The innocent often die with the guilty. The Old Testament is full of stories of a whole nation perishing or being sent into exile for the sins of the king or of some of the people -- but they all suffer. When a bomb falls on an apartment all may die, including women and children. That doesn't mean they are more guilty than anyone else! One preacher said that Hurricane Katrina came because of the government's accepting gay marriage, but not everyone who died favored gay marriage! The innocent and the guilty often die together.
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For September 29, 2019:
The Backfire Effect by Dean Feldmeyer — When we hold an erroneous belief and are proven wrong, we tend to hang onto that belief even more fervently than before. That’s called the “Backfire Effect,” and Jesus knew about it.
Remember the story of Robin Hood? Robin Hood was no common thief; he was a distinguished social savior serving as an agent of the proper redistribution of wealth. “I take from the rich and give to the poor,” he said. Robin Hood believed Nottinghamshire should be one big, happy family, and he patrolled the highways and byways to make it so for the children and the peasants.
Our Sunday paper is so full of glossy magazine extras of various sorts, that it practically requires a wheel barrow to carry it all. I never get through all that is offered, but I do like to spend a leisurely hour or so reading some of the paper and flicking through the magazines, marvelling at the bizarre and flamboyant life-style apparently enjoyed by some people. Occasionally there are more serious articles as well and sometimes there can be quite a strange combination of articles, such as an article on diet immediately followed by several pages on chocolate cookery.