Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery Proves God's Existence

One of my biggest issues with religion has always been that it purports to benefit everyone equally. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows this just isn't true. Across the board, in all religions, in all places there are injustices. Christians are robbed, killed, raped, etc just like Buddhists, Muslims, Scientologists, Atheists, etc. Belief in a god (regardless of which one you choose) is not a guarantee that your life will have any more benefits than someone without that belief. But enough about my sentiments, this blog is the result of the following Facebook status:

 

"Watching the 20/20 story on the recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords...Our God is one AMAZING and POWERFUL GOD!! Always Believe!"

 

I also watched majority of the story on Giffords and believe me, I am WELL AWARE that the story has some inspirational aspects. Giffords is shot and critically injured, she "miraculously" lives and spends the next months trying to recover. Her astronaut husband stands by her side through it all and she makes great strides in hopes to return to her Congressional position. It'll probably be made into a movie someday. BUT Giffords was not the only person attacked that day. 13 were injured, 6 were killed, a little girl was among the 6. For me all of the "God is AMAZING and POWERFUL" ends here. There is nothing amazing or powerful about letting a child get shot and die. Saying that it was "God's plan" opens the door to many more contradictions and the Satan scapegoat does the same. Omnipotence is omnipotence. It's not a game of scissors paper rock where one always trumps another. Omnipotent, all-powerful, unlimited sovereignty...they're all the same. 

 

Talking of god's power always reminds me of Alan Moore's Watchmen. There is a character, Dr. Manhattan, that is very powerful and at some times seems omnipotent. Clairvoyance, super strength, telekenesis, teleportation...to humans at least he is the closest thing to a god that has been perceived. In one scene a soldier that's somewhat of a partner to Manhattan is in an argument with a woman. Manhattan watches the woman break a bottle and slash the soldier's face which causes the soldier to shoot and kill the woman. The behavior astonishes Manhattan until the soldier contends that Manhattan was fully capable of stopping the incident. The direct quote is:

 

"Yeah. Yeah, that's right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. Bang. And y'know what? You watched me. You coulda changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into god damn snowflakes! You coulda teleported either of us to goddamn Australia...but you didn't lift a finger! You don't really give a damn about human beings." 

 

I believe the same about any celestial beings that supposedly are keeping watch and only mediating at certain times. The notion that there is any truth to god's unmatched power just isn't logical and leaves me wondering how such a ridiculous belief has survived so long.

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Comment by John Camilli on November 18, 2011 at 1:49am

If you think about it, trying to use any empirical example to justify the existence of god goes against the whole theist philosophy. They don't even realize that they contradict themselves by trying to prove god is real.

Comment by Martial Epicurus on November 17, 2011 at 8:40am

lol John if that happened I'd be scratching my head waiting for some scientific explanation. Now if it started to rain frogs...lol. 

SB, that's EXACTLY what I was thinking. Granted, I didn't hear Giffords make any references to miracles or divine intervention, I am always baffled when the religious pick one story, take the most positive details while ignoring the negatives, and use it as a shining example of the "lord's work". Then again...most of them employ the same tactic with their religious texts.

Comment by John Camilli on November 16, 2011 at 7:44pm

If that bullet had bouned off her head and ricochetted back at the guy who shot her, I could probably be convinced that god exists. As it is...not so much.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 16, 2011 at 1:42am

Giving god credit for efforts of who knows how many doctors, nurses, therapists, and drugs, devices, and  probably hundreds of thousands of dollars - maybe millions.  It's kind of narcissistic.  "I survived because I'm so special to god, blessed and faithful.  More special than that little girl and those other people.  I'm a miracle!"

Comment by John Camilli on November 15, 2011 at 5:05pm

If God make better, why go hospital?

Comment by Martial Epicurus on November 15, 2011 at 4:01pm

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with both of you. Loren your last sentence reminds me of the quote, "If god didn't exist, it would have been necessary to invent him."

Comment by zeeman barzell on November 15, 2011 at 3:24pm

You know who I think are AMAZING and POWERFUL?

Neurosurgeons. I will always believe in them.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 15, 2011 at 9:09am

How has religion survived?  Everything from wishful thinking and wanting to be special to the bullying and coercion of the church, who use such hopefulness as a mechanism of control.  Breaking that control requires one to drop the wishful thinking, becoming special through enhanced self-value and refusing to be controlled.  None of those things are easy, and considering the laziness exhibited by some people, the continued persistence of religion is sadly not much of a surprise.

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