Pat Robertson, an American televangelist, has recently stated that the reason for the earthquake in Haiti that has killed an estimated 100,000 people is due to a deal they made with the devil a long time ago.
“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about. They were under the heel of the French, you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said ‘We will serve you if you will get us free from the prince.’ True story. And so the devil said, ‘OK it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out. The Haitians revolted and got something themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after another.”
He even suggests that it may have been a “blessing in disguise.”
This goes right in line with what I was pointing out in my posts, “How to spot a miracle” and “Divine Contradiction” These so-called miracles, these blessings, these divine interventions, are cherry-picked by believers. How can other theists give him $hit when his claim is no less justifiable then their claims are of their prayers being answered, miracles occurring, etc… If the earthquake had only of killed a few, theists would be quick to jump on the bandwagin to call that a miracle, and there are those who survived this that attribute their survival to divine intervention, and theists might agree with them. But when something bad happens, they don’t want to agree to it being divine intervention. Where is the ol’ argument, “god works in mysterious ways, and knows what is best for us and this must be best for the haiti people.” now? Yea, I didn’t think so. Because like his claim of this being the result of divine intervention, their claims are just as unsubstantiated and ridiculous. They thank and blame god instead of the doctor for surviving a dangerous surgery or the likes, etc… Now, I am not defending Pat, I am merely pointing out the double-edged sword of theists being able to call out, “it’s a miracle, its a blessing” for practically anything they wish. It shows how silly their claims are.
Each believer thinks they know gods will better than the other, or say that nobody knows gods will, yet they will endlessly debate with you relaying all kinds of information about gods characteristics, so-called “revealed truths,” what god wants from us, etc… right after saying nobody can know god. Believers can’t even agree about god or what a miracle is or is not.. One mans prayer for divine intervention is another mans suffering and infringement on the will all of mankind. I think Pat makes a good example of the kind of claims that can be made in regards to divine intervention. Pat’s claim holds no more or less bearing than when somebody survives what is typically a fatal disease and calls it a miracle. Both claims are without substance, justification, and evidence. You can’t have it both ways, you can’t only claim divine intervention to what appears to be “good” events, and never claim divine intervention on seemingly ill events.