Is God’s Aim Worsening With Age?

Today in my religion and science class we discussed some readings from Richard Dawkins and Fritjof Capra, but mostly spent time talking about the more fundamental question of what God does, and how science has changed or could change the ideas of God that people have.

One small group discussion moved onto the topic of miracles and ‘acts of God’. Apparently two students disagreed about whether to see God’s involvement in things like hurricanes.

Not restraining my silly side, I had to ask whether God’s aim was getting better or worse. Certainly it is clear that, if New Orleans is the object of his wrath, his attempts to destroy it with hurricanes have been, for the most part, unsuccessful, and even Hurricane Katrina didn’t do as good a job as he is supposed to have done in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Are there other options to religious believers besides either rethinking God’s involvement in such natural meteorological processes, or concluding that God’s ability to wipe out cities that offend him is getting worse? Is there a theological reason why he is supposed to now be using hurricanes when fire and brimstone from heaven were apparently much easier to target and accomplished their goal with much greater precision and efficiency?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01010178962574928062 Ian

    Never thought about it like that. A hurricane is far more of a blunt instrument than fire and brimstone (although less of one than a global flood).The “Elderly God Hypothesis”?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13036816926421936940 Edward T. Babinski

    I read that Katrina didn’t flood the most notorious streets of New Orleans. Bad aim? A couple hundred years ago people were also still wondering why lightning bolts struck church steeples and left the lower lying brothels in the neighborhood unharmed.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, if we look at the differences between the way God interacted with people during the old covenant and once Jesus came and on up until now, I think it’s fairly clear that some changes have taken place (though God has not changed). Unless we (me) are simply being ignorant, it is my opinion that God is reserving judgement until the last days, therefore I would be very hesitant to link any natural disaster or tragic events directly to His wrath. Luke 13:4 mentions a tragedy where a tower fell and killed 18 men. Remember the story of Job? We must realize that God has given Satan rule over this world. Correct me if I’m wrong, but God never gave us a promise of physical safety on this earth (not to say that he doesn’t provide it when it’s within His will). I am by no means an expert theologian, and I could be (and most likely am) absolutely wrong: we were never meant to understand anything on God’s level, and it’s impossible for us to even try. So does that mean I (and you reading this) just wasted a bunch of time? I hope not. Blaming Him for the bad things that happen in this world and in our own life shows a misunderstanding of God and our relationship with Him (He is not out to get anyone! But Satan is! And it is Satan’s deepest desire for you to believe that God does not care about you). Of course God loves us and wants to be our friend, but He is not the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) as some would have you believe. Why do you think the bible talks about being a God-fearing person as a positive thing so much? Take note: this does NOT mean scaring people into believing something, and if the main reason you are a Christian is because you don’t want to go to hell, I would seriously urge you to reconsider your faith and your walk with Christ. I hope you’ve found this helpful.love, paul herrin*I will say it again: I’m not the most knowledgeable person on this subject, and this is nothing more than my sincere opinions, and I might be sincerely wrong. Look at the books I mentioned in context and seek for yourself the will of God and the wisdom only He can give us.


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