I blogged this week about a visit I had from a group of Jehovah's hotnesses, yes the spelling mistake was on purpose, I mentioned they looked like GQ models, there is something extra attractive about forbidden fruit. When I lived in the city, I often had visits from Jehovah's witnesses, sometimes I would speak with them, they were always polite and being younger at the time, I often felt it was important for other people to hear what I had to say (so embarrassing now).
This makes me think about a visit I had years ago. The guys started in about trying times, floods, wars, earthquakes, hurricanes and wondered was I worried about God sending us a message. I said no, you could have heard a pin drop after. I guess most people would say yes it's a sign, fearing the end is coming and that would start them into their sales pitch to join their religion. Finally the man said with complete surprise "no"? I said no, when did we ever not have war, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes. I said if people build homes on a floodplain and then they have a flood, is that God being angry or the stupidity of man. I was going to ask, what about the dinosaurs, evidence shows that they endured harsh catastrophes we can't even imagine and were finally killed off by an asteroid, what sins did they commit, but they don't believe in evolution so the argument would be pointless.
I wondered about the planet Jupiter, back in the nineties it was struck by comet Shoemaker Levy 9, the impact was so great it could be seen from earth apparently. I heard that if the comet struck Earth, life as we know it would have ended. They say the impact left a huge scare on Jupiter, that's a natural disaster so why was God so angry with Jupiter? What did the Jupiterians do that was so bad? They seem like quiet beings, we never saw a trace of them. Could it be that things just happen, that earthquakes happen because of plates shifting, that floods happen because you built next to a river that floods. Is it possible that I don't need to buy your books or join your religion, is it possible that you already know this but are making good money from scaring people.
That's why I say no, I don't think God is sending us messages, I am fearful of war or climate change or natural disasters but these things have more to do with mankind being cruel or thoughtless, sometimes it's just horrible events in life. This thinking doesn't register with these types of people, they don't want to hear it so I never argue with them anymore. It's like debating with a four year old as to how many reindeer Santa has, eight or is it nine including Rudolf. I am not trying to insult anyone's belief system, I don't know what I really believe anymore, I'm not ready to close the door on religion, there are things out there that can't always be explained so I am not going to pretend I can.
Regarding the Jehovah's witnesses, I would never think to mention that it's a little ironic that if we discovered beings actually living on Jupiter, the true term for them in english would be a Jovian. I wonder if they would look like GQ models?