If It Is Unexplained, It Must be God

February 16, 2011  by: David Rosman
Columbia, MO

Does God's hand touch everything?

How do you explain to a devout Christian that predestiny has no basis in science or math or logic? How does the believer explain predestiny to a skeptic, a free thinker or an atheist? More important, why did God give good looks, a healthy smile and talent in the arts, business, science or sports to one person, while a neighbor is left in poverty, obese or in a menial job, where his or her existence means little? Why is the United States such a prosperous nation, while God-fearing and religious Haiti is so poor?

The answers are not easy and sometimes unexplainable. The fact that something cannot be explained does not prove the existence of God or a ultimate plan. Maybe the answer is that there is no answer.

Not having an answer is not an acceptable solution to most and Man tends to ply some explanation. The first is let it be. I do not know why an earthquake killed a man of God, but next door a person who practices Shinto was uninjured, maybe even unaffected.

The second is it is the will of God. Why did my friend won a lottery the first time he bought a ticket, but I have won nothing in the last 100 attempts. It is God’s will.

Many cannot accept the response that “Shit Happens” as well as “Great Things Happen” and by some strange quirk someone is standing the in the right place at the right time.  For those who believe in predestiny, all things happen for a reason and if that reason is unknown, it is God’s will. Thing do not just happen.

This holds true for an actor who happens to be in the right place at the right time and lands the role that would

Is there a Football God?

propelled her to stardom and credits God for putting her in that place at that time. But does God value one actor over another or one football team or a single player over another so that team A beats team B in the playoffs.

Can it be that hard work, sacrifice and a personal striving for perfection in one’s craft is the reason? Of course it can, which makes me wonder why so many men and women who are very successful use drugs, create hardships for others, ignore the needy or are just plain immoral, but still credit God for their success.

In his February 12, 2011 column in the Wall Street Journal, author Neil Strauss suggests that success is aided by a belief in a supreme power of guidance, what he calls “competitive theism, a self-styled spirituality that can be overlaid on any religion and has nothing to do with personal morality.” That stardom, business success or those who have survived personal or natural disasters are in some way part of God’s ultimate plan. He claims that scientists “found that those actively seeking God’s intervention have improved people’s odds of survival.”

Maybe so, but the mind is a wondrous thing, yet we cannot explain exactly how it works. This type of success could just be an example of “The Little Engine that Could.”

Strauss also suggests “that unshakable confidence and a powerful sense of purpose are good predictors of success… stars who are presumptuous enough to see themselves as God’s chosen ones are likely to dominate the pop charts, award shows and sports championships. Talent counts for a lot, but so too does the motivating power of divine conviction.” Cannot an atheist have the same conviction without the aid of a supernatural being? Of course she can.

Strauss further suggests that, “To deal with the psychological burden of becoming a household name and the attacks that come with it, it helps to be thick-skinned. It helps even more to have a sense of divine mission and to feel that, when everyone else seems to be against you, God is walking at your side.”

Others, like James Gleick, author of Chaos: Making a New Science, suggest another possibility. Maybe the butterfly flapping its wings in Beijing China does affect the weather in St. Louis. Maybe if Justin Bieber missed the school bus one day, his voice would have been limited to high school musicals. Maybe if her father did not push her and her brothers so hard Janet Jackson would have attended and graduated from Pepperdine University instead of becoming a rock icon.

We can “what if” about life’s directions all we want, but it is our own choices that make the difference between success and failure. It is not in God’s plan to bless one and not the other, that one should be blessed while another is jeered. God does not take an infant because of some “higher plan.” This is not a God’s projection of good and evil, but the workings of those things over which we have no control. Sometimes by things we cannot see, touch or control.

Even the terms “good” and “evil” are based on man’s thoughts and laws. Through the later 18th and early 19th centuries, slavery was good, something in which the Bible approved. But the thought of owning another human became so repugnant by the 1860s, that this country went to war over the institution of slavery. Bigamy is still justified through biblical verse, though secular morals have since denounced the practice. A newborn’s death is not because of some master plan, but may be due to maltreatment of a parent, the misdiagnosis of an illness or called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome because no other reason can be found..

Some cannot accept that they run faster, jump higher or hit harder than an opponent without the aid of some higher power. God must have a hand in distributing these talents, because “I could not do it by myself.” Yet, they did.

If one’s skin is so thin that any negative criticism starts ringing the death knells, then you are in the wrong business. If you cannot accept criticism, then you avoid risk and are never noticed in the backwaters of an office or stage or dugout. Failure is the easiest of the self-fulfilling prophecies.

If there was a god who looked over all creatures, why isn’t that god equitable and fair to all? Could it be that the myth of such a supernatural being is the only to answer the question of “why me?” It is simpler to blame or praise a myth than to praise or blame our self, especially when failure is no longer an option. “It is not my fault” has become a modern mantra and not an acceptance of responsibility. We do not accept that sometimes things just happen, that someone or something must be at fault. And if fault cannot be assigned, then it must be God’s plan.

Man makes his own destiny. We continue to blame on every one and everything else but upon our self and if there is no one else around to blame, it must be God’s plan. Poor God, blamed for everything.

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com and New York Journal of Books.com.

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About David Rosman

David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at ColumbiaMissourian.com, InkandVoice.com and NYJournalofBooks.com.
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13 Responses to If It Is Unexplained, It Must be God

  1. Gary says:

    So random chance, chaos and human will negate the existence of God?

    • InkandVoice says:

      Maybe and maybe not, but any proof of a god or gods is, at best, non-existent. Outside of any proof found in the Bible, which is errant through the multitude of mistranslations, personal characteristics and political needs through two 2000 years, what is there? The eye can be explained through evolution much better than through a mythical designer. And is the planet really 6100 years old when we can date civilizations back further than that? I have read the Christian holy books, as well as the Torah, Qu’ran, Book of Mormon, and others.

      Random chance and chaos theories are better suited to determining species survivability. There is no creature on this planet that is perfect and made in the likeness of God. The human body is an awful design. Having the same hole to both eat and breath? No wonder so many people chock every year.

      And if man was made in God’s image, did God, Adam or Eve have bellybuttons? And which creation story will you be referring to – Genesis 1, Genesis 2, or the story found in Luke? Was man created on the second, third or sixth day (based on Genesis 1 and Genesis 2)? How many gods were there since the stories in Genesis refer to multiple gods by using “us” and “we?” How many children did Adam and Eve have, Cain, Able and Seth? The bible tells us of female children who were begotten by gods. And do you believe that the first man and woman were white as depicted in most European religious art?

      If you wish I can go on, but the bottom line is you believe there is a God but can you provide proof?

  2. Gary says:

    So you are looking for hard evidence? If you have a bent towards disproving God you will find all the rationale you need. Even so, can you prove evolution as scientific fact? To my knowledge it is called a theory. Both creation and evolution have only circumstantial evidence. If we agree the Bible is errant you cannot use it as evidence to support your belief either. Proof of evolution has to exist in the physical realm, yet proof of God may not. Is it logical to use our natural estimation in spiritual matters?

    The idea that you must choose either evolution or God points to a need for certainty. You must assume evolution by default if God is not real. Or you must assume God as the only explanation if evolution isn’t valid. You will not find any such certainty, in the natural sense, no matter what you hold to. You will never achieve your certainty in either case.

    • Glenn T says:

      Gary ? First of all, Evolution is a scientific fact, Gary. Secondly, you need to look up what “Theory” means in the context of science. ” Both creation and evolution have only circumstantial evidence” ? …What…! There is ZERO evidence for Creationism, but there is OVERWHELMING evidence for Evolution.
      Evolution is not “assumed” because god is not real, evolution is “fact” because all evidence shows it to be fact.
      You are a typical Creationist using typical Creationist talking points, Gary.
      Try reading some Science books & educate yourself, instead of spewing out Creationist nonsense Gary.
      Your religious movement does nothing but spread ignorance, create idiots & slow down the progress of Science.

      • InkandVoice says:

        Glenn – One of the problems those on both sides of the continuum have is a disrespect for the other’s “beliefs” and opinions, right or wrong, in agreement or, more than likely, not. Gary’s opinions are his and they are right. Your opinions, as mine, are ours and they are right. You may disagree, but that should not result in bating, badgering or berating the other side.

        I do agree with you that the Creationist knowledge maybe limited. For example, there are three creation stories, two in Genesis and one in Psalms. And they do not agree in number or days or when “man” was created. It is suggested that Adam was not created until the second creation story and only then before the land was created. And woman was created along with man in the first. Fundamentalists can and do justify these inconsistencies.

        I am posting your opinion, however, I would appreciate if you and Gary not get into a name calling match. That is not my intent.

    • InkandVoice says:

      Gary – I am afraid that your definition of “theory” is different that science’s definition. A scientific theory is one that is written, crossed out and revised and revised again until it cannot be revised any longer. With the advancements in DNA and RNA, science is not only verifying the concept of evolution, but how closely homo Sapiens and the great apes are in fact related.

      The difference between you, Glenn and I is how we value “faith and want,” “hope and fidelity.” I do not wish for things that can or cannot be proven, as God, or of things unknown, like heaven. I love for the here and now. My morals and community are based upon my belief in humanity. I do not care about an afterlife that cannot be proven to exist, but for what I can do to help my fellow occupants of this planet without worry of condemnation or threat of horror.

      Again, as I mentioned to Glenn, I do not want this to become a name calling match. My intent is to start the conversation, not a battle.

  3. Glenn T says:

    I do not wish this to be a name calling match either. I understand that we each have our own opinions, but we can’t have our own facts. The problem is that when we start claiming to have different facts to support our own beliefs, we do a disservice to the true scientific method & all the work that goes into advancing hypothesis to theory.
    I understand that political correctness is a big part of society today. We don’t wish to criticize religious beliefs for fear of being labelled intolerant.
    The problem however, is if we keep allowing the teaching of Creationism as an alternative to Science, we really are creating an atmosphere destructive to learning. We do not teach Alchemy as an alternative to Chemistry, we do not teach Geocentrism as an alternative to Heliocentrism ? My point is I guess, that we have become a society that allows facts to be tossed aside in order to accommodate any & all alternative points of view, no matter how ridiculous they are.
    I do not think this is going to advance our species….

  4. Gary says:

    Glenn–If you don’t wish to be a name caller your words show other wise.

    David, DNA must not be a good basis for comparison between humans and chimps if there is only 2% difference. I have never mistaken one for the other.

    • Glenn T says:

      My words show otherwise..?

      Stating that Creationism is ridiculous is name calling..?

      I’ll stop commenting now, as either you are too afraid to make waves or you really don’t know much about this subject at all…

  5. Glenn T says:

    My apologies Inkandvoice: That last comment was meant for

  6. Gary says:

    Not really in to arguing when we all know the script. But I think when you turn a blind eye to your own words it says a lot.

  7. Glenn T says:

    I don’t have a script Gary. On the other hand, you definitely have your Creationist Talking Points script in front of you & appear to be fully indoctrinated, therefore, we will not be able to have an intelligent debate or conversation.
    There are some excellent books written by eminent authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Carl Sagan etc etc.
    You should pick up a few of them in order to gain some much needed knowledge for the future.
    Good luck with that.

  8. Rik Vera says:

    no comment
    the article speaks for itself
    and if there is a god he should read it too

    ‘I know I am God’, said the fool on the hill, ‘one night I was talking to God and all of a sudden I realised I was talking to myself. Since than I know I am God and that there is nothing I can do to help you, no matter how hard you pray. I cannot even hear you folks! Sorry. Very sorry. The only one I hear and I can reply to is myself. And I cannot even help myself.’

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