The hand of God vs chance

You know the charge that the ancients naively interpreted all acts of nature to be by the hand of God? I just read 1 Samuel 6:9b:

“But if not, then we will know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.”

They were giving God the opportunity to show them it was he who did it, as opposed to it happening by chance. That isn’t to say they thought that the possibility of things happening by chance threatened his sovereignty. Something to keep in mind when considering that aspect of free will (not about chance directly) and evolution (exactly the sort of chance meant in this passage).

If you want to follow along with me in my daily bible reading, I follow the plan at http://www.biblenarrativeproject.blogspot.com :)

Have a beautiful day :)

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About Maryann

Maryann Spikes is the past President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. She blogs at Ichthus77, and loves apologetics and philosophy. In particular she loves to study all things Euthyphro Dilemma and Golden Rule. A para-educator (autism) for five years, she holds a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an AA in Humanities via Modesto Junior College, and moonlights as a freelancer. You can follow her on Twitter @Ichthus77, connect with the Ichthus77 community on Facebook, or look her up on Google+.
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