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Interesting Perspective

Billy Graham's daughter, Anne, was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding the attacks on Sept, 11, hurricanes and earth quakes).  She said "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?" In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school .... the Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK. Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW." Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. Are you laughing? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think, of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us. Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard. No Nation or people can ever survive or succeed without Jesus Christ.


and what is your thought about this?
I would agree with her in the sense that we cannot know God who is Mystery. It is mostly we ourselves who are responsible for what is happening in the world.

Edited at 2018-02-26 13:49 (UTC)
yes i agree
but that is not what she is saying
if i read it right, the comments say it's all our fault for "ignoring god" and therefore he is punishing us
so, it is god's fault all these things happen - he lets them happen
would restoring public observance of god - and here in the usa that was a protestant version of god - make everything "right" again?
the comments seem to think so
God does not punish us. We choose to set ourselves apart from God's love and of ourselves we are incapable of doing right.
But she is saying
I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

so god has abandoned us because we abandoned him?
sounds like good Calvinist thinking

i also disagree with
of ourselves we are incapable of doing right.

many people who do not believe in god "do right"
but perhaps god believes in people whether they believe in him or not?
"many people who do not believe in god "do right""

I'm sure they do. But who sets the standard, and on what basis?
humanists believe in a shared humanity that requires working for the common good
both for individuals and the greater community
(it includes animals and birds and even trees - rocks too if they are in need)
Why do they believe and act like that? Others may believe that getting what they can out of life, come what may, is the ideal to aim for.
why do you believe in god?
people believe in what speaks to them
what makes sense to them
what moves them
some people search for meaning - others don't
what makes some move toward "the good" - others don't care
it's as big a mystery as "god"