I just have to vent. Tornadoes ravaged my part of the country a few days ago. Television interviews of victims replayed all the standard cliches thanking god for being spared, etc. I want to scream. Is there some sort of separation or distinction between their god and mother nature? I mean, is it mother nature that is responsible for the tornado and its destruction, and god responsible for saving them? And who or what caused some people to die? I just don't understand the rationalization believers use to explain what appears to me simple luck.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 21, 2013 at 10:50am

I agree with and ditto each one of your responses. It is time we speak out against those dreadful "thank god" claims in face of such destruction. Suffering is real, god is not. 

Comment by kathy: ky on November 21, 2013 at 12:13am

I feel the same way.  Gods are credited with all the good but never blamed for the bad.  Not a bad job if you can get it.

Comment by Michael Penn on November 20, 2013 at 12:18pm

Right on, Randall. I guess this starts when insurance companies claim your loss was "an act of god." That's because all loses are not covered, I suppose.

What gets me is that it's the TV reporters who are all here with a microphone and they ask the person "don't you just thank god?" To make this fair why don't they go to the family who lost everything and ask "don't you hate god now?" Maybe the reporters could go to families where a loved one was lost and ask them if they hate god now. A  theist would read this and say "don't be stupid" and yet they believe every word of Job where god and the devil had a bet going. Nobody can say to this day if Job got back his original wife and children or entirely different ones. That's not the point, the theist argues. (Make believe crap here.)

Some claim god and mother nature are the same while others claim god does very little here because satan is really "the god of this world." This idea leaves you in the realm of asking god very nicely to do something, and he does it. Religion is all about suffering and superstition.

IF god doesn't do it, maybe you weren't giving enough money to the church. Maybe you were not living right. Maybe you didn't ask Jesus to do it in his mother's name. Maybe you were not rolling around on the floor foaming at the mouth and babbling. Maybe you didn't hold your jaw straight enough.

Meanwhile, god is just up there somewhere laughing at the begging and pleading while he picks and chooses whom he will help, and for what reason? If he helps at all he has proven to have more control of the world than satan, but the religious especially believe that the earth is a farm and we are the crop.

Most of mankind has not grown up. They believe the very first myths handed to them and will fight you if you disagree. This subject is one of my pet peeves as well, but I'm glad when you bring it up. People need to think.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 20, 2013 at 10:01am

I want God's PR staff for myself -- to get all the credit and none of the blame! :)



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