Thank goodness it wasn't the Blackpool Tower, eh?
When it says that because of the spread of wickedness many hearts will grow cold, I wasn't expecting it quite so soon and so deep. This is almost like a group of people deciding that one man's suffering is somehow justified in the best interests of the majority, even if it could easily have been avoided, wasn't necessary and worse, it will cost them dearly anyway.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame is a significant landmark in Paris. Although it represents Christian heritage, which most atheists and the anti religious hate, it was still a part of France's culture and steeped in tradition and contained within were priceless relics and artwork and the building itself is one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.
Even if you care little for history, architecture or artworks, this is a national treasure of France and looked upon with great affection by both the Christian and secular communities. Although it could be argued that there are more important things in life, like climate change and poverty, there are occasions when such a monument may inspire people and serves as a reminder of the Christian roots which helped to fashion a country most famous for its humanitarian work and multiculturalism. I fail to see how people can be unmoved by the impact on many people's feelings in this situation. Perhaps it is more important nowadays for people to demonstrate how aware they are of the popular environmental and cultural issues so that they will look good among their fellow trenders. However, I personally, appreciate that many people will be deeply upset by this very sad event and obviously most thankful that it hasn't cost lives as other major fires have. It is a sad day when the feelings of others are put second to one's own political or cultural agenda. Just a sign of the times in which we are living.
"Discussing the history of the Notre Dame Cathedral Paris would not be complete without discussing the most famous story of the peasant girl, Joan of Arc, who is well documented in the history books of France. She was very brave and claimed that she had visions from God. This poor girl had spiritual and character richness even though she had no material goods. Through her visions and courage, she helped France in the battles against the English troops. While using the wise military tactics of Joan of Arc, the well-known heroine, France won many fights against England. She also was a great supporter of the monarchy; she is indirectly the reason why Charles VII was crowned. However, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burundians’, accused of heresy and tragically, she was burned at the stake. But this was not the end of the brave girl. On the 7th of July 1456, Joan of Arc was declared innocent and a martyr. In 1909 she was beatified in the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris by Pope Pius X.
Also inside the Notre Dame Cathedral, among so many historical artefacts, is the notable 17th century organ with all of its parts still functional. There are also drawings, plans and engravings which showed the old and hidden mysteries of several of the church developments and how the city of Paris came into being."
I couldn't help but realize, immediately, that what has happened to the Cathedral of Notre Dame is almost symbolic of what many perceive will happen to the Christian Church in France. In this respect I am not surprised that many atheists couldn't care less but a little disappointed in the response from people who claim to be Christians. Remarkably, people outside of our own countries have feelings ....?
Yes, I hope that this famous and cherished treasure of France will be restored to its former glory and heal the wounds of those most affected. I also hope, most sincerely, that from this may also spring positive community spirit to combat these various other issues, both cultural, social and possibly even environmental.
It should also be noted by Christians that this monument was built to the glory of God as a place of worship and it is this latter, most important point, possibly of all, which does make one wonder if this was indeed an accident. The monument took over 200 years to build and yet may have taken an anti religious fanatic a few seconds to virtually destroy. I also couldn't fail to see the possible irony and implications of that.
For many of you, you just don't care, do you? A bit like rebellious schoolchildren watching their school burn down? If you really had nothing positive, sympathetic or encouraging to say, wouldn't it have been more civilised or polite to say nothing at all?