Christianity Admin on 23 Feb 2007 07:48 am
Does God kill children to win converts? And if so, why would anyone worship a murderer? This is the question asked by a recent post in The Forum. In particular, the post points out two quotes by superbowl coach Tony Dungy. Dungy lost his son to suicide. According to many Christians, and Dungy himself, if was “OK” to lose his son because it was part of God’s plan and thousands of people learned about God’s love, and Tony’s faith, through the son’s death. Dungy put it this way in one article:
Tony Dungy has been reluctant to speak publicly about the Dec. 22, 2005, suicide of his 18-year-old son, James, but the Indianapolis Colts coach opened up a little Wednesday when the tragedy came up during a news conference at the team’s Westside complex.
“For me, I think it was really a test,” Dungy said to a group of about 50 local and national media gathered to discuss the Colts’ Feb. 4 Super Bowl meeting with the Chicago Bears.
“I think God gives you tests to see if you’re going to stay true to what you believe and stay faithful. For me, that’s what it was, having to continue to believe. Sometimes when you have disappointments, it makes that final destination that much sweeter.”
In another article he said this:
But Dungy used the most important lesson to drive home his point before the packed ballroom full of former NFL players and coaches, league officials and fans.
â€œIf God had talked to me before Jamesâ€™ death and said his death would have helped all these people, it would have saved them and healed their sins, but I would have to take your son, I would have said no, I canâ€™t do that.
â€œBut God had the same choice 2,000 years ago with His Son, Jesus Christ, and it paved the way for you and me to have eternal life. Thatâ€™s the benefit I got, thatâ€™s the benefit James got and thatâ€™s the benefit you can get if you accept Jesus into your heart today as your Savior.â€
It seems like what you get when you “accept Jesus into your heart” is that God will potentially kill your children to “save people and heal their sins.”
As the forum post put it: “The message seems clear: God kills children to win converts. This is God’s will. Why do people choose to believe in such a being; a being that murders children. It seems totally perverted.”