Pat Robertson recently claimed, in effect, that God has struck Haiti with an earthquake because of the practice of Voodoo. This is, of course, based on the 1st Commandment that folks are not to have any gods before God.
As a hypothesis, this seems rather implausible. After all, if God was in the practice of smiting people who violate His rules, then there would certainly be much more smiting going on. God’s rules are routinely violated, yet God does nothing. It seems rather odd that if God enforced His rules, He would just elect to strike Haiti and ignore so many other violations.Or perhaps God works in arbitrary ways, punishing violations of His rules randomly or just when He feels like it. While this is a possibility (and seems to match the Old Testament in some ways) such behavior seems to be inconsistent with a God who is rational and good.
Also, if God is good then He would presumably strike only those who deserve to be struck. Yet, the earthquake has harmed young children and infants, who surely have committed no offense against God. Since God is supposed to be all powerful, He surely could smite with greater precision. After all, we have precise weapons in our arsenals, so the supreme being should be able to at least match our capabilities. Or perhaps God only has weapons of mass destruction on hand and hence has to slaughter the innocent in order to smite those who have earned His wrath.
As such, it seems rather unreasonable to claim that God has struck Haiti as punishment. The most plausible hypothesis is that the earthquake was a purely natural phenomenon and, having no will or purpose, struck everyone impartially.
T. J. Babson says
Sign on a church: God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?”~Jesus, as recorded in Luke, 13:4.
Then Jesus said to his disciples,”Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-24 See you in hell CEO’s. I wonder where the rich cutoff is? 250000 dollars? Are we rich in God’s eyes compared to Haitians?
AS usual, a moonbat left out the convenient part: The apostles ask, Then whom may enter heaven, master?”
Jesus replied: “With God, all things are possible.”
wingnut: Matthew 19: 29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life.
30 But many who seem to be important now will be the least important then, and those who are considered least here will be the greatest then. Seems like Second Corinthians 8 has something to say about this. This is Matthew’s report of what Jesus ostensibly said. This seems a not too subtle hint at groundrules for judgment. 8 I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. Somehow I don’t see Madoff squeezing through the needle. I hope we don’t bump into Ken Lay or Ken Lewis in Heaven. See you in hell CEO’s.
Whose taxes would Jesus raise? Bumper Sticker T. Corolla 20, 01
Jesus said to her (Mary, sister of Lazarus), “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”~John 11:25-28
Sometimes being rich prevents one from believing this in the first place. Sometimes being a Moonbat does too.
And all wingnuts are blessed by God. Un- huh,. I’ve got the picture now. 90% of Americans believe in God. http://www.gallup.com/poll/27877/americans-more-likely-believe-god-than-devil-heaven-more-than-hell.aspx Only 70% if you believe a real believer in God must also believe in Heaven and Hell. I don’t believe they’re lying. But I’ve been around a lot of Americans. And I can’t believe 90% or even 70% of us are going to Heaven.The requirements just simply have got to be more stringent than belief in the existence of God or His Son. Like some of the points I mentioned at 1/22 12:29 for ex.
The Liberals shall decide where the cutoff is. They are experts on such things.
God is the final judge of good and evil. Does that mean that man should not make judgments about good and evil here on earth?
Who asked about God?
Before your Jan 25 7:43 post just about every post other than yours dealt with God.The last six or more about God judging rich and poor.
By the way: I knew you’d write about this.