McCULLOUGH: God gets a bad rap

Why is it always God’s fault?

Every time we have some sort of tragedy, people on both sides of the religion debate come out of the woodwork making proclamations about what God did or didn’t do, about how he killed people he didn’t like or saved people he did like. Or how he didn’t do enough.

It happened after Sept. 11, 2001. Jerry Falwell had this to say: “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen.’”

Pat Robinson agreed with him. A few years later, after Hurricane Katrina, Robinson again implied that the disaster was God getting even with us for our transgressions.

After the Japanese earthquake, once again, pundits starting pointing the finger at God, or God’s enemies. Glenn Beck said the quake was a message that what we’re doing is “not really working out real well.” A video saying God had killed atheists went viral on YouTube. I personally heard a satellite radio talk show host ask how we’re supposed to pray to a god that lets this kind of thing happen.

Here’s a notion: What if it wasn’t God’s fault? What if he had nothing to do with it?

I know. Crazy talk.

And how about the devil? If you believe in God you must believe in the devil. There can be no good without evil any more than there can be up without down or hot without cold. So why does Satan — the actual bad guy, the one in charge of evil stuff — always skate on these things? You never hear anyone say, “The devil wrought that disaster to kill all those people.”

No, they always blame God. And I’m saying he gets a bad rap.

God is supposed to be the good guy. God is supposed to deliver us from evil, not bring it to our doorstep. And yet every time disaster strikes, the same folks see that it’s God punishing people.

What about all those folks who survived? Maybe that was God’s handiwork.

I believe God is certainly capable of delivering earthquakes and tsunamis if he wanted. I just don’t think he does. I think what God is and does is probably beyond our understanding, but somehow this kind of thing seems ... beneath him.

And if you believe the Bible, he even said he wouldn’t try to drown us all again. Somehow, I think God probably keeps his word.

His adversary, on the other hand, probably enjoys this stuff. And he probably enjoys even more having the blame laid at the wrong feet.

Then again, here’s another idea: What if it had nothing to do with either one? What if it were just plate tectonics?

I know.

Crazier talk.

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