• Punishments From God

    church-sign-god-tortures-300x238There is a lot of suffering in the world, but not to worry, they are just punishments from God for all the things particular Christians don’t like. We bring all this suffering and death on ourselves by allowing evil sinners to do things we claim God doesn’t like. That’s what some Christians are still telling me.

    “I believe that Cancer and its existence come from the fact that scientists are trying to ‘make’ food and mimic what God created. It is giving us cancer.” This was a part of a comment a Christian made on one of my blog posts recently. What I find interesting about this comment is that I thought leprosy was God’s punishment for all the things Christians don’t approve of in society. What happened? Oh right, we cured that shit. Then there is AIDS, which was supposed to be the punishment for sex outside of marriage and homosexuality. While we haven’t cure that yet, we have made huge strides in treating it to the point that it is no longer an immediate death sentence – and incidentally enough, most Christians no longer see it as a punishment from God anymore either. Amazing how that worked out.

    It seems that every disease we haven’t cured yet is God’s punishment until we cure it. Remember the Black Death? That was also God’s punishment until we discovered penicillin.

    These days though, cancer is God’s punishment for GMO foods… apparently. Or is cancer the punishment for allowing gays to marry, electing a black president, liberals, the ACLU, gender equality, civil rights, etc. It’s so hard to tell what God is punishing us for these days. Maybe Mr. All-powerful can work on his communication skills a little bit and what kind of parent murders his children as a punishment anyway? Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of a punishment? But I guess no one can really understand the mind of God, right?

    Maybe we can’t understand the mind of God because God is fucking out of his mind. Or just maybe… just maybe, God doesn’t actually exist at all and all these “punishments” are just diseases that doctors haven’t yet been able to cure. The key word there is “yet.” It seems to me that once we cure these diseases or find good ways to treat them, they miraculously stop being punishments from God and just become curable or treatable illnesses. Just a thought.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.