While I try to avoid it, I recently had a discussion with yet another creationist. They were completely civil, polite and otherwise sane, but the nonsense I heard them spew out against science and reality in general just astounded me. Though I’ve had many debates with creationists, it still never ceases to amaze me just how delusional these people are. The main reason I even bother engaging with these people is to see if I get anything new from their side of the “debate” that I might not have heard before.
In this particular discussion, the weather was brought up. Of course they don’t believe in climate change because they believe God controls the weather. They even believe that massive storms are the “hand of God.” Though, to their credit, they didn’t believe that God used storms to punish anyone.
Then suddenly a thought that was glaringly obvious, but for some reason I had never thought of, suddenly sprung to mind. If God controls the weather, as many creationists believe, then why do we have seasons? Not only seasonal changes such as winter, fall, spring and summer, but storm seasons as well – like hurricane and tornado.
We never see hurricanes form in months like December, January and February. Tornados are at the peak when weather conditions are prime in spring and early summer months. We never see two winters in a row or two summers. Every season is like clockwork. Because seasons, and the causes for them, are based on science – not faith.
If God controlled the weather, it wouldn’t be at all predictable. Seasons would be far more random and we couldn’t predict the likelihood for severe weather. There wouldn’t be a such thing as “hurricane season” or “tornado season” because these events would occur whenever and wherever.
But they don’t.
You know how many hurricanes have hit Seattle, Washington? Zero.
Is that because God favors Seattle over say, Houston or New Orleans? Of course not. It’s because the oceanic conditions needed to create a hurricane aren’t found in the Pacific Northwest, but they are found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
When I confronted them with these simple and indisputable facts, they really had no response. It was no surprise that it was around that time that they wanted to change the subject.
If God created the weather we experience, then it wouldn’t be at all predictable – but it is. Sure we have freak weather occurrences, which are easily explained by science, but what we don’t have are seasons flipping order or massive storms like hurricanes occurring outside of when science tells us that they’re more likely to take place.
Just more simple, irrefutable facts brought to the world by that little thing called science.
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