Three months ago a five-year old girl was accidently killed by a car that was pulling into her driveway. The driver was her teenage brother. The father was Steven Curtis Chapman, a popular Christian musician and advocate for adoption.
Chapman and his family are going to be on Larry King tonight. A blurb for the show says, “How a tragic accident led to a miracle — and reinforced their faith.”
I feel very sad for the Chapman family. I wish this accident had never happened. How horrible for the brother to live with that feeling of guilt! What a tragic time for their family.
But according to Larry King’s blurb, this tragedy “led to a miracle” and “reinforced their faith.” Of course this “miracle” isn’t a real one — just their family sticking together in tragedy or seeing the purpose of God or something similar. Nothing miraculous. Heart-warming, important, wonderful — but not supernatural.
Why do these events reinforce faith? God, if he exists, is responsible for the death of Chapman’s daughter. God either did it directly through predestination (which I think Chapman believes), or chose not to intervene even though he could have and knew about it before the foundations of the earth. Either way, he’s responsible.
If you were there and could have moved his daughter a couple feet to avoid the car — but didn’t — wouldn’t you be responsible? Even if you knew it would benefit the Chapman family by bringing them together and putting more trust in God? You would be despicable if you did such a thing.
But people believe God does this every single hour of every single day. I know I did.
Let’s say God exists and had a purpose for this killing: he wanted the Chapman family to have more faith in himself and love one another more. So he’s willing to kill children for that? That’s worth the sacrifice of a daughter? God is supposedly the most powerful being in the universe, yet he has to kill children to help people have more faith in him?
No, if God existed, he would not be so cruel. He would not be crueler than me. That is one of the reasons I am an atheist — this is just how the world works. If Chapman’s daughter was to be saved, it was up to a person. If I was there, I would have tried my hardest to save her life. And so would any decent person — or divine being.
Update: I read the transcript and there was no mention of a miracle at all. Maybe it was just a marketing gimmick.