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10:30am Saturday 31st March 2012 in Letters
PAT Palmer’s obvious distress over the Belgian bus crash and Afghan war etc is shared by us and – we Christians are prepared to believe – by a God who exists.
A trouble shared is a trouble halved?
Only if such sympathy is accepted, otherwise our pain in not being able to help is added.
She asks for evidence of God’s concern (and thus existence). Let me gently suggest that just as evolution is not evident, but a theory for which evidence is found in Darwin’s voyage of the Beagle, the evidence for the existence and concern of God is to be found in the Bible.
My letter (March 16) theorised the Christian drama as showing God dying in creating us. What I didn’t mention was Christ’s dying prayer for those who ungratefully killed him: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. His role as Creator did not die with him.
Nor did I mention His resurrection – still existing, still caring, but “with no hands but ours”. It is we who let our politicians fight wars, not God.
Indeed “we should look to each other for explanations”, but also to our ancestors and for our children.