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Why do many religious people seem to have a double standard when it comes to "God's judgment"?

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Why do many religious people seem to have a double standard when it comes to "God's judgment"?

Postby helmutt » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:32 am

What I mean is quite often, when someone who doesn't share the religious convictions of a particular group suffers some horrible illness, or is in an accident, or some natural disaster befalls them (whether individually or on a group level), religious people will start coming out of the woodwork to proclaim whatever tragic event just took place is obviously the judgment of God.

See how that little girl in Poltergeist died from a horrible illness? That was obviously God punishing her for making that wicked movie! And that tsunami/earthquake/volcanic eruption that happened in what I'm suddenly going to claim was a completely Godless place? That's his judgment for them being a bunch of nonbelievers and sinners! And look at how George Carlin died of a heart attack in his seventies! That just proves God won't be mocked, because he struck that atheist down!

Yet...

If someone of different religious convictions points to seemingly random things of the very same type as evidence God seems cruel and capricious (say they wonder what sort of God would inflict a horrible, lingering death by leukemia on a five year old, and just what a child that young could have done so wrong to deserve it), the same people who so often cheer the judgment of God will begin to insist in the very next breath that God isn't responsible for any of that. God doesn't do things like that, and those illnesses and tragedies aren't his fault. These things just happen!

Why do you think that is?

Is it just because it's awfully convenient to hold the worldview it's okay to praise God for everything horrible that happens but completely unacceptable to blame him for it, or do these folks actually have some sort of rational defense that allows them to claim God is responsible for doing bad things to people but not responsible for bad things happening to people?
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Postby sawyers98 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:35 am

My question is : WHY DO YOU EVEN CARE?
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Postby tyrone » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:46 am

...because those people are still in denial of the cold hard facts of the biblical god. I know, I was raised with christians. In isaiah 45;7, 'god' tells them that he is the creator of all evil. The list of scriptures just go on and on about all the murderous battles that god led, while all along telling those same people "thou shall NOT kill." A bit odd at best. :)

It's denial. Having experienced it myself at one time. Until I realized that I had Love. :) That made all the difference for me personally. Love, and the god of the bible are polar opposites by the way. No offense to anyone...
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Postby werner75 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:50 am

Because people are stupid. It's not just Christians who display this sort of 'ingroup' behaviour. We all do it.
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Postby ashwyn » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:02 am

Hey, I've also heard them say that these terrible things that happen are just a test, so that God can make these people stronger. Tough love, to them.

More like a triple standard.
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Postby wakeley » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:11 am

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