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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It was about time, the pastor who said Japan’s Earthquake was a punishment from God

As it’s usual when a disaster happens and the most despicable religious authorities want to get some attention, there had to be someone who said that Japan’s earthquake and tsunami were God’s punishment for being “an idol-worshiping nation”

"Just so you know, if you don't worship me, I'll kill more than 10,000 people.
But remember, I love you"

As you should know, Japan suffered the worst earthquake in its history. Then came a terrible tsunami that destroyed entire cities. Now, it faces a potential nuclear disaster.

It’s really a bad time to be in Japan. I have some friends there and can’t even imagine how bad their lives might be.

Well, just like with Haiti and New Zealand, there had to be a pastor who, inspired by Holy Spirit, said that this tragedy was caused by the people walking away from God:

Pastor under fire for remarks on quake

A well-known pastor here has caused a stir by describing Japan’s latest earthquake as a warning from God to an “idol-worshiping nation.”

The controversial remarks by Rev. Cho Yong-gi, emeritus pastor of the Yeouido Full Gospel Church, have immediately resulted in strong criticism from civic groups and Internet users who are calling for the pastor to resign and offer an apology to the earthquake victims.

I think I have said this before, but it’s good to remember: This pastor talks with authority of a person who represents God and spreads His message to his followers. Many Christians might get angry and say that this pastor is not preaching the actual word of God, but they have no proof of that. Those who agree with Cho can also say that the ones criticizing him are not real Christians and that they’re not interpreting God’s message in the right way.

This is why to be part of a religion depends so much in an interpretation. We are never, ever, going to be sure of what God wants us to do, or what He or She is thinking. We can’t even prove his existence. If we talk about a God who loves us, it just takes a quick glimpse to all the suffering and pain in Japan, or the misery and hunger in other parts of the world to notice that such God either doesn’t care, or enjoys our suffering. Or just, doesn’t exist.

If you want to do something more than just praying (which isn't very helpful), you can donate to the Red Cross. It's a pretty reliable institution and certainly will send useful material instead of Bibles.

Also, if you feel like donating to a secular humanist, you can do so to Ayelet H. Fogel, who happens to be a friend of a friend. I just sent her $30.00.

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