Chaplain's blog

What a shock for the people of Chelyabinsk when a meteor struck yesterday, leaving in its wake many injured and shaken people and numerous damaged buildings. An unfortunate ‘hit’ by a piece of rock from space but it could have been much worse. Thankfully, a much larger asteroid recorded a ‘miss’ when passing earth at a distance of 17,000 miles around the same time.

No doubt insurance adjusters in Russia will be invoking ‘Act of God’ clauses to avoid payouts to claimants. It is a phrase that conjures up a pervasive image of a vindictive deity who chooses to hurt some people and spare others. Such an image is a profound distortion of the compassion and love of God revealed  through Christ.

The fact of the matter is that the nature of our universe is such that random and unexpected things happen to good and bad alike. They are not ‘acts of God’ but just the way things are: some things…

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