Quote of the week

God, using His Donald Sensing persona, refutes the notion that He should have prevented the carnage in Las Vegas, or any of several million other misfortunes:

Oh, believe me, I was at Las Vegas. It was a bitter night for me. But I was there.

There were a man and a woman listening to the concert when the shooting started. They did not know one another. They dived under a table. He was hit, yet he lay across the woman, shielding her with his wounded body.

A young man led 30 people to safety. He was shot doing so. There are many, many other examples. And thousands of people waited for hours on end to give blood.

Oh, you say, that’s just human nature. We do not know whether those heroes and heroines even believe in a God. So? Where do you think human nature comes from? Why do you think my grace cannot operate preveniently even in the hearts of those who know me not? I am always leading every event of the world toward the good. But there are many other influences, too, such as the hardness of your hearts and the will to evil, the imperfection of your understanding, the finitude of possibilities in a world of limited resources and capabilities. Yet my will wins through more often than you think.

But why does Las Vegas prove my dereliction? Funny how no one accuses me of indifference over the murder toll in Chicago. But even that is not necessary. Just one child dying of hunger in any remote corner of the world serves just as well. (Although I might argue that it proves your dereliction more than mine.)

An example on a smaller scale:

Not long ago a young man atop a tourist center in the Alps was walking and texting. He walked right off the side of the mountain, fell 250 meters and of course did not survive. Could I have intervened? I suppose so; I could have suspended gravity and floated him gently through the air back to the platform. Or I could have made him just bounce at the bottom with no ill effect. Or I could have made it impossible for human beings to walk while texting. One or the other, never both. Or I could have just made sure that smart phones were never invented to begin with.

Here’s the thing: You do not get to choose. You are not God. You have no power for miracles so you don’t get to tell me how to work them or when or how.

And after all, who is to blame for the nitwit tied to his smartphone? Not God, and not Samsung either.


  1. McG »

    10 October 2017 · 9:38 am

    The teachers I had in Catholic grade school seemed to struggle at explaining what “made in His image” meant — or maybe at that age I couldn’t grasp it. But I finally figured it out years later: He made us this way, and gave us free will, so that if we chose good it would be genuinely by choice rather than predestination.

    Everything that we do is not God’s will, and we don’t always act according to His plan. If a father gives his son the car keys and tells him to be careful and be home by a certain time, and that son gets in a terrible wreck and dies, is that his father’s fault?

    Then again, if the son witnesses a terrible wreck and tries to help the people that are hurt, his father has a right to be proud of him.

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