11:30 AM EDT, September 2, 2011
Thanks for the column by Steven Grossman on the idiotic explanations for recent weather-related events ("Hurricane Irene: an almighty wind?" Sept. 1). He is right on mark with his exposure of the Bible-thumpers who dare to attribute these events to the actions of a displeased or angry God for the so-called sins and unfaithful actions of those they judge to be evil or un-American.
I suggest the "thumpers" check more the "literal Bible" they profess to know so much about. At times, the early church at Rome may have presumed things about "their" God that were not that helpful, perhaps believing they had superior knowledge of the creator than those of other places. St. Paul had to call them to task as he wrote in his letter to them "Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord?"
Better think again, false prophets. Attributing destruction and vengeance to an all-loving God could border on blasphemy.
Rev. Luther Starnes, Columbia
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