1) Ask a believer to explain how their God could provide a great parking spot at Wal-Mart; yet allow six million people to die during the Holocaust.
2) Ask a believer how their God could provide a sunny day for a $10,000 outdoor wedding; but ignore the prayers of the woman who is left to die after being raped and tortured.
3) Ask a believer about their God ignoring the prayers of a mother who is watching her kids die of starvation; but providing a… Well, you get the idea…
Depending on which variety of the death cult of Christianity they belong to, answers will vary from accusations of improper praying, that someone involved had a doubt, that someone involved was not a “True Christian,” that it’s all Adam and Eve’s fault or that the real culprit is that old Serpent, the Devil.
Almost every Christian will tell you, however, that we mere mortals should never question the “higher ways” of their God.
The fact remains that it takes twisted logic to explain how their God can answer the prayers of the person locked out of their house, but ignore the prayers of those who are victims of the death, destruction, starvation and deprivation that we see in our world every day.
Coincidences, even remarkable ones, are not unusual. They happen all the time. The dictionary defines the word “coincidence” as a sequence of events that, although accidental, seems to have been planned or arranged.
“Answered prayers” that do not involve the actions of other human beings are always coincidences, nothing more. When a group of people prays about fixing up an old woman’s dilapidated house, it is likewise not an act of their God. It’s just a group of well-meaning people who made a choice to help out someone in need. Nothing wrong with that, except for the whole “God led me to do it” part. Chances are pretty good that if the group were ardent atheists, they’d have done it anyhow.
As Steven Weinberg has so eloquently stated:
“With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.”
Of late we have been accused of being a militant Atheist site. Granted the accuser was a lunatic of the highest order, but we would be remiss if we chose not to live up to that reputation. So this is an article that was republished from the original June 12, 2012 version.