A Republican Presidential candidate recently moved to comfort families of the victims of the Paris attacks by calling their pointless massacre part of a cosmic plot by a benevolent deity.
Marco Rubio, currently sitting third in national polls behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, made the comments at a campaign stop in Iowa last week, the Florida senator telling a packed room not to “be afraid” because God is sitting on a big chair in Heaven pulling the strings.
“We are biblically ordered not to be afraid,” he said. “You know why? Because God is telling us that no matter what happens, ‘It is part of my plan. I will give you the strength to endure it whether you like it or not.'”
The senator said he had often been asked: “Where was God on 9/11? Where was God in Paris?”
“I said, ‘where God always is — on the throne in Heaven,'” he explained. “The question was how could God allow these bad things to happen? It always challenges us to understand that God’s ways are not our ways. What we may interpret as bad, and most certainly is in the case of Paris or 9/11, even that is part of a broader plan for the universe and for our lives that we are just not going to know the answer to. God’s ways are not our ways.”
Rubio did not expand on whether his God was the same that inspired the Paris killers or a rival God. Nor did he say how he came by this spectacular insight into the existence of a universal grand design.
(H/T Christian Post)