Turning to God in times of trouble

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The argument that everyone turns to God in times of trouble runs something like:

You may be an atheist now, when you have a good life and are comfortable. But at some point you may find yourself in deep trouble, with nowhere to turn, and then you'll turn to God.


This argument is similar to saying, "You may one day starve, and be so hungry that you'll eat your shoes." This does not mean that shoes are nutritious. Nor does the fact that people turn to God in desperation mean that God actually exists.

People in desperate situations often resort to desperate measures. But this does not mean that what people do in desperation are good things to do in more normal times. Stressful situations are not good times to make important decisions.

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