Where was God in the Philippines?
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

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  1. I.N.C_Member_(IglesiaNiCristo)_#ChurchofChristCentennial

    The LORD said to the satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.b He still holds fast to his innocence although you incited me against him to ruin him for nothing.”4 The satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin!* All that a man has he will give for his life.5c But put forth your hand and touch his bone and his flesh. Then surely he will curse you to your face.”6And the LORD said to the satan, “He is in your power; only spare his life.” So the satan went forth from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.(Job 2:3-7)

    God has a Future for us all, those who survived has a Destiny god planned this From the Beginning.

    November 12, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

      Have you ever wondered, if you changed the names of the characters in your story above and said that it was an ancient Roman belief, that you would reject that? What does that tell you?

      November 12, 2013 at 8:48 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Isn't Job an uplifting story?
      God, who is love, is more than willing to destroy the life of His most devout follower just so He can win a bet.
      But He's always had a funny notion of "righteousness". Lot was said to me a most Godly man thanks to his willingness to toss his virgin daughters over to a ravenous mob of rapists. You'd think Lot's wife would be a pretty good person too, but she was transformed into a condiment for the heinous, heretical crime of looking over her shoulder to see the horrible devastation God was wreaking.
      But God protects His followers even from the terror of being made fun of by little boys. To me, sending bears to maul them to death seems like excessive punishment for calling someone baldy – but that's God's love for you.

      November 12, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • tallulah13

      Where is the compassion for Job's children? They were slaughtered because god wanted to play a game with satan. Your god is no better than a thug. Do you really think a bully like that, even if it does exist, is worth worshiping?

      November 12, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  2. Christians

    God is in every heart.

    November 12, 2013 at 8:27 am |
    • Logical Explanation

      That explains why atheists have no God.

      November 12, 2013 at 8:34 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

      As a former Christian, I know that's what you believe, but it's honestly just not true. But, thankfully, our human kindness is there.

      November 12, 2013 at 8:34 am |
      • Christians

        As a Christian since birth I believe it's true. And you're unbelief no matter how honest you were, doesn't make it "not true".

        November 12, 2013 at 8:54 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          You were an atheist at birth...did not have any conecpt of god.
          You were then indoctrinated into christianity at some later point.
          It is impossible to be religious from birth.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:57 am |
        • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

          If you mean you were a Christian since birth because you were baptized, that does not make one a Christian, and we both know that. Christianity is a state of mind.

          November 12, 2013 at 9:23 am |
      • Robert Brown

        No offense to you personally and there is no way I can know another person’s heart, but if I understand what the bible teaches, I don’t believe there is any such thing as a “former Christian.” The bible says you can believe and lose faith, but if you have been saved by the grace of God, it is irrevocable. There is a difference between believing in God and being saved. The good news is that you can be saved. Peace.

        November 12, 2013 at 9:26 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          Once you realize the whole thing was made up, and the threat you are being "saved" from is a threat that god made, you realize that your god is just like a school yard bully. He doesn't want to make you punch yourself in the face, but you won't obey him and give up your lunch money.

          Remove the bible and all of its flaws, and guess what, the threat disappears, and you no longer need to be saved from your gods threat, by your god...odd you need to be saved from your god by your god.

          November 12, 2013 at 9:33 am |
        • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

          Robert Brown, None taken, but I have seen the take you offer on this from other Christians, namely, if you are not a Christian now, you never were. But indeed, I have been saved, and I am no longer fearful of those things that control you and other Christians, no offense intended as well, just putting it out there.

          November 12, 2013 at 9:41 am |
        • Robert Brown

          Richard & Youtube,

          God wanted me to tell you that he still loves you both. He is patiently waiting for you to come to him on his terms. God is good, his mercy endures forever.

          November 12, 2013 at 10:01 am |
        • Richard Cranium

          That;'s hilarious Robert...in all the years(decades really) I reached out to god, and never once did I see anything remotely godlike...but he sends a message through you? Once again, that makes no sense.

          November 12, 2013 at 10:06 am |
        • tallulah13

          Did god text you, Bob? Do you have his private number so that you can call him, night or day? Or are you just another arrogant christian pretending that you speak for your god?

          November 12, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • Brainwashed christians

      God is imaginary. MYTHOLOGY. wow....

      November 12, 2013 at 10:08 am |
      • lol??

        Oh oh oh yeah yeah, finally an expert on mythology. What do those made up gods say about the typhoon???

        November 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Frank H. Burton

    Humanity, circa 2013 CE: "OK, what's the fracking deal with all the typhoons and SARS?"
    "God," circa 60,000,000,2013 CE: "The prime directive, of course. Sorry about that, Dad."

    November 12, 2013 at 8:26 am |
  4. Reality # 2

    Only for the newbies:

    One answer to the "Where Was God" question:

    From a famous contemporary theologian, Father Edward Schilebeckx:

    From his book, Church: The Human Story of God,
    Crossroad, 1993, p.91 (softcover)

    "Christians must give up a perverse, unhealthy and inhuman doctrine of predestination without in so doing making God the great scapegoat of history" .

    "Nothing is determined in advance: in nature there is chance and determinism; in the world of human activity there is possibility of free choices.

    Therefore the historical future is not known even to God; otherwise we and our history would be merely a puppet show in which God holds the strings. For God, too, history is an adventure, an open history for and of men and women."

    November 12, 2013 at 8:23 am |
    • Believe Gods Word

      I would stay far away from this kind of teaching. When you examine scripture in it's entirety you see that %70-%80 of the Bible is prophecy. All through out the BIBLE God continues to tell them what events where to befall and later on he does so through the prophets.

      God is on his OWN timeline not mans. He created "matter, time, and space" our realm of reality (Gen 1:1) which means he lives outside of that reality and he can see what we call the past, the present, and the future at the same time...He is OUTSIDE of creation...THAT IS WHY HE IS GOD. That's why scripture says he is the ETERNAL ONE who inhabits enternity.

      I'm sorry but Father Edward Schilebeck is just completely wrong on this...This teaching makes God to be a mere human.

      Only God CAN know the future....thats why he is GOD....and thats what he continued to do in the BIBLE....predict the future...because HE IS SOVEREIN and is involved in the affairs of mere men.

      Ecclestaties 3:11 (15)
      "He made everything appropiate in its time. He also placed eternity within them yet, no person can fully comprehend what God is doing from beginning to end.....That which was, now is; and that which will be, ALREADY IS; and God examines what has already taken place."

      Isaiah 46:9-10
      "....for I am GOD, and there is none else; I am GOD and there is NONE like me, declaring the END from the BEGINNING, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."

      November 12, 2013 at 8:55 am |
      • Neo Agnostic

        I dont believe in god, the bible or jesus. All a bunch of nonsense.

        November 12, 2013 at 9:00 am |
      • Richard Cranium

        It always amazes me the illogical hoops people will jump through to justify their belief from a book that is clearly flawed.

        If I just keep telling myself it is real, that will make it real.
        Your book is nothing but fiction...there never was a global flood, you can't find infidelity with holy water and dust, and you can't make striped goats by having them stare at striped objects.

        November 12, 2013 at 9:03 am |
        • Neo Agnostic

          Funny isnt it?
          Quoting passages from a book that I don't believe in, isn't going to change my mind and make me believe.
          What they don't realize is that, its that very same book that they are quoting from is what turned people to atheism in the first place.

          November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am |
      • Reality # 2

        Prophets or fortune tellers? Fortune tellers then and now and such a waste of time !!

        November 12, 2013 at 10:52 am |
    • Sara

      "Free" choices still follow the laws of physics.

      November 12, 2013 at 9:16 am |
  5. AvdBerg

    For a better understanding where God was during the Typhoon in the Philippines and the above mentioned article we invite you to read the article 'Natural Disasters ~ Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Typhoons, Famines, Floods, Droughts, Wildfires and Pestilences, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9. It also explains what mankind must do to be reunited with the true and living God.

    Seek, and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7).

    November 12, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • midwest rail

      Good to see you being consistent, Andy. Still clueless, and still stealing advertising.

      November 12, 2013 at 7:52 am |
      • AvdBerg

        @ Midwest rail

        But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).

        November 12, 2013 at 7:58 am |
        • midwest rail

          Justify your thievery any way you wish, Andy. It remains thievery.

          November 12, 2013 at 7:59 am |
    • AvdBerg

      Send Hate mail to:

      Andy van den Berg
      29 Silver Birch Drive
      Hubley NS, B3Z 1A9 Canada

      November 12, 2013 at 7:58 am |
      • midwest rail

        Delusional hubris. You aren't the kind of person to engender that strong an emotion, Andy. Bemused disgust, yes. Hatred ? No.

        November 12, 2013 at 8:01 am |
        • Hatred

          I'm railing in midwest.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:19 am |
        • midwest rail

          Nice try, lol??, but wrong again.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:20 am |
        • Wrong

          midwest rail has always been.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:23 am |
        • midwest rail

          " midwest rail has always been. "
          Nope, finite just like you.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:26 am |
        • Finite

          midwest's rail to hell.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:33 am |
  6. myklds

    Lend a helping hand and God is with you.

    November 12, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  7. David

    The fool‍ hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none‍ that doeth good.

    November 12, 2013 at 7:43 am |
  8. Colin

    I’m the dodging, hiding god
    I keep the simple Christian awed
    In a typhoon or a storm
    My miracles keep the injured warm

    I’m the one who saved church’s cross
    Where 40 died in wet chaos
    “But what of them,” I hear you cry
    “Mysterious way” is my reply

    Thousands prayed, I saved the lot
    Thousands died, prayers or not
    “Then why pray,” I hear you ask
    “Mysterious way,” my divine task

    You never see my hand or face
    But still believe in divine grace
    “But why not doubt,” you may implore
    “Mysterious ways,” are quite the chore

    Just close your mind and do not think
    To doubt’s a sin, like se.x and drink
    The Bible is my solemn word
    No matter what else you’ve heard

    If I find you thinking your own thought
    My hot red anger you’ll have wrought
    I’ll burn you till the end of time
    Because my love for you is so sublime


    November 12, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • lol??

      So, what kind of a man wrote that ditty??

      November 12, 2013 at 7:48 am |
      • Colin

        God wrote it. See, he signed it.

        November 12, 2013 at 8:10 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Such blasphemous words!
          Well you must now atone.
          Just call up God now on this prayermaphone
          Tell him you're sorry! With sin you are done
          And you're happy to offer the life of your son
          Sometimes God asks of you crazetompulous things
          Like whipping your back with a whip that has rings
          But as my old preacher each Sunday would say
          As the ti/thing-o-grabber came over my way
          "Don't question the Lord, boy! Just shut up and pay."

          November 12, 2013 at 8:29 am |
  9. Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

    Boxer Day Tsunami. Two hundred thirty thousand people gone.

    November 12, 2013 at 6:39 am |
    • lol??

      Not forgotten. They have an appointment with the Judge, the body of Christ.

      November 12, 2013 at 7:50 am |
  10. atheist

    Religion is due to brain damage and mental illness. It's an irrational belief in a fairy tale book (bible, quran, whatever) written long ago, translated & twisted into whatever Man wants it to say. Prayer is a waste of time that does nothing.

    November 12, 2013 at 6:32 am |
    • Gus

      I see that you got your mental ability along with your central nervous system under serious impairment too

      November 12, 2013 at 6:46 am |
      • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

        I'll admit he didn't state it very tastefully, which is a problem with many of the atheists here, but there is truth in his words. The Old Testament is a collection of stories showing that God is vengeful, destructive, and something we should fear. Then there's the New Testament where God has suddenly become wiser about all the things of the Old Testament. The problem with the New Testament is that it has been revised many times, where the transcribers have at times place their own interpretations into the Gospels.

        November 12, 2013 at 7:34 am |
        • lol??

          So what kind of a Christian were you??

          November 12, 2013 at 7:45 am |
        • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

          I'm the kind of former Christian that decided to place the religious fear tactics aside and practice the kindness that is in each of us. I find that I'm much happier and healthier now that I see the world, religion, and people for all they they truly are, instead of what they have been distorted to be.

          November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am |
    • Sara

      You real think something a characteristic of the majority of humans and which predicts happiness is most cultures until recently is well classed as a 'mental illness"? I would be interested to know what psychological organization's definistion of mental illness you're using?

      November 12, 2013 at 8:52 am |
  11. Dave

    I'm 68 now and I have never seen an act of god. Not a good one nor a bad one. Every act of evil, every act of kindness was at the hand of a man or a woman. This all powerful being that hides in the background, sends his only beggotten son to spread the word and then ... nothing for 2000 years! Some plan from an all seeing being!

    It's about time this nonsense stopped and we accepted that we are just animals like all the rest, and we can expect no special rights, no help from an almighty benefactor.

    Why should we? We wouldn't deserve such advantages anyway.

    November 12, 2013 at 5:23 am |
    • lol??

      You don't see the pale horse??

      November 12, 2013 at 7:52 am |
  12. 11 12 13

    I love God

    November 12, 2013 at 4:59 am |
    • saggyroy

      You are in an abusive relationship. Seek counseling.

      November 12, 2013 at 6:08 am |
  13. doctore0

    God is fiction, a man made tool

    November 12, 2013 at 4:36 am |
    • Gus

      @doctore0 according to your claim you are a fiction too, you should not be real

      November 12, 2013 at 6:27 am |
      • doctore0

        Ohh so I am not real because your super mega magic man in the sky is not.. that is deep.. NOT .:)

        November 12, 2013 at 7:31 am |
  14. Mirosal

    There are millions of Filipinos now thanking "god" for sparing them in the wake of the typhoon. But, did they also remember to blame their god for sending it to them in the first place?

    November 12, 2013 at 3:53 am |
    • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

      As a former Christian, I can answer that. No, because that's part of the test of "faith." God is testing you, but you should not test God, and God has that right because God created you, but there is an eternal reward for those who go along. I have heard it said (in conversation) that some Jewish people refused to believe after the Holocaust, saying that a benevolent being would never allow that to happen, and it really is that simple. We are routinely more caring, giving, and know others who are the same; thus making us superior to God, but how can that be? It can only be if God does not exist, and that's a logical/moral argument, completely separate from the complete lack of any physical proof of God or the vast scientific evidence explaining us, the wold, and the universe. We don't have all the answers, but we have many answers for things that were previously attributed to a supernatural being.

      November 12, 2013 at 5:41 am |
      • lol??

        Ahhhh, the siren song of the "Wegodians".

        November 12, 2013 at 7:41 am |
  15. Dave Green

    It's too easy for theists to rationalize their way around these kinds of things. They've been doing it for thousands of years. It's a dumb question, because God beliefs have no parameters.

    "This needed to happen in order to pave the way for the end times which are nigh! Praise God!" Too easy.

    November 12, 2013 at 3:24 am |
  16. Neo Agnostic

    Prayer changes nothing.
    Proof: People prayed for the Philippines before the hurricane hit, nothing happened, thousands died.

    November 12, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      November 12, 2013 at 3:21 am |
    • Sara

      Athough I doubt prayer changes things, this isn't proof. God may have planned to kill twice as many and cut back. Or perhaps he's open on prayer for some stuff and not others. Or perhaps he influences things by changing the prayer to. amct diffrently.

      November 12, 2013 at 6:55 am |
  17. Maree

    For two years in a row a devastating typhoon has timed with the World Climate conference. If this is a message from God, I can't help but think it must be a message for world leaders on the way we are treating this world that he has entrusted to us, a call for action on climate change.

    November 12, 2013 at 2:32 am |
    • lol??

      Here's what science gave ya.
      "..................The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971, fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance....................."

      Haven't the Masters already did their part by cleanin' up the cars?? You wanna sacrifice and let science off the hook??

      November 12, 2013 at 2:41 am |
      • Dave Green

        Science has done nothing, just like religion has done nothing. PEOPLE have done all sorts of things and used all sorts of stuff to do it. The difference is: .How do you reason with someone who believes they are sanctioned by divine providence? At least when scientists do something stupid, they can't just pretend like it was the "will of God."

        November 12, 2013 at 3:20 am |
        • Antonio Caruso

            Well first using wiki for a quote is just plain bad.

          Science has proven that we have been here for way to many years (more than are in the bible

          It is impossible to reason with those who believe in religion.

          They will claim this or that (or quote someone stupid like Robertson)

          And will uphold their "Moral Majority" (more stupid people)

          The real question is How do you fix STUPID...

          November 12, 2013 at 3:41 am |
        • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

          Antonio Caruso,

          Change takes time, and the more deeply imbedded the problem, the longer the change. Change also happens when people are exposed to differing beliefs, which explains why people who tend to surround themselves with other people that think just like they do ten to change very little. It's a form of ignorance.

          November 12, 2013 at 5:49 am |
    • Observer

      The message from God is apparently that the lives and prayers of 10,000 people mean nothing to him.

      November 12, 2013 at 2:44 am |
      • lol??

        Americultians kill that many in 3 days by the socie science doctors using abortion. Day in and day out the antifamily practice continues.

        November 12, 2013 at 2:51 am |
        • Neo Agnostic

          First off, that number is way off.
          Second you are looking at on average 3000+ abortions per day. For about a 3 day period to get 10000 abortions.
          There would have to be an army of doctors working day and night every day of the week to reach that number.
          Even then it would be stretching it. A woman can get an abortion once maybe twice a year depending on timing. You are looking at about one out of every fifteen women is out getting an abortion at least once a year. That is just a rough estimate.

          November 12, 2013 at 3:08 am |
        • lol??

          "..............ANNUAL ABORTION STATISTICS
          In 2008, approximately 1.21 million abortions took place in the U.S.,............"


          November 12, 2013 at 3:23 am |
        • Antonio Caruso

            What you can't quote real statistics?

          Get a life Rethuglican.

          November 12, 2013 at 3:44 am |
    • Neo Agnostic

      This isnt a message from god, its nature being nature. Every earthquake, hurricane, blizzard, meteor, typhoon, sinkholes and countless other natural events are not messages from god. DO you really think that the dinosaurs thought that the asteroid that wiped them out was a message from god for them to "change their evil ways". No, it was just natural earth processes and just one really bad random asteroid that got too close to earth.

      November 12, 2013 at 2:48 am |
      • Youtube - Neil DeGrasse Tyson rebukes Richard Dawkins

        Yeah, people don't bother to sit and really think about the fact that for 120,000,000 years, the dinosaurs roamed and ruled the planet. People have been around for what, 100,000 years? What kind of "plan" is that?

        November 12, 2013 at 5:52 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      " If this is a message from God, I can't help but think it must be a message for world leaders.... "
      +++ if your god sends messages by drowning children, he is a monster unworthy of worship. oh that's right, he's done that before... he's fond of drowning people.

      November 12, 2013 at 3:19 am |
      • lol??

        He can raise em up again too. You can't.

        November 12, 2013 at 3:24 am |
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