Bob Bardsley and the Existence of God

or, The Power of Words

I'm not the world's most religious person. I may, in fact, be the world's least religious person. I don't like being termed an 'atheist' because that really isn't how I define myself, any more than I define myself as someone who doesn't believe in unicorns.

So I was a little surprised to see my name on Yahoo! Voices in an article about the national Day of Prayer in (I think) the US. I was even more surprised to see the article suggest that I'd written an article supporting the existence of God.

Here's the original article...

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And, if you want, you can read it on - I'd recommend you have a decent pop-up blocker before clicking that link.

Now, you might think the take-home messages from that article are as follows:

  • natural disasters on two continents
  • massive and widespread devastation
  • significant loss of life

But, if you're Yahoo! Voices contributor Faithe Reid-Liburd, you take it as evidence that there's a God.

Her article is here, and in it she writes:

"It is outstanding, that despite what is going on in Japan, they would offer to be a blessing to the U.S. Once again, we prayed for all the areas in the U.S. that were ravished by the tornadoes on April 27, 2011. God is a sustaining God."

I'm not sure, but with a death toll in excess of 25,000 people, I'd say God is a vengeful God.

Anyway, the point is this: I don't believe there's a God. I never wrote that article with the intention of hinting there might be some divine power behind Japan's donation to the US. If anything, I wrote it to demonstrate the strength of human spirit that existed in post-tsunami Japan at the time.

But the power of words is such that my article found its way into a piece about the value of prayer - and the sustainability of God.