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Proof that "God" exists?

My area has seen some severe devastation from the storms and tornadoes that ripped through several communities.  Businesses and schools have been destroyed, many families have had their homes reduced to rubble.  Hundreds of people have lost their very lives.

On the news last night was the story of a family who survived an F-4 tornado by taking shelter in a hallway of their home.  Their home is a pile of rubble, and the mother says that they were in the air at one point. "We prayed, prayed the whole time I was in the air, screaming out prayers," says Jami Bennett.

She also said, "For anybody to say God isn't true, you just have to look out here... look at us," says Jami.

In another clip, there was an older woman who said, "Praise God.  We lost our home, but we're still alive, and that's what really matters."

Now, I can't argue that when faced with that sort of devastation, material things do lose their significance, and we can all be grateful for those who were able to survive through such a frightening and life-threatening experience.  But is it proof of God's existence?  Of his mercy?  What, I wonder, would that first woman say to the relatives of the hundreds of people who didn't survive the storm?  That their deaths are also proof of God's existence?  Perhaps she would say that God has shown them mercy by taking them to heaven--even though we can't possibly know that that is their fate. 

Why is her and her family's survival proof of God's existence when so many other people, presumably also God-fearing (this is the Bible belt, after all), were not so fortunate?  Is she suggesting that her faith is stronger than those other hundreds of people who lost everything, including their lives?  Was God playing favorites?  Or is this just another example of how we can't possibly understand God's master plan for us? 

Should we "Praise God" for sparing the life of that older woman, while smiting the lives of everyone else who perished?

Where's the logic here?  How is it proof?

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Asked by jsbenkert at 10:47 AM on May. 7, 2011 in Religious Debate

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Answers (69)
  • Wow i'm with you! You have made perfect sense!

    Answer by harris4 at 10:49 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • logic has nothing to do with personal beliefs. if a person chooses to praise God, or be thankful their life was spared, that's their choice. no one is forcing anyone else to praise with them or believe it was His will to spare them, and not their neighbor.
    proof of existence? no.
    proof of how their faith works, for them?? yes.

    Answer by dullscissors at 10:51 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • – collapse
    Here we go yet again. Let's first hear your theory on why "God" doesn't exist.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:51 AM on May. 7, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • *..personal beliefs OF FAITH.*...what i meant to write. :)))

    Answer by dullscissors at 10:51 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • Dullscissors, I like your response.

    Answer by emmyandlisa at 10:52 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • If God does exist, he can be extremely cruel.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 10:53 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • Here we go yet again. Let's first hear your theory on why "God" doesn't exist

    and of course you are anonymous! The same as you have your right to believe what you do others do as well. That is common sense! Why bother answering if you had a problem with the question?!

    Answer by harris4 at 10:53 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • Doesnt seem clear if you believe in God AlMIGHTY but you are proof that he exist.

    Answer by Sarah961 at 10:53 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • People have to have an explanation for EVERYTHING so they praise god..i think its childish.

    Answer by xmama_bellax at 10:56 AM on May. 7, 2011

  • It is only logical for someone with faith to attribute their being spared to God, just as it is logical that some weren't, those with faith leave their live's in the hands of God and his Master plan.


    Answer by older at 10:59 AM on May. 7, 2011

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