Sunday, February 28, 2010

Natural Disasters, Flying Spaghetti Monsters and God.

There is no reason to think that the moaning and groaning of our living planet will cease. Earthquakes in Haiti and Chile are stark reminders that our planet is not a hunk of solid rock--it is alive with internal forces that churn underground.  And when one of our tectonic plates lurches instead of slips the earth trembles and shakes: Earthquake! And if that plate lifts upwards under the sea: Tsunami!  So, why, why in a modern age of science and intelligent thought and rational behavior are some preachers - and others - proclaiming these events as the work of a vengeful God dishing out divine punishment to select sections of the masses.  And why do some of us  mumble at times that this is God's plan.  Are we afraid to look at the reality that much of this is beyond our control? Basic geology and the earth sciences explain these events and to state otherwise makes as much sense as  holding the invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster responsible for nature's beauty and natural disasters--events that are disasters because we are in the way of the wave, the volcano, the flood and the trembling earth. Perhaps its time we look at science and make an effort to understand these powerful events and not blame God with irrational escapism thought: I don't fully understand what happened and I can't do anything about it...so---"God did it!"  And taking some personal responsbility for disaster preparedness is not a bad idea;perhaps it's the way to go. Government can't do eveything to keep you and me safe. Nor can God ---or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon makes a good point here.

March 1, 2010 at 11:23 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen!

March 1, 2010 at 11:59 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JOHN IS MY HERO!!! SHALOM!

March 1, 2010 at 8:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice :)

March 2, 2010 at 3:45 AM 
Anonymous Sunshine said...

I believe everything happens for a reason..I don't think God is punishing...it's just another step in His plan :)....some things just have to happen for other things to happen and make us think and be grateful for what we have :)

March 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sunshine--thats quite a strange God you have--or at least his 'plan'. Sounds like a bad mean dude-no compassionn at all. Why kill thousands of innocents so others will "be grateful"
I think it is simple called an earthquake!

March 3, 2010 at 8:52 AM 
Anonymous sunshine said...

I absolutely was not referring to God kills thousands of innocent people...so others would be grateful...good LORD you took that worng.I was referring to we all go through bad things in our lives and God is ALWAYS there for us and always helps us to look at what we have and appreciate those things. Folks are always quick to blame God for all the bad stuff.Yes your right it was just an earthquake and i was NOT referring to killing folks in HIS plan...

March 4, 2010 at 6:24 PM 

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