteous, unjust, or unfair. His actions are motivated by love, compassion, and tenderness.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:33 am |
    • Peteyroo

      If God is truly almighty and can do whatever he wants, we must assume he approves of massacres like Aurora and the Holocaust to mention only a couple of very terrible events. If you have any influence at all with your magical creator, I suggest you tell him to lighten up a bit.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • Rico53

      Peteyroo you mentioned the holocaust of the Jews,let me educate you again on prophecy, the holocaust brought about one of the most important prophecies of the New Testament, "The prophecy of the fig tree",in this prophecy told to the disciples by Jesus was this, " when you see the fig tree bearing both good and bad fruit know the the end is near.. You see before WWII no one even cared about the Jews that were spread all over the world .But then came Hitler , who tried to annihilate the Jews and wipe them off the earth.When the war end and the world became aware of the atrocities committed by Hitler and his Nazis, they world had so much compassion for them that we decided to protect these people from other like Hitler they must have their nation restored so they can protect themselves ,and so Israel became a nation again .So they took their land back by force and in doing so fulfilled the prophecy of the fig tree ,when they took back their country they forced to share it with the Palestinians .Now in bible the fig tree has always been a symbol of Israel ,in this prophecy the good fruit are the Jewish people and the bad fruit is Palestine, so in this prophecy we see that Adolf Hitler ,just like the Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar we used by GOD to bring about this prophecy, and what about all those Jewish people that were massacred, you think GOD wasn`t watching,does it make you wonder "where was GOD when these Jews were being tortured to death" well he knew everything because it was part of the prophecy to bring Israel back into existence , and these were his chosen people. I also believe that everyone of those Jews tortured to death will receive rewards that you could not even imagine. So by this example i don`t think those people the died in Aurora died for nothing.

      July 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  8. BOB


    July 29, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Boob, there's no need to use all caps.. There's no need for you to write anything either since your message is pure and utter nonsense.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  9. Gunny

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    It is too deep for us to understand who lives and who dies. Let God do what God does. If we knew when and how we were to die, our lives and actions would surely be different.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Peteyroo

      Gummy, what nonsense. Mother Nature kicked God's sorry backside out of the universe eons ago. He's gone. Mother Nature is a cruel task master. She's one tough old hide. And she doesn't appreciate folks talking about that wimpy God fellow who ran away crying after only one solid kick to the groin. Anyway, he left long before the dinosaurs. Mother Nature has no use use for prayers–that's why they go unanswered. She prefers good deeds to obsequious subservience.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  10. Rolph

    God was created by the human mind to put fear into people when there were no laws.
    There is no God and there never was.
    Man lived for thousands of years before the concept of god was created.
    We created him in our image not the other way around.
    If it makes people feel better than fine but since there has never been any empirical evidence of any type of god in any situation since man has existed what more can be said.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:31 am |
  11. cameo

    God was just finishing up lunch at Chick-fil-A.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  12. Reality

    As we again scroll to that famous 21st century prayer:

    The Apostles' Creed 2012 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

    Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
    many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
    ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    (References used are available upon request.)

    July 29, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • Gunny

      I believe that you do not believe in God. I could be wrong. You could be lying, but I have no proof. I choose to respect your beliefs. Done.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  13. Name*steve

    We do have a choice as humans, to do good or to do evil. Satan tempts us daily or at least tries evey day. He hates God and wants the human race to also hate God. During these last few decades, we have gotten further away from God so God has left us to our choices. Natural disasters have increased, because we have taken God out of our lives through the public schools, and courts. We should ask God to please still bless our country, and not say, " And God Bless America" anymore. We still have the freedom to choose God, or our own choices.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  14. John Henson

    Evil exists in this world and very often people choose it. This isn't God's fault. God did not "preside" over the events in Aurora, Colorado. God and his word, the Bible, were there, but people are allowed to choose what they will do. Hitler chose to kill six million people. That wasn't God's fault. If we're looking for something to blame, why not blame the only thing NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT. BLAME SIN! It was SIN that was responsible for every evil action ever taken in this world INCLUDING the sin committed in taking lives in Aurora. Know why people don't like blaming sin? BECAUSE THEY LIKE IT!

    July 29, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  15. John

    The problem with religion is the belief among the more fanatical that there's is the only true religion and all the other peoples of the world will not be able to enter heaven (eternal life) because they practice a different religion. Can anyone really believe that God intended there to be a single religion that we were all required to follow while on this earth, and then somehow man just decided he wanted a different version(s) of religion, so he made up up his own. And what about the natives living in a jungle who know not of any God and don't go to church every Sunday–are they all going to hell? When good things happen, we give God credit; when bad things happen we say it's Gods will but we don't understand how he works? We seem to clearly understand how he works when good things happen, why then the lack of insight on when the bad happens? So all the good things in life are because of God, and all the bad things in life are because of God. At some point we need to take responsibility for ourselves and lose the religion crutch that makes our missteps that much easier to excuse off. When a loved one dies in a car crash we say God had a plan and took that person early. How about the person that crashed into them, maybe it's a simple as accidents happen and people die and God didn't have a plan. Because if his plan was to take away your loved one and make you anguish all the days of your life as a result, that's no God I want to worship.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  16. Kp

    To paraphrase, "Believe in me and only me or I will strike you down and you will suffer eternal pain." Sounds like a terrorist to me...and all you believers are the terrorist helpers.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:19 am |
  17. Name*I am

    I love the little ones and. Those who return as children

    July 29, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  18. Name*I am

    He was in Az. Why do I get blamed for him I didn't raise him nor do I know him. I can only let you chose not a puppet master

    July 29, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  19. ufadoof

    James Holmes should get the death penalty. 100 out of 100 real 'Murican christians agree with this statement.
    Conclusion #1: 100 out of 100 christians haven't read their bible.
    Conclusion #2: 100 out of 100 christians thumb their nose at "god".

    July 29, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  20. Olumide

    Where was God? ....u ask! GOD is here, was there and wil be there. Dont try 2 explain everytin, somethings ar simply beyond ur mind! Or can u explain hw u came 2 be? How a baby grows in the womb of d mother? How and why d law of gravity holds? And even closer...how u wil sleep 2nyte? Answer dis and u wil realize dat ur capacity to answer me in d first place is not yours. Wake up! U wil spend maximum of 120years here, what hapens after? Dont be fooled, Darwin can tel u better. If u can reasonably discus this, please engage me.

    July 29, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • born again athiest

      It is good to undrstand science and after the discovery of the Higgs Boson the scientific community better understands the glue that holds the planets in orbit. We are able to map out Dark matter. It only takes a little research under peer reviewed sources to come to this conclusion. You cannot debate someone who chooses to ignore the evidence and claim that it was god. Also do a little reading on the human genome project, if you can see this and not find the science of nature beautiful and mysterious but understandable and still insist that god is a better solution then you are not debatable or worth the time.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • ProudAtheist

      Please, for the love of that imaginary sky daddy you believe in, PLEASE learn spelling and grammar before you post anything else. It's so bad it makes that imaginary baby jesus cry.

      July 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
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