Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lies We Believe About God (18)

Summary of Chapter 18
The 18th 'lie' is that 'that was just a coincidence'. Young believes that God is involved in the details of our lives. There are no coincidences. Coincidence has a name: God! In fact, those things we are apt to call coincidences often turn into awesome moments of divine providence. Young is 'personally convinced that nothing is apart from the abiding presence and activity of God'.

In some ways, this chapter is surprising. Young has spilled a lot of ink to declare that God is not the author of spilled blood, but here he seems to insist that God is in all the details of life. Of course, Young is focusing, here, on 'good' coincidences. I don't know for sure what he would think about the question of random evil (if chapter 16 is any indication, I'm guessing he would consider them mysterious). My point is that I'm not sure how consistent this chapter is with the rest of the book and the theological paradigm that Young espouses.

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