In this post from Friday over at Come Let Us Reason Ministries, Lenny Esposito tries to argue that those who stood up when asked if they were christians and then shot at Umpqua Community College last week were better off than those who didn’t stand up. First of all, that’s sick. People died in a senseless murdering rampage. They’re not better off; they’re dead. Wouldn’t they have been better off attacking the guy that started shooting? They might have been shot in the scuffle, but at least they wouldn’t have been sitting ducks.
And why should you have to glorify their deaths in this way. It’s sad that they died. Leave it at that. Now let’s do something to help make sure this type of thing stops happening. I’m not the only one who thinks this is happening with too much regularity lately.
In the post, Lenny Esposito says
Some may wonder where God was when all these people were being slaughtered. If God is real, why wouldn’t he protect his own? Does the fact that Christians died prove the Christian God is not real? No, it doesn’t. It only proves that evil exists and needs to be answered.
And there’s the rub… IF god is real. I think he has answered his own question, yet refuses to see it. You can’t say that you have a loving, caring god who knows the number of hairs on your head, and then say he doesn’t intervene. It’s a contradiction. But I’m sure there’s some apologetic line of thought out there that tries to make it seem like this does make sense. i can’t wrap my brain around that. I for one think the problem of evil is a major argument against the existence of a deity who intervenes in the world. It makes no sense that a god would love someone, and then not do something when they were standing up for their belief in him. But that’s been going on for centuries, and we still have no answer. It seems that lack of evidence is piling up against god.
Lenny Esposito goes on to say
I feel more sorry for the non-believers at UCC as well as those on the campus with who I was conversing. There is no way for them to make any real sense out of this tragedy.
So basically he feels more sorry for the survivors. Survivors do need empathy. There are serious mental ramifications to being a survivor. But there is plenty of sense to be made out of this tragedy: it was a tragedy. Those happen. This is real life. And if we don’t do something about it they will keep happening.
Lenny Esposito then makes a big statement.
They may hold that mankind is evolving and getting better, but the empirical evidence doesn’t argue for that.
This article from Oxford Martin School poses some of the evidence that the world is getting better. Relevant Magazine, a christian publication even confirmed this. So why does Esposito say that the empirical evidence doesn’t show this? Because his belief system requires it. If mankind can make the world a better place, there’s no need for a god to come in and rescue us. But the facts still hold up, as shown in last week’s shooting; he’s not rescuing us.
Isn’t it time to get over our iron age mythologies and accept the facts for what they are?