Due to the massive influx of tornadoes in the south over the past day, the above image keeps popping into my feed on facebook and it just makes me shake my head in disbelief (no pun intended).
I’ve heard the free will defense more times than I can count in regards to the evils of people, but what about natural disasters? Or famine? Is the free will of inanimate objects held in higher regard than victims of such tragedies? Is god unable to control the weather?
To send thanks to your god because it didn’t kill you that time, but killed dozens of others, is not only morally repugnant, but also narcissistic and completely fails to recognize the reality of the world we live in.
I’m reminded of the analogy of a small boy that gets beat up by his father and then asks this same man to take him to the hospital to treat a rather severe head wound. “Thanks for not killing me this time, dad!” Am I the only one that sees a problem with thinking like this? It’s Stockholm Syndrome, but with a captor that’s impossible to perceive.
With everyone claiming that god is good and his ways and plans are perfect is there anything that would convince a believer as god just not caring? Think on that for a bit. What terrible scenario in your life couldn’t be wiped away by saying that god’s ways are perfect? God’s plans are higher than mine! God has it in control! God is with me! God works in mysterious ways!
You can’t quantify such statements and there’s nothing that would invalidate them. Lose your entire family in a fire? God is there with you in the fire. Lose a spouse in a car accident? God has a plan to use her testimony for the good of his glory. There’s no platitude that can’t be invented to make it look like god cares. Shockingly, this exists even when we have all of life and history to show he doesn’t.
Not too far back I read a funny tweet by a fictional comedy character named Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian. The tweet really hit the nail on the head as it read, “Thanking God for sparing you in a natural disaster is like sending a thank-you note to a serial killer for stabbing the family next door.”
I get it. I do. It’s very comforting thinking that there’s something bigger than all of us out there that’s got it in control. It cares and does look out for us. We’re special!
Even if I believed that there were a god, which I don’t, there’s nothing that could make me believe it cared about any of us. It’s just weather patterns beyond it’s control and tectonic plates that it can’t keep from moving around.
So, can god make a burrito so hot he can’t eat it? Yes, the burrito’s free will to burn his lip can’t be taken away from the burrito.