God is not a superhero

Or a cosmic vending machine, into which you can put a spiritual dollar and choose the "treat" you want.

I understand that in difficult times we aren't always rational; it's easy to become emotional and indeed desperate enough to look for help from any quarter. However, this kind of magical thinking starts us down a dangerous path; one minute we expect God to overrule natural laws (which are impressive enough-no supernatural miracles needed!), the next minute we look for signs in election outcomes, or threaten violence against those who don't share our beliefs, or think that by blowing ourselves up in the midst of innocent people we will go straight to heaven, replete with all the material items we lack here on Earth.

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