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