September 30, 2008

How Miracles Work

Believers sometimes struggle to explain exactly how miracles work to we atheists. This is understandable. Explaining something that doesn't exist can be tough. Fortunately, I found two Christians who were at least willing to try amidst a sad story from Florida. Maybe we can learn something about miracles together.

The driver of a tractor-trailer, talking on his cell phone while driving like virtually every bad driver I see on the road these days (can you tell this is a pet peeve?), collided with a school bus. One child died, but passers-by were able to rescue others before they burned to death.

According to Jim Yancey, Marion County Superintendent of Schools, this was both a tragedy and a miracle. Evidently, this is how miracles work. An innocent child dies and others survive. Really? What do you think the parents of the dead 13-year-old girl thought when they read your quote in the local paper, Superintendent?

But Yancey was not to be alone in his superstitions. One of the rescuers, James Horton, a father himself, had this to say:

The Lord put us all there for that reason — to save those children.
As The Stubborn Curmudgeon pointed out,
But not to save the sweet, innocent, 13-year-old little girl who died. God must have put her near the flames for a reason just like he made the truck driver use his cell phone at the perfect moment.
I cannot help wondering if this father of three believes that his god deliberately killed this innocent child for some mysterious reason. If so, would this make a psychopath or just another misguided Christian. Believers seem oblivious to how this sort of thought process leads to victim blaming and massive guilt for the family of the deceased.

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