Debate:Why did God place most of the world's oil in politically unstable places?

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I can't figure out this one, and I hope someone here can. Sterile 14:24, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

The problem is one of poverty, when people are poor -as most people in the world are- and they see wealth around them it is tempting to try to take it, look at what happened in Texas in the early oil boom, people had their land stolen from them with no idea of what was going on. If you struggle to feed your children and you cannot get work even though you try every day and you get offered a job working for a big man who can pay you and make sure your children get an education, all you need to do is hold a gun and be able to use it, would you not take the job?

Anyway I don't know quite what you mean, Saudi Arabia is very safe, they get billions and trillions for their oil and employ huge numbers of people in the police and army.

Indeed. Since the regions of the world where oil is available have historically been unstable long before the discovery or usefulness of petroleum was discovered, one can only conclude that God likes to see people kill each other. Stile4aly 14:27, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

Why can't people, who happen to live in oil rich places, just get along?

Why would God want us to use a limited and polluting substance as fuel?

Middle Man

Maybe God's chosen people are the Arabs living in the oil rich places.Prof0705 22:14, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

Why did God create stars that we can only see and not reach? The authors question should be moved to Funny, maybe? on the debate forum.--jp 23:34, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

The middle east was not particularly unstable during its long years of Ottoman dominance (positively tranquil compared to Europe in the same period), or even in the interwar period - it's current reputation as a problematic area postdates the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia in 1938. Texas and Alaska are obviously stable, and the North Sea area is not noted as a hotbed of agitation. MisMud 23:49, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

Perhaps the oil causes the political instability.Rebiu 23:19, 10 May 2007 (EDT)

Nah, that's just crazy, it's much more likely it's all part of the Homosexual Agenda!MiddleMan

The question should be, Why are places with immense natural resources politically unstable? --Ed Poor 12:02, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

Greed? (Duh!)


I think this question is based on an assumption that shouldn't be being made in a christian worldview: That God creates natural resources when they are discovered, rather than having created them in the beginning along with everything else. As such, a sensible explanation within the christian worldview would be the fact that the middle eastern nations with oil are in many cases in the area that the Garden of Eden is speculated to have been and in which the Jews (god's chosen people) existed. A concentration of oil in such a place would fit well with this theory, especially if you accept Flood Geology. Of course, as an atheist, I think the most sensible explanation is simply that the majority of the Earth's landmass has been through political instability in the past 100 years, and in places with large natural resources the instability is likely to be maintained by competing claimants because any given stable situation would favour one of them, and thus the others will fight it. --Kingreaper 13:20, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

Another easy debate question. Its to make the richer, Christianer, and therefore better countries (i.e., The USA), are motivated to straighten up the blaspheming Arab countries. --Cranky Joe 14:44, 23 July 2007 (EDT)

YOU FOOLS THIS IS CLEARLY A COMMUNIST PLOT!! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Interested (talk)

We've considered that; we just need more evidence before we go public with any accusations. Rob Smith 22:48, 13 August 2007 (EDT)
  • Perhaps to create the illusion of scarcity. What if oil was not really a fossil fuel made eons before Adam and Eve? What if there is no Santa Claus? Tooth Ferry? Easter Bunny? Then the myth of Peak oil would not be possible either. The only real question is did G_D make a fixed amount of oil or is there a process that creates oil? Either way ... we are probably supposed to find ways of doing without it or to find out how to make oil.KirjathSepher 14:22, 1 September 2007 (EDT)

He didn't. It formed from decaying plant and animal matter over millions of years.

Do you mean politically unstable or geologically unstable? politics could be secondary to oil. Everyone is fighting for it.
  • What does that mean? There is oil in Texas, Alaska, the Arctic, etc... Not only "unstable places" have oil.--JoeyJ 12:00, 11 June 2014 (EDT)