Where Was God?
Interesting take on 9/11
We've all heard about the death tolls, and reports of the destruction from the terrorist
attacks on the U.S. These were deplorable acts that we will never forget! But now is a time to look at the other side of the numbers from New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The sad, but somewhat uplifting, side that the mainstream media has not reported yet.............the SURVIVAL rates, and some positive news about the attacks.
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDINGS:
The twin towers of the World Trade Center were places of employment for some 50,000
people. With 2,800 people killed, that means about 95% of the people targeted survived the attack! (But read on. It's really a higher survival rate than that.)
There are stories after stories of people who "for some reason" didn't go straight to work that morning. Some over slept. Others decided to do some things at home first. Still others
decided to do some things elsewhere before going to the office. The surface reasons are
about as varied as the people. Sure there are always some who do this on any given day.
But the statistics are way out of the normal for any typical day.
Some 23,000 people were the target of a third plane aimed at the Pentagon.
The count shows that only 123 lost their lives. That is an amazing 99.5% survival rate! In addition, the plane seems to have come in too low, and too early, to affect a large portion of the building. On top of that, the section that was hit was the first of five sections to undergo renovations that would help protect the Pentagon from terrorist attacks. It had recently completed strengthening and blast proofing, saving untold lives. This attack was sad, but a statistical "failure".
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT #77:
This Boeing 757 that was flown into the outside of the Pentagon could have carried up to
289 people, yet only 64 were aboard! "Luckily", 78% of the seats were empty!
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT #11:
This Boeing 767 could have had up to 351 people aboard, but only carried 92! Thankfully,
74% of the seats were unfilled!
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT #175:
Another Boeing 767 that could have seated 351 people, only had 65 people aboard!
Fortunately, it was 81% empty!
UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93:
This Boeing 757 was one of the most uplifting stories yet! The smallest flight to be hijacked, with only 45 people aboard out of a possible 289, had 84% of its capacity unused! Yet these people stood up to the attackers, and thwarted a fourth attempted destruction of a national landmark, saving untold numbers of lives in the process.
Out of potentially 74,280 Americans directly targeted by these terrorists, 3,189 lost their lives. So over 95% survived, or avoided the attacks! That's a higher survival rate than heart attacks, breast cancer, kidney transplants, and liver transplants.......all common, survivable illnesses.
The hijacked planes were mostly empty, the Pentagon was hit at its strongest point, the overwhelming majority of the people in the World Trade Center buildings escaped, and a handful of passengers gave the ultimate sacrifice to save even more lives.
Don't fear these terrorists. An engineer said that if the Twin Towers had been hit approximately 20 floors lower, the devastation in Manhattan would have been astronomical! The buildings would have immediately gone down, falling outward and destroying more buildings, etc.
If the plane had hit the Pentagon higher, it would have taken out many of our "top brass." If the plane would have hit the Capitol, most -- if not all -- of the Senate and House members would have been killed.
Many people ask, "Where was God?" I think this helps us see that
- God delayed many of the people from getting to work that morning,
- influenced so that many airline seats were empty,
- and held those buildings up until most of the people could escape certain death
- and probably in a lot more situations than we'll ever hear about
......that's where God was!!