Since when I heard about the horrifying tragedy in Norway yesterday I’ve been trying to think of something to say. The reason it’s so difficult is that I didn’t just want to repeat the themes of many of my previous posts.The problem is that all of those themes apply to this situation.
What I understand from the news reports I watched is that a Christian mad man shot and killed more than eighty children at a youth camp. Horror on that scale is pretty hard to imagine, I have to say, especially in a society so well-adjusted as that of Norway (a country very high up on my list of places I need to visit).
I figure by now the ‘not a True Christian™’ rationalisation has been run out in every other Christian’s mind since what else are they going to do? So fine, the guy is a deranged mad man and not every Christian is going to murder a bunch of children in cold blood and I suppose the possibility exists that he didn’t do this solely because of his faith (but that remains to be seen). The point is that the man IS a Christian.
Now, I know a lot of Christians. I might even have used the word ‘Christian’ to describe myself when I was younger. I went to several different churches and denominations and literally everybody in the schools I went to were Christian in some way or another. This is what I know about Christians: they pray to Jesus, a lot. The more they believe, the more they pray. The people I knew prayed in the morning, before sports matches, before supper, before bed and for and about a hundred things in-between.
I think then, it would be safe to say that Anders Behring Breivik was praying furiously in the weeks leading up to this tragedy and was probably praying like he never prayed before while he was mowing innocent children down with a machine gun. And presumably he was praying for some kind of success, possibly protection from his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
It is safe to say that Anders Behring Breivik would probably call his mission a resounding success.
I think then that it is not too far fetched to assume that almighty, omnipresent Jesus Christ must then have been well aware of what was going to happen before hand and what was happening during the attack. Since I saw news reports that stated that eighty plus children were murdered over the course of more than an hour, I think it is safe to conclude that it happened and that either:
- Jesus approves of the murder of innocent children and so didn’t stop His mad follower from killing them
- Jesus doesn’t approve of the murder of Children but for some reason couldn’t stop the man from murdering children
- Jesus has some kind of master plan that involves nigh on a hundred children being murdered
If you’re Christian and reading this, please go ahead and give me your rationalisation below in the comments, I am actually genuinely interested in how you make this work in your mind. From where I am sitting, it seems to me that Jesus Christ is either an accessory to mass murder, impotent, deranged or doesn’t exist. No points for guessing which one of those is the most likely.
It infuriates me to know that on this very Sunday millions of pious Christians are sitting in their respective churches doing mental gymnastics to make a horror of epic proportions fit into their misguided, irrational, impossible religion.
The massive irony in this debacle is that there are going to millions and millions of prayers for Norway, Norwegians, the poor children. For what? What exactly are they praying for? For Jesus to save the poor children? For Jesus to fix yet another monstrous fuck up by one of His followers? Don’t any of them question how He could let such a terrible thing happen in the first place?
There is no Jesus. There is no God. Bad people do bad things. There is no supernatural power that can or will magically fix things for you. There is no supernatural power that is going to make anything better, ever. Prayer does nothing except make the person praying feel better. Praying exists so that people can feel that they’ve done something without actually having to do anything.
My thoughts are with you Norway. You do not deserve this. The secular, tolerant society you have built is worthy of respect and the world would do well to imitate you. Be strong and come out of this better; do not let a bunch of deranged religionuts drag you down and kill your spirit.