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Does God cause the death of our babies?

May 24, 2013

Assuming that you believe in God, however you may conceive of God, this is a question that many people ask. Most people in SA believe in God (despite having the most liberal constitution in the world). It therefore makes sense that, rather than avoiding the issue in the hopes of being politically correct, we tackle the issue head on.

What has sparked this post is the recent tornado in Oklahoma (yes, an American event, but we are a global village) and the negative reactions of the public on various social networking platforms, on the role that God has/ has not played in this disaster. Whether the tragedy is the death of hundreds from a natural disaster, or the loss of your own child through miscarriage, the grief process is the same, and the questions are the same.

Before you read further, please head over to this post to read one Christian response to the negative press God has been getting.

Through losing Zoe this is the lesson I have learnt.  There are no easy answers in the face of natural disasters, or tragedies. God did not cause the death of these people. Instead, he weeps alongside those left behind.

So how do we make sense of natural disasters? I believe the answer lies in the “Butterfly phenomenon”. Essentially, the world is inherently chaotic, unbelievably complex. For us to be able to track each event, and all of its ramifications, is impossible, even with the most advanced computer.

Because we cannot comprehend the width, depth, height and breadth of the natural events around us, and the complexity of their interactions, we cannot predict, nor can we adequately explain, why natural disasters occur. What we can say is that God is not behind them.

God is not powerless, nor is he capricious. He is all powerful, and all good. However, he is MUCH bigger than we can comprehend. We cannot know why he has not chosen to supernaturally prevent the disaster, except to say (rather inadequately) that sin has warped the natural realm as much as it has our own nature and our relationship with God, and that somewhere therein, lies the reason.

So how do we respond? We do not give up, we do not accuse God, we do not turn our backs on faith, we do not condemn. This feels inadequate. We are not accustomed to being powerless, especially in this age of technology where we can control the very temperature of the air around us. To be reminded that there is something out there bigger and more powerful than we are leaves us feeling small, helpless, inconspicuous…. and we don’t like it.

Instead, we respond in love, with tears. There can be no other response. We tread gently, we do not offer pat answers just to fill the space, we weep with those who weep, we mourn with those who mourn, we allow our hearts to be broken as God’s is, we become God’s hands and feet as we offer the comfort we ourselves have received from God himself. THIS is why we continue to run Born Sleeping, even though it is heart breaking, and impossibly hard at times.

For if people of faith will not step up and be God to a weeping world, how can we expect the world to hear the good news that this tragedy (whatever it might be for you) is not the end; this is not all there is; this does not need to define who you are, that life in all abundance is still possible?

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  1. Llanie Smith permalink
    May 28, 2013 9:42 am

    Good day!

    I just want to know whether you are aware that there is a movie made about stillbirth – Return to Zero. You can follow the link to find out more information. I don’t think there is enough support in South Africa for stillbirth families. Could you as a company please help promoting this film or help get people who can? Are there other companies in South Africa that can help with something like this? I have already volunteered as a local leader to promote this film and to help get in to production. Please take the time to read about this amazing story.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1994087663/return-to-zero-starring-minnie-driver-and-paul-ade

    OR

    visit the movie website: http://www.returntozero.com
    OR

    they have a facebook page – Return to Zero

    Kind regards,

    Llanie Smith
    Senior Assistant Officer: Physical Resources
    Senior Assistent Beampte: Fisiese Hulpbronne
    PO Box / Posbus 339, Bloemfontein 9300, Republic of South Africa / Republiek van Suid-Afrika
    051 4012790
    051 444 3014
    LSmith@ufs.ac.za
    http://www.ufs.ac.za

    >>> Bornsleeping 2013/05/24 04:39 PM >>>

    bornsleeping posted: “Assuming that you believe in God, however you may conceive of God, this is a question that many people ask. Most people in SA believe in God (despite having the most liberal constitution in the world). It therefore makes sense that, rather than avoiding t”

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