question of the day
So says Ashley Smith, the woman who was held hostage by cold blooded murderer Brian Nichols. She believes that perhaps Nichols was brought to her apartment by God so he could be caught and then spread the word of God to other prisoners.
If God is so interventionist as to lead this homicidal maniac to Ashley Smith's door, then why didn't he intervene when Mr. Nichols was mowing down innocent people in a courthouse? Further, why didn't God intervene when Mr. Nichols was (allegedly) raping his girlfriend? Were the deaths and rape all part of some mysterious plan to get Nichols into prison to preach the word?
Update: This isn't something specific to Ms. Smith, who I think is a very brave woman. You read stories like this every day, and I honestly want to know why people believe God would choose to intervene in some ways, but not in others. For instance, helping a kid through an operation, but not stopping the accident that put the kid on the operating table to begin with. Or why he gets credit for saving mountain climbers, but does nothing to stop the murder of the faithful.
I think a lot of you are missing the point. I'm not questioning anyone's faith. I'm questioning why sometimes God is shown as being omnipotent, and sometimes he's not. It's really just a curiosity to me, how people can say on one hand that God works in mysterious ways and there are reasons that four year old has cancer, and on the other hand, say that God saved them from falling off a ledge. If God has the ability to be omnipotent, then why not save everyone who suffers? Why keep one person from feeling pain and not another? Why keep one person alive and allow another to die a horrible death? These are questions I asked when I was a church going Catholic. And they are questions I continue to ask. Maybe some day, someone will provide an answer that makes sense to me.
Update again -
An email I sent to Skillzy:
I really should have reworded it. It wasn't a slam on her at all. She is hella brave. I don't think I could have done what she did. And if faith got her through it, then that's fine. But what I don't get is how much of this I see in news stories every day - "God brought him here" "God made me steer the other way" "God was watching over my kid so that when his father ran his head over, he didn't crush it all the way, just a little bit." It seems absurd to me sometimes to put all that on God. Because it makes him come off as random and I would like to believe that if there is a God and he is an interventionist one, he's not random. But as long as there are kids being beaten and starved to death by their own parents, I won't believe that God has anything to do with bringing someone's kitten home safely.