Maybe God Had Just Gotten A New Wii
If god is such a petty little supreme ruler that he won’t save you from a fiery death unless you say, “God, you’re really, really cool, please, pretty please save my pathetic ass,” well, why would you worship such a being to begin with?
I appreciate that you’ve been told there’s a god, and the guy who told you was probably wearing some kind of silly but official looking robe-ery, and maybe an even sillier hat, but come on, there’s no evidence there’s a god or a tooth fairy…although I do have to cop to the existence of Santa, since I’m always seeing the guy at the mall come Christmas time.
The topic came up because the Cridster sent me a link to a piece Tim Blair posted on his blog about a nitwit pilot who caused the death of 16 people when he decided to pray to god to save him instead of landing the fucking plane.
Here, from the BBC:
An Italian court has jailed a Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before ditching his plane, killing 16 people.
A fuel gauge fault was partly to blame for the crash off Sicily in 2005 but judges convicted Chafik Garbi of manslaughter, jailing him for 10 years.
Six others, including the co-pilot and head of the airline Tuninter, were jailed for between eight and 10 years.
Yes, they prayed their little tails off, but apparently, god was busy. Oops…you lose! You and anybody else who flew Air Irrationality.
And for those of you who are huffing and puffing that of course there’s a god, here’s one of my favorite links, whydoesgodhateamputees.com:
Get millions of people praying in unison for a single miracle for this one deserving amputee. Then stand back and watch.
What is going to happen? Jesus clearly says that if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. He does not say it once — he says it many times in many ways in the Bible.
And yet, even with millions of people praying, nothing will happen.
No matter how many people pray. No matter how sincere those people are. No matter how much they believe. No matter how devout and deserving the recipient. Nothing will happen. The legs will not regenerate. Prayer does not restore the severed limbs of amputees. You can electronically search through all the medical journals ever written — there is no documented case of an amputated leg being restored spontaneously. And we know that God ignores the prayers of amputees through our own observations of the world around us. If God were answering the prayers of amputees to regenerate their lost limbs, we would be seeing amputated legs growing back every day.