Wednesday, October 5, 2005
WELL THAT'S A SILLY THING TO SAY
Rev. Franklin Graham
"Was what happened to New Orleans God’s wrath. Since the disaster I have been asking God as to whether it was or not. Consider this. It is a general acknowledgement that New Orleans, the epicenter of the disaster, was a "sin city" which harbored few rivals. The New Orleans "southern decadence" festival which was to take place Labor Day weekend, is described by a French Quarter tourism site as "sort of like a gayer version of Mardi Gras" which is "most famous (or infamous) for homosexual displays of naked flesh which characterize the event," with "public displays of sexuality . . . pretty much everywhere you look."

The city is also renowned for occult practices, particularly voodoo. Voodoo is also common in violence and crime saturated Haiti. "
So, because he, Graham, saw New Orleans as a "sin city" means God was punishing them? The hundreds of people who died, some I'm guessing were Christians just like him, died because God was mad? You all know I'm a pretty tolerant guy. I don't bash religions, but this is something I have to talk about. It's one of the things I have a problem with about Christians. Or should I say the evangelical Christians. Not all, not most, not even half, but some do believe this stuff. Not long after 9/11 Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell were on t.v. talking about how the attack on the WTC towers was because of Liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters.
"The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"
WTF? So in there eyes, God is mad at these people so he takes it out on over 2,000 innocent people? That's asinine. I know I'm taking a risk by posting this seeing as how most of you are Christians, but I just can't go along with crap like this. As I said, I'm not bashing Christianity. I don't do that. Besides, Voodoo didn't cause Katrina and homosexuals didn't cause 9/11. Evil, nasty, goat loving Muslims and Hindus did.
We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look.

10 comments:

Jake said...

Okay, so first, God would kill you if you prayed wrong. Then, he was all-loving, and all-forgiving. Now, he's back to the killing?

Flip-Flop!

Indian Chris said...

This is why I can't follow any one religion. I just can't follow a God that would allow little children to be raped and killed. But that's just me. Which is why I've been looking into Buddhism recently. It makes a lot of since. At least it does to me.

Jake said...

Bah. Atheism, dude.

All the fun of life, without any of the guilt. :p

Ezra Skye said...

Being a Christian who tries to actually hold to the Scriptures and not merely be a Christian "in Name Only", I completely agree with you. The quotes you posted show an utter lack of understanding of the Scriptures and God. There are very clear Scriptures that say that "the rain falls on the just and unjust" - and Jesus himself counseled to "let the weeds grow up with the wheat" - meaning no one is to judge now, in this life - that is reserved for God. So, in essence nobody knows the heart of another man - except God. And no man can speak for God. So to declare that this was done by God or that was done by God is to declare your own foolishness.

As far as God allowing bad things to happen - God allows free will. Man allows those things to happen. If God were to halt every "sin" then you nor I would "live" as we know it. We couldn't even think - if sin is present even in thoughts. We'd be automatons. The glory of "rightousness" is in the choice and struggle to overcome, with the victory in having overcome with forgiveness along the way...

Anyway - Thanks for framing your thoughts and opinions in such a respectable manner. I always like reading your blog...

John K said...

Chris; Since you really do not believe in God; then I ask you how do you know it was not God's judgement for evil doer's in that place and for that matter other places?Seems to me that Franklin Graham is just as correct as you asume that you would be in this guestion and pronouncement.
I would appreciate this blog stay on politics because I do not think you are qualifyed to comment on such matters. Its alien to your way of life and thought.

John K said...

Maybe you and Jake should also read about Franklin Graham the Former Athiest.

Indian Chris said...

John, I just can't believe that God would allow the innocent to die as well. If he created them, why destroy them like that? They didn't fly the planes into the buildings. They didn't rape or murder or steal. A lot of people who died on 9/11 and in Katrina were Christians just like you. Why would God do that to them? If you felt I was attacking Christianity, I wasn't.

Jake said...

Or we could read about Brian Flemming, the Former Christian fundamentalist.

John K said...

Jake; I thought the article was about what Franklin Graham said? I must have read it wrong?

Za said...

Just remember Chris - it was the Christian Evangelicals that won Bush the election.

But I agree with you, it's pitiful.