There's a pastor in Macon, GA that's just aced the "deluded beyond belief" test. His post, The Parable of the Gulf Oil Spill is an absolute gem of lunacy and nutbaggery. This moron thinks that God works by creating natural disasters that decimate huge expanses of humanity just to send "warnings" about things the poor pastor doesn't like (homosexuality, abortion, and prosperity gospel). The trouble is, he is too busy preaching about it to notice his sense of direction is all wrong.
Yup, the guy claims that the Gulf oil spill centered south of Louisiana and generally drifting to the east is retribution from God for the iniquities and sin in Houston, where Planned Parenthood is building a new clinic. Add to that the fact Joel Osteen's church is headquartered in Houston, and Pastor Joe goes ballistic. How dare Houston have such disrespect for his god!
Has anyone else noticed the absolutely terrible aim the god of these morons has? Every time I think they can get more absurd, another one (like this guy) jumps up and shouts his idiocy to the rafters. Pat Robertson asserted Disney World would be hit by a natural disaster because they allowed a Gay Rights group to visit -- and then his own hometown was hit by a hurricane. Another bozo claimed that Hurricane Katrina was retribution for all of the excesses of the French Quarter in New Orleans -- but Katrina didn't do much damage to that hotbed of sin, preferring to devastate the 9th Ward and numerous churches, instead.
Look, I'm not saying people can't have a personal belief in whatever deity they choose. Most are fine and normal and not complete nutjobs, and I get along fine with them. But it is absolutely insane to think that (a) any god would be so inept that he couldn't hit a city the size of Houston with an oil slick the size of Florida, and (b) that an omnipotent deity that created the universe would care about idiots like Joel Osteen bilking millions by pandering to the basest survival instincts of lonely people, or that (c) such a deity would use a massively wasteful, overdone and inaccurate method like an oilspill, hurricane or earthquake.
Clearly, these guys aren't thinking right. They're thinking too small. If they want to truly get "biblical" on the Osteens and Planned Parenthoods of the world, a worldwide conflagration that consumes everything (humans, plants, animals, bacteria, etc) is more God's style. Can't do a flood -- 'cause God promised! But all out nuclear holocaust -- you betcha!