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My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race
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October 29th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race

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

I am riding out Sandy on Cape Cod and wondering whether this, too, is God’s will.

As this storm has carved its path through the Caribbean and up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, it has taken 67 lives and (so far) spared the rest of us. Was it the will of the Almighty that so many should perish?

Is God angry with Cuba, where 11 died last week? More angry with Haiti, where 51 perished? Relatively unperturbed with Jamaica, where the death toll was only two? If a tree falls on my house today, will that be an Act of God, too?

There has been a lot of talk lately about what is and what isn’t willed by Providence, thanks to Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican and U.S. Senate candidate who said last week, “I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”

Whether “it” in this sentence refers to rape or to conception, it assumes that God is both busy and capricious. Why does God offer the gift of life to some rape victims and not to others? Why does God allow some elections to be close and not others?

One answer, of course, is that God does nothing of the sort. Perhaps there is no God. Or perhaps God is more like the watchmaker divinity of Deism fame who winds up the universe, sets it in motion and then leaves it to its own devices.

In the thought worlds of Indian religions, things operate not by the will of God but in keeping with the laws of karma. So to put it in crudest terms, those who are injured in Sandy somehow have it coming to them, as do victims of rape who find themselves pregnant.

The western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have argued that God has a hand not only in setting our story in motion but also in seeing it through to the end. So Jews, Christians, and Muslims have had to reckon with the classical problem of “theodicy”: In a world in which God is all powerful and all good, why do bad things happen to good people?

As I wrestle with these questions, I cannot help thinking about how differently my New England forebears interpreted these natural disasters. While we speak of the eye of the hurricane, New England's colonists were ever mindful of the eye of a God who was forever watching over them, and sending storms their way as punishment for their collective sins.

CNN’s Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest stories

When the Great Colonial Hurricane raced up the east coast and lashed New England in August 1635, its 130 mph winds and 21-foot storm surge were almost universally viewed in supernatural rather than natural terms — as a judgment of God on the unfaithful.

We still have Puritans among us today, of course.

Televangelist Pat Robertson is notorious for turning natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina into supernatural communications — God’s curse on Haiti or New Orleans for bad religion or widespread abortions. And with this “Stormpocalpyse” arriving on the eve of the election, I suspect some will suggest that the rain and the wind are God’s judgment on the leadership of President Obama.

Still, American society as a whole no longer interprets natural disasters as signs of a coming apocalypse or evidence of past misdeeds. When it comes to earthquakes and hurricanes, we tune in to the Weather Channel, not the Christian Broadcasting Network. And we interpret these events not through the rumblings of biblical prophets but through the scientific truths of air pressure and tectonic plates.

As a result of this sort of secular turn, we are much better at predicting the course of hurricanes. The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 arrived as a surprise and took many lives with it, including, according to the report of the Massachusetts governor, John Winthrop, those of eight Native Americans taken by the storm surge while “flying from their wigwams.” Sandy is a surprise to no one, thanks to science.

Still, we Americans cannot give up on talk of God’s will. At least according to Newt Gingrich, Mourdock’s foray into rape and theology reflects the position of “virtually every Catholic” in the United States. And if we are to believe the full-page ads taken out  by Billy Graham, God wills the victory of Mitt Romney over Barack Obama.

As for me, I am less sure about what God wills for our storms (political or otherwise). In my view, any God worth worshiping isn’t going to be so predictable, or so capricious.

I don’t think Graham, Mourdock, or Gingrich is speaking on behalf of God. They are speaking on behalf of themselves, on the basis of their own fears and experiences. And they are reading the Bible through their politics, not the other way around.

When it comes to storms like Sandy, I just don't believe in a God who drowns black babies in Haiti yet refuses to drown out the voices of cranky white men who claim so irreverently to speak in His name.

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

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Belief • Billy Graham • Christianity • Church and state • Newt Gingrich • Politics • Science • United States

soundoff (2,188 Responses)
  1. Rachel

    Seriously dude, we're all just hitching a free ride on planet earth...hang on because it's a wild one!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Cheryl

    There is no god.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu, lair, you have a GOWD, the belly, god of hindu's, ignorant s, always hindu hungry for hinduism, illegality like a hindu hungry dog.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  3. Richard

    The question is always which God are we talking about? If we are talking about the God of the Bible, then the Bible itself defines whether opinions about God are irreverent or not. If we are talking about the God of one's own personal opinion, then any one's opinion is as good as another. The Bible does account for God sending judgement on society for what the Bible defines as excessive sin. In fact, this is the only reason God sends judgement. This judgement is always sent after God has also shown great mercy in tolerating the spread of sin. God hates sin because it causes people to precipitate destruction against each other, and to become callous about doing so. The Bible also abundantly accounts for the young and innocent suffering the wrath of God's judgement because of the sins of the older generations. All these are fairly basic understandings from the Bible about which it speaks with utmost integrity throughout its content. Western society used to hold stronger in its interpretation of natural disaster based on these things that the Bible still says clearly and consistently. What we have today in society is a lot of denial and moving away from the actual content of the Bible. Peoples opinions today about what the Bible says and means are rarely based on its actual content anymore. The Bible does not present itself as an evolving book subject to changing interpretation and the God of the Bible is the same. The Bible teaches that it is not a book to be interpreted, but to be treated as unchanging principles and understanding of God and His actions.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Romnesia

      So god sent a hurricane because a mormon is running for president? Pretty strong message on who to vote for then.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Chad

      So, God is a bad abusive parent. I would raise holy hell if I saw anyone punitively punish a child for something another child did. What an abysmal morality to impart.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  4. Terry in Alberta

    Speculations hardly new to the painful issue of pain and suffering – and when answers are hard to find, inevitable. http://www.whatmatters.org/question.html

    October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  5. No Religion

    God is an impossibility.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Chris

      Oxymoron.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  6. Chris

    God and bibles teachings say nothing about avenging innocent people. This is a sign that we are living in the last days.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • sam stone

      Luckily, the "last days" have not been predicted before, so you are on the cutting edge

      October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • northern light

      Maybe your last days Chris ....but not mine....the sooner your rapture happens the better...leaving this planet to
      sane rational people....hasta la vista baby

      October 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Paul

      Chris let's hope it gets rid of nut jobs like you then we can all leave in peace.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Kena Jane

      Chris
      You are a scary fundie. Keep my kids away from your type.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  7. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Storm is will of truth absolute, GOD AND LORD OF THE WORLD, A sign of "HIM", to figure out reason is problem of human, NOT "HIS". Judge your way hindu's, ignorant's.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • LittleHero

      You appear to be clinically insane, and although it may seem like fun to taunt you, I feel as a moral and ethical atheist that I should try to actually help you. Please go to the nearest free clinic and get yourself examined. You are showing (and have been for some time) symptoms of schizophrenia, and there are medications that may help.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • No Religion

      The storm is weather.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • LittleHero

      Seriously, I apologize for my previous "tin foil hat" comment. I am truly concerned for your welfare as another human being, and you should seek help from friends, family, and a mental health professional. I really hope that you do not have access to firearms, because you are showing the exact behavior the precedes massacres at temples and movie theaters.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Pete

      Seriously lady seek help.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      do your self a favor and try to find existence of your self, or try some education in quantum physics, nothing can exist without truth absolute, constant, figure your self out to be and than you will realize truth absolute, Allah, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD. your post is not of truth absolute, but borne out of hindu Atheism, filthy self center ism, learn the meanings of word Atheism, before spewing your hinduism, absurdity. it means nothing else but, self center ism or call is pig ism, both having the meanings of secularism, self center ism, denial of truth absolute.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • LittleHero

      If I really was self-centered, I would not be as kind as I am trying to be. I am not trying to trash your beliefs, but you seem to be filled with hate, and even "righteous" hatred is still bad for the human body. I am trying to encourage you to seek help for your own good. Maybe once you stop hating the world around you, you will actually enjoy your existence.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @LittleHero

      Don't bother with the insane troll. He's been on here throwing out this same idiocy for months. There is no helping this person, only witnessing the downward spiral into complete irrelevancy.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Paul

      Little Hero just become like the rest of us and skip over their post. It's the same troll that posts under all the other handles.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • LittleHero

      I am fully aware of this person's previous behavior – I just have a hard time looking at blind stammering hatred day after day without trying to do something about it. I thought if I showed that we as atheists are not without mercy and compassion, that it may sink in and they actually might take what I say seriously. This person truly does need a mental health evaluation, for their own good and the good of society at large.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @LittleHero

      When a person does not care about other peoples opinions (as the troll has shown), there is nothing that can be said that will affect their narrow religion centered worldview. There is no doubt that he needs some serious medical help, but the best we can hope for is that this person does not ever obtain public office or any kind of real authority.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  8. Where is yourGod now?

    Sandy

    October 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Paul

      Telling everyone to evacuate.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  9. Sane Person

    God sent a hurricane to punish us for not following the bible. Mourdock was right when he said r.ape is god's will, but he left out how we are also supposed to marry the girl and pay her father 50 shekels. Sorry mourdock but you can't pick and choose which verses to follow!

    October 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Robert Brown

    Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t know and neither does anyone else. We all can, and most do, guess. Job was a good guy who lost everything. His friends were convinced that he had some undisclosed horrible sin that had caused God to judge him. Job insisted he hadn’t done anything wrong. Job and his friends were all wrong. Job because he defended himself in pride and his friends because they falsely accused him. Here are a couple of the questions God asked Job from Job 38, “Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?” and “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.”

    October 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Paul

      " Job insisted he hadn’t done anything wrong"

      Christians will be asking themselves when they're in hell for treating gays and lesbians so wrong.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      Yep, Robbie, nothing more convincing than edited, translated iron age hearsay.

      Get back on your knees before god sees you trying to actually be a man

      October 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Job lost everything becuase God was willing to torture an innocent man so that He could win a bet.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Paul,
      Judge not.

      Sam,
      That’s good sam, God told Job to be a man too. Job 40: 6-8, Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

      October 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Paul

      Robert time to go to your hell.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Sue

      That's pathetic "reasoning" Robert Brown, that you presented. The rather obvious conclusion, for those with the guts and reasoning ability, is that Christian god very obviously does not exist.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Doc Vestibule,
      After reading the whole book, I don’t think it was a wager. I think God used satan to teach Job what all humans need to learn.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Sue

      That's weird "reasoning" Robert Brown, that you presented. The rather obvious conclusion, for those with the guts and reasoning ability, is that Christian god very obviously does not exist.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Paul,
      By the grace of God I don’t have to go and I hope you don’t either.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      The story of Job is a lovely showing of exactly how moronic and evil the character of god in the bible is.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Sue,
      Job 19:25,“For I know that my redeemer liveth…”
      He said that after he lost everything. I have faith, you don’t. We are “reasoning” from different premises.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Hawaiiguest,
      Read it again, Job actually came to the realization that he was wrong and repented of his pride. God blessed him and doubled everything he had lost.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Robert BRown

      I've read it many times, and I stand by my statement. Any story that teaches, love god even if he allows, or even condones bad shit to happen to you for absolutely no reason, and he'll reward you because for some reason, he just absolutely gets off on that blind obedience and love, is a completely irrational, immoral, and just plain stupid story. There is nothing moral in this story, there is nothing loving in the way god acted, and there is nothing rational about Job's actions when god says "HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY ALLOWANCE OF BAD SHIT HAPPENING TO MAKE A POINT EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THE OUTCOME BEFOREHAND (as Lucifer would have known, and could have just asked what the outcome would be, since apparently he also would know that god couldn't lie).
      Seriously Robert, take off the filter glasses of "god is good, and it all just boils down to how well you can justify the bad he did to yourself".

      October 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Sue

      Robert Brown, quoting from your book of ancient supersti-tions and fables is simply an absence of reasoning. I strongly suggest that you try studying critical thinking.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  11. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
    Visit limitisthetruth.com to learn about hinduism, criminality of hindu's, criminals to impose hinduism, racism on humanity by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by force.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  12. catholic engineer

    Was it Richard Dawkins who wonders why God hasn't shown himself? There is only one meaningful way that God could show himself to humanity: humanly. This means that God's self revelation would be an act of compassion – taking on the human condition. All of it. Impoverished birth, nails, thorns, abuse, humiliation, tears (Lazarus' tomb) and personal death, even wondering " my God, why have you forsaken me (us)". Of all the symbols of the great religions, only a crucifix speaks directly to human suffering. To ask how a hurricane can be God's will is like waiting for God at the front door. Meanwhile, God, through Jesus, has come in the back door. Who would expect God to share our sufferings?

    October 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Bob

      CE, that's the typical Christian nonsense. The whole Jesus suffering/sacrifice thing is actually a big sham and complete fiction. How come your 'omnipotent' creature couldn't do all its supposedt saving without the loony son sacrifice bit? And for that matter, how was it a sacrifice at all, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time it wants with less than a snap of its fingers? Pretty feeble god it is that you've made for yourself there.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Mercy is other side of punishment, exceed the limit, truth absolute, and pay the price, TRUTH ABSOLUTE 360* is merciful and imposer of punishment, all power full all mighty, either way, follow truth absolute Allah, or be ready for punishment for hinduism, denial of truth absolute in life.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Bob

      hinduism, absurdity called Christianity is hinduism, corruption of truth absolute to hind fool humanity in to hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, to justify hindu criminal kings and their hindu Prophets as human god's, look at hat of hindu denier of truth absolute POP, a circle of 360* and his hat in form of a triangle, claiming to be half man god.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • mitten

      Nice post, catholic engineer. God was in the whirlwind in this case, that is Jesus. He suffered the pain of the cross. He isn't in the whirlwind in the other case, but suffers with those that are suffering because of it. I am not saying that your responses don't have validity, life is hard and painful, Bob. Christians believe in a God that doesn't have all the answers for now, only we believe that he has them for the future. That gives us hope, and hope is necessary to build a positive tomorrow. An atheist believes that hope relies on humanity. The religious person would rather hope in God.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • northern light

      Ya god was also at the back door taking out the trash while 6 million Jews died in death camps in WW2.....compassion....love....interest in his so called ...chosen people ??

      October 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Bob

      Again, mitten, you need to reason that through more thoroughly. How come your 'omnipotent' creature couldn't do all its supposed saving without the loony son sacrifice bit? And for that matter, how was it a sacrifice at all, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time it wants with less than a snap of its fingers? Pretty feeble god it is that you've made for yourself there.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • mitten

      I don't think it is loony. The point was, God took on the sins of the world. Have you ever noticed how certain groups will garner collective hatred toward another group of people? I think one of you mentioned the wholesale slaughter of Jews in world war 2, was actually a prime example of why Jesus died. Jesus died as a scapegoat, in other words, he died because a collective group was using him as a scapegoat and trying to blame various things on him. Scapegoats are common in society, like the Jews, like minorities, like sometimes women. White males can even become scapegoats (God forbid) in recent years because the blame for the world's problems can fall collectively on their head. Jesus died to create a powerful metaphor against the scapegoat, in other words, people were to understand that you cannot blame your own failures on someone else, whether you use that as a ploy for power, or simply because you have come to hate the group you are scapegoating. People needed a powerful metaphor to tell them, those you want to slaughter, may be precious to God or may even be God. There were other reasons for Jesus, but that one has been the most convincing argument to me, by Rene' Girard, a literary critic who studied Christianity. Metaphors work into the subconscious and transform the mind. If you want to read more, read the "Scapegoat" by Rene Girard.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  13. End Religion

    lol @ CSS style declarations in the middle of a story. Clean your text before pasting from MS Word.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  14. Adam Prince

    inb4 "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things, Prayer changes things."

    October 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hindu atheism, self center ism, secular ism is mental hinduism, sickness, every hindu denier of truth absolute GOD, suffer from in following of his hindu blinded heart to please hid hindu soul, filthy desire like a hindu rabid dog..

      October 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  15. mitten

    They apparently don't allow responses to this Eliminate Hinduism guy. It is my guess that he is a Muslim from India, since he shows antagonism toward Hinduism and seems positive toward Islam. We are your friends also wanting peace, but eliminating Hinduism is not the path to peace. The Hindu people have just as much right to live on this earth and breath as you do. Peace means "loving your neighbor", even when they are different from you. Isn't it surprising that Jesus died on the cross because of love, and never retaliated against those that persecuted him. That is the path to peace and the quote also is attributed to Jesus.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Not any more than a hindu, out law among civilized people.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
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    October 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  17. Bob

    Sandy is just one more event that should demonstrate to anyone capable of reason that Christian god does not exist with the typically claimed omnibenevolent characteristics.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • mitten

      The creation story says God created the world and gave it order out of chaos. The Bible never claims however that God eliminates chaos. Chaos therefore is part of the world we live in. This is not chaos condoned by God but rather something God is working to eliminate. It will never be finished until the end of time. That is the perspective of the Jewish and Christian Bible. This article does not explain this well, but I guess it is the view of the author.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      deny truth absolute, constant of the storm, it could not form without a constant, truth absolute, and truth absolute is Allah, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD, undeniable fact, truth absolute. Storm subordinate to will of truth absolute Allah. One has to be hindu, ignorant to deny truth absolute to be the ruler and controller of the world. PROVEN BY SCIENCE.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Bob

      mitten, that's selective holey baloney. The bible, amongst its other drivel, claims its god to be omnibenevolent and actively interested and involved in the welfare and day-to-day lives of humans. Hence storms like Sandy demonstrate that Christian god simply does not exist with the claimed characteristics, and that Christianity is really just ancient supersti-tions, nothing more.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • mitten

      It is not selective. If you read the Bible carefully, you will find it is fairly consistent throughout. Obviously there are statements that can be construed otherwise, however they are by far the minority and can be explained in that they were in the literary context of the argument that was being presented in context. I do not intend to make you angry with my argument. I just thought I would throw that out there. It is fine if you remain with your atheist beliefs, that doesn't bother me in the least. I think though that you need to look at the Bible on a literary level rather than try to interpret everything literally as the evangelicals might attempt to do.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Bob

      That doesn't fly at all. If you disagree with my interpretation, ask yourself how it is that a "god", i.e. an omnipotent creature, couldn't come up with a better way to communicate than a book that is so readily subject to so many interpretations and to being taken "out of context", and has so many mistakes in it.

      For that matter, why can't "god" get with the times and push some tweets out, or even get with the last decade and produce his own website?

      On those grounds alone, a deity should expect reasonable doubt, to say the least. Pretty pathetic "god" it would be that the Christians worship, that can't even do basic stuff on the web that even kids can do.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • mitten

      You often use this term description, "a pretty pathetic God". I can understand how you would say that if you believe that a God that was not pathetic would put an end to the mess that we are in and take initiative to end the suffering which people suffer. That would also end human initiative and freedom. If a god were taking that much initiative it would negate all human initiative whether good or bad. I do not claim to understand everything, I am a mere speck in the universe, however, I like having initiative and limited amounts of freedom. (None of us have complete freedom because of all the forces around us which are beyond our control.) I am sure if you want to call Jesus on the cross, pathetic, he wouldn't mind, because he was putting himself in the way of forces beyond his control in faith that he could change those forces through the peace created by the resurrection. "Death, where is your sting, where is your victory?"

      October 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • Bob

      mitten, I will similarly ask, "Where is your reasoning?". So far you have shown none, and all you did in your latest post was present how you have given up. What a cop-out.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • mitten

      On this one, Bob, I don't understand your reasoning, everything in the Christian faith is about not giving up despite the amazing odds that are against you. That is why Paul says, "If God is for you who can be against you?" The point to that is God gives you faith that even though there are many ignorant, lost people, including people that call themselves Christian, God will overcome in the end. I can live and work and enjoy life because of that. I don't have to worry about all of the gloom and doom people talk about. I am worried about things like global warming, and I actually work to see that changed, but I know that I can't do everything and therefore I trust in God to take care of the victims of man's self created holocausts. I wish there were none, but we seem incapable of not hurting one another. I am a small person, certainly too small to take on all the sins of the world, so I trust in someone else who isn't too small.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  18. PsiCop

    One would think that, if the Almighty were trying to send a message to humanity, he'd use something a lot more certain, a lot less ambiguous, and a lot less susceptible to wild interpretations, than catastrophes. Being almighty, he'd have the power to convey a concise and unmistakable message that no one could possibly fail to understand. Skywriting would seem a fairly solid option. I'm sure he's creative enough to be able to come up with other alternatives.

    Yet, he doesn't seem to be able or willing to do that. The obvious question is, why? Why would he wish to deliver a message, yet not want it to be be detailed, clear and widely understood? What would he get out of that? It defies rationality for him to behave that way.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  19. mitten

    Great article!! It is amazing that I am the first person to sound off on it. I especially like the last statement, "I just don't believe in a God who drowns black babies in Haiti yet refuses to drown out the voices of cranky white men who claim so irreverently to speak in His name." by Stephen Prothero. Those that try to align natural disasters with their own vision and understanding of God are doing themselves and others a great dis-service.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  20. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    God is truth absolute, constant, foundation of existence, proven by quantum physics, nothing moves without will of truth absolute God, yes storm is will of God, the truth absolute and foundation of American consti tution, Defy truth absolute , constant God and face mayhem, Karma, if you play in hinduism, denial of truth absolute GOD, you pay, Way of truth absolute GOD and teachings of all of messengers of Allah, AL THE, LA, LIMIT, H MOST HIGH OR ABSOLUTE. LORD AND GOD OF THE WORD, Denied by hindu's out law's and cause of mayhem, karma among humanity.
    word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
    Visit limitisthetruth.com to learn about hinduism, criminality of hindu's, criminals to impose hinduism, racism on humanity by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by force.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Pete

      I know one thing for certain, if there was a god he wouldn't subject all of us to your posts.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • LittleHero

      Why not give it a rest until you can construct an actual English sentence. Please, when you go out in public, leave the tin foil hat on so that we can all avoid you.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • OTOH

      LittleHero,

      Just think, if he's here, he's not out there. Let's keep him busy as our little gift to society!

      October 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • sam stone

      "I know one thing for certain, if there was a god he wouldn't subject all of us to your posts."

      How do you know this?

      October 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
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