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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. Phillip Neff

    I wish this CNN theologian would use Scripture to back his "opinions" rather then secular reason and logic. His lack of using it in piece after piece I read, shows he is no theologian, rather just a mouth piece of secular thought that cares nothing for God or His will, but rather for the advancement of man and his.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • albert

      Yep, that about covers it.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Reasonably

      Which god's will is manifesting here?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • USDude

      Great post – God is in the presidential race – my reference is Romans 13:1

      October 29, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
      Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Doh

      I didn't realize he was running for president! Romney is going to lose half of his votes to him.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Phillip

      Yea how dare he use a type of reasoning that is not only inclusive, but not dependent on being a religious fundamentalist with absolutely no independent thought. How dare he try to make an observation on the probable statements of the megachurch scam artists.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Most peoples issue with God is that He gets to play and be God. Job 38:25-26 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

      October 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Phillip

      Why would I give a flying backward fuck what the bible says?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Psalm 147:8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Let your words be fewer, Phillip.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      Just quoting Scripture

      October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son –

      They're not even Phillip's words.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Phillip

      Still don't care what your book of fantasy says Phillip. Quoting it more shows your inability to form any kind of coherent and independent thought.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      LOL at all the secularist cringing at the fact that someone quotes scripture in post. Seeing as the "Opinion" article in question quotes none. Yes, I lean heavy on Scriptural knowledge rather the "independent thought" so here is why, Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'm not 'cringing,' Phil. I'm just weary of people like you claiming that you know the one right way to believe, think, and live.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Phillip Neff

      This Article is written by a "theologian", why would some of you secularist, agnostics & atheist even waste your "precious time" reading what he has to say, if but for the reason you want someone who is echoing your sentiment as he does?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Phillip

      And why would you quote scripture to those who don't accept it as an authority? Could it be perhaps because it makes you feel better about yourself? Or maybe to draw in those who would echo your own sentiments?

      October 29, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  2. Wotan (the other God)

    get your bum god out of the way of my storm!
    I have some serious havoc to unleash.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  3. ...

    "God" must have a mind of a 5 year old if he enjoys creating things and then destroying/killing/maiming them. And rinse and repeat.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Doh

      Like the incompetent guy at work given too much power and finds a way to screw everything up?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  4. stephen Gregory

    I know the Great Rooster is with me at all times. He is all-powerful. Unbelievers, witness the power of the Great Rooster at dawn!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  5. ohyeahisaidit

    Atheists are becoming just as fundamentalist and annoying as religious fundies. Ironic aint it?

    October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Examples?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Reasonably

      Just because they are questioning folks about their beliefs? Imagine how much more annoying it is for religions to impose, proselytize, subjugate or otherwise force themselves upon "unbelievers".

      October 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
    • Anybody know how to think?

      How can an atheist be a fundamentalist? There are no doctrines to atheism.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  6. Common Sense

    I did'nt know that CNN had an accepted set of political beliefs. Oh wait......

    October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  7. lolwut

    Oh look, it's this completely banal question again. Still, I saw that this article was written by a professor, and I so I kept waiting for him to do something more with the material. You know, some kind of novel insight or fresh historical context worthy of a guy who evidently likes to flash that sort of credential.

    Instead, he gave us "I don't think so," an incoherent grab-bag of historical one-offs, and, of course, some good old thinly-veiled partisan sneering at those evil old white men.

    Ho hum.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Mike

      What else can anyone of even moderate intelligence add to the old pathetic discussions about why God this or why God did that.... Most anyone who is honest (and not fearful) will logically deduce that God either does not exist, Is too lofty for the little problems of Earth or is a sort of saddistic psychopath. Either way Dr. Prothero said it exactly right!

      October 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  8. albert

    The comments on this post are a clear indication of how far removed from the Bible mankind has become. God does not create storms with the intent of killing people. The fact is that man, with the use of his free will, is leading man to his own destruction. Man is polluting the earth, building cities and homes in flood zones, etc. Christianity is far removed from anything the Bible actually teaches. Don't blame God for the misuse of your free will.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Dump hinduism, half truth, book of hindu Mithra sim, racist savior ism, BIBLE, to be follower of truth absolute. Ellohim, LORD AND THE GOD OF THE WORLD.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • sam stone

      mankind has become far removed from many old scriptures. it is called evolving, and it is a good thing

      October 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  9. meh...

    This sounds more like the work of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Doh

      A slightly more reasonable explanation than Christians can come up with.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  10. jon

    Oh please stop all this drivel.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • OOO

      Typical of S.P. Many words written, but nothing really said. No conclusions drawn, except that I think he is drifting slowly towards agnosticism.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Mike

      OOO, I hope he's an agnostic. any other stance is not defensible.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  11. Cyle

    This is a test of the American scientific literacy program...
    No gods were found anywhere near this hurricane.
    If there had been an actual god or gods, their presence would be measurable.
    Please go about your lives as if there were actual scientific reasons for things like weather patterns, earthquakes or fire.
    Any people rescued or helped will be assisted by REAL men and women.
    Thank you for your participation.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity, storm could not form with a constant, truth absolute, and truth absolute is THE LORD AND GOD, present in the storm, hindu, blinded brain.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      please read without

      October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Cyle

      1) please read a simple book on meteorology
      2) hindu? – their gods are just as imarinary as yours

      October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  12. John

    God knows what's happening and when. it's ridiculous to say he doesn't know or have a hand in what his creation does. If you don't believe God knows, or does anything, then you don't really believe him.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Cyle

      he sees you when you're sleeping
      he knows when you're awake
      he knows when you've been bad or good
      so be good for goodness sake

      October 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      But "HE" in not your hinduism, fabrication called Jesus,

      October 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • albert

      Dont blame God for the mankind's misuse of free will

      October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      Correct. I don't believe in god. There's nothing to measure, so any statements as to god's existence and attributes are mere speculation.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Cyle

      Misuse? Free will is evolved and earned.
      Only society determines right from wrong, and society predates your deity by 10,000 years.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • sam stone

      john....same could be said of the flying spaghetti monster

      October 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
    • Pam

      I agree with you John. God is real and he made everything. He does have a hand in all things that go on. Its interesting that when bad things happen to people they get angry at God....but the truth is GOD does not make bad things happen...we create our own situations, man has done things for years that are not lined up with GOD's plan and HIS truths ....we distort and change things to satisfy ourselves.....and if we dont follow HIM then unfortunately there is EVIL in this world that SATAN loves to tempt people with.....and I pray for you Jeff, you have missed the REAL point indeed.....the only thing that is in control in this world is GOD.....GOD has a hand in all things that will happen....good or bad so we will straigten up and listen what is real.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Cyle

      so you'd better not pout
      you'd better not cry
      you'd better watch out
      I'm tellin' you why

      god – it's Santa Claus for adults

      October 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
  13. E0F0G0

    Good grief, I'm an arts grad from BU and I know more about religion than this bozo. Pat Robertson is no Puritan, and no Puritan would say that when something bad happens it is "God punishing". What they, as Calvinists, would say is that God is in control, and He allows things to happen because they suit His purposes. They would also tell you that you should not look for your safety in this world, but invest in the next world. Please, read the Puritans themselves, and not some person's "Interpretation" of them, and you might just stop "struggling" with these things. Honestly– there goes my opinion of my alma mater's divinity school.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Puritans are totalitarians

      Considering what the Puritans did to England under Oliver Cromwell, I feel no need to consider Puritans or Puritanical attitudes as being anything other than monsterous and oppressive.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
    • moragami

      ROBERTSON: You know, it's just amazing, though, that people say the litmus test for [Supreme Court nominee John G.] Roberts [Jr.] is whether or not he supports the wholesale slaughter of unborn children. We have killed over 40 million unborn babies in America. I was reading, yesterday, a book that was very interesting about what God has to say in the Old Testament about those who shed innocent blood. And he used the term that those who do this, "the land will vomit you out." That - you look at your - you look at the book of Leviticus and see what it says there. And this author of this said, "well 'vomit out' means you are not able to defend yourself." But have we found we are unable somehow to defend ourselves against some of the attacks that are coming against us, either by terrorists or now by natural disaster? Could they be connected in some way?

      Sounds like he's at least implying that Katrina was punishment for abortions.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • E0F0G0

      P.a.T., that is because the only god you know is the one you see when you look in the mirror. Of Puritanism, you know nothing. You've never read a Puritan book and I doubt you'd understand it if you did, theology OR language. You are representative of the American religious ignoramus.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Mike

      Ah yes, Another thing I know nothing about.. Add it to my list of things to research. But to be honest it is going to be way way way down on the list of things to spend my time on. The little I do know about it makes it fairly evident that it leads to no important answers to the many real questions facing mankind. I'll spend my time studying the world scientifically not by meditating on my navel lint.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  14. 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 5:21 pm |
    • LittleHero

      Sorry – this is a post in reply to "Eliminate Hindus" behavior and other peoples suggestion that I simply ignore him/her.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Do you understand mercy and compassion as a fact, truth or some thing else?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  15. nobudget123

    Let’s see we no longer call the weather an act of god but an act of Mother Nature
    God mad the heavens and the earth and humans in his image that’s what the bible says
    And some say he put the devil in charge of the earth so is Mother Nature really the devil
    So the crops are burning up because of the heat and no water is this the devil or Mother Nature? And food prices will go up and it will be hard for the farmer to pay his bills and
    And for us to afford food and we wont be able to export grain to places that can’t grow it and people will starve. So gods will or mother nature or devil just something to think about. People could die because of starvation and what a bad way to die. everybody is praying that god will save us and he does he makes it rain only problem is it is only in one little area and the farmer that owns the ground and planted the crop does not believe in god he is a atheist and all around him are christens and they have been praying day and night but there crops are not going to make it they are going to go bankrupted and loose there ground the bank is going to make them sell it and it has been in a christen family for a very long time. But just down the road there is farmer atheist and he got rain and is to buy the christen land around him and farm it and make even more money because he will have the money to put center pivots in and water the crops so who is helping him god mother nature or the devil? And next year less people will starve because he is producing more grain. why is he doing so well heck he made so much money he even opened up a soup line kitchen to help feed the poor but he is evil he does not believe in god or the devil and wouldn’t you know it some of the people that’s had to sell there land that he now owns are in line for a free meal and they are so great full for gods Mercy so now its god who is saving them there prayers have been answered. So did god make it rain or the devil or Mother Nature? If it was the devil then people are great full for him for the rain that’s why they can eat a bowl of soup. If it was god that made it rain then why he would only let it rain on an atheist ground and let all the people that praise him every Sunday in church suffer so much. If it was Mother Nature does she have god like status she must because Mother Nature would not stop at earth but be over the whole universe it is either all or none. All I can say is those people who lost everything keep praying that you will have the strength to work 24 hour a day and 7 days a week so that you can save money and buy some land back and be a farmer again yes I am sure it will happen and I am sure the atheist farmer will sell back the land to them most likely wont happen and that would be the devil in him.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Nobrain123

      I agree totally.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  16. My Dog is a jealous Dog

    I once had someone tell me that they weighed a body immediately before and after death and that a slight loss in mass was the "soul" leaving the body. I was not able to convince her that indeed lungs full of air weigh more than empty lungs.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Yes, that idiotic experiment was indeed done.

      Yes, a dingbat docotr actually did try to weigh a soul, and came up with 21 grams. The problem? His methodology was astoundingly bad, and of course, if a soul has weight, then it is substance and not soul. Theologically, you cannot take anything of substance into the afterlife (unless you are an Ancient Egyptian), so if the soul has mass, then it cannot get into the afterlife.

      Of course, the whole thing is ludicrous. And of course, if you need evidence, then at some level you don't have faith.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Steve D.

      Lungs full of air do not wiehg more than empty lungs. Theya re more massive, but mass and weight are not the same thing. Since the lungs full of air are weighed in air, and are bouyant in that air, the air adds nothing to the weight unless it is compressed significantly compared to the surrounding air..

      In any case, the answer to the question of where does the weight go whena person dies is it doesn't go anywhere because the instantaneous loss of weight is a myth, like story that men have one less rib ever since God stole on to make Eve.

      Besides, no religious scholar believes a soul has mass (weight). The notion of a soul is that it is a spiritual, non-physical thing, not something of mass and substance that can be measured on a common scale.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Howdy

      Even if it did lose some mass, the conclusion must be that the mass was a soul?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @My Dog is a jealous Dog –
      Hmm...I'd be interested in that explanation [assuming the air in the "full" lung was not under pressure (even if it was, it would not weigh the proverbial 21 grams)]. That said, there are several obvious explanations for your friend's assertion:
      –He's lying.
      –Inaccurate measurement.
      –Discharge of urine/feces that frequently accompanies death.
      –He's delusional.
      Any of these is more reasonable than the "soul leaving the body" explanation.

      Cheers

      October 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • Left4Ed

      Oh yeah, 21 grams. The guy who did the experiments exhaled deeply, to imitate the death rattle, or all the air leaving the lungs and it still didn't explain the loss... Trippy stuff, if you believe in souls. If not, well, the mad experiments of a 1920's religious fanatic on dying/dead TB patients are just an interesting footnote.

      October 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  17. Hail Zeus!

    It's not that Zeus WILLS bad things to happen. Zeus allows them to happen. In every event in life there is a lesson to be learned. Sometimes the lesson may be one of patience. Other times maybe a lesson of humility. Maybe a lesson of forgiveness. And sometimes it is just a simple lesson proving that in the end "control" over our own lives is just an illusion. Bad things happen to good people. Often times it is simply a means for us to turn to Him. It is his way to create a path to draw us near and show His true love. Look at it this way, if nothing bad ever happened and life was perfect and you got everything you ever wanted, why would you need Zeus? Why would anyone believe in Zeus if literally everything in life was perfect? The simple fact is that life is hard, people are not perfect, and bad things happen. And every time something bad happens, there is a lesson to be learned of self, or Zeus. Trials produce even more though. See, it is tough times like these that produce perseverance. It is tough times like these that produce a heart longing for Zeus and the path towards Him drawing you near. The question is not where is Zeus in all of this. Zeus is where he always is; right here alongside each one of us, just waiting for us to TRULY turn to Him. The question is where are you? If you never believe. If you never truly dig and ask Him with the fully faith that he will answer, you are lost. He is there waiting.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
    • Baal

      Zeus! We made a deal!

      October 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  18. Paula Marie Bernadette

    Where is God in Sandy? He is right there, with all of us, crying and mourning the destruction it will cause. Better to ask, where are we with God in Sandy? The power of prayer, faith, trust, and listening to the warnings to "get out" are also of God. Prayer can mitigate disasters, faith can move mountains, save lives. The Earth is a living, evolving planet with, lately, unprecedented extremes. Are we holding on to the Hand of God in trust and faith? Or are we cursing him in anger for letting this happen. The choice to accept GOD in the face of disaster and trials or reject him as a spiteful, hateful God that just wants to hurt us is a choice we each have to make. I choose to be with God in this moment, and pray for my brothers and sisters in harm's way. God Bless us all and may He send legions of healing and helping Angels, St. Michael, our Guardian Angels to guide us through this storm. Yes, some people will die, but I could just as easily die in my sleep tonight in Miichigan. Trust and love in the Lord. Amen.

    October 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Wow

      "The power of prayer, faith, trust, and listening to the warnings to "get out" are also of God. "

      No it's not, stop taking the credit away from the people who actually care on this planet and the hero's of this world. It's men warning men. There is no god!

      October 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Paul

      "Where is God in Sandy? He is right there, with all of us, crying and mourning the destruction it will cause."

      The Bible clearly states that your God creates the destruction or are you simply cherry picking because you can't face the reality the God in the Bible is actually evil.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Sane Person

      Logic will break your heart.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • Nahum

      " The choice to accept GOD in the face of disaster and trials or reject him as a spiteful, hateful God that just wants to hurt us is a choice we each have to make."

      The LORD is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and wrath. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and furiously destroys his enemies! The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet. At his command the oceans and rivers dry up. In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed. Who can stand before his fierce anger? Who can survive his burning fury? His rage blazes forth like fire, and the mountains crumble to dust in his presence. The LORD is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him. But he sweeps away his enemies in an overwhelming flood. He pursues his foes into the darkness of night.

      October 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      Nahum. Why would your imaginary friend arbitrarily endanger thousands and inconvenience millions because he's upset at some unspecified slight?

      October 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Paula Marie Bernadette

      To all you athiests and God haters who took serious umbrage with my opinion of God. . . even the fact that I believe there IS a God: I pray for you every day to become believers before it is too late. Truth is truth, whether you believe it or not, and this you will learn when you die and face your judgment. And God is not evil. It is man, given free will, who chooses evil. Maybe this storm is a chastisement for the sins of mankind, I don't know the mind of God. But I believe in him and pity those who don't. If it is a chastisement, it's not like we don't deserve it. . . we have been offending the Lord for way too long.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Paula

      Go peddle your immoral doctrines to your church, where more people might agree with you. Blind assertions on the existence of god would only be well received by people who already believe.
      It's hilarious when people like you accuse others of being god haters (straw man argument anyone?).

      October 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • QuestionEverything

      @Paula – "Truth is truth, whether you believe it or not", but faith and beliefs are not truth. Do you also pity those who do not believe in Zeus, Ahura Mazda or Brahma?

      October 30, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  19. God 1

    This is a God's reply to the Americans for all the killings and bombing of inocent, just see the terror on your faces

    October 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Yep

      LOL....god is pretty weak then. You would think he would have brought a Cat 5 to show us Americans instead of this weak Cat 1 storm.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • God

      Oh, I am not responsible for the bombs or wars either. Wasn't me. Evil twin again. I am only responsible for fluffy bunnies and parking spots.

      October 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • sam stone

      god1: yeah....your god is a punk

      October 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • Paula Marie Bernadette

      Reply to YEP. . . Maybe a Cat 1 is all the damage and destruction God needs to make His point. And ,since meteorologists are only correct 40% of the time, you could get your wish for a Cat 5!! God Bless you, you need it.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Paula Marie Bernadette

      You opinion may not be too far off the mark. We have been awfully evil of late.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Paula Marie Bernadette

      To GOD 1, my second comment was in reply to you.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Paula

      It's wonderful to see you so revere your immoral diety.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
  20. God

    I'm not responsible. I am the creator of everything, but I refuse to take responsibility for storms and diseases and birth defects and earthquakes and all those other creations . . . which I didn't create. Not my fault, officer. Must have been my evil twin. He's invisible too, looks just like me.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Brainless Reborn

      Thanks for creating my new dishwasher, God!

      October 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • TheOriginalMe

      Gotta love i! ... I just agree with Eintein: "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish."

      October 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Paula Marie Bernadette

      I am so imipressed that you know the mind of God so well. LOL. You know nothing of God.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
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