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Rev. Mike Kirby
Writes on “When Tragedy Comes.”

As followers of Jesus Christ we are taught to believe that he will keep us safe from all harm; and that when something untoward happens, like death, or fatal - injury or -illness, if we have enough faith he will ‘fix it all up’. That is a superstition: there is nothing in our faith to inform us that God makes bargains with us along the lines that ‘if you do such-and-such, and believe, then I will do such-and-such, and save you.’ We clothe our superstitions in fancy words, and rationalise back-down strategies and conditions, like saying:  ‘Well, if he or she or they have not been cured or healed, it is because they didn’t have enough faith’.  Or we say: ‘God needs to shape us, like a potter or a sculptor. So He (invariably God is perceived as masculine) sends these situations to test us, or to burn the impurities from us.’

I and some folk I know, and maybe you too, have had to deal with tragedy in our lives. My understanding of a loving and compassionate God doesn't fit with a God of conditional love.  Let me try to elaborate....

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Discouraged not by difficulties without, or the anguish of ages within, the heart listens to a secret voice that whispers: "Be not dismayed; in the future lies the Promised Land."

Helen Keller