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"Our concepts of God’s character absolutely preclude a decent relationship. God, as portrayed by Jesus, has no interest in being the great controller in the sky, the “Lord”, the "King", the one who is above all, the oxymoronic “benevolent dictator”, the lawgiver, the final judge, the one being served, the center of attention, the one who can outvote everyone else, etc., ad nauseam. He offers us peership, equality, freedom just like I do for my son, yet we are so psychologically sick that we think even thinking like this is the ultimate sin. Outrageous" - Michael Armstrong
As is often the case, Shakespeare put it simply but most eloquently. Hearing that Macbeth has murdered his family and household, Macduff cries, "Did Heaven look on and would not take their part?"
This question echoes through time. Where was the God of Abraham or Allah when Christian crusaders slaughtered 30,000 to 70,000 Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem July 13 through 15, 1099? Where was God in Auschwitz?. Where was God in countless other manmade and natural disasters?
Now, the latest American version is: where was God on Sept 11, 2001?
The "Frontline" documentary "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" features interviews with survivors, more footage of the disaster and a truly systematic attempt to phrase the question, answer it meaningfully and place it in context.
In Sunday school and catechism class the answer is so simple that the question need not be asked. God is everywhere at all times. Nothing is hidden from him, and to him the future is as clear as the past.
But the bigger question spirals back to Macduff and an inferred contract between the faithful and God, something along the line of why bad things happen to good people. Many feel that the virtuous somehow earn—beyond the efficacy of the virtues itself—a long, protected, God-blessed, happy earthly life.
Thus some survivors of Sept. 11 are blunt in their disillusionment. Episcopal priest Father Joseph Griesediech says, “God could not be counted on the way I thought he could be counted on.”
Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld says, “Religion drove those planes into those buildings.”
Monseignor Lorenzo Albacete says, “Religion can be a passion. The same passion that motivates religious people to do great things is the same one that day that brought all that destruction. There is no greater or more destructive force on earth than the religious passion.”
Let's read what Will Durant writes about post-revolution Europe in his book The Story of Philosophy:
When we look at the world, how can we say that God is fully engaged and that goodness is winning? So, now that we as Americans have had our nose opened AGAIN--remember Pearl Harbor--, why IS God NOT more involved in human affairs?
The answer, if not flung like cold water in the face from several pages of this site, should at least be seeping into acceptable awareness. We have not listened closely to THE messenger, we have not understood HIS message! Same old tradition, new idols, new misunderstandings hold sway..