When Pastor Danny Nalliah issued a press release suggesting that the Victorian bushfires were divine vengeance, attracting mainstream press coverage I noticed some strongly negative reactions, e.g.:
…dear “Catch The Fire Ministries.” Kindly choke on a bucket of cocks.
I don’t really see why. Let’s follow his thought processes:
- God doesn’t like abortion — x million Catholics agree, so not an unusual position for a Christian to take, it seems.
- God is happy to kill people indiscriminately when upset — in addition to the scripture Nalliah quotes, see Job (you really do want to follow that link!)
- God talks to people and tells them about things he is going to do. (I don’t have chapter and verse on this, but I’m sure it’s common in the Bible)
So — if you are a Christian and believe that God wrote the bible — what Nalliah thinks happened seems pretty plausible, and telling people about it is the responsible thing to do.
Nalliah is deluded, but I reserve my venom for those of a religious persuasion who tell us that God loves us, and is omnipotent, but don’t feel obliged to offer an explanation for events like the bushfires — I heard the Pope quoted on the radio today, and he’s praying for the victims. Does he think that God might have missed them, or needs the Pope to tell Him that they were a bad thing?