“God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.”
By Alex P. Vidal
WAS super-typhoon “Ruby” or “Hagupit” a “punishment” from God?
Or was it a pre-destined human suffering?
Or “revenge” of nature?
If we believe in the religious philosophy of deism, we will throw away the doctrine of theism; and we will cast aside pantheism.
The deists would never believe that God had something to do with “Yolanda” last year, “Ruby” this year, and other deadly catastrophes in the past and in the future.
They believe that God exists, and that His glory is manifested in the heavens and the earth, but that He does not participate in any way in the events which happen in that universe.
The deist conception of God is that he is a great clock maker, who created the cosmos and stands outside watching the events that unfold within it.
The theists, on the other hand, hold that God is present to the world, yet separate from it; thus if He is a murderous God, He could be blamed for the “Yolanda” and “Ruby” mayhem “to teach us a lesson” for being sinners.
The pantheists believe that God is manifested in nature and, in fact, identical to nature.
Since man has been cruel and irresponsible in dealing with his environment and nature since time immemorial, did God bring the calamities as an act of “revenge”?
From the point of view of Christian precepts, the above-stated arguments seem illogical because God essentially sums up the meaning of love.
Since the theological concept of God is that of having the attributes of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence, God can never be cruel, murderous, vengeful or destructive.
But Yahweh, the God in the Old Testament, was sadistic and cruel who killed 2,821,364 people, mostly Philistines, using biblical numbers, according to Dwindling In Belief.
Yahweh reportedly killed an estimated 25 million people, added the Dwindling In Belief, an unbeliever’s thoughts about the Bible, Quran, and Book of Mormon.
“I kill … I wound … I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and mine sword shall devour flesh.” (Deuteronomy 32:39-42)
In the Flood of Noah, an estimated 20,000,000 were killed (reference: Genesis 7:23)
For more on the number of those killed by God, please read Steve Wells’ book Drunk With Blood, where he documented “God’s killings in the Bible.”
So why did “Yolanda”, “Ruby” and other calamities happen?
Either God wanted to stop them but He did not, or God wanted to stop them but He could not.
This was the same view made by Voltaire, a rationalist, when he criticized Jean-Jacque Rousseau, a romanticist, in the aftermath of the Lisbon earthquake that killed thousands of people in 1755.