From Humans of New York
"I've been a deep believer my whole life.
18 years as a Southern Baptist.
More than 40 years as a mainline Protestant. I'm an ordained pastor.
But it's just stopped making sense to me. You see people doing terrible things in the name of religion, and you think: 'Those people believe just as strongly as I do. They're just as convinced as I am.' And it just doesn't make sense anymore.
It doesn't make sense to believe in a God that dabbles in people's lives.
If a plane crashes, and one person survives, everyone thanks God. They say: 'God had a purpose for that person. God saved her for a reason!' Do we not realize how cruel that is? Do we not realize how cruel it is to say that if God had a purpose for that person, he also had a purpose in killing everyone else on that plane? And a purpose in starving millions of children?
A purpose in slavery and genocide?
For every time you say that there's a purpose behind one person's success, you invalidate billions of people. You say there is a purpose to their suffering. And that's just cruel."