Quotable Kwaku Ba

That’s not nonsense language in the post title, it’s someone’s name, the author of an article explaining why earthquakes happen and why the Bible is a bad source for a geology lesson.

He gives some examples from the book, like Job:

Job 9:6 (NKJV) He shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;

Comment: So according to Job, the earth sits on pillars and God can shake the pillars out of its place. The problem is the earth does not sit on any pillars. Job is wrong. He is assuming that is the case and then goes further to make the claim that these pillars can be shaken (earthquake) by God. This is all false and has zero evidence to back it up. So the question is why does God sit there idle instead of correcting his holy words and letting us get the correct information?

I expect an apologist would argue that God did not sit idle; he gave each and everyone of us our brains and knew we’d later use our curious minds to research the physics and geology of earthquakes and come to correct conclusions, something Job couldn’t do given what was known of the world and its (sorry) design when his story was first told. And the words would never be corrected because 1) believers tend to believe the book is Word of God and can’t be altered and 2) the only books they want to cut up, edit and make “better” are the ones they disapprove of. Everybody loves the story of Job as is because he’s evidence that faith wins in trying times.

Atheists like me, however, marvel over the story and the idea God gets that it’ll be completely okay to kill Job’s entire family to test his loyalty and then reward him with replacements later. Women and children don’t matter as individuals in any way. One set is as good as another, like herds of cows or goldfish. “I don’t see a difference. Do you see a difference?” Thanks God. They’re new and improved!

Another example from the article:

Luke 21:10-11 Then Jesus said to his disciples:
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” Jesus says, “For behold I come quickly

Comment: Nations rising against nations has been going on for thousands of years even before the bible was ever written. What makes it different now? Now that we are becoming more educated and more peaceful a time will come this quotation will be meaningless. The same with earthquakes, the tectonic processes for the next earthquake are already underway, how come God never mentioned that, and are prayers from Christian working to stop those tectonic plate movements?

About as well as prayers work for anything else – as in, not at all.

Currently we are destroying the environment and causing climate change etc yet we are praying to a god for solutions. Are we that silly?

I think we as a species are, otherwise the notion of prayer wouldn’t exist in the first place. I think it’s like the only tool in the box when people feel powerless and right now we are. We sit and we wait as these poor guys risking their lives over those damaged reactors and we can’t see what the future holds and if we have to sit and wait anyway, we may as well occupy ourselves with something.

Of course, that’s assuming we’re capable of finding a moment in our own busy days to care about what’s happening to strangers so far away.

I guess that’s why people like to assume a god will.

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