Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Faceplant of the Day - Questioning God In the Face of Tragedy

John Loftus really believes that he understands and predicts what an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient God would and would not do. Further he thinks that if anything happens or does not happen supporting what he thinks God would do, he concludes that God does not exist.  This is evidenced in the case of the following quote.
Just think, God could have foreseen this tragedy and miraculously averted the iceberg hours before the Titanic came into its path. If he had done this no one would be the wiser! He could have remained hidden if that's his goal. For believers to say God does this from time to time then his so-called "interventions" look indistinguishable from chance. In other words, there is no evidence that he intervenes at all. So having faith that God intervenes even once is exceedingly improbable.

I think the problem here is that Loftus refuses to think. When God intervenes in our lives, he doesn't always let us know that he intervened. The Titanic is an example in that if God had intervened in such a way that the iceberg never met the ship at all then we would not know that God intervened. Yet however, we have all had close call, where imminent harm was about to overtake us, yet it didn't. It's all under God's control. All a part of what He's doing. Sometimes you agree with the results of the intervention and sometimes you wish God had intervened differently. The way you know the difference between God and random chance comes down to Relationship. "Chance" is what you call God when you don't know Him. . 

So where was God when the Titanic sank? God was working out everything after the counsel of his own will.

 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, - Ephesians 1:11

Where Was God When the Titanic Sank 100 Years Ago?
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