Monday, November 11, 2013

Don't blame God. This one is on us.

There could be ten thousand people dead in the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan. Yes, it was a big storm. But ten thousand?

No doubt in the coming days and weeks people will ask how God could have let such a thing happen. What kind of God could have caused such a loss of human life and property? People will say they don’t want to believe in a God who is so evil.

But I think this is just making excuses. Shifting the blame. 

This one is on us.

God put us humans in charge of the earth. He gave us the intellectual and physical resources to foresee storms like this one, to design strong houses, to predict the areas that are most likely to be affected, to transport people to safety. It is possible for a category 5 cyclone to hit with little or no loss of life. It didn’t have to be like this. 

If we had spent more time and energy in the last 100 years working cooperatively to better each other’s lives and less time and energy exploiting one anther or blowing each other up, maybe fewer people in the Philippines would been killed. 

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