God isn’t Always the Answer

While some Christians might resist the perspective of an atheist, I think the cartoon makes a point that most will agree with. Treating “God” as the cookie-cutter answer irrespective of what the question happens to be is as foolish as using “God” as the answer to every question on a crossword puzzle. You might be able to have put a letter in every square. But you will have missed the point and much else in the process.

  • . David

    If God isn’t the answer then there is no God. You really do not know what you are talking about and promote heresy, lies and lead people away from God

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I’ve seen some silly comments in my time, but this one really takes the cake.

      It is as though you are saying that if the answer to every math problem is not 42 then there is no number 42. Does that really make sense to you?

      And if the question is asked “What is 7 x 6?” you would really say that the answer is “God”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Evans/100000619020207 David Evans

      Who or what is responsible for all the evil and suffering in the world?

      Answer:

  • John Hundley

    I think this cartoon is based on a common misconception from the outside. When a certain Christian says “God is the answer,” it can mean a number of things. It can mean, “God is the answer, the one who will make the pain endurable and turn sorrow into joy,” or “God is the answer, the one who, in following Him, will give me the patience and peace in this given situation.” Nobody says 7×6=God. It is a strawman that atheists set up for the purpose of mocking something they don’t understand.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I don’t see it as a straw man, but as a satirical exaggeration of something that is a real problem in some Christian circles. Just today at church, I witnessed people trying to introduce God into what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in ways that make both God and themselves look bad. It is the conviction that no matter what the topic, God has to be mentioned somehow at all costs.

      In several churches I have heard a story that makes the very same point from a Christian perspective. It is about a Sunday school class in which the teacher asks what is furry and has a bushy tail. The child is torn because he wants to say “a squirrel” and yet has learned from experience that the answer is always “God” or “Jesus.”

      • John Hundley

        Yes, I suppose you’re right.


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