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Challenges writer’s claim

To the editor:

A recent letter confidently asserted that fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and plagues are the "wrath of God", angrily punishing us for abortion.

To the contrary, perhaps nature’s violence is actually the consequence of the random collision of natural forces, chance, and mutations. Perhaps man’s violence against man is actually the result of the errant or malicious exercise of free will, and the random confluence of human-initiated forces and events.

I choose to believe that our God far transcends our finite and petty human emotions and behaviors. I choose to believe in a God who is infinitely bigger and better than our human tendency to seek vengeance and impose punishments for perceived slights or wrongs.

I choose not to impute to God "thoughts" and "actions" that are really just reflections of our own wounded, human condition. Is human suffering really the product of a malign or cruel God. Does a loving God purposely inflict pain and suffering on all humankind for the mistakes and errors of a few? Is God’s "action" simply a reflection of our personal desires and preferences? Am I bold or arrogant enough to claim I really know what our transcendent God is "thinking?" What does Jesus reveal about our loving and compassionate God?

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8).

John Boroski

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