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Omnipotence

The soap opera that is the US presidential election rolls on. It's best enjoyed with a dismissive snort and moving quickly onto something else. But this bugged me a bit - this week's issue has been a Republican senatorial candidate who said:

"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realise that life is that gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."

Cue outrage and drama and disavowals and hastily crafted press releases and distancing and tut-tuts all round. Pah, says I.

Now, I don't agree with the man, because I don't believe in God. But this dude, at least, has the stones to come to terms with what 'omnipotent God' really means. Because if God is omnipotent, then God could do something about a woman being raped. Prevent it from happening; at the very least, prevent the pregnancy. If God didn't do anything about it, then does it not follow that he's not a very caring God? But 'ours is a heartless bastard God who sits back and allows suffering to happen' is not a very compelling theology, and unsurprisingly, isn't favoured by very many flavours of Christianity either.

So how do you square this? The answer we had banged into heads as kids was 'God has a plan'. Every time you try to pin bad shit on God, you get 'you don't understand, you lowly human, God has a plan, now run along.' But if a woman falls pregnant after being raped and God let it happen when he could have prevented it, because he Has A Plan, then he intended for it to happen.

Q.E.D., no?

{2012.10.26 - 23:26}

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