Omnipotent Deity Powerless Against Flu
October 28, 2009
According to the October 27 Albuquerque (New Mexico) Journal , "Concerns about swine flu have prompted the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to change some aspects of Mass that could give the swine flu a chance to spread among parishoners. Those changes include no hugging or hand-shaking, no holding hands while praying, and no drinking wine from the chalice during Holy Communion. Sandra Chavez [a visitor to the church] said she didn't feel spiritually short-changed by the absence of holy water. 'It's all about faith, she said. 'It doesn't affect our religious belief.'"
Indeed, apparently even the very blood of Jesus Christ himself is not immune from contagion by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, which so far has killed about 5,000 people and sickened nearly half a million. One might think that people giving praise for the aid and protection of an omnipotent, benevolent God would not have to worry about catching a deadly disease in a place of worship, but that appears not to be the case. The Pope, God's representative on earth, has apparently not offered any explanation for the Almighty's indifference to the health of his worshipers.
#1 Edwardson on Thursday October 29, 2009 at 2:20am
Apparently, they’re not experiencing any cognitive dissonance—they don’t see any conflict between their beliefs and the propagation of the contagion in the house of their deity during worship services. Would be fascinating if psychologists could do a study on this.