The picture (left) is photoshopped, but accurate none-the-less. -FP
WASHINGTON - Conservative Christian televangelist Pat Robertson told citizens of a Pennsylvania town that they had rejected God by voting their school board out of office for supporting “intelligent design” and warned them Thursday not to be surprised if disaster struck.
"There's been satanic worship. There's been sexual perversion." ..."God is going to use that storm to bring revival. God has a plan. God has a purpose."
-Evangelist Franklin Graham speaking at Liberty University in Va. about hurricane Katrina. Franklin Graham is the successor and son of the infamous Billy Graham.
"For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of
Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan, to James Mills, in 1971, regarding events in Libya
"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam," -
President George W. Bush
The above quotes are exaples of extreme religious fervor by those in power, but I'm going to now focus on it in a smaller scale.
The religious have been known to turn tragidy into a divine deed. These deeds usually serve to advance the relgious agenda. One part of that agenda is to punish those whom christians feel as though are not living thier life as God has told them too. Another part is to test the faith of those who do embrace a divine will.
The religious are so eager and dedicated to believing that they tend to look for signs of higher power everywhere they can. Using the idea of thier Gods direct actions being a percievable status helps them rationalize thier beliefs, especially by invoking Post hoc ergo propter hoc("after this therefore because of this".) on a regualar basis.
If a tree falls on a christians house; that christian is very likey to believe that it happened because of a divine purpose. To them it would be because they had sinned in some way recently, therefor they are being punished. Or it could be that thier faith is being "tested". Why else could something so terrible happen to them?
1) A young man wearing a satanic t-shirt is gunned-down by police during a store robbery and dies. It would be easy for a christian to assume that this man may end up in hell.
Lets move onto scenerio #2:
2) A young man is shot and wounded by police during a store robbery. On the way to the hospital he screamed, "Hail Satan!".
But There is something wrong with this picture. Is there something inherently unfair about this?
Had the young man that died been shot 2 inches to left and lived, he too could have found religion, but he never got that chance.
So does this mean that God plays roulette with your soul? Not everyone has a level playing field when it comes to religion?
This seems to contradict the fair and all loving God idea perpetuated by christians.
How can you take these people seriously?