Sunday, September 21, 2008

"God has a plan for our lives."

In an article about the devastation in Galveston, there's a paragraph about people there whose belief in God is unshaken, and they're together in prayer.

Texans look to the heavens as they rebuild, heal from Ike

"I know it's hard. Looking around, it's tough," the Rev. Eddie Shauberger told the congregants. "But there is a God, and he has a plan for our lives."


What's easier to believe, I wonder. That there is no god and nature is a bitch...or a bastard, whatever... or that there is a God, and he just loves sending this kind of devastation, taking away everything people have ever worked for, ya da ya, to "test them", to see if they'll stay strong in their faith despite tremendous temptation to say, Gee, God. If this is the kind of stuff you pull on people who love you, I guess I can't love you any more, because you're obviously a bit psychotic."

2 comments:

Bear said...

Remember, when God created the Earth it did not have hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc... The Bible says God looked upon what he made "and it was good". This means there was no sin upon the Earth and when God created mankind (Adam & Eve) he made them perfect as well (without sin).

Everything went south when Adam & Eve decided to disobey God. Through that act they brought sin upon the creation and upon the human race. (the wages of sin is death).

Even though it was mankind that made the mess, God has provided a way of escape by allowing Jesus Christ to die unjustly to take the penalty that is rightly ours. If we confess our sin and trust Jesus to forgive us and cleanse us and if we give our lives to him in obedience, he promises to bring us to an eternal home where there will never be death or pain or suffering ever again.

Far from psychotic, God is merciful, forgiving and self-sacrificing to give us a way of escape even though it is our fault to begin with.

The Thunder Child said...

>>Far from psychotic, God is merciful, forgiving and self-sacrificing to give us a way of escape even though it is our fault to begin with.

Sorry, Bear, but this is just ridicululous. God is merciful? Forgiving? Self-sacrificing?

Little babies get spina bifida, or down's syndrome. What was their fault? Little babies in Darfur starving to death. What was their fault?

Well, if you can look at the massive destruction, and mistery and suffering that goes on everywhere in the world every single day, for thousands of years, and still think god is "merciful" and "forgiving' ...there's no hope for you.