I see people all the time in the Philippines say that they are unfortunate because there's not enough people praying to god and that's why there are
these storms that kill 10,000 people at a time. God seem to get the blame because the majority of the citizens there don't understand science and
never will because they have never attended school.
They don't understand that the universe has laws that works on its own, and that earth has a climate and that it works dependent on the conditions
that it's in. If god was really angry, the US and Canada would be dead by now through unreasonable storms that would kill by the masses. But instead
it seems that hurricanes only hit the south-east where there are the most concentrated amount of religious fanatics (see: bible-belt USA). The
Philippines is about 95% christian, most of whom are Catholics. It's a very strange coincidence that the places that suffer the most are the places
with religion, but as far as weather goes, I blame it strictly on mother nature because she's a cruel mistress.
Let's say that God is real and all mighty, it doesn't change how the universe works, he already put the rules in place just like a programmer puts the
rules for a game. Now we have to deal with those rules and if there's a bug we'll hope that a GM (god) goes around and fixes it for us. But I don't
think that typhoons are a bug, they are just simply nature taking its course. I don't think god is as evil as we make him seem to be, or at least the
bible makes him seem to be. We're mere humans, and we let our imaginations get the best of us like when something happens in pitch darkness. It's
scary at the time but afterwards we come to our senses and realize what it really was.
edit: I'd like to add a few other notes
When I was little, I was smart. That's why teachers hated me and I would outwit them even when I was 10 like your child. I attended Catholic schools
and the logic presented made zero sense for some of it and then I questioned it as it was being taught. The principal would often call my mom to
school saying that I got in trouble for making a fool out of the teacher because of the loopholes I would tell the class on the spot and the teacher
had no way to refute. They would say things like "this is not the right school for him" etc etc...
But honestly that's the reality of things. You have children that are smart and start questioning the logic of what is taught to the children because
a lot of it does not make sense. "Just because" is not an acceptable answer for our kind. In the Philippines, they blame god for everything and then
blame themselves. They are also very much into Satan invading people's lives and some guy that got his wang eaten by his horse claimed two months ago,
that the horse was possessed rather than admitting that he was trying to have sex with it. The public, news and the police bought the story.
When you look at the news comments, Filipinos will say stuff that blame god or that the lack of faith was the reason this happened etc... The reason
why so many people died is because the provinces are very poor and that province in particular was extremely poor that they couldn't afford anything
more than just huts. Richer provinces have homes built out of metal and concrete, usually they build in upper grounds while the slums are down the
hill. Of course, there are ordinary houses but you'll find that in areas like in Cebu, Bagio, and Metro-Manila. They tend not to get affected by
typhoons as much as the provinces but my point is, if you decide to build homes in areas that are easily affected by typhoons, the mother of all
typhoons is bound to happen and if you live in a wooden hut it's going to just about guarantee your death and praying will not save you. Have you ever
seen a house saved by mere prayer? It has never happened because the rules are in place and we have to understand that we can't beg god for mercy,
mercy is never shown. We have to prepare ourselves and overcome the hardships at hand. In a sense, that's the real test of tribunal in my opinion. But
don't go trying to tell that to just any filipino, they will get the village to hunt you down with pitchforks. I keep my opinions a secret over there
edit on 11-11-2013 by Em2013 because: (no reason given)