God Behaving Badly: 3 Questions to Ask a Believer

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It would seem that God is behaving like quite the jerk by ignoring all those sick, starving children and allowing entire families to be put out on the street, but chooses to send an apartment manager to unlock the door of an inconvenienced resident.

1) Ask a believer to explain how their God could provide a great parking spot at Wal-Mart; yet allow six million people 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 payers 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.”

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14 Responses to God Behaving Badly: 3 Questions to Ask a Believer

  1. Michael John Scott

    June 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Ask a believer to explain how God can provide sunny weather on Saturday but on Sunday send a devastating tornado that destroys an entire town.

    Their answer: It’s God’s Will.

  2. E.A. Blair

    June 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Author Behaving Badly: One Question to Ask Al Stefanelli:

    “…but chooses to send an apartment manager to unlock the door of an inconvenienced resident.”

    You have given us a situation without providing the context. Evidently someone, somewhere, got a landlord to open up an apartment door and credited it to divine providence. How about cluing in your readers on the situation (or at least providing us with a link to a related story)? Or is this just a hypothetical landlord, tenant and apartment? We shouldn’t have to do a web search to find the basic premise behind a piece that you post, and if the situation is hypothetial, you should let us know instead of leaving us to conclude that bloggers post in mysterious ways.

    • frank

      June 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Do you see scholarly references in your local news editorials? Of course not. Newspaper articles, editorials, and blog posts aren’t college theses. You should know that.

      • E.A. Blair

        June 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        I’m not asking for scholarly references, I’m asking for simple context: was there a news story reported with such an outcome? Articles, editorials and blog posts are supposed to deal in facts. Facts are supposed to be verifiable. Hypotheticals should be labeled as such. You should know that.

        If all you want is spoonfed opinion without context, you might as well go watch Fux News and forget about facts.

        • uptightdouchebag

          June 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

          Your comments aren’t worth responding to. hypothetically.

          When something can apply hypothetically to well over half the humans alive today, is it still practically conjectural?

  3. salvage

    June 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    When people die theists think that a god continues their life so anything that kills people really, to the true believer, is not so bad.

    Religion gets people to go to war to kill and die, throw people into volcanoes and even take their own life for a promise of a better one.

    So you can point at all the horrific things but in the end all the innocent victims are sent to their benevolent god and compensated in some perfect way.

    You’re not dealing with people thinking rationally so rational arguments are pointless.

    To be clear many are rational as you like on every other subject but religion, a singular insanity.

    Their god does bad things, sure but he makes good on them so really, so what? You can’t beat that “logic”.

    • frank

      June 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I think that sort of reasoning is called “just plain crazy.” That notwithstanding you make some good points. You can’t argue with a drunk and you can’t argue with a believer.

  4. jimmyparks

    June 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Jesus will forgive all you say and if you prey you will go to heavven and be with the one who rules the world. I forgive you for this but feel sorry for your fambly.

    • Erin Nanasi

      June 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      I struggled for almost 10 minutes, but then my dark snark took over. Prey? So, if we stalk and kill small woodland creatures, everything will be okay?

      Thank you for your forgiveness, from my entire fambly.


  5. centerman

    June 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

    In Church a commonly heard phrase is “God is good.” The congregation then replies “All the time”. This always seems like proof to me that Christians do not truly read or think about what is really in the Bible. In Church the Minister does the most amazing “cherry picking” you will ever see. He then puts a spin on it to make it seem relevant to his chosen topic of discussion. He turns it into sweet sounding peaches and cream. They swallow it up and go out into the world believing that an invisible man in the sky loves them personally and has created the entire Cosmos and “customizes it daily” specifically for them.

  6. E.A. Blair

    June 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi, this is God. I guess I’ll have to leave a message ’cause you’re still in the hospital. Look, I’m really sorry that tornado destroyed your home and killed your family, but Tim Tebow really needed a long pass completion and, hey, I just can’t say no to the guy, y’know? He looks so cute when he bows down like that. Well, anyway, get well soon and Mespeed (heh, heh).

  7. Guy

    August 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Well i try to be a Christian so after reading the above comments i have to say that your arguments are kinda silly and your comparing apples with oranges.Life happens good and bad. If God made everything perfect there really wouldnt be much of any choice to make. Christians arent perfect by any means tho most are held to be unlike their accusers:).It seems you are swearing as to the truth of some serious misconceptions without a rational basis to be believable. Good weather on Sat and a tornado destroying a town the next day?
    Religeon will not save you, also just asking for forgiveness is pretty doubtful also. Spirituality and a lifestyle change has worked in my life for the better. You have to try it to understand. Otherwise you are just talking smack.So let the flaming begin, but know going ill pray for all who read this 🙂

  8. E.A. Blair

    August 25, 2012 at 2:36 am

    You have to try it to understand.

    A good number, if not most of us, grew up with religion, so you can’t say we haven’t tried. Pray if you like – it’s your dime.

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