On Friday, Oct. 12, The Dispatch's article about atheists complaining that America is focusing on God since Sept. 11 contained a question. Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheist asked," 'There is no God' Where was he, on a coffee break?" Here are some possible answers.
He may have been discouraging some from taking one of the four flights that Evil used to terrorize America by killing innocents. He may have been giving strength to passengers to not panic under the threats of Evil on their planes. He certainly was strengthening one man, a Believer, to lead or take part in the overthrowing of Evil on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania, sparing perhaps hundreds of other lives of innocents somewhere in America.
Where was God? I wonder why only about 20,000 were in the two towers that morning, when there could/should have been 50,000 at their jobs there when the first plan hit. Traffic delays? Or the hand of God? And quite probably He was holding up two 110-story buildings from immediate collapse so that over two-thirds of those in the buildings could escape.
Where was God? Ms. Johnson runs "the country's oldest organization for nonbelievers." For nonbelievers, the answer to that question is always a "Duh, I don't know." She and others made the choice to not want to know Him. So, He is unknown to them. But for the Believer in our eternal, sovereign, Creator-God, the answer is always, "He is where He wants to be ... ruling in our hearts from His abode in Heaven ... personally with each of us at all times." For the Believer, our answer is always hope based upon God's Word. We know our future. We've read the book. And we know the ending. God is alive ... and He wins! And we win!!
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