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My Take: God not in whirlwinds of Sandy, presidential race
A NASA image of Hurricane Sandy.
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.

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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. HAD ENOUGH

    gods will,what a bunch of crap.then god is a serial killer of children and makes adults morons and fools.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      You misspelled it... The theory is called God Swill...

      October 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • The Truth

      "god is a serial killer of children and makes adults morons and fools." Yes, but what other option do they have? To not blame an invisible space alien God figure for all our misfortunes would mean mankind would have to take responsibility for it's own actions and admit that they are having an effect on the global climate, and well, they just aren't ready for that kind of pressure yet...

      October 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.

    Only God could create a man,
    For evolution was God's Masterplan.
    Our living above and the Godly living inside,
    Aborting one of God's buildings is for woman to soley decide.
    One God and His Family to each building called Man,
    Life everlasting as only for God and His klan!

    Therefore you buildings created by God, the evolutionary creator of things,
    Look then into your built bodies and see the Truth that God brings.
    The smallest of Life's bio-machines need operators to guide them here and to there,
    For the Godly of God will always one day soon give us our share.
    Our Life's Liberties and Laws of the lands,
    Social Treasures on Living in simplest of bands.

    Come what may will never change,
    No matter how you dare to re-arrange.
    Time is stamped by every clock,
    Hickory dickory dock
    Swing to the left & then to the right,
    Let all of God's ways show you the light.

    Love lettuce All
    Let Us Love All
    G.O.D.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.

      My pile of words
      Is a pile of turds
      I'm trying to make you see-a
      With my verbal diarrhea.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      " Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race." degenerates to:
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      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to;
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • sjake

      What a bunch of crap.... Stupidy coated with meaningless sugary words... The days of emotional literary mutterings are over... Have somethings to convey ? ... show it by data points and logically steps to the level possible.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      There is way too much misery and ugliness in the world for this poem to be even remotely true. There are more people doing badly than are doing well in this world. Some god! Many religious people have no interest in helping the suffering unless they attend the same church. If it were god doing this then it would be areas of bigotry and the wealthy sociopaths not the parts of the country where compassion is valued and the idea of supporting all fellow citizens is still prominent. If there is a god I will spit at it. I would rather be in hell with decent people than in heaven were the Fundamentalists assume they are going. I took a wallop to the face for telling my mom this in my teen years. Check out human history and ask yourself why a loving God would allow so much misery. Why did he not create a world where life was worthwhile for all its creation? Supposedly it could have but chose to create a system that is heckish for most.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  3. docingeorgia

    Read the "HARBINGER"..................enuff said.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Whenever a poster blurts out "enuff said" or the equivalent, invariable nothing of value has been said at all.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Is it possible...

      That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America s future?

      That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?

      That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?

      That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?

      Aaannnnd, my theory has one more data point in its favor.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Ken

      Nah, stuff just happens. We expect more severe storms due to climate change. No surprises, no conspiracy theories needed to explain that.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      Tom Tom: The global economy did not collapse. Canada barely noticed it. It is admired universally for economic policies that protect us somewhat from the greedy types who brought down your economy. We did not hand out money to thieving bankers and brokers. Other nations that did have problems had nothing like the culture of greed that brought you low. You don't like rules and procedures and then whine because the lack of them allows the greedy rich to take all the cream.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sandy, are you a fvkin' drunk or just stupid? I have no problem with the regulations put in place by Obama on the banking and real estate industries, you moron.

      Get a clue and either shut up or drop dead.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @calgarySandy Trust me, it's a global economy. If the US crashes, the world burns.(Being #1 means something) Why do you think china loaned us the money. No one else on this planet buys as much of their crap as we do.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  4. YoozYerBrain

    @
    Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    "Truth absolute on face of hindu, denier of truth absolute,LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD. hinduism, absurdity of hindu dark ages."

    This poster completely explains why atheists hold the superst itious in disdain. ALL SUPERSTI TIONS are equal to this poster. There is NO difference between his ramblings and anything I see here from Christo-Judeo-Islamo tards, they are ALL the same. All are ridiculous rantings equal in tone, content, and accuracy with this poster. Go back through the Comments pages and read everything this poster has written to see how superst ition makes fools out of you chrustian, gews, and muzlins. YoozYerBrain please.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • IRIE

      they be trollin man

      October 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      To be suprest is way of hindu's, ignorant's, not of follower of truth absolute GOD, Go see your hindu sanatan , filthy goon for some more of his cannabis of HEM,

      October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • CalgarySandy

      I am an atheist and have studied the rise and development of religions formally within honour's history and as a hobby. Raised a Southern Baptist I am pretty well grounded in the worst kind of Christian and the Bible. You are not using your brain. Only a fool thinks the beliefs of others are irrelevant. It does not matter, LoozYerBrain, whether they are true or outrageously weird. To research and understand others you also have to understand what they believe in. It is values and beliefs that drive people and civilizations. You cannot really understand anything to do with humans because you are too ignorant and badly taught. Bragging about flushing your brain down the toilet through ignorance and childishness shows the world how unimportant and useless you are. BTW, Hinduism goes back thousands of years,. Christianity, Islam and Judaism are late comers historically. And yet, the history of the entire west is affected by these three religions. Mormonism is so new that there were likely people who knew people who knew Brigham Young. I think it is a cult and laughable. However, I know a lot about it and can converse with a Mormon in a civilized fashion. Why don't you want to be intelligent and knowledgeable? It makes life so much more interesting.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Calgary Sandy, you aren't the end-all and be-all. Why should I learn to tolerate funies and nut-jobs? I don't have to do so, and I won't. They should be ridiculed and scorned. I have nothing against those who believe in god and live by their beliefs. I have everything against those who get on here and attempt to tell everyone else what is correct, what is right, what is God's will, who will go to hell, and other such muck. I have no desire or need to understand them any more than I am required to understand a Nazi or a KKK member.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @CalgarySandy I agree with tom tom. Personally people can believe whatever they want. i have a problem when individuals write laws based on religion. Whatever happened to the separation of church and state.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  5. Agreed

    Canary Islands

    October 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  6. Jesus was a space alien

    If there was a supreme being he might care, but since there is not he could not give a flip about hurricanes, the presidential race, or whether the giants won the world series.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  7. wannawritebut

    As we know, the greatest modern natural disaster was the great tsunami that killed over 120,000 people. The questions about God's hand in this have risen before. Christianity and some other religions say that God gave us free will and put us on a planet that also has a "free will system", which explains why He does not intervene. Regardless, the Bible also says, "knock, and the door will be opened to you..." so, in effect, God is telling us to ask Him for help when we need it. Otherwise, things are going to happen as they happen. God does not bring catastrophic issues on people randomly. Everything has a reason.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bunk unless you can provide evidence.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      And why would you assme the bible should be trusted?

      Those quotes are so broad in scope as to be essentially meaningless.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • biobraine

      If prayer actually affected the outcome of things, it would be easy to prove scientifically.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Athy

      How is that measurably different from random occurrences of nature?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • moi

      The bible also says that god is omniscient. If god knows the outcome of all our choices before we do, how can you say we have free will? Either god is omniscient, or we have free will. Both cannot be true, so which one is it, and how did you come your conclusion?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Ken

      wanna..., sounds like your god is one mean, frustrated guy.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • sam stone

      "God is telling us to ask Him for help when we need it."

      Speaking for god, are ya wanna?

      October 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      considering their are over 7 billion people on this planet. G-od better have one helluva notepad to keep up with the requests!

      October 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  8. Archer

    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
    ------------------------------

    Is God still on the Throne? YES... there isnt one thing that goes by that He doesnt know about... Was God in the Winds of Sandy.?? most defiinately... is there Sin today? Yes.. is their Unrighteousness today? Yes.... do those who claim to be 'christian' hold out the Truth in unrighteousness? Oh most Definately! then this is the Judgement... this is but a mere piece of what is going to happen in the future... Judgement against ungodliness.... sin, and those who stage play.. and hold out the Truth in unrighteousness... another gospel persay..... this people is a little foreshadowing of whats to come... this has nothing to do with whether you are left or right or independent.. He is No Respecter of Persons.... His Elect.. His Own will understand and DO UNDERSTAND what is going on... here is some more Truth from the Psalmist....

    So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
    Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
    Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
    That [men] may know that Thou, whose Name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most High over all the earth.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Mark

      So Archer everyone that is having their lives ruin are such bad sinners that your god sent the storm Sandy on them to make them fear and love your god. You really need to seek professional help with your mental illness and get out of your cult.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Religious zealots such as yourself have been claiming to be able to understand that natural occurances are a messge from their god.....AND they know how to interpret said messge. You are no different than the thousands of liars that came before you.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Archer

      Mark No mental Disease here.. Just Truth.. Some have a hard time understanding the Truth... its called a seared conscience... ..

      October 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Archer

      Careful Cheesemaker.... God is very Merciful and Longsuffering... He is... I forgive you for your slanderous comments.. as do I for Mark.. May God Himself Have mercy on you.. Truthfully..

      October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      JEHOVAH is the semitic name of ADAD the Sumerian God of Thunder, a relatively minor deity in the overall pantheon of Sumer. Why you so proud of worshipping a sumerian thunder-god? Got an inferiority complex?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Archer

      Your post is a lovely example of self-righteous, blind assertions based on immoral doctrines. The god you propose is not righteous, just, or good, and more often than not, the god a person believes in is more of a reflection on the person than a reflection of reality.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Archer,

      The god you believe in is an immoral asshat that wouldn't deserve worship even if it did exist. You claim to know what your god is saying and that just makes you a pompous self-rightous pri.ck.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Huebert

      Whenever believers are confronted with logic they resort to proxy threats. Archer here is a perfect example.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Athy

      And his lack of writing skills are consistent with his nonsense religious beliefs.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Archer, what would you say to the family of the 7-year-old boy in PA who was killed by a falling tree limb?

      I would love to be there when you tell them in person that it was "God's will."

      I'd love to see one of them pummel the crap out of you.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @Athy, isn't that generally the case? The religious zealots are almost invariably barely able to write a coherent sentence. They're nearly always dumber than bricks and less useful.

      I have nothing against those who believe and live their convictions by doing something for others. I have plenty against judgmental morons who spend their hours here telling everyone who's going to hell according to their "scholarly interpretation of the bible, while not being able to spell simple one-syllable words.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • Ken

      Archer, what Tom Tom said. And quite the violent god you've made there.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      For more evidence, see the post that claims that "environment plays a ROLL in evolution."

      If you're that careless/ignorant, why should I acknowledge you as having something worthwhile to say?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • TR6

      @Archer: “Careful Cheesemaker.... God is very Merciful and Longsuffering... May God Himself Have mercy on you.”
      The reason Christians say their god is so merciful and forgiving is that they have seen it is completely impotent and does nothing to those who break its commandments

      October 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • sam stone

      archer: your god is a vindictive pr!ck. get back on your knees

      October 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • D. Allen

      "Is God still on the Throne? YES"

      You'd think an all powerful deity would know about the wonders of prune juice.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Mark No mental Disease here.. Just Truth.. Some have a hard time understanding the Truth... its called a seared conscience"

      Beware of those who capitalize "truth"

      October 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • sam stone

      "The reason Christians say their god is so merciful and forgiving is that they have seen it is completely impotent and does nothing to those who break its commandments"

      Yep, just like their "Jeeebus is coming.....annnnyyyy time now" schtick

      October 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.

    1Cr 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

    Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

    As we labour so does God labour. God and His Brethren do labour to build up and create and maintain all manner of Life from the inside and we do labour here upon the celestial realm for understandings toward worthiness' ideals of righteousnes.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "cristopher hitchens" degenerates to:
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      "Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race." degenerates to:
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      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I would rather have a bottle in front of me,

      than a frontal lobotamy.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  10. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Praise, Ellah, Ellohim, Allah, Truth absolute, sustain er of the world, There is no other la.truth but LA, truth absolute, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD, and Spirit of truth is "HIS" messenger.
    Truth absolute, constant, LORD AND THE GOD OF THE WORLD has always been around and will be around for ever, nothing took place in past without "HIS" permission and will take place without "HIS, permission.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  11. lunchbreaker

    "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."

    Same song and dance that's been going on for thousands of years: natural process that can't be explained are the "will of God" until the assumption is proven false by science.

    BTW, exactly how did they have measured the wind speed in 1635?

    October 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jesuscience

      The correct method for determining wind speed in 1635swas for a pastor to take a witch and throw her up into the winds. If her airspeed was greater than an unladen swallow, she was made of wood, and therefore the windspeed was 130 mph.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • derp

      "If her airspeed was greater than an unladen swallow"

      African or European?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • moi

      @Jesuscience

      Don't they still do it that way today?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • Primewonk

      @ moi – yes. The problem is that so many of the women the fundiots claim are witches, are just lapsed Catholics and Episcopalians. And for some reason, the fundiot nutters ignore the women who self-identify as Wiccan.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Who are you who is so wise in the ways of science?
      But what exactly is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I just took a great big unladen swallow of wine. Yum.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      For the record, it went down might fast, but was not likely as effective as a "Hurricane."

      October 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  12. Obviously

    It's just weather.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Makes you wonder

      Who ever would have thought that the Weather Channel is actually a religious organization?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Does that make meteorologists prophets?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Doc wrote, "Does that make meteorologists prophets?"

      No. Meteorologists at least get it right a percentage of the time.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  13. kenhbradshaw

    Hasn't this already been answered in the New Testimont? "He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

    October 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Huebert

      That is not an answer at all.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  14. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Praise, Ellah, Ellohim, Allah, Truth absolute, sustain er of the world, There is no other la.truth but LA, truth absolute, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD, and Spirit of truth is "HIS" messenger.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  15. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Praise, Ellah, Ellohim, Allah, Truth absolute, sustain er of the world, La, There is no la.truth but LA, truth absolute, LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD, and Spirit of truth is "HIS" messenger.

    October 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Does somebody have a panty detwister I could borrow?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      I'm wondering when you're going to realize that your incredibly incoherent drivel, and your insane postings are only throwing you farther into irrelevancy here.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Truth absolute on face of hindu, denier of truth absolute,LORD AND GOD OF THE WORLD. hinduism, absurdity of hindu dark ages.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      I"ve got a hard on and I am gay which is why I am so conflicted and twisted.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  16. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    To learn cause of contradictions in hinduism, corruption of truth absolute religions, please visit limitisthetruth.com

    October 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  17. Praise Elohim!

    This is the reason for disaster:

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fndCsLo0DGs&w=640&h=390]

    God bless you

    October 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • No! THIS is the Reason for the Disaster!

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      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgZOYt5kH9Q&w=640&h=360]

      October 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  18. Javier Santos

    For those who seeks for answer in the Bible, I recommend reading this series of articles: http://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/wp20111201/is-god-punishing-us/

    October 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Mittology

      For those who seek answers in the bible, I recommend medication.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      For those seeking answers in the bible....you are looking in the wrong place.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      What is the question?

      October 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Wally

      @Ken – the question is "How gullable are you?"

      October 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I think the question is "what is the largest collection of ancient drivel that people have been indoctinated in to thinking is moral and orginates from a sky-fairy".

      October 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Nii

      Atheists in their conceited make-believe world falsely believe the Bible to be a book of mythology which is simply not true. Consensus on the Bibles probable mythological portions say it is actually only the first five chapters of Genesis. The rest is actual history albeit from someone's spiritual perspective. So keep up with the one-liners cause unfortunately that's all you can say. Your knowledge is so bereft on Christian spirituality. Let me guess? Atheists know so much about Christianity so practice it?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Nii

      Saying "Consensus on bible is _______" and not providing the actual statements or studies or surveys to back it up is completely and utterly useless.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "falsely believe the Bible to be a book of mythology which is simply not true."

      Proof, please. Show evidence that the bible is no a book of myths. Go ahead, Nii. It's always good for a laugh when you start blabbing.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  19. James T Kirk

    Why does God need a starship?

    October 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • (Not a true) Scotty

      Why did William Shatner put out albums of strange music?

      October 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Horus

      Yeah, tell that to the thousands of parents who pray for their cancer stricken child to surviive, yet still do. Prayer has a 99.99999 perecent failure rate.

      October 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • D. Allen

      See, I agree with AINHFCAOLT <-Not typing that out.

      Prayer does change things! If people spent the time they waste praying doing more productive things, the world would be a much different place.

      October 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
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      This troll is not a christian. .

      October 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.!

      October 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
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