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Sunday, October 23, 2016

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” — Isaiah 55:8

I am not here to tell you God’s will.

The temptation to do so is powerful, in light of the news out of a hospital in the United Kingdom: Malala has received a miracle.

You remember Malala Yousafzai, of course. She is the Pakistani girl from the conservative Swat Valley region of that country who came to international attention as a blogger and activist for the right of girls and women to be educated. This basic human freedom is a matter of great controversy among Islamic extremists, particularly the Taliban, which used to stage house-to-house raids in Malala’s town, searching for girls in possession of books.

Last month, Taliban goons with guns attacked a van carrying Malala and her classmates home from school. Two other girls were hit, though their wounds were not life threatening. Malala’s were. The bullets took her in the neck and the head.

A little over a month later, we learn from CNN that Malala is walking, reading, writing, smiling and is believed to have suffered no significant neurological damage in the attack. Against all odds, all reason, all sensible expectation for a teenage girl shot in the head and neck, it looks like she is going to be fine.

But I’m not here to tell you God’s will.

Granted, Malala’s miracle seems to deserve that — to cry out for it, in fact.

But putative people of faith are often too glib, facile and mean in claiming to have divined the divine. Just as often, their interpretations say less about God than about them, the things they hate and fear, the narrowness of their vision, the niggardliness of their souls.

The Rev. John Hagee, for example, said it was the will of God to drown New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina as punishment for the city’s willingness to countenance a gay festival. He did not explain why the good Lord swamped the rest of the city but left the sin-soaked French Quarter, site of the aforesaid festival, relatively unscathed.

  • bcarreiro

    The devil is alive and well. God bless her heart for God does not sleep ….vengenance is mine said the Lord.

    • Sand_Cat

      Unfortunately, he seems to take his time about it, and when it does appear to come, it’s usually through the actions of people.

      We’d be better off leaving him / her out of it and making our best effort at justice based on the actual needs of living beings rather than alleged proclamations by abstractions and fictional characters.

      • idamag

        The bad thing about a lot of religions: Instead of working to solve problems, they pray about them.

  • old_blu

    I am so glad she is going to be somewhat okay, I think the pain and sacrifice she goes through could possibly change the world for the better.

    Good luck to her.

  • neece00

    I admire her at her young age, what a wonderful young lady.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    I do not believe in ANY Supreme Being whatsoever.

    But, let’s say, for the sake of argument that there is.

    What makes any of these religious wackoos think they know the mind of god? What makes these people believe that god is so concerned about this planet, that he is going to focus all of his time, energy and intelligence on one single planet, in virtually an infinite universe?

    What makes these people think their book is the ONLY book? Also, lets give it the fact that their BOOK has been re-written, scriptures banned over the centuries and scribes & Popes changing the content of their bible over the past 1600 years. At least we can thank Gutenberg for inventing the Printing Press where the first book he printed was the bible, which more or less became standardized ever since.

    Oh, I forgot, the Catholics have their version, the Jews do, Prots do, Mormons do, as well as the scientology folk. Now, mind you, this is only Western Religion. Now, let’s throw in the Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist, Hiduist, Islamist.

    There’s at least another 100 other beliefs and holy books floating around somewhere at any given time on our planet.

    One would have to wonder why god would have so many versions of his form of holy books.

    I come to the conclusion that the mind (or the lack thereof) of man has created this mess, not god, if he actually exists at all.

    And, the ONLY way we will find out if any of our beliefs are true is after we kick off and go wherever we go, if we even go at all. We may all find that when we get over there, that god is so vast, so intelligent, that there was no way mankind could have understood him, if its even a him. It could be she, an it, or just pure energy. We might find ourselves going down a Black Hole and popping out into another universe.

    To be honest, I’m not a bit afraid to take the trip to “the other place”. I look forward to it, a great adventure if you will. Anythings got to be better than living on this planet.

    Scotty, BEAM ME UP!

    • idamag

      And, if there is a loving God, would not he be above prejudices and would not he understand those who marched to the tune of a different drummer?

      The taliban is an example of a theocracy. We don’t want one in this country.

    • WRITE ON!!!!!

    • JackieAllen

      I became acquainted with Christian myths as a little girl in Sunday School. I couldn’t
      understand why God would drown his own children–my mother wouldn’t do that
      to me. Why did God make Adam and Eve leave a lovely place, just because Eve
      took a bite of an apple? And it was down hill from there. While at TCU I took an
      introduction to religions of the world, the life of Christ and his teachings and basic
      history of Christianity. We were not taught religion from the literal. or revelation.
      We were taught by use of scholarly study, and by scientific research, learned
      clergy–understanding the people of the Old Testament times, etc. Our ancestors usually
      invented gods to explain the mysteries of life. This was normal for ancient people
      seeking an explanation for life and death. To this day, I’m not a member of any
      organized religion. Little Malala is a victim of her religion, as have been millions
      of victims of Christian persecutions through recorded history. The fact is that no
      religion can claim “truth”. There is not a shred of evidence that even Jesus existed.
      The Jews can do a better job of explaining the Old Testament than any preacher of
      the Christian faith. Putting religion where it belongs in our lives can help us to
      avoid being victims of the “true believers”.
      Religion is a closer of minds and hearts.

  • thedirtydemocrat

    I believe Malala is what is right with this world. Determined people make a difference for all of us. That is progress.

  • nobsartist

    “I do not put much stake in the opinions of people that believe in fairy tales”

  • a80a

    the break throughs in medical science over the years has had a big part to play in her recovery. and thanks to my god and hers for allowing these break throughs.

  • Keep your head up as always Malala. You are in my thi-oughts and prayers. Edna L. Rainey

  • Keep your head up Malala as you always have done. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Keep your Head up malala, as you always have done. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  • grammyjill

    If anyone would like to send her a card, the address is: Malala Yousafzai, Queen Elizabeth Medical center, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15, 2TH Uk.
    Bet she’d like it.

  • northroader1775

    IT TAKES A BRAVE AND COMMITTED MAN TO BOARD A SCHOOL BUS AND SHOOT A TEENARE GIRL IN THE NAME OF RELIGION. When are we going to stop putting up with this shit…I am so happy the pakistanis are rising up against this bullshit.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      If you notice though, yes there is a lot of public grumbling about that act in Pakistan. But, NO government activism against the Taliban in general.

      The Taliban is still in control of certain parts of that country. And, they won’t give up that control without a huge fight.

      Pakistan is no where at that level of dealing with the Taliban in any realistic way. The government is not going to worry about a kid getting shot when there is a real threat of the Taliban getting hold of their Nukes.

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