4 comments on “A miracle my head didn’t explode…

  1. Yes, this infuriated me as well. How insensitive can you be to those who lost loved ones or those who are still having to deal with a parent, child, sister, brother, etc in the hospitial fighting for their life? The self-absorption displayed by this person is mind-numbing.

  2. I might be out of place commenting on this since I know you are not likely to be interested in the theology, but I feel that you have grossly misrepresented the doctrines of predestination, election, and even free will. I’m NOT saying that you must believe that any of it is true, but simply that you have not represented them correctly. No disrespect intended.

    On a side note, why do atheists (or anyone else) seem to think it’s so insensitive or insulting to praise God for a spared life when others are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one? If you believe God is responsible for giving life, then he alone can take it. If you believe that random chance is responsible for life, then random chance can claim it. So any way you look at it, the Aurora Massacre is justified. Therefore, whether you praise God or thank your lucky stars, it should not be deemed insensitive. I did not detect anything in the story that would lead me to believe the survivor was somehow claiming to be more loved by God, or a better person than those who died that day. And if the whole thing had been attributed to “luck” instead of God, then no one would give it a second thought. Why does the mention of God offend you so? I honestly don’t understand your disdain. If you want to hate religion, fine, go ahead and hate it, so do I. But a person who expresses gratitude towards God should not invoke such negative emotions inside you any more than a person thanking a meteorologist for an accurate weather report. Just because YOU don’t believe God exists or is worthy of praise, does not actually mean you are right about either. If you think the difference between life and death comes down to chance, then the actions of James Holmes should really not be making headlines anyway.

    Excerpt from “Modern Thinker’s Creed” by Steve Turner:

    If chance be the Father of all flesh,
    disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
    and when you hear

    State of Emergency!
    Sniper Kills Ten!
    Troops on Rampage!
    Youths go Looting!
    Bomb Blasts School!

    It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

    • Jackie-
      I would like to address your comments, beginning with the question you asked of atheists at the beginning: ” why do atheists (or anyone else) seem to think it’s so insensitive or insulting to praise God for a spared life when others are dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one?”

      I can only speak for myself but the reason I find it excruciatingly insensitive can maybe best be illustrated in the form of a hypothetical: Let’s say you have a child and I have a child that are traveling in a car together. There is a car wreck and your child dies while mine survives. The next day I am interviewed by a newspaper and I give thanks to God for protecting and sparing my child’s life. Can you not see the insensitivity exhibited here?

      This has nothing to do with lack of belief or anger at religion, as you claim. It has to do with empathy and stepping outside of your own perspective for a moment. No, the person did not, verbatim, say “God favors me more” but that is definitely the implication. And that is a very narcissistic thing to imply.

      And I’m sorry but I do not follow your logic here:

      “If you believe God is responsible for giving life, then he alone can take it. If you believe that random chance is responsible for life, then random chance can claim it. So any way you look at it, the Aurora Massacre is justified. Therefore, whether you praise God or thank your lucky stars, it should not be deemed insensitive.”

      The Aurora massacre is in NO WAY justified. It scares me that you think differently.

      Also you said this:

      “If you think the difference between life and death comes down to chance, then the actions of James Holmes should really not be making headlines anyway.”

      WHAT??? I am horrified by this statement. I’m really hoping I’m misunderstanding you here. This was a tragedy! People lost their lives because of one man’s actions. Are you trying to imply that an acknowledgement of the randomness in life deems this incident irrelevant to atheists??

      If so, that’s pretty insulting. And I worry about your moral compass which you’ve implied does not exist outside of “God’s Law”.

      And for the record: Just because YOU believe a god exists, doesn’t make it true. The burden of proof is on the believers making the claim that god exists. Not on the non-believers.

  3. I recently went looking for other atheist moms and found your blog. I love it. I love reading your posts and feeling like finally there is someone else out there like me. I thought this particular post about the Aurora shootings was exactly how I felt. People are always so quick to praise god for saving lives but dismiss the notion that he has any control over terrible situations. It’s very contradicting and one of the main reasons I became an atheist. I find religion to be very contadicting and hypocritical.

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