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New Zealand Christchurch Earthquake : Atheist point of view


Early this morning, an earthquake hit the city of Christchurch New Zealand.

The initial reports cite significant damage to structures, utilities and sewer systems.

What was the cause of the earthquake?   This is where you will hear different stories according to the superstitions of the person you ask.  When you ask a Christian, they will tell you that it was “God’s will” or “God’s Judgement”.  When you ask an Atheist, they will tell you about tectonic plate movement.

I bring this up because the city in New Zealand is called Christchurch.   If there was ever a time to bash Christians about their god protecting them, this would be it.  But you won’t hear that from the Atheist community.  The Atheist community does not have a hate agenda, does not have a superiority compex, and does not live in fear of a violent god that would crush his own creations under rubble from an earthquake.

Since there will be an absence of accusations of a vengeful god shaking this city, most likely due its namesake, then lets spend some time looking at past disasters and the cruel accusations of Christian leaders at that time.

Remember when Katrina hit New Orleans?  Here is the Christian response.

Pastor Bill Shanks, of New Covenant church, which I used to visit on occasion, back in my Christ-worshipping days, thinks Katrina was, you know, good for New Orleans:

“New Orleans now is abortion free. New Orleans now is Mardi Gras free. New Orleans now is free of Southern Decadence and the sodomites, the witchcraft workers, false religion — it’s free of all of those things now,” Shanks says. “God simply, I believe, in His mercy purged all of that stuff out of there — and now we’re going to start over again.”

Pastor Hagee:  “Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.” “New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God,” Hagee said, because “there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came.”

Christian comments on the Haiti earthquake:

Pat Robertson : “They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it’s a deal […] ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

Rev. Joe Ellison:  “From a spiritual standpoint, we think the Dr. Robertson was on target about Haiti, in the past, with voodoo. And we believe in the Bible that the practice of voodoo is a sin, and what caused the nation to suffer. Those who read the Bible and study the history know that what Dr. Robertson said was the truth.”

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami:

Rev John MacLeod:  “God was no idle spectator of what is happening here and He treats men with sharpness and severity in order that they may know their vices. Some of the places most affected by this tsunami attracted pleasure seekers from all over the world.

It has to be noted that the wave arrived on the Lord’s Day, the day that God has set apart to be observed the world over by a holy resting from all employments and recreations.”

The Icelandic volcano and ash cloud:

Rush Limbaugh “You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, ‘Hey, you know, I’m looking around. The earth hasn’t opened up. There’s no Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping.’ I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied,”

I am happy that the earthquake in Christchurch seems to be relatively free from any significant loss in human life.  I am also glad it is not called devilschurch so that we do not have to hear endless talk about God punishing the town.

ITIA

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  1. Dale
    March 5, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I think the devastating earthquakes in Christchurch are sad confirmation that there is no God. There are only powerful natural forces which can act at any time. People understandably turn to religion for comfort at this sad time, but it does them no good to pray. They are much better off with real comforts such as food, water, shelter and support from family and friends.

  2. Chris
    March 6, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Perhaps it was the Devil? Doesn’t look like the Dominion of the Creator.

    • March 6, 2011 at 1:54 am

      That is kind of a cryptic message. “Dominion of the Creator” Capital letters to start the word creator as well as devil, giving honor to two mythological creatures. Interesting. I prefer another set of “perhaps”. Perhaps it was really just plate tectonics. Perhaps we are finally starting to realize the recycling nature of the planet we live on. Most importantly, perhaps we can learn that the earth shakes on its own and start building according to that fact instead of relying on the grace of a supreme being for our safety and well being. Just a thought.

  3. Chris
    March 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Perhaps it is just plate tectonics. Is the Devil on his way up from the Underworld? That would make those plates move.

    On the other hand it may be that the Earth is having a little stretch or has a bad case of hiccups in its effort to shake people off of its self so it can survive.

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