April 19, 2019

Stop blaming God

Re: Pat LaMarche’s column “God only knows what to do about m-words” (BDN, Sept. 26), it seems inevitable that someone would get around to blaming God for the mess this world is in.

Many years ago I came to the conclusion that God does not concern Himself with the affairs of His people.

God is a creator. God created this earth and the entire universe. God is still creating and that’s why we have natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis and floods and droughts. But too many disasters are brought on by men and women who think their plans are better than God’s.

God created man and gave man free will. He even sent His own emissary to us to tell us and show us how to live together in peace. We all know what happened to that emissary. God did not start this or any other war and He isn’t going to stop it.

I am 83 years old and have lived through World War II, Korea, Vietnam and numerous other uprisings, rebellions and insurrections in various parts of this world and I know that all the prayers in the world are not going to stop this or any other war because we do not adhere to the teachings of God’s emissary; we’ve used our own interpretations and added our personal caveats.

So let’s stop blaming God for wars and disasters we have created and praying to Him to get us out of these horrible messes. A good start would be to pray for the wisdom, patience and strength to find peaceable solutions to these problems.

Rita M. Souther


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