A considerable weight is given in Christian doctrine
to the concept of a God who intervenes in human affairs:
who heals the sick,
who punishes the sinner,
who directs our path,
who protects the righteous.
It is indeed a comforting concept, if unrealistic.
The Bible is, of course, full of examples of divine intervention,
from the cleansing of The Flood, through Healing of the Sick,
to punishment of the wayward by Plague, Famine or Defeat.
After all, the Bible is written so that we might believe
and, by believing, come to follow the 'true' path
that the Bible lays before us.
The church also cries out in fervent prayer for magical intervention
by the deity that it calls "Lord of All", yet treats as subject to our whim.
Even so, it seems to accept that such prayers will not work miracles,
for it does not assume that they will be answered
and act accordingly.
Yet we may see that, if a good God can truly intervene,
hurt and tragedy, poverty and evil and disease
should be things which God would prevent.
A God which can intervene, but does not,
can only be unfeeling; even evil
to our suffering eyes.
Surely there must be a truer explanation than a shrug
that hides unknown truth under ultimate ignorance
and the fear of looking more deeply into divinity.
Perhaps we can look again at the reality of God
and find a truer explanation than peurile wizardry,
the unconsidered concepts of childhood.
Perhaps we can look again at the doctrine
which we have inherited from the credulous past
and determine a truer reality than medieval magic.