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What should my parents do?
Commence massive irrigation 11%
Respect the will of God and let the grass die 29%
Perform a pagan rain dance in the Wiccan style 11%
Perform a pagan rain dance in the Native American style 0%
Convert to Islam 48%

Votes: 27

 I s God punishing my parents?

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Aug 20, 2002
Here in the Southeastern US (or maybe the whole Eastern US) we have what are called "pop-up thunderstorms." These occur on a near-daily basis during the summer. In the late afternoon, a local collection of unstable air will open up, violently dumping a large quantity of water over a small area. These storms may only cover one square mile, sometimes less.

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This has been a summer of abundant rainfall in Alabama. Most areas have had the storms once or even twice a day. Yet, for some reason, my parents' yard is having a local drought. I experienced this twice when I visited this weekend. I would drive through torrential downpours where the visibility suddenly dropped from several miles to ten feet. But always, when I approached the house, the rain would stop, or reduce to a trickle. The entire valley is lushly green. But for a 10 acre area in my parents' neighboorhood, the grass is yellow. Why are they suffering this illogical drought? Is God punishing them? Does he still use the weather to smite?


Knowing God Through Job (none / 0) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Aug 20th, 2002 at 07:49:33 PM PST
Suffering is a test. It's a test of our faith, our character, our values, and our love for God. It's a test that can make us bitter or better. It can make us bitter if we jump to the wrong conclusions about why God has allowed our pain. It can make us better if our eyes are opened to the wonder, power, wisdom, goodness, and love of God.

Can I still know God... (5.00 / 3) (#2)
by jvance on Tue Aug 20th, 2002 at 09:55:40 PM PST
...if I'm unemployed?
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

No you can't (n/t) (0.50 / 2) (#9)
by OliverClosoph on Fri Aug 23rd, 2002 at 07:17:38 AM PST
Why the fuck did you click on that I told you there would be no text. All I had to say were those three words.
------------------ Vodka shots.

I had to. (none / 0) (#11)
by jvance on Sun Aug 25th, 2002 at 10:10:52 PM PST
Couldn't rate you a "zero" otherwise.
Adequacy has turned into a cesspool consisting of ... blubbering, superstitious fools arguing with smug, pseudointellectual assholes. -AR

If... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
by hauntedattics on Wed Aug 21st, 2002 at 10:41:08 AM PST
God is punishing your parents, then He's punishing the entire Northeast as well. Ain't too much that's "lushly green" around here these days.

Still, (none / 0) (#4)
by First Incision on Wed Aug 21st, 2002 at 11:32:16 AM PST
There are numerous reasons why God should punish the heathen Northeast. But the God-fearing citizens of the Southeast simultaneously receive the scorn of the nation and plentiful rain from the heavens.

The question is, why are the people of my parents' neighborhood being singled out?
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Hey... (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by hauntedattics on Thu Aug 22nd, 2002 at 10:35:22 AM PST
there are more Catholics per square yard up here than anywhere else in the country.

OK, it is pretty heathen. But I certainly don't scorn y'all...I grew up in Virginia, for goodness sake. We only make fun of West Virginians.

Perspective (none / 0) (#6)
by First Incision on Thu Aug 22nd, 2002 at 10:48:51 AM PST
I suppose we should keep this all in perspective. A little drought is not a severe smiting. It is nothing compared to the floods being brought upon the liberalist Europeans and Communist Chinese.
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

Or... (1.00 / 1) (#8)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Aug 23rd, 2002 at 04:30:47 AM PST
The Texans.

+5, hauntedattics (nt) (none / 0) (#13)
by nathan on Tue Aug 27th, 2002 at 02:18:08 PM PST

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Little Human (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Aug 22nd, 2002 at 12:46:51 PM PST
You should understand something:

I have no television.


I'd suggest them... (none / 0) (#10)
by The Mad Scientist on Sun Aug 25th, 2002 at 05:07:56 AM PST move, at least temporarily. If the drought spot moves with them, it's a good chance it's something personal between them and the deities.

However, conventional wisdom suggests to expect the dry spot will stay where it is, as it is more likely to be caused by local interaction between the weather patterns and the morphological elements of the area.

"the deities" (5.00 / 1) (#12)
by tkatchev on Mon Aug 26th, 2002 at 10:32:59 AM PST
Sir, I would like to ask you -- do you also howl at the fool moon?

Peace and much love...


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