Periodically I hear members of the Religious Right speak about various kinds of effects, like Climate Change, as “God's will.” That is, they don't seem to want to do anything about it because they think it's a natural and will take care of itself.
I don't agree with them that it will take care of itself, but that's not relevant today. I'm just trying to understand why they think we don't have to do anything about it.
Doesn't that “God's Will” argument apply to everything? Why aren't they hands off about everything? If God has a plan for everything, what's the point of individual action on anything?
Can someone help me understand the breakdown on what Man is responsible for and what God is responsible for?
For example, Sharron Angle said this summer that she opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest. She says a pregnancy in such a situation is “God's plan.”
If people running wild in the streets raping one another can be part of God's plan, why is Ms. Angle running for office at all? I'm really quite confident that if the bar we're setting for society is “whatever you do, it's god's plan” that government is really just not needed. Certainly government that's going to disclaim basic responsibilities in the area of public safety is not needed.
Why not just let the non-religious get elected. We care. We'd do what we think was needed. And, after all, if a bunch of scientists were busy doing all those allegedly non-Christian things like saving the planet from Climate Change, might that not be just as much God's plan as all those rapes were?
If these members of the Religious Right can say that rapists are part of God's plan, is it really so much of a stretch to say that maybe scientists are part of God's plan, too?
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Note: Soon after publication, I modified this article to change “the Religious Right” to “these members of the Religious Right” in the final paragraph, for consistency with the group I mentioned in the article's opening and to avoid any sense that I was making an overly broad generalization. It is, however, a sufficient concern to me that any who might be elected, and thereby control critical votes in Congress, might feel like it was okay to leave critical matters of public safety to “God's will.” God, if there is one, can manage his own needs; that's not why we elect politicians.