Clergy Corner: Why does God allow disasters to happen?

File PhotoKen Leydens, First Presbyterian Church. ■ By Ken Leydens / Contributed Terrorism, violence, wars, epidemics, storms, earthquakes and tsunamis. To these facts of the world we live in, invariably, comes the question, “Why does God allow these things to happen?” We think God to be unlimited power. So, when there is destruction and death, God just doesn’t seem to measure up to our expectations for how God ought to act. Anguish and suffering violate our definition of God. Too rarely does God “rend the heavens and come down” as Isaiah pleads (64:1); at least not in ways and timing that we readily recognize. And so, again and again, I hear

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