In response to the letter from the (supposed) Rev. Timothy Fellows ("Expect 'acts of God' on sinful world," June 9), in which he blames the increase in the number of and the deadly consequences of natural disasters on the supposedly "ungodliness" of the people affected and our "ungodly" nation, etc.:
First of all, Mr. Fellows seems to be a dangerous man capable of committing whatever atrocity he deems necessary to bring about his delusions of what he considers "Gods will." Following his train of thought I offer the following from the Greek philosopher Epicurus:
"Is God willing to prevent evil but unable? Then he is not omnipotent. Is God able to prevent evil but unwilling? Then he is malevolent. Is God both able and willing to prevent evil? Then (he being all powerful and all knowing) from whence springs evil? Is God either unwilling or unable? Then why call him God?"
Thus we are left with a quandary that all the apologists are unable to explain to satisfaction:
- God is all-powerful and all-knowing.
- God is all-good and all-loving.
- Evil and suffering exist, and God allows and sanctions it.
Conclusion: Either God is not omnipotent, or God is evil and not worthy of worship.
A God who would willfully cause the suffering caused by these natural disasters is not a God of mercy, love and kindness, but of sadism, hatred and narcissism. The God that Jesus spoke of does not possess these last characteristics.
Just as it was not the blind man's fault that he was born blind, it is not the fault of the victims of these natural disasters that the disasters occurred.
It is very frightening to see so many people still living in the dark ages of witch-burning, inquisitional mentality and superstition-based writings that contradict one another and support murder, rape, slavery, theft, lying, genocide, racism, xenophobia and other immoral acts.