Posted BY: Alicia Colon

While I actually haven’t personally heard anyone blame God when they lost a close one in a tragedy, it’s a timeworn message in fiction novels. The protagonist wails against God when tragedy occurs or sometimes we read the words of an atheist shouting, “Where was God when the tsunami (earthquake, cyclone, hurricane, mass shooting, etc.) killed thousands? If there was a God, wouldn’t He have stopped this?”

 The truth is, God is an unlikely scapegoat and if one reads the Bible, especially the Old Testament, one would give Him the benefit of the doubt.

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I confess to not being a regular reader of the Good Book, but several years ago, before I became immobile, I was a lector at my church and I paid more attention to the passages I had to read. The Catholic Mass usually has the first reading from the Old Testament, the second from New Testament, in books such as the Acts of the Apostles, and the third is the Gospel, read by the priest. One Sunday, I read this passage from the Book of Wisdom:

Do not court death by your erring way of life, nor draw to yourselves destruction by the works of your hands. Because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being, and the creatures of the world are wholesome; There is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of Hade on earth, For righteousness is undying.

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