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First, as I have argued, we must not assume that everything happens with God's approval. When two alienated teenagers walk into a high school, set off bombs and and shoot nine hundred rounds of ammunition at their classmates, is that God's plan?

If God is in control, then the answer must be "yes". I think Yancey has made a huge contribution to the world in helping people understand God. But if he's implying (if) that God is sitting there wringing his hands, powerless to stop evil from happening, then I disagree with him at that one point.

What they did was against God's moral law, and they are accountable for their actions. But God wasn't surprized by their deeds, and I don't think he looked on helpless to prevent it. He allowed it.

Joseph told his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good". In the end, I come to the same point of trust in God's goodness that Yancey does. But maybe with a twist, in that while I don't understand why God allows evil things to happen, I know (by faith) he can bring a greater good out of absolutely anything.

This is my current understanding, after watching my mom die a horrible, seven-year death from a botched surgury, and after 7 years of watching my best friend and wife of 24 years struggle with a severe brain injury from a car accident she didn't cause.

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