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Religion: Respect? Ridicule!

The unfathomable ways of “Our Lord”

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Die Burger reports a wonderwerk (miracle):  A petrol bomb was thrown into the Gereformeerde Kerk Pretoria-Noord Tuesday night last… but did not explode, even though it had hit a pew.

“The grace and hand of God quenched the flame”, yauped the reverend Pieter van Wyk.

Yet on January 18 the roof of the popular Reborn in Christ Church near downtown Sao Paulo gave way during the evening service, trapping worshipers beneath a mountain of rubble and wooden beams. Nine people died – including a 15 year old girl – and 113 were injured.

Now maybe it’s just me, but if you are going to credit “God” with the saving the Pretoria church, you must debit “God” with the destruction of the Sao Paulo church…

“God”. What a piece of work.

All I can think is that the poor curmudgeon hasn’t been laid in centuries.


Written by Nathan Bond

January 27, 2009 at 17:38

Posted in Religion must go!

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  1. Bewilderbeast,the word is almighty. Love is almighty. Truth is almighty. Light (understanding) is almighty. Spirit is almighty and the aforementioned are all “omnipresent”. Have faith in the above as that is, what God is. You seem to have an incorrect perception of what God is.

    Hans Matthysen

    March 26, 2009 at 22:04

  2. Ou Hans
    “One must be stupid not to realize that a lightning conductor and armed response, under our present day and age, would be wise”.

    This is true.
    But why then the stuff about an almighty, omnipresent and kind God-thingie?
    Either he is almighty OR is he is good. Not both. He has proven that over and over.
    What more proof do you need? What? Faith?
    Oh yeah, I forgot.


    March 26, 2009 at 10:01

  3. It is all part of nature and if I die in the process, well, I have to die someday, somehow, somewhere.

    Hans Matthysen

    March 12, 2009 at 23:32

  4. A Christian sees the hand of god.


    March 10, 2009 at 23:30

  5. So, who makes natural disasters happen?


    February 27, 2009 at 08:42

  6. One should serve God with wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Exo 35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;).
    I should think that a lightning conductor and armed response, under our present day and age, would be wise. One must be stupid not to realize that.
    Thank God that the petrol bomb act, was not carried out correctly.

    Hans Matthysen

    February 26, 2009 at 23:02

  7. Apparently Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning conductor. Far too intelligent to believe in an “almighty god” he was nevertheless prudent enough (the omnipresence of the religious fanatics a nuisance then, as today) to state something along the lines of “thanks to god”.

    But the way he worded it was classic. He said something like “it has pleased god to AT LENGTH reveal a means of protecting his flock from lightning strikes . . .”

    Soon all the church steeples and mosque minarets were erecting his lightning conductors!

    (I’m searching for more on this – my memory is sketchy, and the story may be apocryphal).


    February 11, 2009 at 22:28

  8. An armed response contract for a church one can still sort of understand, especially in the current SA social climate. After all, burglars are exercising their allegedly god-given “free will” albeit towards immoral ends. And while it could be argued that by mere virtue of entering into such an armed response contract, a church is failing to “turn the other cheek” and extending the potential for violence, the real existential problem faced by churches, as social constructs, lies in natural hazards like lightning. The insurance trade refers to such events as “acts of god.”

    One can, then, reasonably expect that pleasing this god should go some way towards averting being victimised by his/her acts of this kind. In fact, implementing preventive measures (besides, that is, abject prostration of the self to the whimsicalities of said deity) could be viewed as being counterproductive for being symptomatic of hesitant faith and also puny compared to a god’s implacable might.

    Except also that such subservient adulation doesn’t affect how things actually turn out.


    January 27, 2009 at 20:41

  9. The Methodist church in my neighbourhood displays a warning sign of a local armed response firm.

    I really have no problem with it! It’s simply prudent. But let them not come tell me they’re convinced Big G is in control of things.

    He ain’t. He isn’t.

    Nathan Bond

    January 27, 2009 at 18:09

  10. I still say that putting a lightning conductor on a church steeple shows lack of faith.

    (Or something along those lines. Dunno who seddit or when & too lazy to check, but it sums up the believer’s dilemma quite accurately.)


    January 27, 2009 at 17:58

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