Christianity Johnson on 01 Jan 2009 03:51 am
The thing about Rick Warren (and his millions of devoted fans) is that they are completely delusional. James Randi lays the delusion bare in this article:
If you follow Warren you have heard about the “miracle” of his grandchild’s birth. Warren’s daughter-in-law had a brain tumor (as yet undetected), and she had to have a C-section because of the baby’s breach position. Warren claims that, “If Jaime had tried to give birth in the normal way, at the normal time, and if she’d “pushed” during the delivery, it might have killed both her and the child” because of the tumor.
Randi analyses the delusion:
But consider: the baby was in a breech situation, a critical position arranged by God; this was remedied by medical science during the Caesarian procedure, an invention by Man to thwart natural disasters brought about by a not-uncommon imperfection of the human body – which is also God’s design. And the baby’s umbilical cord had shut off oxygen-rich blood, another design error, or maybe a purposeful Act of God. The mother had a sizeable brain tumor, placed there by God, who we’re told creates all these things.
And the Divine solution to this problem, according to Rick Warren? God – who, remember, is the Creator of Heaven and Earth, Omnipotent and Omniscient, knows all, the One who can do anything He wishes – arranged the oxygen-deprived baby in a breech position, bringing about a crisis that medical science had to avert by performing an operation. And He thereafter allowed medical science to detect the tumor, which is still in place, being poorly placed for access by surgery. Who designed this scenario – Rube Goldberg…?
I ask, is this God character a comedian, using humans as His marionettes for amusement? Does He get His kicks by manipulating us just for laughs? Was this near-disaster for the Warren family just a sort of Divine whim? How can Rick Warren see this as a demonstration of God’s mercy – a miracle, yet! – rather than as a cruel, capricious, joke? A caring God would not have created and placed that brain tumor in the mother, would not have designed the process of gestation-and-birth so that oxygen starvation and breech delivery are possible, and would not be playing with the lives and security of humans, who He claims to have designed and created – out of dirt, yet. Doing this, putting humans in danger of death, is a purposeful act that He Himself has already declared to be a sin. Just who makes the rules in this stupid morality play…?
Randi asks, “is Warren well aware of reality and of the deception he supports, riding his way to financial and influential success on the backs of the naïve?” It is a ridiculous question. Of course he is, as is every financially successful religious leader. It is all an act. See:
The amazing part is that these religious “leaders” have followers – millions of naive, delusional followers. It is a tragedy.
If you are a Christian and you would like to heal your delusion, start here: