Yes prayer works for me but no I do not give credit like that. This is my general outlook, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all." (Ecc 9:11)
You know, I often wonder how Ecclesiastes ever made the cut at Nicaea. It is more a humanist tract by an author who was generally pissed off with idiots who did not understand what the world was really like.
Just because someone says "goddidit" does not make it so. Ecc 9:11 above shows that everything "good" or "bad" that happens is not because of divine intervention. The Bible says that every "good and perfect gift" comes down from heaven but not that everything that happens is because of the expression of divine will.
This is simply not so. I don’t know whether you just invented an answer or that you think this might be true. The fact of the matter is that the Bible assures us that God is sovereign and all-powerful, and nothing happens that is outside of His control. No matter where we are or what we're doing, God's presence still surrounds us. "If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there" (Psalm 139:.
Then we have so-called Christians who think that Satan does the bad things or encourages man to do them. However, we must never, ever forget that God created Satan and let him loose upon the earth.
God knew what he was doing. He knew what would happen, but he did it nevertheless. He could, of course, destroy Satan… but He does not.
Imagine yourself in court – your answer to the charge of murder is, “I didn’t do it, I hired a hit-man and he did it – you can’t convict me…”
How much notice would the jury take of that?
Do you think, for one moment that a Supreme Being who wiped men women and children off the planet with a flood would be bothered about a car crash in Detroit that left a few people crippled? If you do, you are living in cloud-cuckoo land. He does that to teach someone a lesson.
Let’s not mince our words – God’s mercy is pretty severe.
So, let me hear you agree – God did it! Yes, everything! Yes – blind children, brain injured women, men crippled with disease – nations embroiled in war - horrible accidents - a sparrow dying - He did it all – and there is no getting away from it.
That is Yahweh – The God of Thunder and War.
But I can hear you thinking, “There must be some verses that I can quote to show he is not like this?"
No, there aren’t and then we have:Joh:9:1: And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh:9:2: And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh:9:3: Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(See also Romans:9, in which the same theory of God making himself look good by exercising curses and destining people to hell for no particular reason.)
Deut. 32:39: See now that I, [even] I, [am] he, and [there is] no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither [is there any] that can deliver out of my hand.
2 Chron. 15:13: That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Jer:18:11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
Lamentations:2:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
Num:31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
Zechariah 14:1-2 ….Behold , the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the
midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity…”
You are a "fluffy-bunny" Christian - "God loves us all" Well, read a Bible and you'll find He simply does not! Those He loves are few and far between and I'll offer you 50:1 that you are not in that number.