God Only Knows


In the darkness surrounding what happened in Paris, there was a tiny glimmer of light.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the terror attacks in Paris caused him to “doubt” the presence of God. He said he reacted with “profound sadness” at the events and was left asking where God was in the French victims’ time of need.

Well if he’d asked someone from ISIS where God was that night, they would tell him that God was responsible for the whole thing, the terrorists were doing God’s work.

I hope the Archbishop of Canterbury asks where God is a lot more. If he does, he’ll have to come to the conclusion that there isn’t a shred of hard evidence that any God exists.

God was not responsible for what happened in Paris. God did not cause 7/7 or 9/11 or the Troubles in Northern Ireland or the Crusades or the continuing conflict in Gaza.

If God invented the world and everything in it, then logic would dictate he also created evil and sin. Which means he is culpable for the Holocaust and the genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Circassia, Armenia, Croatia, Sudan, Burundi and Nanking, to name just a few.

Well, God is not responsible for any of those things, people are, but those people’s belief in a God means they don’t have to take responsibility. Faith is just a substitute for independent thought and individual courage.

I challenge The Archbishop of Canterbury to live without God for seven days. No praying, no bible reading, just thought, compassion and his own inbuilt moral compass that will tell him the difference between right and wrong.

I hope that by the end of that week, when he sees no difference in his life and the lives of the people closest to him, that he’ll understand the truth. God did not create man, man created God.

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