Would God Give You Something He Didn’t Want You to Use?

There’s a bit of a flap over Bryan Fisher, spokesman for the American Family Association, and his guest Calvin Beisner, a climate change denialist, arguing that not using fossil fuels is an insult to God:

From Rawstory:

Fischer likened the situation to a birthday present he was given at the age of six.

“I opened up a birthday present that I didn’t like, and I said it right out, ‘Oh, I don’t like those,’” the radio host recalled. “And it just crushed — and the person that gave me gift was there. You know, I just kind of blurted it out, ‘I don’t like those.’ And it just crushed that person. It was enormously insensitive of me to do that.”

“And you think, that’s kind of how we’re treating God when he’s given us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources,” Fischer added. “And we don’t thank him for it and we don’t use it.”

I find it very amusing that Bill Hicks used to say the same things about pot and other drugs:


“To make marijuana against the law is like saying that God made a mistake.”

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  • Gordon

    I like that the analogy is with politely pretending to like a present you don’t want. So we should smile and say thank you and then trade it in for what we actually want.

  • Mogg

    Surely there’s some double standards there. We’ve got brains and aren’t supposed to use them, especially if they’re teamed with a pair of x chromosomes. In any case, “use” is not the same as “waste”. I can think of several Biblical references regarding good stewardship, being just and even generous to the impoverished, not ripping people off and so forth which could be applied to how we manage fossil fuel.

  • RJ

    I wonder how God feels about KILLING what he created? Like rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, spiders….didn’t he “give” us those too?

  • vasaroti

    Are we sure God wanted us to use this gift? He sure hid it deep in the basement. Maybe he hid it deeper after the Byzantines used it to make Greek fire.
    By Beisner’s reasoning, not eating poisonous plants is an insult to God.

    Actually, even if/when we stop burning fossil fuels, they’ll still be used in plastics and other applications.

    • UrsaMinor

      Not if we’ve burned them all as fuel, they won’t.

  • http://www.NoYourGod.com NoYourGod

    What about gay men and their penises?

    • Kodie


  • smrnda

    Does this mean it’s a sin for me to save money? I mean, if it inevitably came from god, am I wrong not to spend every last cent?

    • UrsaMinor

      The Bible specifically states that money comes from the government and should return to it: Reddite ergo que sunt Caesaris Caesari, et que sunt Dei Deo.” So I guess as long as you use it to pay taxes, it’s all good.

  • lawn

    Lucky for everyone that Fischer learned his lesson when he was a kid and is such a sensitive guy now.

  • mikespeir

    I’ve never given anybody a gift that I wanted them to use irresponsibly. That should go without saying.

  • mildlymagnificent

    On that basis, we should express our gratitude for nature’s bounty by reopening all those asbestos mines and build houses with the material God gave us. Is that how it works?

    • kessy_athena

      Don’t forget all those wonderful lead deposits that Yahweh left us not being used for water pipes, paint, gasoline, toys for small children, etc…. What an insult to the Maker!

  • Custador

    If I accepted the first step in this guy’s crappy logic (I don’t), then I’d have to conclude that God gave me the capacity to think critically, analytically and logically (ignore the paradox of that last one or I’ll be typing this all night), and the desire to apply those talents to the concept of Himself. Ergo, if God does exist in the form generally ascribed to him by Christians, then God wants me to be an atheist. You read it here first, Trolls for Jeeebus! You might as well not bother trolling us for Jeeebus any more.

  • Bob

    God gave us the ability to sin, so Eve was right to take the apple!

  • Paul

    This is where being non religious so beats being religious. I was raised southern baptist. They basically view anything enjoyable as being the tool of the devil though by their logic both the devil and his tools were made by god. It always makes my brain hurt when I get into a conversation with someone who is a conservative biblical literalist.

  • Bill

    “And you think, that’s kind of how we’re treating God when he’s given us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources,” Fischer added. “And we don’t thank him for it and we don’t use it.”

    What a terrible analogy. Even assuming fossil fuesl are a gift from god, then he’s saying not only do you have an obligation to politely accept the gift, you have an obligation to USE it. And not only use it, but use it to the exclusion of other energy sources apparently.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but when i get a gift I don’t like (or in the case of fossil fuels, which may have a negative impact) I politely thank the giver and store someplace where it never gets used. Maybe I take it out when the giver comes over to avoid hurting his feelings. Is Fisher arguing we should use fossil fuels when god comes over for dinner? Because I’m cool with that, but if the big guy shows up for a nosh I have bigger questions than whether I should be using premium unleaded.

  • http://www.loreleiarmstrong.com Lorelei

    Yeah, didn’t god provide some piece of fruit we weren’t supposed to touch?