How to use tragedy to push your religion – Ray Comfort gets it wrong!


Recently a man in New Zealand died after he was horrifically attacked and eaten by a shark. The atheist, however, can’t blame God for creating the shark, because (in his mind) God doesn’t exist. He has to say that this tragedy was the cold result of the evolutionary process. It was a matter of survival of the fittest. The shark simply ate a primate who was in his territory. The Christian, however, has a different worldview. This terrible death of a human being confirms that we live in a “fallen” creation, under the curse of Genesis–where sharks devour people. So do lions and tigers. Snakes kill, bees sting, mosquitoes suck blood and spread disease, crocodiles bite your arm off, and bears rip open your rib cage. There are a whole lot of other nasty predators that will eat you for dinner, if you get into their territory or if they are hungry enough to come into yours. While evolution rests on faith because the believer has to believe what he’s been told about old bones, about theories and dating data, we can “observe” Genesis chapter 1 in the existing creation and in the fossil record. Not only is the curse observable, but we see male and female in every kind and all of them reproduce after their own kind, just as the Scriptures say. It’s all readily observable in Nature. None of it needs faith.

And so says the ratbag New Zealand jewish christian pastor Ray Comfort.  A man who has dedicated his life to being confused.

He thinks bananas are an atheist nightmare because they slip into your hand so well.

RaybananaTo his quote above from his Facebook profile.  Comfort suggests that the death of the New Zealander was the cold result of the evolutionary process.  The death of Adam Strange is indeed tragic, it caused a great deal of trauma for those who stood by and watched him attacked and killed.  It wasn’t about the survival of the fittest, it was about nature doing what it does.  Comfort hints at an atheist being cold and unmoved by this death, whereas a christian is somehow better placed to see the death as part of gods plan. He goes on to suggest that we are under the curse of Genesis, a curse derived from his rather cold god.

He says that it’s because Eve ate the fruit of the tree in the middle of a garden, where his god planted the fucking thing, that the shark ate a man.  In Ray’s mind 6,000 years ago this happened.  After all the generations we are still cursed because his god couldn’t get it right.

In some mind-twist that surely must hurt, he then says that evolution requires faith, whereas the believing in god has evidence.  The bible is evidence.  And why?  Because we can observe the result of animals having sex.  The offspring is observable, the bible says:

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

See!  The bible says so.  Of course, it has nothing to do with the authors actually observing the universe from their goat-herding fucking ways and noticing that when you have sex with your own species you then have babies, when you have sex with the goats you don’t.  It was going on all around them so they wrote it down.

I much prefer DifficultNerds theory on banana peeling.  That’s very observable.


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