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God's level of intervention in the world is a mystery to me also. I remember when I first found the fool, I made the mistake of spouting on AF about all the "miracles" and assorted other divine interventions in my life. As you can imagine, this went over like a lead balloon. Maybe belief in divine intervention is not the problem so much as the way one talks (or brags) about it. Lots of testimonies just seem full of smugness and greed.

I believe that God works in small ways as well as large ones, sometimes in response to prayer. But I can't say with any degree of certainty which events of my life are special movements of God and which are just natural consequences of natural events, or even if there is a difference.

As to why God doesn't fix world hunger, war and terrorism, disease, and all the other problems out there--I guess that is our job. Maybe God is waiting for the church as a whole to step up to the plate before he starts blessing individual efforts. I don't know.

I do know that I can't reconcile the life of Jesus with an impersonal God. Jesus was hands on. He took on the religious establishment, but he also cooked breakfast for his friends. He healed blind eyes, but also took time hug little kids and answer some really stupid questions. He didn't just deal with big problems or in spectacular ways. I don't know why he would do any differently today.

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