Phillip Jensen used the SBS show, which recounted the disaster of September 11 to condemn atheists. He said that those who had gone through that terrible disaster learnt sobering lessons, like evaluating life and priorities. Jensen goes onto say that ...For many atheists, the problem of suffering, especially unjust suffering, is the greatest argument against the existence of God...
Herein lies the problem for the atheist. For without the Biblical God there is no basis for complaint that things are unjust or evil... In this atheistic framework, the ‘evil’ of the terrorists whose hatred led them to die killing strangers was no different to the ‘good’ of the firemen whose love led them to die trying to save strangers; “there is…no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”
Phillip continues... In contrast, the Christian can name evil for what it is and be appalled that in God’s world there should be such suffering and pain. The Christian mind can wrestle with the moral order of the universe that is so awry as to see thousands of ‘innocent’ people die in a few moments of dreadful agony. For us, it is not simply a matter of the random chance of a pitiless, impersonal universe and the survival of the fittest. It is not surprising then that we find atheists, not in the troubled and painful life of poverty and difficulty, but in the wealthy societies of pleasure seeking ease. This is just as Jesus predicted: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:17).
So is Phillip saying that all the victims, relatives of victims and rescue workers who were atheists couldn't tell the difference between good and bad, humane and inhumane, peace and terrorism, and all because they did not believe in a fundamentalist God that declares people good or evil? Next he'll be saying atheists flew the planes into the Twin Towers or planted bombs in the buildings, whilst sipping a latte in an upmarket Bellevue Hill cafe.
Rowan Williams was in New York at the time of the tragedy, and he shows why he is the head of the Anglican Church and not Phillip Jensen, eventhough Phillip and his colleagues would like to steal it!
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