A considerable weight is given in Christian doctrine
to the concept of a God who intervenes in human affairs:
to protect the innocent, or punish the guilty,
to change things at our prayerful demand.
The Bible is, of course, full of examples of divine intervention.
After all, the Bible is written so that we might believe
and, by believing, come to follow the 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.
Surely there must be a truer explanation,
than a shrug and hiding truth under ignorance,
and fear of looking more deeply into ultimate reality.
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.
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