God takes a vacation?

Tears of abuse

In the following article, https://wgno.com/2019/04/11/ex-pope-benedict-xvi-breaks-silence-on-churchs-sex-abuse-crisis-and-blames-the-sexual-revolution-and-liberals/ Ex- Pope Benedict says “Why did pedophilia reach such proportions?..Ultimately the reason is the absence of God.” This attempt to blame God for the evil that men do, is a prime example of what happens when religious faith is divorced from reason.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of reasoning to see all the logical flaws in what Benedict says. For example. he claims that the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and “liberalization of the church’s moral teaching [by society]” are partly to blame for the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Let’s see what scripture has to say on the matter…

In Matthew 5:14-16 it says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Doesn’t this imply that the church should play a role of spiritual leadership in the world. Shouldn’t its leadership (and God’s servants) be role models for the best in humanity, instead of its worst? Is sexual abuse one of the “good works” that the Catholic Church should setting up on a hill for all to see?

In Hebrews 13:7 it says “Remember your leaders, who spoke God’s message to you; reflect on the outcome of their lives and imitate their faith”. When we reflect on the lives of pedophiles in positions of religious power, is there anything in their “faith” that reason would suggest we imitate?

In 1 Timothy 4:11-12 it says “Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity.” Notice “but set an example”. Does the Word of God suggest that the Church should be embracing evil because the rest of society is? Shouldn’t the Church should be doing all it can to prevent, report, and punish such crimes? Shouldn’t it be embracing instead, the words -and spirit – of Jesus Christ when he said “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” Note that Jesus didn’t say a single thing about letting children suffer acts of rape, sodomy and other forms of sexual abuse…and the emotional abuse that accompanies them.

When we put our faith under the magnifying glass of reason, we see other serious spiritual problems in what this religious leader is saying about sexual abuse being caused by God’s absence. Since the topic under discussion is sexual abuse in the Catholic CHURCH, we have to assume that this same church is where Benedict is saying God was “absent” from. Is this not one of the most ludicrous – and dangerous – things you’ve ever heard a Pope say?

How could God ever be absent from the church, the very HOUSE of God (speaking literally and metaphorically), and body of Christ? Did God take a vacation? Did he get kidnapped by Satan? Did he get lost on his way back from Heaven? And what is God’s status since the 1960’s when – according to Benedict – God went somehow missing. Is God still absent, or did he re-appear. If God is still absent, well heck, we can blame whatever evil occurs in the world on him, can’t we?

Even if we interpret God being “absent”, as the CHOICE of humanity to accept his presence, doesn’t that mean that the priests who committed acts of sexual abuse CHOSE to allow the absence of God that their crimes are being blamed on?

Hebrews 13:5 says “I Will Never Leave You Nor Forsake You.” Is there an addendum to that, which is missing from the bible? For example “…unless you forsake me first!” (in which case, so much for unconditional love) or “unless you’re a child being molested by a priest” (in which case, so much for the child!) Either God was lying when he said he will never leave us or forsake us, or else he didn’t actually say that… at least not in the literal sense that we tend to take it.

This whole thing brings to mind one of the issues I have with the holy mantras of “God is in control”… or “God is Good all the time, all the time God is Good.” (one of the favorite greetings among the members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church I used to attend). Tell the boy who was repeatedly raped “until he prayed for his own death” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4409734/Catholic-priest-74-repeatedly-raped-young-boy.html that God was good and in control while he being abused.

The whole concept of Good and Evil, the nature of God, and who is control at any given time, is probably more complicated than religious platitudes suggest. What is a lot easier to understand – when we combine faith with reason – is that blaming the absence or acceptance of God for the evils of mankind, is probably one of the greatest spiritual travesties that religion can attempt to delude us with.

2 thoughts on “God takes a vacation?

    1. Having not read what the ex Pope has said on this issue, I still say I totally agree with his premise; God was absent, however I do understand/commend your logical stance of reasoning with faith also though it is not enough God has required of US obedience is greater than sacrifice.

      Here is what God’s Word says to the affect by which the Pope has spoken: I will see what their end will be

      Deuteronomy 31:14-22
      The Lord said to Moses, “Now the day of your death is near. Call Joshua and present yourselves at the tent of meeting, where I will commission him.” So Moses and Joshua came and presented themselves at the tent of meeting.

      15 Then the Lord appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent. 16 And the Lord said to Moses: “You are going to rest with your ancestors, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. 17 And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’ 18 And I will certainly hide my face in that day because of all their wickedness in turning to other gods.

      19 “Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them. 20 When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant. 21 And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath.” 22 So Moses wrote down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites.

      Deuteronomy 32
      Listen, you heavens, and I will speak;
      hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.
      2 Let my teaching fall like rain
      and my words descend like dew,
      like showers on new grass,
      like abundant rain on tender plants.

      3 I will proclaim the name of the Lord.
      Oh, praise the greatness of our God!
      4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
      and all his ways are just.
      A faithful God who does no wrong,
      upright and just is he.

      5 They are corrupt and not his children;
      to their shame they are a warped and crooked generation.
      6 Is this the way you repay the Lord,
      you foolish and unwise people?
      Is he not your Father, your Creator,[a]
      who made you and formed you?

      7 Remember the days of old;
      consider the generations long past.
      Ask your father and he will tell you,
      your elders, and they will explain to you.
      8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
      when he divided all mankind,
      he set up boundaries for the peoples
      according to the number of the sons of Israel.[b]
      9 For the Lord’s portion is his people,
      Jacob his allotted inheritance.

      10 In a desert land he found him,
      in a barren and howling waste.
      He shielded him and cared for him;
      he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
      11 like an eagle that stirs up its nest
      and hovers over its young,
      that spreads its wings to catch them
      and carries them aloft.
      12 The Lord alone led him;
      no foreign god was with him.

      13 He made him ride on the heights of the land
      and fed him with the fruit of the fields.
      He nourished him with honey from the rock,
      and with oil from the flinty crag,
      14 with curds and milk from herd and flock
      and with fattened lambs and goats,
      with choice rams of Bashan
      and the finest kernels of wheat.
      You drank the foaming blood of the grape.

      15 Jeshurun[c] grew fat and kicked;
      filled with food, they became heavy and sleek.
      They abandoned the God who made them
      and rejected the Rock their Savior.
      16 They made him jealous with their foreign gods
      and angered him with their detestable idols.
      17 They sacrificed to false gods, which are not God—
      gods they had not known,
      gods that recently appeared,
      gods your ancestors did not fear.
      18 You deserted the Rock, who fathered you;
      you forgot the God who gave you birth.

      19 The Lord saw this and rejected them
      because he was angered by his sons and daughters.
      20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said,
      “and see what their end will be;
      for they are a perverse generation,
      children who are unfaithful.
      21 They made me jealous by what is no god
      and angered me with their worthless idols.
      I will make them envious by those who are not a people;
      I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
      22 For a fire will be kindled by my wrath,
      one that burns down to the realm of the dead below.
      It will devour the earth and its harvests
      and set afire the foundations of the mountains.

      23 “I will heap calamities on them
      and spend my arrows against them.
      24 I will send wasting famine against them,
      consuming pestilence and deadly plague;
      I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,
      the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
      25 In the street the sword will make them childless;
      in their homes terror will reign.
      The young men and young women will perish,
      the infants and those with gray hair.
      26 I said I would scatter them
      and erase their name from human memory,
      27 but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy,
      lest the adversary misunderstand
      and say, ‘Our hand has triumphed;
      the Lord has not done all this.’”

      28 They are a nation without sense,
      there is no discernment in them.
      29 If only they were wise and would understand this
      and discern what their end will be!
      30 How could one man chase a thousand,
      or two put ten thousand to flight,
      unless their Rock had sold them,
      unless the Lord had given them up?
      31 For their rock is not like our Rock,
      as even our enemies concede.
      32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom
      and from the fields of Gomorrah.
      Their grapes are filled with poison,
      and their clusters with bitterness.
      33 Their wine is the venom of serpents,
      the deadly poison of cobras.

      34 “Have I not kept this in reserve
      and sealed it in my vaults?
      35 It is mine to avenge; I will repay.
      In due time their foot will slip;
      their day of disaster is near
      and their doom rushes upon them.”

      36 The Lord will vindicate his people
      and relent concerning his servants
      when he sees their strength is gone
      and no one is left, slave or free.[d]
      37 He will say: “Now where are their gods,
      the rock they took refuge in,
      38 the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices
      and drank the wine of their drink offerings?
      Let them rise up to help you!
      Let them give you shelter!

      39 “See now that I myself am he!
      There is no god besides me.
      I put to death and I bring to life,
      I have wounded and I will heal,
      and no one can deliver out of my hand.
      40 I lift my hand to heaven and solemnly swear:
      As surely as I live forever,
      41 when I sharpen my flashing sword
      and my hand grasps it in judgment,
      I will take vengeance on my adversaries
      and repay those who hate me.
      42 I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
      while my sword devours flesh:
      the blood of the slain and the captives,
      the heads of the enemy leaders.”

      43 Rejoice, you nations, with his people,[e][f]
      for he will avenge the blood of his servants;
      he will take vengeance on his enemies
      and make atonement for his land and people.

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