Effective Deism

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

Two Christians in a water park

Jasmine: The line on Towering Humungo doesn’t look so bad right now. Let’s go!

Kelsey: Hang on — I’m not sure about that. Do you see how tall it is?

Jasmine: That’s the point. Come on. Don’t be a wuss.

Kelsey: Okay, but just a second. Dear God, please protect me in this —"

Jasmine: What are you doing?

Kelsey: I’m praying for my safety. Look at that thing!

Jasmine: Have a little trust in the engineers. They wouldn’t build it if it wasn’t safe.

Kelsey: I’d rather trust in God.

Jasmine: Praying isn’t going to make any difference. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.

Kelsey: When did you turn atheist? Why wouldn’t God help me?

Jasmine: I’m not an atheist, but I have enough faith in God to know that when He created the universe He set things in motion perfectly in the first place. If God wanted to protect you from something, he made creation from the beginning so that when the time came you’d be protected.

Kelsey: That’s not how it works. We need to pray to God to let him know what we need.

Jasmine: Then you’re either saying God doesn’t know everything and has to be told, or that he’s not all powerful and couldn’t have set things up right in the first place.

Kelsey: That doesn’t sound right.

Jasmine: Because it’s not right. Besides, if God was always tinkering with things, science wouldn’t work, would it? Science only works if things happen in a regular way, obeying the laws of the universe. If God could interfere, then the engineers could never be certain of their calculations because God could change things at any time.

Kelsey: That doesn’t mean that accidents can’t happen.

Jasmine: It means that accidents can’t happen without God knowing from the beginning of time that they’re going to happen.

Kelsey: Then you don’t think God will protect me if I go on the slide.

Jasmine: I think that God’s been protecting you since the universe began.

Kelsey: Wow — that’s deep. Okay, let’s give it a try!

 


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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Conversations

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