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. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Let us pray, Oh Lord almighty,

    Thou who did mightily smite the den of licentiousness and wickeness that is the Jersey Shore with thy inexorable, purifying, storm surge,

    Thou who did mightily smite the electricity of the sodomites in the meat packing district with thy electrically conducting waters on the lower east side,

    Thou who did mightily smite the transit tunnels of the wage enslaved Brooklyn hipsters with thy ironic flood waters,

    Thou who did mightily wash the beaches before the palaces of the moneylenders in the Hamptons with thy cleansing storm surge,

    turn now thy gaze to the Benthamites of the great white north. Oh send them Sandy, instrument of thy wrath and thy justice and deluge them in thy love and mercy so much as thou did for thy sinners of Gotham.

    For this we pray, your devoted delusionists.


    Have we talked about global warming yet?

    New York regularly sees some hurricane activity including severely destructive hurricanes like 1938 (Long Island Express) and 1954 Edna.

    Last year Irene, this year Sandy. Evidence or coincidence?


    In the last ten years there were 6 deadly hurricanes in New York.
    In the ten years before that there were 3.
    The previous 3 deadly hurricanes occured over about 20 years
    The previous 3 deadly hurricanes occured over more than 30 years.

    Perhaps this is due to population increase but I'm not so sure that is causal.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • Good, for not GOPer

      gotta be careful when talking about God, much more when you talk to Him like that. the one who made the ear does not hear?
      repentance is good.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Mark C.

    Yes, it's comforting to think that when you die, there's this magical loving place to go to. That when you're very much alive and in dire straits, there are words and hot soup to soothe you. But the sad reality is that religion is simple man's best invention to date. Once upon a time it was just to organize and brainwash the peasants – getting the church's 10% and the king's 30% in the process. And nothing's changed! It's still about land, government, education and family. Oh and that book of fiction they keep calling "the Lord's word." Whatever.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Markie Sir,

      There is no 'magical place' for the heavens are just like ours is except they are highly technical and far superior in their governing ways. We are but die-casts built into becoming Gods' buildings, nothing more and nothing less.

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

      All Celestial Life are but buildings for God's families and servants and workers etc etc. Our bodylike buildings of celestial manifestations are of no significance to the MicroCosm's hierarchy of intelligent beings.

      Lettuce Love
      Let Us Love

      October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • sarah

      stuck in inner: "1Cr 3:9" : more ramblings of paul of gullible's travels

      October 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.


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

      The two verses I do make my stance uponas to just where exactly the Gods of the original one resides and do live out their eternal lives. Careful though for eternities do not last forever within any domain of Life be it submicrobial and even Megacelestial. I am but one building of a celestially entwined body moving around and among other buildings with little to no real purpose except for pouring out dribblings of thought progressives for otherly buildings to meander on and upon.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  3. Kent

    Believers, why did your omnipotent god do this, and why did it kill 250,000 a few years ago with the tsunami in Indonesia?
    Either your god caused this, or allowed it to happen. Either way, your god is culpable. And that's what you worship?!

    October 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.


      In God's perspectives we all are but buildings to be raised up from inception and taken down and destroyed for whatever comes what may.

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

      October 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Translation of innerspacecadetofthefarreachesoftheuniverse:

      inner space is tripping.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      No need to hind, absurd about Truth absolute God, it is hinduism, denial of truth absolute by choice in hinduism, negativity invitation to mayhem upon themselves, HE just permitted it as punishment for hinduism, violation of truth absolute in life, by hindu'a, criminals .

      October 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • sarah

      Stuckininnerself – ye spend too much time listening to the whining of chatty cathy paul of gullible's travels

      October 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • yourpapa

      Mr Kent, and not Clark – you sound so sure, then you should have some reverence since you are blaming Him.
      but, how can you blame HIm if He does not exist. 2- how about having the answer, why dont you share it, then....

      October 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Jaz ~ Someone Who Knows *Love*

      This is a hard time for a difficult concept to be discussed, yet it is also the perfect time and perhaps part of the exact reason anything like these things has been allowed by God. I am a believer, a believer in the one true God, Jesus Christ–and the questions that have been raised in reference to why "bad things" happen to "good people" is a very complex and difficult one except in standing on one Truth alone ~ that God is always in ultimate control but recognizing also that sin does live in this world and that sin causes people to harm eachother, poor decisions to be made and even nature to function in a way it was never intended to upon creation. Everything in this world is thrown off because of sin and more and more as humanity allows itself to be run by it. These storms may or may not have been purposed by God but they have been allowed by Him and the only reason we need to question why at all is not in order to be defensive but to accept that He always knows exactly what He is doing and/or allowing and there is a purpose in it. Be it to help us to show love to one another, to have us open our eyes and recognize just how fragile life is and how important it is that we see where we stand with Him WHILE we have the time here to do so-maybe even to help us to look to Him and be reminded, in this fallen-sin filled-world that we need Him and it might be time to remember that and turn back to Him. I do not know the exact answer, and there may not be one exact answer for every single situation, in fact there likely isn't one reason every single disaster happens. But when you know My God, Kent, you know His love and when you know His love, you TRUST Him with everything....you trust that He has all things willed and allowed for the best possible POTENTIAL result in any given situation, even ones beyond our comprehension....sometimes the POTENTIAL needs to be taken and completed by us if we can just call out to Him and ask Him what it is He is trying to tell us in all this. Above all else is the recognition that He loves us and He longs to be our comforter, our shelter, our hope, our future, our provider....our everything....in the good and the bad-the only One we can trust to be allowing ALL THINGS to work together for our best interest--even if ugly things are allowed in order to turn our eyes to Him and maybe lead us into salvation somehow through it....eternity is much longer than life on earth....and our time here has already been decided since birth-every single one of us has our day coming and it has already been laid out....the question is less about "why does God allow bad things to happen" and more about "why are we asking the question at all"....is it because we truly want an answer so we can fall in line with His purpose or is it because we want someone to point a finger at when things hurt? His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways....I encourage you to seek Him....and ask Him--ask Him why....and let Him speak His answer FOR YOU to you as you seek Him with all of your heart. He IS real and He does love you....so seek Him...let Him answer your questions Himself--He can do a much better job of that than I did =)

      October 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • Very Good Answer JAZ .


      October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • Andy

      @Jaz – I can answer this. Quite simply, no, and false, and no, and no, and false, and false, and false and no, and false.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • nope


      October 30, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • snopes confirms

      nope is false

      October 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • and as always

      snopes is wrong

      October 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Unless you have more facts, you're screwed.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Ron A Canadian

    As soon as I seen Belief I rolled my eyes and thought "Here we go another imaginary friend nutter". As I read it I realized I was right. The nutters give credit to their Imaginary Friend when things go right and absolve him of blame when things go wrong (gods will).

    Every time I read about one of these people with the Imaginary Friend I'm reminded of the Stephen King novel\movie the Mist and the crazy church lady. There appears to be people really like that in this world.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • captain america

      Since it is an American issue why don't you go back to rolling your crap into little balls as we do not require your input on our stories. There's your sign

      October 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go fvck a duck, captain azzhole. What nobody needs is YOU.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • == o ==

      The only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works:

      "pervert alert" degenerates to:
      "Taskmaster" degenerates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this extreme homophobe as
      the disgruntled Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. writer boot camp flunkie.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ron A Canadian

      I guess the captian thinks this storm only hit america. Well let me educate you as certainly being a believer you aren't. It's a big old world with lots of you religious crazies in it. I've found out there isn't one bit of difference between a christian nut job and a muslim nut job. They are both trying to hasten the end of mankind. With any luck you'll kill each other off and leave the rest of us alone.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  5. Peter Knight

    OK, so who do I sue here for the storm?

    October 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  6. A follower of Jesus

    CNN should not even have such a thing as a "Belief Blog" section. It has degenerated into a "left vs. right" mentality that serves no good purpose when it comes to discussing religious beliefs. Most of the comments are hateful and/or derogatory in nature and therefore, stymie any semblance of honest and deeply felt expression about why someone believes or doesn't believe they way they do. CNN needs to stick strictly to the "news" and leave religious discussion to other sites and venues.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Huebert

      If you hate the comment section so much why do you read it?

      October 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
    • Who invited me?

      It is a belief blog...not a religious blog. beleiving in a magical super creature or not are beliefs.Get over it

      October 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • ME II

      Is that not what belief does? causing us versus them thinking? We're right and you're wrong? etc.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • A Lover of Cheese

      You hypocrite.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Google Translator

      Translation: I want the comments to only say what I want them to say.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • John Q Public

      Precisely, and @ Who Invited Me...

      You're correct it's a "Belief" blog and nothing more. However, it seems that the vast majority of those who obsess with spending their time here and shouting down others are those with NO BELIEFS. So why are they here in the first place? Because they KNOW there's something they're missing that they're looking for. Unfortunately, the blind, foolish, useless CNN can't provide it.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How do you know why anyone else is here? I have lots of beliefs; I simply don't see any evidence that believing in a god is warranted.

      Get off it, you pompous little man.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • ME II

      @John Q. Public,
      Regardless of one's beliefs or lack thereof, other people's beliefs impact us all.

      Also, please don't put words (or beliefs) in our mouths, that is called a stawman fallacy, I think.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • John Sharp

      The fact that people still believe and still talk to their imaginary God in their head is newsworthy.

      I mean how stupid can some people be.....

      October 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Popular this week:

      Number eleven on my list of the top ten (or thirteen) most irritatingly stupid ‘arguments’ that religionists make here.

      11. Failure to recognize the reverse of the coin:
      eg: “This is the Belief Blog why are you here?” Nothing exists without its opposite darkness/light, hate/love, apathy/passion, belief/unbelief. Unbelief is coequal with belief in the conversation.

      Oh and number thirteen for good measure ...

      13. Atheists hate (and/or are mad at) God.
      eg: You atheists here are so full of hate. Right back atcha baby.
      eg: Atheists hate God. A ludicrous notion, how can you resent something you don’t believe exists.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Ax

    Clapton is god.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • A Lover of Cheese

      Now you're talking

      October 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's place while outerspace is for the human race.

      WE are all Godheads so make ready Ax your strokes and be quick about it for I just hate the wait!

      October 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  8. Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

    Prayer worked for the ones who survived....not so much for those that died.

    October 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  9. G

    Only the truly ignorant believe in a god...

    October 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  10. It's so obvious

    It's just weather.

    Why is that so hard for Christians to understand?

    October 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Lamb of dog

      You're just missing the signs.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT

      There is a lot they don't undersrtand..that is why the defualt to magical things and superst i tion.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  11. Lamb of dog

    This is what the flying spaghetti monster does when to many people overcook their noodles. I

    October 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Huebert


      October 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Blessed is al dente.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Whoever Al Dentay is...

      October 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • ME II

      Al Dente: a group of radical dentists known for tortuous cleanings and tartar removal by tooth extraction. Also suspected in the killings of numerous non-flossers and apostate denture wearers.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  12. Gisela Feu Rosa

    To understand, we have to stop seeing the world and the universe through human eyes. The storm is not "bad", it does not "want to hurt" any one, nature does not think and feel as we do. The storm was a natural event caused by chance and the laws of nature, and those in its path were unlucky, that is all. Stop fearing reality, it is beautiful even though it is not "kind" and "just", in the human way of thinking.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Bippy, the Really Gnarly Squirrel-Satan of Spreadable, Sprayable, and Squeezeable Butter Substi.tutes Based on Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils

      If you saw through squirrel eyes, all would be revealed.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Madtown

      In my time, I've seen way too many women through my beer goggles!

      October 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • John Thomas Tolbert

      The storm was God's divine retribution.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Mark

      Really John for what?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • D. Allen

      @ Mark ... Jersey Shore

      October 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well, if so, that was not nearly adequate. The only retribution for Jersey Shore would be complete and utter devastation of all life everywhere forever.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @john you've got to be kidding. And Christians wonder why people laugh at them.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  13. cantsee

    Lordish doth Punish

    October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  14. Atheists get out

    Atheists, get the hell off this belief blog and out of this country! Atheistism should be a capital crime.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
    • Huebert

      Obvious troll needs a better hobby.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Christians get out

      Christians, get the hell off this belief blog and out of this country! Being a christian should be a capital crime it's ruining our society!

      October 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Let me know when you own CNN, captain azzhole.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Why do fucking ignorant fundiot nutters hate the constîtution?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Athy

      We'd rather improve the country by educating the less intelligent vangies and bible babblers.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • niknak

      Face it bro, you are just mad that we keep questioning your imaginary friend, and you STILL have no proof of it's existence.
      Since you can't prove your sky fairy, you will do the next best thing and advocate banishing or killing those that question you.
      Never ceases to amaze me how the supposedly "loving" christians are the first to start killing others.
      You are your religion are a complete joke.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • TR6

      It was a capital crime in the dark ages. thats one of the reasons we call them DARK

      October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • Atheists get out

      lota noise outta the damn stupid atheists but in real life they are scared sh!tless. Let them stop hiding behind their lawyers and computers and step out in the open. they will be steamrolled. GET THE HELL OUT!!!!!

      October 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Lamb of dog

      Scared of what?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, please, Brophy. You're as transparent as cellophane and even less substantial.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • niknak

      See, look how you react, with violence and threats.
      Is that the "love" your jeebus was preaching back in the day?
      I bet not, but then again you really don't follow any of that jeebus stuff anyway.
      In fact, I bet deep down inside you don't believe either. But being the good conformist that you are, you go right along with the fairy tale so as not to be cast out of your circle of family and friends.
      And how I know you don't believe, you act out violently when someone questions your sky fairy.
      Because if you truely believed, you would not care if we atheists did not believe.

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

      Come and get me, C word

      October 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Ann

      "Atheism should be a capital crime" - LOL! Obviously, a pro-lifer.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Jen L

      I see no atheism in this blog post. It's not the author's problem that you consider it atheist to disagree with your personal take on religion without stating an alternate supported religion.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      why feel threatened? Is it because you know you're fighting a losing battle. Less and less people are religious every day. Catholic schools are closing. yeah the end is near, the end is near for religion.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  15. Bippy, the Really Gnarly Squirrel-Satan of Spreadable, Sprayable, and Squeezeable Butter Substi.tutes Based on Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils


    I sent the Great Storm Of Doom! I did, not your sissy little daddy's-boy Jesus! It was I, in my evil squirrely superpower ways!

    And woe to you, silly humans! I did not send the storm to punish! I sent it because there was a bumper crop of acorns in the Northeast, but they just weren't falling. So I conjured up a storm with my really amazing squirrel-magic, and LO! THE ACORNS CAME DOWN!

    But this god stuff is a bit more tricky that you might think, because I got a bit carried away with the wind speed, and it turns out that squirrels don't really weigh much more than acorns, and, uh, well, my nefarious squirrel minions over in the Northeast got to be flying squirrels for a day . . . uh . . . all are expected to recover relatively soon.

    And I might have made the waves just a bit too wavey, because my surfer-squirrel bros on Long Island kinda sorta got power-blasted all the way to Alabama, which they are REALLY not happy about, seeing how squirrel is a delicacy down Alabama-way.

    So yeah, that's the story. Gotta ill-chay on the orm-stay next time I vent my wrath.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Nii

      Silly Atheist

      October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
    • niknak

      Hey look Nii is back. Here to "enlighten" us on our wayward path away from god(s).
      Hey Nii, did you happen to bring any proof of your sky fairy this time?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Jen L

      You keep on with your squirrely wrath.

      Are you familiar with the Mr. Black Corporation?

      October 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • OH BUt it is HUEBERT AGAIN!

      get a job or something! mother nature is calling you!

      October 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Huebert

      Who among the above posters do you think is me?

      October 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      OH BUt it is HUEBERT AGAIN ..... Huebert this is g-od. He/She/It knew you would follow once it posted It's moronic comment. Or maybe it got lucky, who knows?

      October 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  16. Paul

    In a way it is God's will because he gave us a world where we get to experience natural consequences when we mess up just as any parent would do. We have been greedy, materialistic, and not good stewards of what he has given us therefore we are starting to reap what we have sown, global warming intensified by our greedy and myopic little selves.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What did the dinosaurs do to deserve extinction? Roar? Sh!t?

      October 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Mark

      So you are speaking for the millions of people in the storms path as being so sinful they have to experience your god's wrath huh? That's just plain stupid, you have no idea the kind of lives these people are living and to put such an sweeping judgement on them just shows how stupid your cult has brainwashed you.

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

      I would love to see Paul walk up to the family of the 7-year-old kid in PA who died after being struck by a falling limb and tell them in person that God meant this to happen because it's payback for sin.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • joe

      You're an idiot. What have humans done to the planet that causes it to have earthquakes and erupting volcanos? Stop blaming what you don't understand in deities.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • niknak

      So is that what you need Paul? A parent, even though you are supposedly an adult.
      Did mommy and daddy not love you enough that you have to still have a security blanket to get thru your life?

      October 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Christianity and Islam is a mental disease- FACT


      In a way it is God's will because he gave us a world where we get to experience natural consequences when we mess up just as any parent would do. We have been greedy, materialistic, and not good stewards of what he has given us therefore we are starting to reap what we have sown, global warming intensified by our greedy and myopic little selves.
      You are amazingly stupid or just a troll. Psssst natural disasters have always happened.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • Paul

      All of your liberals and conservative Americans can yell and blame certain beliefs all you want while sticking your head in the sand but it does not take away the results of 395ppm CO2 and counting. My apologies to any survivors who are most certainly traumatized from this experience and are rightfully angry right now. I'm just calling a spade a spade: the runaway greenhouse effect. I could have expressed my views in science, but did not since this is the belif blog.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you "did not" because you have no understanding of science. If you did, you wouldn't be ascribing a natural event to a religious belief or lack thereof.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Paul

      If you really command such an immense knowledge of science and cosmetology compared to low-lifes like myself who might belive a little differently than you, why are you trolling and slumming here in the belief blog of all places and wasting your precious time here?

      October 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why not?

      October 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      if you had indeed first said:

      "it does not take away the results of 395ppm CO2 and counting. ... I'm just calling a spade a spade: the runaway greenhouse effect. I could have expressed my views in science."

      instead of "God did it" you would have found a different reaction.

      This hurricane is the result, not of God, but of warm water.

      October 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  17. ds

    No one can know why bad things happen. But it's interesting that many people turn to God and to prayer in times of disaster.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Teddy

      Many people turn to God and prayer, and they still suffer.

      Almost like there isn't a God.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Athy

      Because they're unwilling or unable to grasp the reality of nature.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      What do ya gotta lose? Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  18. Wade

    The change in climate is a sign that the end is drawing near. Christ will return. It's not something to fear but to recognize.

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

      Get an education will you, this is just one of the cycles that happens on this earth. Human being are contributing to it but it is not a sign your christ is coming back. Do you know how many brainwashed people like you have said the same thing the last 2000 years. Wow, the stupidity of people is just appalling.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Madtown

      "Who's Christ?"

      a primitive tribesman in South America

      October 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
    • Huebert


      People have been seeing signs of Jesus's imminent return for 2000 years. When are you Christians going to give up this "any day now" shtick?

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

      Whats the point if he returns once everything is over.... Even God requires humans so that he can climb atop something and preach.

      October 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Jesus was a space alien

      Jesus is returning to say. "What the hell did you do with my planet". I told you to take care of it and you used and abused my planet. Sorry but the whole global warming thing is real and you truly are going to burn...in the hell of your own making.

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

      wade: a clear sign? to whom?

      luckily, the end times have not been predicted before.

      here is an idea....don't wait until the last minute....go meet jeebus now. got a sidearm?

      October 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Did you donate money like other fools did when they thought the world was coming to an end? I always wondered why donate money if the world is going to end? where are you going to spend it.

      October 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, sure thing, Wade. I'll start preparing the moment you can show me any evidence that:
      1) there's a god
      2)it's the god you believe in
      3)that's the only god there is
      4)that you graduated from high school and college
      5)that you've never been treated for mental illness

      October 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  19. Jesus was a space alien

    Maybe God is on vacation in the Caribbean, having a few drinks, and playing a round of golf. I understand he is tired of the whole natural disaster thing and needed some R and R.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  20. Confused world

    That's what makes this world so confused. Since the very begining human kind have chosen to live life independent from God. But when something bad happen people always blame Him. Of course He cares about what happen righ now. But He is not intervening because we are resolved to prove him we actually can live without Him. If he would intervene, the first thing he would do is taking off bad people and to take good care of the few that really want him ruling their lives. Which is going to happen soon. The disasters that we have caused, not him, are a proof of what He said it would happen if we continued living apart from him (Mattew chapter 24). Because we don't take care of this planet resourses as long as they provide money (this humanity's false god). Happily, he will intervene soon and everything will be changed for good.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
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