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“Questions define us”

This past Sunday, in our wonderful little church, our pastor stood up and dealt with the hardest questions the previous week dealt. None, perhaps, more jarring than this one – why didn’t the killer’s gun simply jam during his killing rampage at Virginia Tech? He had known of people saved from death before a firing squad because guns wouldn’t fire. Why hadn’t such a simple thing happened at Norris Hall?

As I sat there listening to his speak, I kept waiting for that single answer – the explanation for God’s ways… it didn’t, of course, come. What came instead was something deeper and stronger and better… the recognition of suffering, the acknowledgment of deep questions, the context of God’s story as told through the ages…go here to listen and click on the podcast “Questions that define us.”

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posted April 27, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Of all the temptations, the desire to ignore the questions that define us is one of the most diabolical. From Abraham’s negotiations over becoming a father and Gomorrah to “Is it I?” God teaches those who ask questions. I once heard the recently passed Jack Valenti speak (I’m still not sure how or why I was there, but that’s another story) and he said his favorite prayer was something like “Lord, reveal your will to me that I might do it and protect me from those who think they know it.”

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posted April 27, 2007 at 4:30 pm

The gun didn’t jam, because we learned the knowledge of good and evil.

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Gina Melton

posted April 28, 2007 at 8:21 pm

If I already knew everything, what would I need faith for? Faith covers the stuff we don’t know, not the things we already have figured out.

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posted April 29, 2007 at 4:44 pm

The gun didn’t jam because God chose not to allow it.

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c kitty

posted May 1, 2007 at 4:31 am

When this topic arises, I end up with three thoughts on it, but no answers. 1. If we could understand God’s reasons for doing or not doing something, there would be no need for us to choose to put our faith in him. 2 If we mere humans could understand, He wouldn’t be much of a God. 3. Stay away from those who claim to have those answers.

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