John Bodycomb writes about a God who intervines in his book 'No fixed address' ::
'I do not believe that God is in any sense 'interventionist; that God changes weather, health or wealth in response to impassioned pleading, cajoling or harassment from the pious. I am not persuaded by accounts of so-called 'miracle healing'. I am not opposed to prayer for, by and with the sick - but I have yet to meet the paraplegic or amputee miraculously restored. And if I did, I would wonder why God meddled in that person's life and ignored all the other amputees and paraplegics'
Couple of thoughts::
- If he was praying what would it be for? Peace?
- One of the greatest gifts a person could ever have is hope. While I am against an exclusive miricles that only occur if you do and believe the right thing. I've seen many miracles where people are in all sorts of places in there life.
- Bodcombs last sentence is a 'Theodicy' For me the only way to get away from it is to become an atheist. Or live with the tension, a 'mystery'.
- A miracle is often a persons only hope. Hope is one of the most precious gifts. Tread carefully.
The most bizarre one was when I was in my undergraduate years in university in Adelaide and I woke up one morning and I had really swollen feet. Feet were incredibly swollen, I couldn’t stand on them. I was in a dreadful state. Couldn’t get to university. And for whatever reason, whatever I did that day as I was sitting there going “what the hell am I going to do?” I opened up a copy of the bible that was there in the boarding school and the first words I read were – this is what struck me – was “Asa was diseased in his feet.” And I thought come on. How many references to feet are there in the bible? And you open it up and you read it and nothing. So I sat there thinking what are the statistical probability of opening a bible and reading about feet when you’ve got a problem with your feet?For me this very much seems like the 'Creator' was knocking at his door. Who knows God may still have plans for Philip Nitschke, he came across as a very thoughtful person, who I warmed to as the interview went on.
I suspect that Bodycomb would agree with Nitschke that this was just a statistical fluke. Mind you I often think life is made up of statistical flukes. For us humans the difficulty lies in which ones to embrace and which ones to ignore.