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Why I Don’t Take My Hat Off in the Seventh Inning

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When the Star Spangled Banner is played before a sporting event, I gladly stand, remove my hat, and salute the flag. I still weep when the Star Spangled Banner is sung, even though my tears now flow from a sense of sadness I feel over what is happening to the country I call home. If I am called to say the Pledge of Allegiance, I will gladly stand, remove my hat, and respectfully stand in silence. Because of the 1954 addition of “in God we Trust”, I can not in good conscience recite the pledge. So, I stand silently as my fellow citizens swear their allegiance to the Christian God and the United States.

Since 9-11, Major League baseball teams often have those in attendance sing God Bless America. This song is a unified prayer to the Jewish/Christian God. (Irving Berlin, a Jew, wrote the song in 1918) This is where I draw the line. I refuse to sing a patently Jewish/Christian song that extols the wonders of a deity I think is a myth. Those in attendance are asked to stand and remove their hat as God Bless America is sung, but I remain seated with my hat on. One of my sons usually does the same. Unlike many of my fellow Americans, I know the difference between the Star Spangled Banner, America’s anthem, and God Bless America, a song that promotes Christianity.

The same goes for Christian prayers at sporting events. There is one race track I frequent, Limaland Motorsports Park, that routinely has everyone stand and remove their hat as a generic, lame-ass Christian prayer is read. I sit until the prayer is over and then I stand and remove my hat as the Start Spangled Banner is played.

My passive resistance is a small thing, but this is my way of standing in opposition to the thinking that the United States is a Christian nation. It’s not, and if I wanted to sing a song about the Christian God or hear a Christian prayer recited I would go to church on Sunday.

Published: April 11, 2014 | Comments: 10

Is God a Hater?

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Here’s what Pat Robertson had to say today:

But instead of that, he’s (speaking of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich) being forced out by gay activists, who said that was hate speech to say that the union between a man and a woman is marriage — that’s hate speech.

Well then, the Bible then is full of hate. If that the way it is, then God almighty is a hater. If that’s the way they want to define it. And I, of course, don’t agree.

Amen Brother Pat. Thank you for agreeing with my contention that the Bible IS full of hate and that God almighty is a hater. Gotta love it when Brother Pat and  Atheist Bruce agree.

Of course, Pat Robertson doesn’t really believe the Evangelical God is a God of hate or that the Bible is a hate book. It’s liberals like me that are making God and the Bible look bad, not the multimillionaire, diamond miner, race horse owning, 2,700 pound leg presser, Pat Robertson. (complete list of Pat Robertson controversies)

Published: April 7, 2014 | Comments: 5

Is God Still in the Miracle Working Business?

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The Bible is full of miracles. Dead people coming back to life. Blind people seeing. Deaf people hearing. Dumb people speaking. Demon possessed people being freed of their demons. Water being turned into wine. A man walking on the Sea of Galilee. The rotation of the earth  stopping for a whole day. An ass speaking like a human. A man walking through a wall. A man walking out of a crowd without being seen. A river walled off so millions of people can cross it on dry ground. Men thrown into a fiery furnace and not being burned. A man thrown in with hungry lions and not eaten.

Those of us who were raised in church heard countless Bible stories about the wonderful, miracle-working power of God.  From our youth up, our pastor told us that the miracle-working God of the Bible is still in the miracle-working business today.  As a child we wholeheartedly believed this, but as we got older we began to notice that God seemed to be on miracle-working vacation. Perhaps we asked our pastor, why doesn’t God heal the sick or raise people from the dead any more? Why do all the miracles we talk about today seem trivial when compared to the miracles recorded in the Bible?

I found this interesting blurb on The Greatest Plurgle:

When pressured for evidence of the veracity of their cherished holy books, many a believer points to the supposed existence of miracles in these texts. People could apparently do the impossible and defy the laws of physics because they were imbued with the strength/knowledge/wisdom/*insert positive trait here* of the deity.

What strikes me as odd is that these miracles often happened when literacy was a luxury and when we had few reliable methods of recording and documenting something. Hearsay was what many people relied on for information, especially if they couldn’t read and write. With the advent of such devices as the telegraph and the telephone, information could be spread more reliably. The invention of cameras meant that images could now be relatively easy to record and store for later use. As it became easier for the average person to record and document phenomenon, the number of miracles subsided. What constitutes a miracle now? A bit of burnt toast? Some good fortune? Coincidence? Supernatural events just didn’t happen anymore.

Or maybe, they never did.

I think The Greatest Plurgle is on to something here. Since we can now use technology to investigate, document, and verify miracle claims, it becomes harder for people to claim a miracle has occurred. The overwhelming majority of miracles are unsubstantiated. The only proof is that a person says that God worked a miracle on their behalf. Either we believe them or we don’t. Put me in the we don’t camp.

Years ago, I was watching Rod Parsley on TV. During his sermon he had the women of the church stand up and he began to pray for them. He had them place their hands on their abdomen and he began praying over them, speaking in tongues, and then, boom…the miracle-working power of God came down and healed some of the church women. Parsley  “sensed” that some of them women had cancer and God, though Parsley, miraculously healed some of the women. Proof? Rod Parsley said so.

But Bruce, Christians pray and God miraculously answers their prayer. How do you know it is God that is answering their prayer? If a person enters the hospital with a headache that is diagnosed a brain aneurysm, is it  a miracle when the doctor operates on them and saves their life? The Christian says yes, but this is a denial of the relevant facts. The real miracle workers are the doctors and the nurses. Through their training and expertise, they were able to save the person from sure death. Where is God in the story? If God is the one who guided the surgeon’s hand, is it also God that is responsible when a different person dies of the same aneurysm before getting to the hospital? If everything is in the hands of the miracle working God, must not this same God be held accountable when he fails to work a miracle? And, isn’t it fair to ask why God chose to miraculously heal one person but not the other? And, if God is such a miracle working God, why do 4 out of 10 people with a brain aneurysm die from it and 7 out of 10  who survive have permanent neurological problems? 200,000 people die each year from God not healing them of their brain aneurysm and half of those who die are under the age of 50.   I bet God’s malpractice insurance premium is quite high.

A few years back, I made a list of the miracles and big answered prayers in my life. As I carefully thought about each of them, I came to the conclusion that almost everything on the list had a human explanation. What I thought was God at the time was really a human being working on my behalf.

Gotcha Bruce. You said “ALMOST” everything. This means there were a few things you couldn’t explain, so those were miracles, right? No, what they were are things that I have no explanation for. I don’t subscribe to the  notion that a lack of explanation means God did it. It just means I don’t know. The likely explaination is that I am lacking the necessary information to determine who/what is responsible. Or perhaps it was luck.

Last year I wrote a post titled Cheating Death. I detailed a few circumstances where I cheated death. I concluded the post by saying:

When I was a Christian I had an explanation for all of these events…God. No one dies before their time. I now know better. I now know I was actually quite lucky.

It is a wonder that any of us live to be old. From the bacteria and viruses we inhale every day, to the accidents we narrowly miss, we are all lucky to be alive. We are also lucky to be living in a modern scientific world that gives many of us access to doctors,healthcare, and medicine that routinely saves us from diseases that would have killed us had we lived 50 or 100 years ago. Modern scientific advances have doubled our life expectancy over the last 150 years. (and those same scientific advances threaten to obliterate us off the face of the earth)

The only miracle-working God in the human story is us. We have the power to heal and transform. We also have the power to destroy. Like the fictional God of the Bible,we have the power to work “miracles” and we also have the power to cause untold suffering and death.

Published: March 25, 2014 | Comments: 18

It is All About God

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Peter Webb, an Evangelical Christian, who follows me on Tumblr, had this to say recently on his blog:

Life only has meaning in God. From Him, to Him and through Him are all things. If He stopped supporting the universe it would vanish in an instant. All power to think, move and breathe comes from Him. All goodness and morality is enabled by Him.

It’s quite literally all about Him.

Most of us, when we were Christians, uttered these very same words. It is all about God, it is all about Jesus, we would tell ourselves, say in our prayers, and sing in our songs.  Through religious indoctrination we became convinced that our life had no meaning or purpose apart from the divine puppet master. God pulls the strings, calls the shots, and gives us the very breath we breathe. Why, if God didn’t have the whole world in his hands, the universe would, as Webb says, vanish in an instant.

Christians like Webb think life apart from God, you know the life many readers of this blog live, is a live without meaning. As Webb’s abrasive family members like to say to me, Bruce, why don’t you just kill yourself and get it over with. Without Jesus, your life has no meaning, no purpose.

Atheists/agnostics/humanists/secularists are used to Christians defining for them what their life is and isn’t. No matter what we say, no matter what proof we give for having a meaningful life without God, the Christian, because of their indoctrination and blind commitment to the Bible, can not accept what they can clearly see with their eyes.

I spent fifty years in the Christian church. For twenty-five of those years I was a pastor. According to Webb, my life had meaning because I recognized that it was all about God, that God gave me EVERYTHING, and the moment I said, I no longer believe, my life immediately went from having meaning to having no meaning.  The only thing that changed is that I no longer believed in the Christian God, yet, all of a sudden, my meaningful life turned into a heaping pile of meaninglessness.

As I shared in a previous post about life having meaning, many atheists are humanists, and it is the humanist ideal that give our lives meaning and purpose. The Humanist Manifesto III states:

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance…

…Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.

Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.

Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life…

Ask yourselves, if God has the whole world in his hands, why is God AWOL when it comes to sickness, suffering, disease, starvation, violence, and war? If God can balance the world on the tip of his finger, surely he can stop war lords from raping and murdering women and children. Surely he can make sure children go to bed at night with a full stomach. Surely he can help a scientist find a cure for one of the diseases that plague and kill humans. Instead, he does nothing.

From my seat in the pew, the God of the Bible is all talk. Yeah, there are a lot of wonderful Bible verses about God loving, caring, keeping, delivering, and protecting his children, yet when we rip off the rose-colored Bible glasses, we see that reality is far different from what is written in the Bible.

I have been often asked what would it take for me to believe in the Christian God? Simple. I just want the Christian God to show up and act like he really cares like Christians say he does. Thousands of years…we are waiting…but not holding our breath.

I wonder if Christians really believe that it is all about God? I look at how they live their lives and all I see  is people who don’t live much differently than non-Christians. Even with they make love, I suspect they are just like us heathens. Does anyone really think that in the middle of orgiastic sex, the Christian cries out and says, Ohhhhhhhhhh, it is all about you, God? Of course not. They are, in every way, human, just like the godless.

Published: February 22, 2014 | Comments: 5

Billy Graham Answers the Question, Why am I an Optimist?

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This is a question and answer I see often on Christian blogs, Twitter, and Facebook:

“Why am I an optimist? Because I have read the last book of the bible, and we win.” —Billy Graham

Simply put, Billy Graham and a number of Christians think, in the end, their team wins! Yea, Team Jesus, way to go. We’re #1. Rarely do they consider HOW their team wins. You see, I read the last book of the Bible too ,and here is what it has to say about the methods used by God and Team Jesus to win the eternal game of life:

  • Kill 1/4 of the inhabitants of earth by the sword, hunger, and mauling by animals (Rev. 6:8)
  • Sun turns black and the stars fall from the sky (Rev. 6:12.13)
  • Earthquakes happen and every mountain and island is moved out of their place (Rev. 6:12,14)
  • Fire mingled with blood burns up 1/3 of the trees, and burns up all the green grass (Rev. 8:7)
  • A great burning mountain is cast unto the sea and 1/3  of the sea turns to blood (Rev. 8:8)
  • 1/3 of the creatures in the sea are killed and 1/3 of the ships are destroyed (Rev. 8:9)
  • A star falls from heaven and makes 1/3 of the water undrinkable (Rev. 8:10,11)
  • 1/3 of stars, moon, and sun are smitten and darkened (Rev. 8:12)
  • Locusts with scorpion stingers are loosed on those who do not  have the seal of God on their foreheads…these locusts will torment humans for five months (Rev. 9:1-12)
  • 1/3 of humans are killed by fire, smoke, and brimstone (Revelation 9:14-21)
  • The two witnesses cause droughts, turn the waters to blood, and afflict humans with plagues (Rev. 11)
  • The wrath of God falls on the earth and blood flows horse bridle deep in the streets of Babylon (Rev. 14)
  • Angel pours out his vial and afflicts humans with grievous sores (Rev. 16:2)
  • Angel pours out his vial and kills all living things in the sea (Rev. 16:3)
  • Angel  pours out his vial and turns all the waters to blood (Rev. 16:4)
  • Angel pours out his vial on the sun and scorches humans with fire (Rev. 16:8,9)
  • Angel pours out his vial on the seat of the beast and humans gnaw the tongue because of pain (Rev. 16:10-11)
  • Angel pours out his vial and dries up the River Euphrates (Rev. 16:12)
  • Angel pours out his vial into the air and there are thunders, lightnings, earthquakes, every island and mountain disappears, and 50 pound balls of hail fall on the earth (Rev. 16:17-21)
  • Jesus comes back to earth, slaughters everyone, and the birds eat the flesh of the dead (Rev. 19)

Cue music, everyone sing, Our God is an Awesome God.

Millions of Christians believe that the book of Revelation is literally true. They believe all of the above will happen sometime in the near future. Never mind the glaring scientific and statistical problems Revelation presents, millions of Christians think God is going to open up one big can of whoop-ass and Team Jesus is going to finally win over Team Satan. As Evangelist Dave Young is fond of saying, Some day you will be glad you are a Christian! The end of time, as believed by many Christians, is that some day.

Just remember this the next time an Evangelical sidles up to you and wants to be your friend. If you don’t join Team Jesus, they will be on the sidelines of heaven some day cheering as God does his imitation of a torturing serial killer.

 

 

Published: February 17, 2014 | Comments: 31

The Bible is Not Proof the Christian God Exists

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Some atheists love to get into debates with Christians about the existence of the Christian God.  I did a bit of this myself a few years back, but I have stopped doing so. Reason? A person’s belief that the Christian God exists does not rest on proof or evidence. Granted, some Christians, who want to appear educated and scientific, will argue endlessly that they can prove God exists. They might use philosophical arguments or appeal to answered prayer, but these arguments rarely satisfy anyone but a person who is already a Christian.

Evangelicals tend to take another approach. Evangelicals are inherently presuppositionalists. They start any discussion on God with the presupposition that God exists. They then go to the Bible, which they consider divine truth, and find verses that prove their presupposition. In their mind, quoting the Bible is proof.

In a recent letter to The Columbian, an Evangelical husband and wife attempted to answer an atheist’s demand for proof that God exists. Their letter was quite straight forward and to the point:

We have a response to Steve Engard’s Feb. 7 letter “Where’s evidence that God exists?” regarding disbelief in God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ ” (Psalm 14:1a).

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Romans 1:18-19).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Born-again Christians are not here to “prove” anything except to lay down our lives that others such as Engard may know the amazing love of God as proven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Son. Please forgive us when we forget the main thing: God loves you.

Don and Judy Ebel
Vancouver

Evangelicals often fail to understand that quoting the Bible has zero effect on an atheist or anyone else who is not an Evangelical. As an atheist, I reject the authority Evangelicals give the Bible. It is just another book, no different from Fifty Shades of Grey. I do not consult the Bible to determine what is moral or ethical, and, outside of opening its pages to find a reference for a blog post, my trusty KJV Bible sits on the book shelf gathering dust.

I readily admit that it is possible for someone to look at the natural world and the starry sky and conclude that a creator of some sort played a part in the creation of the universe. I think this belief has its own unique set of problems, i.e. where did God come from, but I certainly can intellectually understand this belief. However, I can not intellectually embrace the notion that this God is the Evangelical God of the Christian Bible. The Evangelical belief in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible poses an insurmountable problem for me because it requires a belief in a God who is capricious, genocidal, violent, and immoral. The Evangelical God is a God I would not want as a neighbor let alone being someone who is worthy of my devotion and worship.

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Evangelicals only embarrass themselves when they try to “prove” their version of God exists. More and more people are no longer buying what Evangelicals are selling. As science continues to give us a more comprehensive understanding of the universe, many people are realizing that the Evangelical explanation of God is no longer reasonable or rational. Evangelicalism would be better served if they retreated from the field of battle and said, we believe, by faith, the Christian God exists. This statement would be the end of the discussion for Evangelicals. As I learned long ago, faith can never be disproved. Faith exists beyond what can be observed and proved.

No proof for the existence of God will satisfy the atheist, and no argument the atheist makes against the existence of God will satisfy the Christian. The Christian has faith, the atheist doesn’t. It really is that simple. I am no longer willing to “faith” it. I look around the world I live in and I play the Where is God game. I see where his followers SAY he is, but I no longer find their God sightings persuasive. If the Christian God exists, he is certainly either on vacation, quite lazy, or a relative of Rip Van Winkle. Perhaps he is like Baal, when Elijah said Baal was on a long bathroom break.

Published: February 12, 2014 | Comments: 16

A Few Thoughts From the Couch

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A guest post by Ian

I am sitting on the couch at 6:30 in the morning. In my lap is my 5-year-old. He has had a dry, hacking cough for two days. Last night, he coughed all night. My wife held him until 5:30, then I got up to take a turn.

I feel bad for the little guy. His belly hurts from coughing. He hasn’t slept well. He doesn’t want to eat. We are keeping him hydrated and letting him eat all the snacks he wants to keep his calories up. There is no comfort here, just a dad holding his little guy.

As a Christian, I would have prayed and asked for healing for him. I would have prayed for his cough to stop. In fact, I did this for each of my other kids. When the cough wouldn’t stop in a half hour or so, I would pray again. I would get on social media and ask for prayers. I would text and call people and ask for prayers. I would feel better knowing people were praying for him. I could feel God’s presence calming him. Then, the coughs would start back up. I would pray more earnestly, to no avail. I would realize God was doing this for a purpose. Then, I would give him more medicine, since it was four hours later. This would go in for days until he was better. At church, I would publicly praise God for healing him.

Now, as an ex-Christian, I sit here on the couch. I gave him some medicine that helped quite a bit with the cough. We put Vicks on his feet and turned on a humidifier.

My wife is tired, so she went to bed for a nap; this way she will get a little sleep before going to church. She can’t skip today because there will be no one to play the piano. Also, so many people are gone right now, it would just be the pastor and his immediate family, with one other family, if she wasn’t there. That is a bit of guilt to carry around. Of course, there is no guilt for one of the other families going to another town, so they can go to a relative’s church and watch the Big Game afterwards.

So, here I sit with my little guy. No one to pray to. No one to comfort me. He is finally sleeping, that is all of the comfort I need. Real, tangible results. I realize that the prayers never did a thing. In fact, my little guy asked me, “Dad, how do prayers make people better?”.  I told him I didn’t know, sometimes people just get better without prayers. I can honestly tell him that the medicine helped him get better, though.

Just a few thoughts from a dad who his holding his little guy. A little guy who didn’t get any relief from prayer, but fell asleep after taking medicine.

Published: February 4, 2014 | Comments: 5

Is God to Blame for the Weather?

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Here in rural NW Ohio, we are having a memorable winter. Record snowfalls, record lows, just the kind of weather global warming deniers love to see. There is a long-term drought in places like California and Arizona, and many places across the globe are recording record high temperatures and record high low temperatures. (the low temperatures are much higher)  Floods, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes,high winds, no winds, lots of rain, no rain, ice, sleet, snow, freezing rain, lightning, droughts, heat waves, record highs, record lows, along with periods of perfect, wonderful, low humidity, temperatures…just right days. The only constant about the weather is that it is always changing.

In Greek mythology, Zeus, along with a host of gods underneath him, controlled the weather. While no one today, believes Zeus controls the weather, hundreds of millions of people believe that the God of the Christian Bible does. Daily prayers are offered to the Christian deity in the hope that he will change the weather for the petitioner. Ohio farmers are known to pray when they need rain or when they need the rain to stop. In times of drought, churches gather together to corporately beseech the Divine Weatherman to act on their behalf.

Here is some of what the Bible says about God and his connection to the weather:

…for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth…For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth… (Genesis 2:5, Genesis 7:4)

And, behold, I (God), even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. (Genesis 6:17)

…Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail…(Exodus 9:18)

…and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground…(Exodus 9:23)

…And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts…(Exodus 10:19)

…and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night…(Exodus 14:21)

…that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. (Deuteronomy 11:14)

…and then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit;…(Deuteronomy 11:17)

The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (Deuteronomy 28:24)

So Samuel called unto the Lord; and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day…(1 Samuel 12:18)

Go, shew thyself (Elijah)  unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth. (1 Kings 18:1)

Who (God) giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields (Job 5:10)

He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. (Psalm 78:26)

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth;he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries (Psalm 135:6,7)

And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. (Amos 4:7)

For if God… spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;…(2 Peter 2:4-6)

It is clear, from the Bible, that the Christian God controls the weather. Most Christians also believe that God is all-powerful, that he holds the world in the palm of his hand. Most Christians believe that God is sovereign, that he is  in control of everything. He is the first cause and nothing is beyond his purview.

Yet, when a tornado or hurricane cause horrific property damage and loss of life, most Christians refuse to blame their God. When Hurricane Katrina and Sandy laid waste to the Gulf Coast and East Coast, no Christian minister, except perhaps a hardcore Calvinist or Pat Robertson, took to the pulpit and said, dear people, God is responsible for the devastation! When the weather kills, maims, and destroys, why do most Christians not blame the one person the Bible says is responsible?

Evangelicals, in particular,  must maintain that God is good all the time, all the time God is good. God can never be charged with doing anything that is considered evil or bad. If the above mentioned verses are true, and Evangelicals believe ALL the verses in the Bible are true, then culpability for the destruction that comes from adverse weather must be laid at the feet of God (Jesus). There is no possible way for an Evangelical to talk themselves out of this one. The inerrant, infallible, inspired Bible is clear…God controls the weather. If God controls the weather then he is responsible for what happens when he puts his divine weather plan into action.

I am sure more than a few Christians right now are trying their best to come up with a rebuttal to what I have written here. I am sure they are desperately trying to figure out a way to hang on to their belief that the Bible is meant to be read literally and is inerrant, and at the same time ignore or explain away the verses I mentioned above. (and I could have mentioned many more)  Good luck!

Published: February 3, 2014 | Comments: 14