Thursday, February 7, 2008

God is Dog Spelled Backwards

I just watched a video debate with a seemingly intelligent, religious fellow. His critique of Christopher Hitchens's arguments were fair and, in some regards, convincing.

Then he revealed that he believes in God because he saw a black Labrador dog get hit by a car, spray blood from its mouth, and die. At that moment, he was convinced that there is a benevolent God. (video @ 6:09)

WHAT?!? I'm not sure I've heard anything more vile, immoral, and twisted. It is very discouraging. Here is an otherwise intelligent man who can look at the death throes and suffering of a bloodied (and scripturally soulless) animal and think "Ah yes, there is a God and He is good."

Madness. Absolute madness. And a very scary admission. It is not hard to imagine this same, seemingly bright fellow, might look at a homeless woman dying in the street and feel perfectly all right about the event.

"Oh, look at her suffering -such agony! Yes, God is surely great!"

Just about makes me feel ashamed to be part of the human race.


SuiginChou said...

That's the most backwards justification for abandoning atheism and finding faith in a benevolent God that I have heard ... possibly ever. "I saw brutality in the world ... and that convinced me that there is a God and that he is a good God."


que rediculo! said...

it has nothing to do with the dog or the brutality of the world. apparently, discovering one's own mortality can be, um, traumatic. apparently this man was SO traumatized by what he witnessed, he somehow discovered God. ::awkward silence::

Hitchens wins the debate with his rebuttal at 8:36.

GiGwriter said...

I can't see the video so I don't know the context of the comment but I know that it was the death of a dog that made me determined to get to Heaven. I think I'm going to write a book about it. The Bible also says that animals will be judged and all throughout the bible God's concern for ALL living creatures is evident. I really think I will write a book about all this b/c people keep thinking God hates animals - he created them, he loves them more than we could imagine.