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"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?"

Doctrine & Covenants 122:7-8
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Gethsemane by James Christensen

Questions and Answers about
God Protecting Believers

 

1. Recent news tells of a church burning down. A church school bus overturned, killing several children and injuring others. A very devout young man with a wife and dependent children died with melanoma cancer. Why? Why, if there is a god, why does "he" not protect those who love and worship him?

Sometimes He does, and sometimes He doesn't. There are thousands of stories of miraculous events that happen in the lives of everyday people, and sometimes the miracle doesn't come. We are all mortal, and death is as much part of the Plan as being born is. The truth is that we are all going to die, some sooner and some later.

I can't speak for all religions, but I can say according to my experience as a Latter Day Saint, that a belief in an Eternal Father makes dealing with death much easier. When a loved one of mine dies, I know that I will see them again. And although I'm mourning their loss on Earth, their Father in Heaven, along with all their relatives who have gone on before are waiting to receive them with open arms. We die from this world and are born into the next. Death for an atheist must be devastating.

I also know that when we die there is a greater purpose. It is either just our time, we've lived our lives, or there might be a more important reason for our Father to call us home. If someone is diagnosed with a fatal disease, a speedy death can be a blessing. Death is the climax and graduation of life. Not dying would be like going to a university forever without ever graduating and progressing. Maybe that's why so many atheists are intellectuals, they don't dare leave school. *wink*

Either way, if there is or is not a god, we are all going to die. I would rather live my life with peace in my heart, then fear and dread.

2. Why should churches need fire insurance anyway?

Because buildings burn, and they are expensive to replace.

3. What are the statistics of devout religious persons being involved in accidents as compared to non-believers involved in accidents?

Probably about the same. But there are statistics to show that people with an active religious affiliation heal faster. Latter Day Saints, because of our health code, are also statistically shown to live longer and healthier lives.

This is the testimony of President Joseph F. Smith (6th president of the church), concerning death of the righteous:

"I believe that as Christ arose from the dead, so shall all the faithful arise. We shall all see one another again. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that after his death and burial he arose from the dead, and became the first fruits of the resurrection. To all believers, and to the Latter-day Saints especially, there is sweet comfort in this knowledge, and in the thought that through obedience to the ordinances and principles of the gospel, which Christ, our Savior, taught and enjoined upon the people and his disciples, men shall be born again, redeemed from sin, arise from the grave, and like Jesus return into the presence of the Father. Death is not the end. When we, sorrowing, lay away our loved ones in the grave, we have an assurance based upon the life, words and resurrection of Christ, that we shall again meet and shake hands and associate with them in a better life, where sorrow and trouble are ended, and where there is to be no more parting. This knowledge is one of the greatest incentives that we have to live right in this life, to pass through mortality, doing and feeling and accomplishing good. The spirits of all men, as soon as they depart from this mortal body, whether they are good or evil, we are told in the Book of Mormon, are taken home to that God who gave them life, where there is a separation, a partial judgment, and the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they expand in wisdom, where they have respite from all their troubles, and where care and sorrow do not annoy."