Sunday, July 11th, a Somali Islamist militant movement was responsible for three bombings that killed 74 people at two venues in the Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Most of those murdered were gathered to watch the World Cup final. A group of missionaries from the five-hundred member Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selins Grove, Pennsylvania, led by The Rev. Kathleen Kind, were in Uganda for four weeks at the time of the bombings, and had been witness to the destruction that had been caused by the terrorist attacks.
The Rev. Kind was interviewed by a CNN correspondent at the scene, and was asked about the impact that the attack would have on Christian missionaries in general. She replied, “It creates more of an urgency to make sure we are being faithful to how God is calling us to address the evil that exists in this world to make sure that we are constantly reminding ourselves that God is in the midst of this and that God is bigger than any evil”
The point of view expressed by the Rev. Kind is one that is celebrated by many Christians. However, there remains the contradictory Scripture in the Christian bible, which is viewed by many Evangelicals as the inerrant word of God, of Isaiah 45:7, which reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”
As well, Amos 3:6, which reads, “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” and Lamentations 3:38 which reads, “Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?”
This is contradictory to 1 Timothy 4:4, which reads, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving”
The problem of biblical contradictions, as well as errors, atrocities and absurdities has been very well documented and many Atheists regularly discuss the issue of how Christians can look upon the horrors that are perpetrated in the name of one god or another and understand how anyone can justify it as the will of God or some sort of test of faith in God.
The fact remains that acts of terrorism in the name of religion have caused a horrific loss of human life and an unfathomable cost in terms of money, all over conflicting ideologies and Muslims are not the only ones who are guilty of religious terrorism.
Yet, Pastors and religious leaders throughout the world such as the Rev. Kind continue to preach to their congregations that more infusion of religion is necessary to fight a war that they are partly responsible for by destroying indigenous cultures.