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 My friend Martin has sent me another posting that is relevant:

 

 

Those speaking for God

Don’t know what they say

Abel Oldsworth, my reticent friend, cannot understand how some talk show hosts and religious orators can unabashedly speak for the Almighty, asserting that He uses catastrophic events to punish the human race for sins committed.  Is that a comforting message to families who lose innocent children and relatives as a result of wars, epidemics, accidents, and fires?  They suffer great grief and hardships. They would prefer Providence employed some other means. These arrogant and superior feeling commentators compound the anguish with false, malicious claims that are devoid of sympathy and usefulness.

A few pundits and preachers exclaim

That great tragedies stem from God’s aim.

But their cocksure presumptions

Based on clueless assumptions

Heap more hurt on the ones without blame.

Martin Egelston

Battle Creek Enquirer

January 26, 2015

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