Don’t blame God for drunk drivers

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Why does God allow people to be killed by drunk drivers? The real question is, how can God stop it?

A drunk driver is out to a bar or a friend’s place having a good time. For some, this means drinking alcohol and then driving home.

So, how is God going to prevent the driver from getting drunk and having that accident? God would have to interfere with that driver’s freedom to drink, any way he wants.

I don’t think anyone wants God telling us what to do, right? But in order for God to prevent an accident from happening He would have had to prevent that person from drinking or from driving which would mean He would have had to interfere with that person’s right to freedom of choice — something God gave us in the first place. This situation can apply to almost any other situation that causes injury or death. For instance, what if the drunk driver was a young family man and he was killed or injured? His family would suffer the consequence.

God doesn’t cause the evil that exists in the world; He just allows it because He gave us the freedom to make our own choices.

We have to live with the results, whether good or bad.

Caleb N. Anthony

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  • Petertwo
    August 22, 2013 - 19:18

    I think Rebel has some of it. Can humans do anything, or is it more convenient just to pass the buck? I've read that there is a gadget , or gadgets, that can be installed in vehicles to test a driver for alcohol consumption, if too high, over the limit--may be there should be no allowable limit-- then the vehicle is immobilised. It's a matter for human will, we have the gift of the brain and the mind, so why not use them, and stop treating God like a babysitter?

  • Colin Burke
    August 22, 2013 - 17:56

    "Anyone could create a better world than God created -- if anyone else could create a world at all."

  • Ed Power
    August 22, 2013 - 15:02

    "Often it seems a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat." Mark Twain

  • Rebel
    August 22, 2013 - 12:23

    So "no one wants god telling us what to do". Somebody should tell the preachers about that because that is their raison d'etre. I have heard some flimsy excuses and illogical statements when it comes to religious dogma in my lifetime but it is hard to top this. Remember that saying that if god can do good but doesn't then he is evil and if can't do anything about it then he is not a god. It amazes me how anybody can think like the letter writer and not question why religious arguments are so contradictory. You wouldn't build a house "not level" and then wait for the ground to shift to make it level. If god is perfection and this is his creation why did he not take that approach. There is, admittedly, no proof either way in the existance of any god or gods but if they are real then they are failing to do the job they are supposed to do. Or is it the job we have assigned to them because we refuse to hold ourselves accountable. It is probably easier to give someone else credit for the good we do and it is definately easier to blame someone else for the bad. But at some point we, as humans, have got to accept our responsilility and realize that these beliefs are just crutches we lean on.

  • The Atheist
    August 22, 2013 - 10:45

    Assuming the god myth was real then god could have done both, prevent the drunk from driving and not interfere with the drunk's decision to drive. God could just have easily killed the car battery. In our society, it's not acceptable for someone to turn a blind eye to a crime in progress then why should we excuse a god that does nothing about drunk driver.

  • doug
    August 22, 2013 - 10:07

    And man created GOD....