Perspective

A headline in our local paper this last weekend read, “Why God, Why?”  The story it highlighted was of a tragic accident where six young people were killed in a highway crash. As a parent of four, the question is one I can certainly understand, and hope I never have to ask.

 And yet, as the facts of the case have come out, it has become apparent that the crash was completely preventable had different choices been made. The car that seems to have instigated the crash reeked of alcohol. The 16 year old driver was driving after curfew, had more people in her car than the law allowed, and no one was wearing a seat belt. As the facts become known, the onus of responsibility shifts to those whose choices forever ended the lives of others.

 I think such an understanding is important for a believer as they view history, particularly that portion recorded in Scripture. As we read through the human tragedies chronicled therein, it is natural to ask, “Why?” Why the flood? Why the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Why the destruction of Jericho at the hands of the Israelites? The human tendency to focus on the tragedy rather than human choices overwhelms us.

 Of course an atheist looks at the historical record and says, “How horrible is God that that He would judge humanity so harshly; He doesn’t deserve our trust”.

 A believer understanding human nature looks at the same set of circumstances and says, “How horrible is sin that it causes such human tragedy; we should avoid it at all costs.”

 While there is room for questioning, the final evaluation depends completely on ones perspective on human responsibility and culpability for our actions. In this faith is not blind, but informed by a wise understanding of the world in which we live.

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7 Responses to Perspective

  1. NewEnglandBob says:

    “Of course an atheist looks at the historical record and says, “How horrible is God that that He would judge humanity so harshly; He doesn’t deserve our trust”.”

    This statement could not be more stupid. Atheists do not believe there is any god, so why would they blame anything on a non-existent being?

    How ignorant do these posts get before someone uses thinking instead of faith?

  2. NewEnglandBob says:

    Another idiot thing that believers do:

    If there is a disaster, like an earthquake and 1000 people get killed and one person is unharmed, the believers say “thank god that the person was saved” but never put any blame of the 1000 on their deity.

    This is yet another case of faith instead of thinking.

  3. jackhudson says:

    This statement could not be more stupid. Atheists do not believe there is any god, so why would they blame anything on a non-existent being?

    “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” – Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

    Sounds like atheists have plenty of antipathy towards God.

  4. jackhudson says:

    Another idiot thing that believers do:

    If there is a disaster, like an earthquake and 1000 people get killed and one person is unharmed, the believers say “thank god that the person was saved” but never put any blame of the 1000 on their deity.

    This is yet another case of faith instead of thinking.

    I am not sure how one concludes the appreciation of a life spared is somehow to be interpreted as indifference to life lost. We live in a broken world – Christians recognize that, they simply don’t see it as cause to dismiss their faith.

  5. NewEnglandBob says:

    “Sounds like atheists have plenty of antipathy towards God.”

    No, oh, ignorant one. Dawkins doesn’t believe in that god. He is just showing what the bible says about its god and its immorality. His summary is 100% accurate.

  6. NewEnglandBob says:

    “I am not sure how one concludes the appreciation of a life spared is somehow to be interpreted as indifference to life lost. We live in a broken world – Christians recognize that, they simply don’t see it as cause to dismiss their faith.”

    Yes, obfuscate and ignore the issue. You are good at that, I see. Blind faith encourages ignorance of reality and you prove it by saying this.

  7. jackhudson says:

    No, oh, ignorant one. Dawkins doesn’t believe in that god. He is just showing what the bible says about its god and its immorality. His summary is 100% accurate.

    It’s his opening argument for why not to believe in God; why else include such a description at all if mere reason will suffice?

    Yes, obfuscate and ignore the issue. You are good at that, I see. Blind faith encourages ignorance of reality and you prove it by saying this.

    So any response to an atheist argument is ‘obfuscation’ and ignoring it? It appears you don’t know what those words actually mean.

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