In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.
Richard Dawkins, scientist
I believe there is God's justice in action in what's going on here [in the current economic collapse] and we haven't seen the end of it. … We're going toward a one-world bank and a one-world monetary system, and if you believe the Word of God and you read Revelations … you will see clearly what's being spelt out, and we are in the end times.
James Bidgood, Australian MP

In pondering God's rule over human affairs, we must avoid two common errors.

Though God's kindness (as well as his severity) can sometimes be clearly discerned in history, other times the causes of events are hidden. This prompts some to imagine that human affairs are whirled about by the blind impulse of Fortune, and others to talk as if God were amusing himself by tossing men up and down like balls.

Christians instead believe that the counsel of God accords with the highest reason. In all events, his purpose is either to train his people to patience, correct their immorality, tame their wantonness, bolster their self-denial, or arouse them from lethargy—or to cast down the proud and defeat the schemes of the enemies of the faith. No matter how much his specific reasons may escape our notice, we can be sure that the reason lies in him. So we can exclaim with David, "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. ...

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