Originally Posted by Missy May
And, there were those like CS Lewis (WWI) that went the other way (atheist to religious). Far more people were eliminated in Russia and China than were in the holocaust. Note the policy on religion of both at the time. And, the holocaust didn't end b/c the Nazi's changed their minds - and it wasn't exclusively atheists that fought against the Nazis. The citizens of countries that replace religion with the "state", or where the government is religion (e.g., Iran) don't tend to fair to well in the end. It doesn't prove their is a god, but it does prove that when men take the role of god...it isn't pretty.
I wonder how anyone, mortal or God, can allow the wholesale slaughter of fellow creatures at the hands of man. My personal beliefs do not start and stop with welfare of humans. Is that just not comparable to genecide? It depends on your personal religion.
If you read my original post I did say that traumatic experiences can go either way - it can push people towards God just as easily as it can push them away
At the time of WW1 & WW2 the majority of British people were Christians who attended Church or Chapel on a regular basis. They went to war believing it to be a worthy cause not to mindlessly kill people. Many were very young, raised on the Old Testament as much as the new and firmly believing that God was 'all powerful', he could produce plagues to kill the enemies of the righteous , divide the waters to allow for Moses to flee............they must have felt very abandoned out there when none of that happened
My own father who was raised in a deeply religious family where the Churches and Chapels were the focal point of village life and had been for generations never set foot in one again after the war other than what he called social events like weddings etc because he felt that the things the Church had taught him were misleading and led him to expect too much.
There is a view on God - that we are all here to do the best we can with what we are given, that God interferes in no way at all, he doesn't make good things or bad things happen but what he does give us is the courage & strength to cope with things when they do go wrong.