The cause of natural disasters? Acting “arrogantly against the Gospel”. This is the judgement of one man (see below) but one that chimes very much so it seems with many christians. It’s the age-old conservative control mechanism: the reason why things are going wrong is because we deviated from the path laid down by God. This is a recurrent theme in the Bible and is a powerful deterrent to sinning. It’s also a cunning implantation of guilt; for anytime something goes wrong it’s probably because one only prayed four times instead of five or because one masturbated last night or something equally silly.
Why is there so much crackpot thinking from religious adherents? One would think believing in God would make believers smarter (i.e. with God passing on his smarts to his children) but interestingly, belief in God frequently produces the opposite. Critical thinking goes to sleep and the plains are open for stupid and rash zealots to spread as much hatred and sloppy thinking around often with threats of violence against sinners or anyone who challenges their (i.e. God’s) authority. People are always quick to link outcomes to causes that suit their purposes whether in fact true or ridiculous (“The interview went well, It must be my lucky blue tie and red socks”).
The promotion of gay marriage is certainly providing traditionalists with explanations for the decline of mankind. Next year, no doubt, it will be something else. If floods are God’s way of showing his displeasure he is one grumpy old fart.
Christians are a funny and mad bunch, especially the born-again variety. Two thousand years in “spiritual warfare” against the devil with the ALMIGHTY God on their side and they still can’t win the war. When are they going to make peace and call a truce with the devil?
I have begun to suspect that Christians in fact do like their devil, he (or the idea) is a handy scapegoat for all the shit that happens to them (just as much as happens to us) and a perfect foil behind which to attack. No, not attack the devil but attack us! All a christian can do to the devil is shout “I cast you out in the name of Jesus”. Big deal, if it could work it would have. We on the other hand are prime targets because we sin and refuse to repent and unabashedly glory in our abominable practices. For these surely we must pay. And we would if the superstitions were true.
Stop! You still can repent. Me? Yes, “Jesus loves you”. Really? How, when he’s been dead two thousand years?