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Blog - Covid-19 and Belfast Pastors: Part 2

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Footnote 2:
  • Blessings and curses: see Deuteronomy 11:26-28, NIV (
Footnote 3:
  • Rain on the righteous and the unrighteous: See Matthew 5:45, NIV (
Footnote 4:
  • Pilate and the Tower of Siloam: see Luke 13:1-5, NIV (
Footnote 5:
  • So the righteous in Israel or Judah in a time of religious defection got rather a raw deal, in this life at any rate. Maybe the wicked in a rare time of religious conformity got an undeserved good deal; I don’t know.
Footnote 6:
  • So, going back to Part 1 of this Note, was the encouraging cleaner “sent by God”, or did he just turn up, as encouraging cleaners are wont to do from time to time.
Footnote 7: Footnote 8:
  • See “the woman with the issue of blood”: Mark 5:26, NIV (
Footnote 9:
  • This argument, that we aren’t smart enough to discern the divine plan, is a cornerstone of theodicy. Contrary to appearances – so the argument goes – we’re in the best of all possible worlds, or in the best of all possible fallen worlds, or at least all things happen for a purpose, or “work together for good” – for the faithful, at least – along the lines of Romans 8:28, NIV (
  • I don’t know how to respond to such arguments, given that they are totally impervious to any conceivable evidence to contradict them. Enough to say, that both sides of the usual debate assume that in the present state of the world God is – or ought to be (were he to exist) – actively involved. This strikes me as utterly absurd, but the active involvement of God in their lives is a cornerstone of most Christians’ faiths, so they feel duty-bound to defend it to the last drop of ink.

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