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A flood survivor is surrounded by debris on the Philippine island of Leyte.
November 11th, 2013
11:16 AM ET

Where was God in the Philippines?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-editor

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(CNN) - The disasters are always different and often devastating. But the questions they raise are hauntingly familiar.

In the days since Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines on Thursday, survivors are frantically searching for lost family members and international aid groups are springing into action.

Officials say the death toll may rise to 10,000 in the heavily Catholic country. Meanwhile, many people are asking: How should we make sense of such senseless death and destruction? Was God in the whirlwind itself, as the Bible hints, or present only in the aftermath, as people mobilize to provide food, water and shelter?

These questions may not be new, but we keep asking them, perhaps because the answers remain so elusive.

For many Americans, a paradox sits at the heart of their thinking about natural disasters. According to a survey taken after 2011's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, most Americans (56%) believe that God is control of everything.

But more Americans blame hurricanes, earthquakes and other storms on global warming (58%) than on an angry and punishing deity (38%), according to a 2011 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute.

“These kind of questions about God being in control and there simultaneously being suffering are the kind of things that keep seminarians up at night," institute CEO Robert P. Jones said in 2011.

"They’re thorny theological issues."

READ: Typhoon Haiyan: Survivors in Philippines face grim struggle as death toll rises

The Bible's Psalm 107 says that “For (God) commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof. ... He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the water springs into dry ground."

But, as the poll shows, most Americans have moved past the idea that God causes natural disasters, wrote Stephen Prothero, a frequent CNN contributor, in a 2011 column.

"When it comes to earthquakes and hurricanes, our authorities are geologists and meteorologists," Prothero said as he rode out Hurricane Irene on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. "Most of us interpret these events not through the rumblings of the biblical prophet Jeremiah or the poetry of the Book of Revelation but through the scientific truths of air pressure and tectonic plates."

For atheists, storms like Haiyan are proof that God doesn't exist, author and activist Sam Harris said.

"Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil or imaginary," Harris said after Japan's tsunami. "Take your pick, and choose wisely."

God may or may not be in withering storms, but many religious leaders say they sense a divine presence in the aftermath, as people across the world mobilize to lend a hand.

Rabbi Harold Kushner is one of the most famous names in the realm of theodicy, a branch of theology that tries to explain the unexplainable: why a good God would allow bad things to happen.

After Japan's tsunami, Kushner called nature "an equal-opportunity destroyer," making no distinctions between sinners and saints.

But Kushner, author of the bestselling book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," said he sees God's hand in the resilience of people whose lives have been destroyed and in the "goodness and generosity" of strangers who donate and pray for the survivors.

READ: How to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan 

That still leaves a tricky question, though: Why do humans suffer, sometimes terribly, in the first place?

There's no good answer, says the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and best-selling author.

"Each person has to come to grips with that," Martin said. "It’s not as if some magic answer can be found. But the idea of God suffering along with us can be very helpful."

Muslims, on the other hand, see stormy trials as tests from God, said Sayyid Syeed, national director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances.

"Muslims believe that God tests those he loves, and these tragedies also serve as a reminder to the rest of us to remain grateful to God for all our blessings and cognizant that we must support those in need," Syeed said.

Vietnamese Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose native country remains in Haiyan's path, said such storms remind us that our lives are impermanent and the importance of treasuring each moment.

"This is the best that we can do for those who have died: We can live in such a way that they can feel they are continuing to live in us, more mindfully, more profoundly, more beautifully, tasting every minute of life available to us, for them," Hanh said.

Stephen Prothero, Jessica Ravitz and Eric Marrapodi contributed to this report.

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Asia • Atheism • Belief • Bible • Buddhism • Christianity • Death • Ethics • Faith • God • Islam • Judaism • natural disasters • Philippines • Prayer

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  1. luker6401

    Bad things happen in this life because of the fall of mankind as described in the book of Genesis. We all are sinners in a sin sick world. The only one who can save is Jesus Christ who came into this world and died on a cross for your sins and mine. He rose again and is the ONLY way to Heaven.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • Madtown

      The only one who can save is Jesus Christ
      ----–
      "Who is Jesus?"

      – your human brother who God placed by birth in an area of the world where christianity doesn't exist

      November 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      it's utter mind-numbing nonsense that someone could die and somehow absorb every bad thought and bad deed that everyone had ever done or would ever do. Believing in a daddy figure in the sky is crazy enough but believing that this crucified bronze age zealot died for your sins just because a bunch of his followers took his body and claimed a miracle ... well, it's utter mind-numbing nonsense.

      November 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  2. R Burns

    I always wonder at people who direct anger or blame toward God, thinking His role is to protect from every agony this world has to present. And those who say God "takes" people. Neither is realistic. This world is a tough-love training of sorts, providing all kinds of opportunity for growth and strength. When we hit the wall, calling upon God is emotionally and spiritually the way to survive and thrive, in spite of the damage we feel. And God doesn't take people in death – he receives them. Those who understand these principles have the easiest time in the face of life's trauma and daily drudgery – nothing to lose in believing!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      such an infantile, fairy tale explanation of the world. it would be laughable if it wasn't so pitiful.

      November 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • G to the T

      I think there would be less confusion if 2 christians could ever agree on theology. Why don't you all get together and define what Christianity "really" is and create one final version of the bible you can all agree is "the TRUTH" and we can talk. Otherwise, it's your opinion and not the opinion of "christians" as a whole.

      November 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Religion is not required, but it is dangerous

    Reli gious people will never change simply by being asked to look at facts and evidence. Their beliefs aren't based on evidence, and their thought process isn't based on logic; it's based on the desire to believe what they want to believe. There's no purpose in trying to teach a person of fa ith. They've convinced themselves that ignorance is a virtue and that science is the de vil testing them.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Russ

      @ dangerous: this is the height of self-projection & will necessarily be a self-fulfilling prophecy for you.
      in short: pot, meet kettle.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
      • Religion is not required, but it is dangerous

        Atheists don't have wars in the name of beliefs, they don't vote for leaders as a matter of faith, and they don't deny science when deciding on environmental issues/policies. ALL of these things are dangerous, none are a matter of projection. Nice try.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
        • Russ

          @ dangerous: apply your own logic. as many atheists here consistently reject your logic when applied to Mao & Stalin, why should you use the same logic with Christians? either a) Mao & Stalin refute your position or b) your logic is flawed. regardless, the argument fails.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
        • Dyslexic doG

          @Russ. you are very clearly the FAIL here.

          to advise you in a way you'll understand: Job 13:5 - If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm |
        • Russ

          @ Dyslexic: so you appeal to Job's refusal to hope in anything but God as a basis to silence those who hope in God? you do realize Job is silencing his friend's fallacious arguments there, right?

          as i said before to you – i find you highly ironic. "hush" & quoting bible verses out of context is normally the fodder of trolls on this page. regardless, it's not an argument.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
        • ME II

          @russ,
          1) Mao and Stalin did not commit their crimes in the name of Atheism, but in the name of their brand of Communism and power. Atheism, as a single position of lack of belief doesn't provide a justification for any action.

          2) The poster above was saying that unlike Atheists, believers don't look at the evidence. If you have solid evidence of the existence of God, nearly every Atheist alive will likely convert.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
        • Russ

          @ Me II:
          1) so you don't believe Marx stressed that religion was the problem? that it was the "opiate of the people?" you can't have it both ways – either Marx was influential or he was not. i think Mao & Stalin's stance on religion is rather clear from their policies & practices.

          if the OP argument is consistent for atheists as well as theists, it is self-refuting.

          2) atheists make an equal (if not greater) metaphysical leap of faith.
          as Nietzsche said: "it is STILL a metaphysical faith that underlies our faith in science." (my emphasis)

          for example, naturalism is not based on evidence – it is a presupposition.
          appealing to science as a substi.tute belief system is a failure to understand what science is & its inherent limits (methodological naturalism vs. philosophical naturalism).
          science assumes existence itself – bypassing one of the most obvious evidences... THAT there is such a thing.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          Russ, Do you have any evidence for a god? Not understanding how the singularity came to be (if it can even be described in that way) does not mean that a god did it, and therefore doesn't mean that your god did it.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
        • Ted

          @Russ, you must love clutching straws like that. So funny to watch!

          November 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
        • ME II

          @Russ,
          "so you don't believe Marx stressed that religion was the problem? "

          What is Marx's philosophy? Communism. My point is that a single position of a *lack* of belief in somethng cannot be used as a justification *for* some action. One needs a philosophy for that. While Communism is Atheistic it is not Atheism.

          "if the OP argument is consistent for atheists as well as theists, it is self-refuting."

          Science does not equal Atheism and vica versa.
          That being said however, if you want to go metaphysical, then the one thing that seems self-evident is Descartes' I think therefore, I am. Anything beyond that, I think, is inductive logic, based on the evidence available, with its associated varying degrees of (un)certainty. Is it certain? no. Is it faith? I would not think so, as it is based on repeatable evidence and experience.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
        • Russ

          @ Santa: as a Christian, I do believe God revealed himself in time and space.

          but the cosmological still has some bearing. THAT there is an existence DOES press the point on those who would simply toss such qualitative evidence aside.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm |
        • Russ

          @ Me II:
          1) Marx's communism arose from his atheism. your argument fails to see the distinction. you're saying "but he's using walls!" when I'm talking about the foundation. you're failing to hear my critique for what it is: his metaphysics are the basis for how he constructs his system of government.

          2) Nietzsche is an atheist – a quite articulate one at that. *his* argument is exposing your flawed premise. insofar as an atheist puts FAITH in a presupposition (i.e., naturalism), it is a FAITH. it requires belief. it is not a lack of belief that is your problem, but a competing belief.

          3) Descartes' "cogito ergo sum" was also pressed out by those who followed. Kant's transcendental unity of apperception explodes Descartes assumptions (he has no access to the 'thing-in-itself', so how can one speak of 'evidence?'). bottom line: yet again your epistemological skirt is showing... you have a faith. and it is not based on evidence, but it is a leap of faith... the very thing you are mocking AND claiming you are not doing.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
        • ME II

          @Russ,
          1) Your arguement fails to see the distinction that I am making. Even if the foundation is Atheism, Atheism does not automatically lead to Communism. For example, Marx's true foundation, I think, is a materialistic concept of nature which is not necessitated by Atheism, i.e. materialism does not equal Atheism and vica versa.

          2) I don't know that Atheism, per se, requires faith in naturalism, just not faith in god(s). see Buddhism.

          3) "Kant's transcendental unity of apperception explodes Descartes assumptions (he has no access to the 'thing-in-itself', so how can one speak of 'evidence?')."

          Okay, I'll admit that I don't know the details of Kant's "transcendental unti[]ty of appreception", but it seems to me that Kant is dealing with experiences, or self in relation to the world. That is after existence, I would think, and not necessary for existence, not metaphysically necessary anyway.

          It does, however, seem logically necessary for thought to equal existence, due to non-contradiction.

          One cannot doubt one's existence unless one exists to have doubt.

          Or, if I think and yet do not exist, then who is thinking?

          November 11, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  4. HUH

    lol girls

    November 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  5. Gary

    CNN you can call this Godless or you can veiw it as a warning. Try reporting the news instead of your mindless comments.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
  6. A Reader

    The arrogance of Sam Harris and his ilk never ceases to amaze. God did not create a world where there's no suffering. Such a world would be devoid of meaning. A world where everyone "gets their fill" and are happy and lazy ever after would be horrible. According to Christian tradition, even God is a sufferer. The other side of suffering is deliverance, joy. Without one there could not be the other.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Colin

      What does the bible say about God?

      1. God is satisfied with his works
      Gen 1:31
      God is dissatisfied with his works.
      Gen 6:6

      2. God dwells in chosen temples
      2 Chron 7:12,16
      God dwells not in temples
      Acts 7:48

      3. God dwells in light
      Tim 6:16
      God dwells in darkness
      1 Kings 8:12/ Ps 18:11/ Ps 97:2

      4. God is seen and heard
      Ex 33:23/ Ex 33:11/ Gen 3:9,10/ Gen 32:30/ Is 6:1/
      Ex 24:9-11
      God is invisible and cannot be heard
      John 1:18/ John 5:37/ Ex 33:20/ 1 Tim 6:16

      5. God is tired and rests
      Ex 31:17
      God is never tired and never rests
      Is 40:28

      6. God is everywhere present, sees and knows all things
      Prov 15:3/ Ps 139:7-10/ Job 34:22,21
      God is not everywhere present, neither sees nor knows all
      things
      Gen 11:5/ Gen 18:20,21/ Gen 3:8

      7. God knows the hearts of men
      Acts 1:24/ Ps 139:2,3
      God tries men to find out what is in their heart
      Deut 13:3/ Deut 8:2/ Gen 22:12

      8. God is all powerful
      Jer 32:27/ Matt 19:26
      God is not all powerful
      Judg 1:19

      9. God is unchangeable
      James 1:17/ Mal 3:6/ Ezek 24:14/ Num 23:19
      God is changeable
      Gen 6:6/ Jonah 3:10/ 1 Sam 2:30,31/ 2 Kings 20:1,4,5,6/
      Ex 33:1,3,17,14

      10. God is just and impartial
      Ps 92:15/ Gen 18:25/ Deut 32:4/ Rom 2:11/ Ezek 18:25
      God is unjust and partial
      Gen 9:25/ Ex 20:5/ Rom 9:11-13/ Matt 13:12

      11. God is the author of evil
      Lam 3:38/ Jer 18:11/ Is 45:7/ Amos 3:6/ Ezek 20:25
      God is not the author of evil
      1 Cor 14:33/ Deut 32:4/ James 1:13

      12. God gives freely to those who ask
      James 1:5/ Luke 11:10
      God withholds his blessings and prevents men from receiving
      them
      John 12:40/ Josh 11:20/ Is 63:17

      13. God is to be found by those who seek him
      Matt 7:8/ Prov 8:17
      God is not to be found by those who seek him
      Prov 1:28

      14. God is warlike
      Ex 15:3/ Is 51:15
      God is peaceful
      Rom 15:33/ 1 Cor 14:33

      15. God is cruel, unmerciful, destructive, and ferocious
      Jer 13:14/ Deut 7:16/ 1 Sam 15:2,3/ 1 Sam 6:19
      God is kind, merciful, and good
      James 5:11/ Lam 3:33/ 1 Chron 16:34/ Ezek 18:32/ Ps 145:9/
      1 Tim 2:4/ 1 John 4:16/ Ps 25:8

      16. God's anger is fierce and endures long
      Num 32:13/ Num 25:4/ Jer 17:4
      God's anger is slow and endures but for a minute
      Ps 103:8/ Ps 30:5

      17. God commands, approves of, and delights in burnt offerings,
      sacrifices ,and holy days
      Ex 29:36/ Lev 23:27/ Ex 29:18/ Lev 1:9
      God disapproves of and has no pleasure in burnt offerings,
      sacrifices, and holy days.
      Jer 7:22/ Jer 6:20/ Ps 50:13,4/ Is 1:13,11,12

      18. God accepts human sacrifices
      2 Sam 21:8,9,14/ Gen 22:2/ Judg 11:30-32,34,38,39
      God forbids human sacrifice
      Deut 12:30,31

      19. God tempts men
      Gen 22:1/ 2 Sam 24:1/ Jer 20:7/ Matt 6:13
      God tempts no man
      James 1:13

      20. God cannot lie
      Heb 6:18
      God lies by proxy; he sends forth lying spirits t deceive
      2 Thes 2:11/ 1 Kings 22:23/ Ezek 14:9

      Hmmm, I gues it is full of bullsh.it, isn't it?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm |
      • A Reader

        Who said anything about the bible?

        November 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
        • Ted

          @A Poor Reader, It's the main ref for the Christian religion, which is the prime delusion on display here, dummy.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      so children must suffer for the world to have meaning?
      more children die in natural disasters and afterward than adults.
      that's your idea of a just god?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • A Reader

        Only if you believe that death is a final permanent state of a person.

        November 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      Mama Tersa thinking, suffering is the love of the Christ, really quite sadistic.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Russ

      @ a Reader: this is dualism – which is directly contrary to Christian belief.

      for Christians, the three-pronged problem of evil (God is all good, God is all powerful, evil exists) cannot be solved by claiming that suffering (usually caused by evil) are permanent realities. the Bible actually states that suffering will end permanently (Isa.25, Rev.21, etc.).

      November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • A Reader

        It may be against orthodoxy but it's my belief and of many illustrious Christians, including Pope John Paul II.

        November 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      oh you poor deluded fool

      November 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
      • A Reader

        A thoughtful reasoned repartee.

        November 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Hope this helps

      For starters, all of these have been addressed before. There is nothing new.

      1) Gen 1 before the fall, Gen 6 after the fall, on the second coming the world will be restored to Gen 1 conditions

      2) We draw to the temple in the OT to draw close to him. Jesus removed that barrier, Hebrews 10.

      3) http://www.lookinguntojesus.net/ata20060910.htm

      4) http://www.lookinguntojesus.net/ata20011028.htm

      November 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'A world where everyone "gets their fill" and are happy and lazy ever after would be horrible'

      because?

      November 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
  7. Evolution is Fact

    There is NO GOD, you're all brainwashed idiots who believe in this crap! This is what happens in life! It's a shame all those people had to die that way, my condolences, but this is nature! Get the lies of religon and god out of your skull!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • guyFromVA

      how can you be so sure there is no God?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
      • Colin

        You!

        The evolution denier.

        Evolution is taught in every major university and college biology program in the World. Not 99% of them, but EVERY one. Universities with extensive evolutionary biology departments include Oxford University, Cambridge University and the Imperial College in England, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Germany, the École Normale Supérieure and École Polythecnique in France and Leiden University in the Netherlands and the Swiss Federal Insti.tute of Technology in Switzerland. This is just a sample. ALL university and colleges in Europe teach evolution as a fundamental component of biology.

        The number of universities and colleges in Europe with a creation science department: ZERO. The number of tenured or even paid professors who teach creation science at any of these universities or colleges: ZERO

        In the United States, the following Universities have extensive evolutionary biology departments staffed by thousands of the most gifted biologists in the World; Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Colombia, Duke, the Massachusetts Insti.tute of Technology, Brown, Stanford, Berkley, and the University of Chicago. These are just some of the more prestigious examples. Again, ALL university and colleges in the USA with tertiary level biology classes teach evolution as a fundamental component of biology.

        The number of universities and colleges in the United States with a creation science department: ZERO The number of tenured or even paid professors who teach creation science at any of these universities or colleges: ZERO

        In Australia and Asia, the following universities and colleges have extensive evolutionary biology departments manned by more of the most gifted biological scientists in the World; Monash University in Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, Kyoto University in Ja.pan, Peking University in China, Seoul University in Korea, the University of Singapore, National Taiwan University, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney.

        The number of universities and colleges in Australia and Asia with a creation science department: ZERO The number of tenured or even paid professors who teach creation science at any of these universities or colleges: ZERO

        The most prestigious scientific publications in the Western World generally accessible to the public include: The Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Scientific American, Science, New Scientist, Cosmos and Live Science.

        Every month, one or more of them publishes a peer reviewed article highlighting the latest developments in evolution. The amount of any creationist science articles published in ANY of these prestigious publications; ZERO.

        I could repeat the above exercise for the following disciplines, all of which would have to be turned on their heads to accommodate creation science – paleontology, archeology, geology, botany, marine biology, astronomy, medicine, cosmology and historical linguistics.

        There appears to be three possible explanations for this:

        (i) there is a worldwide conspiracy of universities, colleges and academic publications, including all their tens of thousands of professors, editors, reviewers, and support staff, to deny creation science;

        (ii) you, guyFromVA have a startling new piece of evidence that was right before our eyes that will turn accepted biological science and about 10 other sciences on their heads if ONLY people would listen to you, no doubt earning you a Nobel Prize and a place in history beside the likes of Darwin, Newton and Einstein; or

        (iii) you are a complete blowhard who has never studied one subject of university level biology, never been on an archeological dig, never studied a thing about paleontology, geology, astronomy, linguistics or archeology, but feel perfectly sure that you know more than the best biologists, archeologists, paleontologists, doctors, astronomers botanists and linguists in the World because your mommy and daddy taught you some comforting stories from Bronze Age Palestine as a child.

        I know which alternative my money is on. Please die violently and soon.

        November 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
        • Dyslexic doG

          beautiful!

          November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • AtheistSteve

          Colin hits another home run. Great job..

          November 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
        • Icabus

          you are in denile of you own science

          November 12, 2013 at 8:49 am |
        • Hope this helps

          The number of tenured or even paid professors who teach creation science at any of these universities or colleges:
          Actually it is more than 0, just two to name

          Hans Henrik Hjermitslev University College South Denmark,
          John Lennox, Oxford

          So I had to stop reading there since you couldn't get that correct right out of the gate.

          November 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
        • Hope this helps

          Ok, I lied, I had to continue

          "Every month, one or more of them publishes a peer reviewed article highlighting the latest developments in evolution"

          "I could repeat the above exercise for the following disciplines,", ok how about History. Which department reenacts the as.sination of Lincoln every month to prove it scientifically?

          When has evolution as an origin been proven by scientific method?

          You have to understand
          The number of Universities that charge you money to take history and teaches history because it is a valid form of knowledge–science is not the only branch of knowledge:ALL

          November 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        There is not a single bit of actual evidence for any god, not even after 2,000 plus years.

        November 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
        • Hope this helps

          1)Design points to a design.
          2) The historical testimony of Jesus found in the gospels.

          November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • Science Works

        Breaking News !

        And believe it or not this comes out of Texas, nothing but the truth no gods/devil required.

        “This is bigger than finding any dinosaur,” Chatterjee said. “This is what we’ve all searched for – the Holy Grail of science.”

        Thanks to regular and heavy comet and meteorite bombardment of Earth’s surface during its formative years 4 billion years ago

        Paper No. 300-5: Impact, RNA-Protein World and the Endoprebiotic Origin of Life https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper222699.html

        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131029133124.htm

        November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • Topher

      Or that "Evolution is Fact" when even science rejects it.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • Colin

        What branch of science does that?

        November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
        • Topher

          Topher

          Please show me where evolution is testable and repeatable, where we find change of kinds and where we see the addition of information when we only see loses.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
        • Colin

          Answer me. You made the assertion, now back it up. Name one scientific discipline that rejects evolution, or admit you do not know of any.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • Topher

          Colin

          "You made the assertion, now back it up. Name one scientific discipline that rejects evolution, or admit you do not know of any."

          I don't care how many "disciplines" or scientists believe it is true. The fact is it doesn't stand up to the scientific method. If it does, please demonstrate it. Because so far, nobody has been able to.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
        • Joey

          The only branch of science that says evolution is not science is the one that Topher made up in his head.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
        • Colin

          So, you lied when you said or that "Evolution is Fact" when even science rejects it.

          Science doesn'l reject it, you fvcking liar – you do. Look at my post above. Do you REALLY think hundreds of thousands of the most gifted scientists in the World are wrong. How many papers in biology have you published, in geology, in paleontology. Have you even studied any of them at college?

          November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • Madtown

          Have you even studied any of them at college?
          -----
          Topher only studies the Good Book. All necessary answers are contained within.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
        • Topher

          Wow. Name-calling. How very mature. And I'm supposed to trust you now?

          If so many scientists believe it's true, why do they believe so? How is something that we don't see happen and that would have occurred millions of years ago testable and repeatable? That's the standard for science.

          Also, we've yet to find anything that became something different ... a change of kinds. That's what Darwinian evolution requires.

          Also, again, for evolution to be true, we'd need additional genetic information. But we don't see additional information, we only see loses. So where's the additional information? And where does it come from?

          November 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
        • Charm Quark

          Topher
          If you are honest and you are not, you would admit that no amount evidence would ever let you say anything other than "god did it". That is and always will be your conclusion until you can escape the delusion.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So Topher, nobody alive today was around to witness whatever some desert dweller allegedly called jesus did 2,000+ years ago. And there are no actual, first-hand eyewitness accounts of what this jesus dude did or said. Are you now saying that you are rejecting the jesus story because you nor anyone alive today witnessed it?

          November 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        @Topher
        Nearly every scientific society, representing hundreds of thousands of scientists, have issued statements rejecting intelligent design and a peti.tion supporting the teaching of evolutionary biology was endorsed by 72 US Nobel Prize winners.
        The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society with more than 130,000 members and over 262 affiliated societies and academies of science including over 10 million individuals, has made several statements and issued several press releases in support of evolution.

        According to the The International Federation of Biologists, there are more than 3 million bilogical scientists globally who rely on the 5 laws of Darwinian evolution for their jobs every single day.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • Colin

          Doc, I am going to incorporate these handy facts into my rant above.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Topher

          Doc

          I could get together a peti.tion with just as many if not TONS more signatures in support of the Bible. Would you then believe what it says? I'd think not. The number of believers in something doesn't make it true.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • Colin

          Topher, name a recpognized scientifiec field that rejects evolution.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • fred

          "According to the The International Federation of Biologists, there are more than 3 million bilogical scientists globally who rely on the 5 laws of Darwinian evolution for their jobs every single day."

          =>given they are well educated it would be foolish suffering the loss of job and reputation if they even hint God may have done it.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          But all those scientists get tangible results through the application of evolutionary theory.
          Practical application of the science of evolution include:
          Bioinformatics, managing fisheries for greater yeilds, resistance management in medicine and agriculture.
          The evolutionary principles of natural selection, variation, and recombination are the basis for genetic algorithms, an engineering technique that has many practical applications, including aerospace engineering, architecture, astrophysics, data mining, drug discovery and design, electrical engineering, finance, geophysics, materials engineering, military strategy, pattern recognition, robotics, scheduling, and systems engineering.
          Phylogenetic analysis, which uses the evolutionary principle of common descent, has proven its usefulness in tracing genes of known function and comparing how they are related to unknown genes helps one to predict unknown gene function, which is foundational for drug discovery. It is also a core principle of epidemiology since it allows the identification of disease reservoirs and sometimes the tracking of step-by-step transmission of disease.
          Humans have used artificial selection for hundreds of years, choosing those traits we find desirable in plants and animals and propogating them down teh genetic line.

          If the theory were not sound, it could not be used every day by countless people as the basis for their ongoing, increasingly complex work.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
        • Joey

          it appears that fred has chosen option 1 from above.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • Topher

          What these things are using is natural selection, not evolution. We tend to not understand the actual definition of evolution nowadays. When we use artificial selection, we're still only using what our genetics already has for us. We can't turn a fish into a frog because it doesn't have the genetic information of the frog. For that to happen we'd need additional information. But what we see in natural selection is only losses of information. Not gains.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          @Topher
          Natural selection is only one of the 5 laws of evolution.
          Admit it – the one that sticks in your Young Earth Creationist craw is is the understanding that the world is not constant, nor recently created, nor cycling, but is changing; and that the types of enti.ties that live on it also change.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          @Topher
          And you'll note that Phylogenic analysis is not based on natural selection, but common descent – which is another of the 5 laws.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:37 pm |
        • Joey

          Topher seems to believe in evolution, but just doesn't want to call it evolution for some reason I can't quite understand.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        Topher, please point us to a scholarly article in a reputable scientific journal (that excludes the discovery inst!tute) successfully debunking evolution. Despite repeated requests have never been able to do this or provide any actual evidence for your your god. You are a mentally ill delusional fraud.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • fred

          Those in University and funded by liberal tax dollars would never receive a penny if they wanted to prove species evolved only within their kind (as the Bible suggests).
          Without a minimum 5 million dollars you could not test such a theory and no one wants to hear it.
          Now, I am not arguing against the various theories that follow the rabbit hole as they do have scientific support. The general theory of evolution does not change anything from a biblical aspect as we do not know what method God actually used to create.
          Certainly intelligent design does not have scientific support or acceptable evidence that God did or did not do it but, neither does evolution theory.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          100% pure bullsh!t fred! 5 million dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the total wealth of even just the christian cults. It would certainly be worth their while, to stem the loss of their market share, to prove that evolution, and any other scientific theory that squeezes any god out of reality, is wrong. They don't do it because they can't do it!

          November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • ME II

          @fred,
          "fred
          Those in University and funded by liberal tax dollars would never receive a penny if they wanted to prove species evolved only within their kind (as the Bible suggests)."

          Just curious, but where does the Bible suggest that species evolve within their "kind", whatever that is.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
        • ME II

          * only within their "kind"

          November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Thanks to people like the Discovery Insti/tute, there is a strong link in the public's mind between Evolutionary Science and atheism. Creationists don't want to teach what they think is fact. What they want to do is to defeat scientific materialism and what they think is its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies and to separate science from it's perceived allegiance to atheistic naturalism.

          In order to keep from being tarred and feathered, Evolutionary scientists are strongly motivated to ameliorate conflict between evolution and religion. Sociobiology offers them an apparent conciliatory path to the compatibility of religion and evolution, avoiding all language of inescapable conflict. Sociobiological evolution is the means to understand religion, whereas religion as a 'way of knowing' has nothing to teach us about evolution. This view allows a place for religion and sounds superficially comforting to compatibilists.

          The worldview of these scientists is so different from traditional theology in that no gods exist for them, there is no such thing as the incorporeal spirit or soul, there is no life after death — all of the things that are held most passionately by traditional theology, all of them have to be abandoned. And if that condition is met, then religion is perfectly harmonious with the tenets of evolution. The only way to find compatibility in such a worldview is by accepting a religion with no authority on the most meaningful matters of human existence.

          TL:DR – Creationists fear that teaching FACTS to children will drive them away from religion.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
        • Topher

          "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

          "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."

          November 11, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
        • Joey

          Exactly Topher, the bible is not a science book.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm |
        • ME II

          @topher,
          1) How do you know that "after its kind" is not in the same species, which would fit with evolution.
          2) How do you know that "after its kind" disallows evolution beyond the species level? Perhaps "kind" is relative to that species' clade, i.e. "after its ancestors"?

          November 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
        • fred

          ME II
          "Just curious, but where does the Bible suggest that species evolve within their "kind", whatever that is."
          =>acceptance of evolution has impacted belief. Before 1958 Catholics and most Christian, Hebrew or Islam based faith thought evolution had to be rejected. Once the Pope declared evolution was not a faith breaker many fundamental beliefs were open to question. Today Adam and Eve do not need to be real people although they can be and "kinds" can include ancestry. Where this does not change the relationship between God and man most do not find it to be an issue. Topher is not admitted to heaven based on science anymore than you are sent to hell based on lack of knowledge

          Personally I cannot connect the dots to agree that we have proof man is nothing more than the combination of Proteins over time given certain assumptions, yet it sounds better than Star Trek Project Genesis.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
        • In Santa we trust

          fred, You're getting confused, evolution certainly does have scientific support and acceptable evidence. It is intelligent design that certainly does not have scientific support or acceptable evidence.

          November 11, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        Topherism
        My beliefs/religion (Baptist) are exactly what I want the to be, the absolute truth and therefore I can never be wrong. If I say science rejects evolution that is the truth not only for me but for everyone else no matter the evidence that I simply reject. I have accepted the role as god's truth on earth, ain't I swell!

        November 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • Icabus

      GOD controlls evolution

      November 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
      • Joey

        That is debatable, however, what is not debatable is whether evolution happens or not.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • lol??

          The theory of evolution could be a pillar of the strong delusion.

          November 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
      • Colin

        Of course he does, Icabus and the tooth fairy controls dental growth.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        The Blind Watchmaker God makes a lot more sense than the Fundamentalist, Young Earth God.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • Icabus

          not blind, did your dad ever let you drive the old truck down the dirt road when you were 12?

          November 12, 2013 at 8:17 am |
  8. suzie669

    This natural disaster is mainly caused by all of us, the human beings. We have destroyed forests, pollute our precious air and drinking water, exploded mountains and lands for mining, killed each other with bombs and chemical weapons, intoxicated all the streams and rivers with mercury and toxic agents, committed crimes against humanity, animals and nature, etc. What else do we ask for?

    We deserve this and thousands times more than this horrific disaster. If many of you believe in God, put yourself in His shoes, and ask yourself "What am I going to do with this heartless monsters called Humans?"

    If many of you do not believe in God, don't you think it is the consequences we deserve? We did all these to ourselves, didn't we?

    I am part of this because all the items in my household contribute to natural disaster. I cannot blame God because it is my false.

    So, everyone Would you please start to make donation to any relief disaster agency to help these unfortunate victims? My charity agency has always been OXFAM and some religious organization.

    Thank you and GOD blesses you all.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Madtown

      "What am I going to do with this heartless monsters called Humans?".............."that I created."

      November 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
      • Icabus

        do you understand poetry?

        November 12, 2013 at 8:18 am |
    • Get Real

      "What am I going to do with this heartless monsters called Humans?"

      This omniscient "God" is at a loss for an answer? Or can only think up torture as a remedy?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Icabus

        you need to dig deeper than that, have you read Shakspear or mark twain?

        November 12, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  9. Just wow

    Why doesn't CNN just put "We hate Christians" in it's headline marque and get it over? Name it and claim and quit being so passe. Who are we to think we know what God does? Or why he does it? Does a child understand why his parents won't let him eat sugar all day long? Or play with matches? We think we know everything, sitting behind our desks, or smart phones. Turn off the power grid for two weeks and see what you know. Go through that hurricane and see who you are calling out to.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Colin

      "Who are we to think we know what God does? Or why he does it?" But you Christains claim that all the time, over and over, God loves us, God does this for that reason, God moves in mysterious ways, God punishes the wicked, blah, blah, fvcking blah.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      " Who are we to think we know what God does?" We are grown men and women, and if your condescending god doesn't want to tell us why it's angry and throwing stuff at us, we'll just decide there's nothing there except Nature and randomness. You see a god anywhere around here? Me neither.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
      • lol??

        Grown men and women that are 98.8% chimp?? Just round up!

        November 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
      • Icabus

        you are blind, take those rags from your eyes and see.

        November 12, 2013 at 8:22 am |
    • golly winkies

      Desparate people call out to gawwwwd.... sometimes. Not always. Never if they haven't been exposed to religious dogma. How do you jump to the conclusion that despair proves that gawwwwd exists? Sometimes terrified children reach out for a teddy bear for consolation. By your 'reasoning' that proves there is no god and that kids are born knowing there is no gawwwd, only coming to believe such a thing exists if they are taught dogma before they become old enough to realize it makes no sense and can be refuted by facts. A newborn infant is innocent as a human can be. A loving, all-powerful, all-knowing god would not inflict suffering on such an innocent (or do so indirectly by allowing it to happen). The other pat response: that the infant has to pay for the sins of his ancestors is just as fraudulent and ludicrous... it also goes against what Christ promised. He said his own death was full payment for mankinds sins.

      November 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • Just wow

        What on earth makes you think a hurricane is payment for sins? How about a wake up call? I am not saying I know. But I am saying you DON'T know. Have you even read the Bible before you judge it? Or do you just let opinions feed you? You might want to try Proverbs first. Not an overly religious book but chalked full of wisdom. You might particularly like Proverbs 28:26. Or even "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' Psalm 53:1.

        November 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
        • A Frayed Knot

          @Just wow,
          "A fool has said in his heart..."

          A quite old and sometimes effective tactic – declaring that those who do not believe your story are 'fools'. Nobody wants to be considered 'dumb' for not seeing the Emperor's new clothes, or a 'bas.tard' for not seeing the Sultan's new turban, or a 'cuckold' for not being able to see the Miller's gold thumb.

          Even Joseph Smith used it when he gathered his 'witnesses' to his golden plates. He told them that only those with 'true faith' would be able to 'see' them.

          The ancient, primitive Hebrews who originated those Bible stories were quite adept at manipulative mind-games.

          November 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
        • Just wow

          @ A Frayed Knot

          So it can't possible be true? Just like the earth being round? "Primitive Hebrews"? Your great. Look, I love to debate, LOVE IT. Loved it in college, can go on and on and on. You see Christians as crazy, uneducated crack-pots who need something to believe in because they can't handle life as it is. There is nothing farther from the than the Truth. It is much harder to be a Christian in the world today than a non-believer.
          If judging others for their beliefs makes you happy, then atheism is for you. If thinking there is nothing beyond this mortal life and you are not accountable for what you do, then atheism will comfort you. You have every right to believe what you do. I like that those who respond here say what they feel straight up. What I don't like, and what I commented on originally, is that CNN can't come straight out and just say, "Hey, this article is slanted... just so you know."

          November 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  10. Icabus

    You asked GOD to leave your schools and he did, you asked GOD to stay out of your work place and he did. you asked GOD to stay out of your country and he did. you ask GOD to stay out of your life and he will. GOD listens.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
    • merlynleroy

      You don't care about religious freedom, do you?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
      • Icabus

        not sure i understand you meaning sports fan

        November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • look carefully

      Yesterday I asked gawwd to heal the hate-filled hearts of fundamentalists who feel glee just thinking about 'others' roasting for eternity on a texas-sized barbecue pit. Yesterday I asked god to thaw the hearts of those who believed fundamentalist dogma that insists that all bad things that happen are because gawwwwd is angry, even though science, let alone common sense, shows these old misinterpretations are simply not true. Yesterday I asked the real god how to help. He showed me web pages that revealed that two widely admired televangelists take a lot of donations intended to help others. Pat Robertson funds his diamond-mining in Africa with funds meant to feed starving Africans. So gods message is be careful who you donate to. There are many legitimate organizations out there. Pat's is not one of them.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • Icabus

        there are thoses in the past that have hurt you and i understand they hurt me too, but they are not GOD they have just used GODs name i am sorry about that the judgement comes from man do not base your faith on man they will fail you every time

        November 12, 2013 at 8:28 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      God for Him. Now, if He will get out of my country's laws and ordinances, and remove His murderous dogma from its citizens' heads, we'd be done.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
      • Icabus

        be carefull of what you wish for

        November 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
    • Icabus

      just to clearify this was an answer as to why GOD did not stop this hurricain as for my religous intolerance, worship who you will or not but for me i will worship god. you can be or call your self anything, you can pray or not, you can i will not stop you i will bring you the truth but it is up to you to believe or not, my job is simple i am not a chistian that will force you to believe i just say i will put GOD to the test against any others or none other he even in death he never let me down.

      November 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Get Real

      Icabus,

      Probably at no time in history was the Christian "God" integrated into every aspect of society - education, science, art & literature, government than in the 14th century - it was all-pervasive then, when the Black Plague claimed 45%–50% of the population of Europe. Your "God" couldn't even kill a flea.

      November 11, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'You asked GOD to leave your schools and he did, you asked GOD to stay out of your work place and he did. you asked GOD to stay out of your country and he did. you ask GOD to stay out of your life and he will. GOD listens.'

      and in return he killed 10000 people in a different country? well that sure showed us didnt it?

      November 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
      • Icabus

        learned new math did you?

        November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am |
  11. Janis

    THe Bible says "God is Love" so yes, he is there in the aftermath, in the helping by other people and nations. We have to stop thinking of God as Grandpa in the Sky running things. Tragedy happens, God is Love and is there if we are.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      God's primary characteristic is jealousy, not love.
      It says so in the first commandment.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  12. Bootyfunk

    can you ask for more proof than this that god does not exist or at the very least doesn't care about humans?
    children are the most vulnerable in any catastrophe. if god does exist, he let's children die.
    how can anyone worship such a monster?
    rely on your brothers and sister of this world - not an invisible sky fairy.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  13. Tigger

    "But more Americans blame hurricanes, earthquakes and other storms on global warming (58%)"

    Well the hurricanes might be global warming. But the earthquake storms? God, definitely.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  14. David

    Natural disasters, while tragic, often are necessary for life on the planet. Hurricanes and tropical storms for example, are a significant source of fresh water. In addition, such storms can help maintain and build barrier beaches, such as those that line the East Coast. Orrin H. Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke, noted that "Barrier islands need hurricanes for their survival, especially at times of rising sea levels such as now. It's during hurricanes that islands get higher and wider. From a purely natural standpoint hurricanes are a blessing for islands, even though they're a curse for people who live there." God created a dynamic universe. Perhaps a better question for this article would have been, where is science? Improved infastructure and prepration may have saved untold lives.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      without science, countless more would have and will die. god has done nothing to save people. in fact, since he is all powerful - he has stood and let it happen, let children drown and be pulled from their parent's arms.

      god = fail

      November 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
      • David

        You are failing to grasp the necessity of natural disasters. Yes, it is sad that lives were lost, however as I indicated in my original post, natural disasters are necessary as they play a significant role in sustaining life on the planet.

        November 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Richard Cranium

      I was with you unitl you said god did anything...there is no reason to believe that....as far as where is science?...same place it has been... available...what is not available is the money to make it happen.
      Instead of sending money to clean up, why not raise money to provide them the sciences that you mentioned?

      November 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  15. Ace

    "God" does not exist.

    If there was a "God" then no one would die or ever feel pain.

    There is only Mother Earth and she doesn't like what we are doing to her.

    Science rules Religion drools.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • LarryT

      Since when do you get to make rules that govern God? Perhaps all you can conclude with that logic is that you are not God.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • Ummmm

        "Since when do you get to make rules that govern God? "

        Which God would that be since man has created so many with their imaginations and then wrote about their creativity, doesn't mean it's actually really. Plus when you factor in the fact that the bible has been shown to be filled with literary genre and folk lore because it's not a historical doc.ument.

        November 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Bible Clown©

        ""Since when do you get to make rules that govern God?" I've been doing it for about two years. Before me, it was a guy named Sam. And I'm getting bored with it.

        November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • David

      I think it is interesting that you used the word drone. If God controlled us, that is, if He took away our free will, we would be just that, drones.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  16. lol??

    Some people are plain ol' stubborn. Nature or nurture?? Born with a bwain stub??

    Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

    Psychopaths are fearless and big on pleasure. Socies call em leaders.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  17. SLB

    It's not good to send pollutants to the atmosphere, screwing up our ecosystem then to blame God about natural disasters!!

    November 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Because there were certainly no natural disasters prior to the Industrial Revlolution.
      Just ask the citizens of Pompeii.

      November 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  18. Icabus

    you see through dark glass. i pray that GOD would enlighten you all.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
  19. TwistyCap

    This question bothers me...not because it is difficult to answer, but because I'm not sure why it is asked. Specifically, why it is asked only when some "disaster" reaches a certain threshold. As a believer, I have long since sorted this question in my mind, because EVERY DAY we are faced with situations that beckon this question. Where was God when a homeless man starved to death? Where was God when a family of 6 was killed in a freak auto accident? Where was God when a priest was preying on children? Where was God when...you get the idea. The answer isn't found in the question of "Where WAS God, but in the question "Where IS God?" Everyday, this world suffers from evil and death and carnage and tragedy. It has been so since the beginning of recorder history. If you can't answer this question of "Where IS God," on a daily basis, then you'll never answer it after a typhoon or tornado or mass shooting.

    November 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'The answer isn't found in the question of "Where WAS God, but in the question "Where IS God?"'

      that just sounds like you want to just shrug your shoulders and no bother trying to answer the question

      November 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
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