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Astrology: Addition of Zoë Chao's Horoscope   

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Zoë Chao (born September 19, 1985) is an American TV and stage actress and screenwriter prominently known for her role as Isobel in Strangers. Chao was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her mother has Irish-English roots, and her father is a second-generation Chinese American. Chao has also stated that she grew up in a family of visual arts. She received her BA in Art History from Brown Univers...
          

Gallery Z celebrates 20 years and over 300 exhibits   

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PROVIDENCE —  “Two Decades of Gallery Z” is on exhibit through Sunday, March 1.In 2020, Gallery Z celebrates 20 years and over 300 exhibits of fine art on historic Federal Hill. Presenting American, European and Armenian artists from the early 20th century to the present, Gallery Z supports emerging and established artists while connecting the public with the vibrant local and regional arts community. Fostering an ongoing culture of appreciation of fine art [...]
          

Business Development Manager (Legal Industry)   

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RI-Providence, Please send resume in Word format should you be interested in the following Business Development Manager position located in either Boston, MA (zip code 02199) or Providence, RI (zip code 02903). This is a full-time, direct-hire position with a salary between 105 – 135K. Excellent Benefits as well. If you’re not interested, please pass along to your colleagues. Legal Industry experience is a HUGE
          

Business Development Manager (Legal Industry)   

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MA-Boston, Please send resume in Word format should you be interested in the following Business Development Manager position located in either Boston, MA (zip code 02199) or Providence, RI (zip code 02903). This is a full-time, direct-hire position with a salary between 105 – 135K. Excellent Benefits as well. If you’re not interested, please pass along to your colleagues. Legal Industry experience is a HUGE
          

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RI-Providence, Legal Assistant Providence, RI Currently seeking a Legal Assistant for a great opportunity in the Providence, RI area. The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of previous legal and e-filing experience in State and Federal Courts. Responsibilities of the Legal Assistant Assist attorneys in all aspects of legal case preparation and file management from commencement through settlement or trial. Dra
          

The Long and Winding Road   

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:fsb2_smile: Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

C'est dimanche aujourd'hui, et Cool Hand Luke adore raconter des histoires le dimanche lol ! :fsb2_wink:

C'est devenu une habitude quasiment vitale pour lui lol ! :fsb2_wink:

Il n'a pas besoin de se forcer Cool Hand Luke, pour s'en souvenir, car ces histoires sur sa vie, à 200 mg de Baclofène par jour, elles sont omniprésentes dans son petit ciboulot ! :fsb2_wink:

Alors il les raconte sur son fil pour décharger un peu son petit ciboulot ! :fsb2_wink:

Cette histoire n'est en aucune façon un mauvais souvenir ! Au contraire même !

C'était en 1995 !

Il faisait son service national dans la Police Nationale Cool Hand Luke ! 10 mois !

L'histoire a commencé avec les classes à Sancerre, ville réputée pour son excellent vin, dans une caserne de CRS, la CRS 52, si ma mémoire est exacte, au mois de février !

Il faisait sacrément froid là-bas en ce mois de février 1995 ! :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold:

Nous avions 3 sous-brigadiers instructeurs pour le sport !

Nous étions 150 appelés environ, répartis en 3 sections !

Le premier était un petit bonhomme très sportif !

Un petit renard très rusé et fin connaisseur d'hommes ! :fsb2_wink:

Le second était de taille moyenne, doté d'un sacré sens de l'humour, et lui aussi fin connaisseur d'hommes ! :fsb2_wink:

Le troisième était une armoire à glace, extrêmement sportif, ancien du GIPN !

Il nous donnait même des cours de boxe, c'était très drôle ! :fsb2_smile:

C'était un peu la caserne s'amuse, si vous voyez ce que je veux dire lol ! :fsb2_smile:

Tous 3 étaient âgés d'environ 45 ans et étaient affectés à cette caserne pour former les PA (Policiers Auxiliaires) !

Chaque matin, nous allions courir dans les champs de vigne ! :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold: :fsb2_cold:

Ca grimpait en plus !

Et pour moi qui avait toujours détesté la course à pied, j'en ai sacrément bavé ! :fsb2_omg: :fsb2_omg:

Le capitaine de la caserne était très drôle !

Il mettait toujours des pantalons très courts et on voyait ses chaussettes !

Il était sans doute un peu psycho-rigide !

Pendant les repas, nous buvions du vin à volonté !

Le soir, un certain nombre d'entre nous allions au foyer boire plusieurs coups ! :fsb2_wink:

Les CRS n'étaient pas les derniers à se joindre à nous ! :fsb2_wink:

En fait, c'était toujours les mêmes qui allaient au foyer !

J'en ai entendu des brèves de comptoir, des excellentes même à l'époque lol ! :fsb2_smile:

Car entre hommes, il se trouve toujours des gars doués pour amuser les autres ! :fsb2_wink:

Après quand il y avait l'appel pour aller dîner, c'était pas triste, certains, dont moi, devant se retenir pour ne pas roter, rester dignes et ne pas éclater de rire lol, car il se trouvait toujours des malins pour sortir des blagues et faire marrer les copains lol ! :fsb2_smile:

Et puis et puis rebelotte avec le vin ! :fsb2_wink:

La nuit, à tour de rôle, certains d'entre nous, allaient faire leur tour de garde à l'entrée, au poste de garde donc, avec les CRS !

C'était pas triste ! :fsb2_smile:

La première fois que j'y suis allé, on m'a accueilli avec un grand plat rempli de pistaches et un magnum de très mauvais Scotch !

Je n'aimais pas particulièrement le Scotch, car je préférais très largement le Bourbon !

J'avais donc d'abord refusé donc !

Mais on m'avait répondu en me tendant un grand verre à Scotch rempli !

"Détends toi ! Pète un coup ! Allez Santé !"

Voilà, en fait nous buvions l'apéritif avec du retard lol, une bonne partie de la nuit, et nous nous racontions des histoires ! :fsb2_wink:

Moi qui adorait déjà à l'époque qu'on me raconte des histoires, j'étais servi, pour ainsi dire !

Un week-end, il y a eu ce garçon, Dunkerquois d'origine polonaise, qui a été très malade et qui a vomi un peu partout dans la caserne lol ! :fsb2_smile:

En guise de leçon, après les classes, il a été affecté au commissariat de Marseille le pauvre lol ! :fsb2_smile:

Moi j'ai eu la chance d'être affecté dans le commissariat d'une grande ville !

La plupart des PA étaient cantonnés à des tâches telles que la circulation ou encore la sortie des écoles ! :fsb2_cold:

Moi j'ai eu la chance, si on peut dire, de faire du police-secours !

Je tournais avec toutes les sections du commissariat, donc je connaissais à peu-prêt tous les fonctionnaires ! :fsb2_wink:

J'ai appris un nombre incroyable de choses sur la vie à cette époque !

Je suis infiniment reconnaissant à la Providence de m'avoir donné cette opportunité !

Mais c'est une autre histoire, dont je reparlerai à l'occasion !

Je voudrais juste dire que nous buvions pas mal aussi à l'époque !

Les gars m'avaient fait promettre de ne surtout pas en parler aux officiers, et d'éviter de souffler dans les narines du lieutenant, si vous voyez ce que je veux dire ! :fsb2_wink:

Vincent.
          

The Long and Winding Road   

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:fsb2_smile: Bonsoir Mesdames et Messieurs !

Hier soir, j'ai entamé la lecture du Dernier Verre de Monsieur Olivier Ameisen pour la troisième fois ! :fsb2_wink:

C'était une envie irrépressible ! :fsb2_wink:

J'ai lu les 61 premières pages, et je suis secoué ! :fsb2_yeah:

Cette disphorie chronique congénitale, cause de l'alcoolisme, cette timidité maladive, ce très désagréable sentiment d'être un imposteur, qui sera tôt ou tard démasqué, cette impression à plusieurs moments de sa vie d'être fou :fsb2_cold: , ça me parle cruellement à moi !

Pour ce qui est de l'anxiété chronique congénitale et de la timidité maladive, je crois pouvoir dire que je suis un sacré specimen :fsb2_cold: , un cas d'étude même lol !

Ces situations de panique ingérables, je les ai connues aussi ! :fsb2_cold:

A tous les médecins que j'ai rencontré jusqu'à maintenant, je leur parlais de mon problème d'anxiété bien sûr, mais aucun ne me suivait sur ce terrain ! :fsb2_devil:

Il m'aura fallu attendre de rencontrer le docteur T pour enfin trouver une oreille qui me comprenne et m'écoute !

Comment se fait-il que j'ai attendu 2012 pour le lire ce livre ?! :fsb2_cold:

J'ai sans doute été berné par mon alcoologue :fsb2_devil: et tous les psy :fsb2_devil: qui se sont penchés sur mon cas, et qui m'ont finalement maintenu la tête sous l'eau et m'ont laissé dans un état de désespoir et d'ignorance inouîs ! :fsb2_devil:

J'ai moi-même essayé de m'accrocher aux AA pendant un an en 2006, et j'y ai aussi rencontré de chics types, mais finalement je n'ai pas pu y adhérer pour diverses raisons et j'ai lâché l'affaire !

J'ai moi aussi fait preuve de culot dans ma vie, faisant fi de ma timidité maladive !

Ces épisodes où Olivier Ameisen se rend chez le ministre Faure et chez Rubinstein me parlent à moi ! :fsb2_wink:

J'étais moi aussi toujours été nul en arts plastiques depuis l'enfance ! :fsb2_wink:

En CP, il y avait cette femme instit qui nous donnait des cours de dessin !

Elle avait dit à ma mère que je "dépareillais" la famille :fsb2_devil: , car mes 3 soeurs étaient douées dans ce domaine !

Heureusement pour moi, je n'avais cette instit qu'en travaux manuels ! :fsb2_smile:

Comme lui j'ai eu la chance d'avoir des parents aimants :fsb2_smile: et, grâce à la Providence, je les ai toujours !

Mais ce triste episode a fait qu'à une période je me suis demandé comme Olivier Ameisen si j'étais le fils de mes parents ! :fsb2_cold:

J'étais le dernier rejeton d'une fratrie de 4 et mes 3 soeurs n'avaient pas la même couleur d'yeux que moi ! :fsb2_cold:

Par la suite j'ai compris que j'avais hérité des yeux de ma mère !

En plus j'étais le chouchou de mes regrettés grands-parents :fsb2_smile: , qui me sur-protégeaient !

J'ai compris plus tard que c'était parce que j'étais le seul fils de leur fils chéri, mon père donc !

Comme les parents d'Olivier Ameisen, mes 2 parents ont chacun une histoire familiale "compliquee", on va dire, ce dont j'ai déjà parle dans mes posts sur mon fil !

Sur mes bulletins scolaires, les enseignants marquent souvent "enfant inquiet" ou encore "élève anxieux". :fsb2_cold:

A la maternelle déjà, en moyenne section, il y avait eu cette fête de l'école de fin d'année, où nous autres les enfants devions danser et, à un moment, lever la main droite ou la main gauche, je ne me souviens plus !

Le problème c'est que le petit garçon que j'étais ne savait pas reconnaître sa main gauche et sa main droite. La maîtresse me grondait donc ! :fsb2_cold:

Cela m'avait rendu tellement anxieux que je m'étais gratté la main jusqu'au sang pour reconnaître ma main gauche et ma main droite ! :fsb2_devil:

En primaire, je me souviens de cette institutrice âgée un peu vieille école - elle s'appelait Madame Police !- qui chaque matin "secouait" un peu fort les élèves qui n'avaient pas fait leurs devoirs ! :fsb2_cold:

Même si elle ne m'a jamais secoué moi, cela me rendait tellement anxieux que mes parents ont du me changer d'école !

En sixieme, la prof de francais s'était plainte à mes parents que je n'arrêtais pas de poser des questions, car j'avais tout le temps peur de mal faire moi !

Mais au fait, ces anecdotes, je les ai déjà racontées dans mon tout premier post, le 14 juin, ici sur le forum !

Comme lui je me suis emmerdé :fsb2_devil: durant à peu près toute ma scolarité, sauf en CP, CE1, grâce à un maître :fsb2_smile: , que je n'oublierai jamais, et en CE2, grâce à une maîtresse :fsb2_smile: !

En première et en terminale aussi il y avait ce prof d'histoire communiste convaincu, qui portait toujours une blouse marron-clair, et qui savait raconter l'histoire comme personne ! :fsb2_wink:

Finalement j'ai réussi à obtenir le bac en 1991 à l'arrache au rattrapage !

Et puis après le reste de mes études s'est bien passé, car j'ai eu la chance de rencontrer des profs capables d'intéresser et de transmettre ! :fsb2_wink:

Et puis aussi cette façon d'être extrêmement méticuleux et empathique dans l'exercice de sa profession !

Mais là où je suis très intrigué, c'est quand je lis les goûts littéraires, musicaux et même cinématographiques de Monsieur Olivier Ameisen !

Je ne m'en étais pas aperçu lors de mes 2 premières lectures !

Rien que la citation de la première page :

"Les miracles ne se produisent que dans l'âme de celui qui les attend" !

C'est de Stefan Zweig ! J'adore Stefan Zweig ! :fsb2_smile:

"Ivresse de la Métamorphose" ça me parle ça ! :fsb2_smile:

Et je ne me suis aperçu de cela qu'à la troisième lecture !

Brassens, Brel, Piaf, Sinatra, Belafonte, les Beatles, Barbara, ça me parle aussi beaucoup, puisque je me suis intéressé à toutes ces personnes dès mon adolescence ! :fsb2_smile:

Je suis donc très surpris par ce que je lis !

Je me rends compte que j'ai moi-même cité Brassens, Brel, les Beatles sur mon fil dans mes posts !

Surtout Brel et les Beatles, que j'avais écouté dès mon adolescence, et dont les chansons étaient restées dans un coin de mon petit ciboulot, et que je redécouvre en ce moment ! :fsb2_wink:

C'est quand même curieux, très troublant et étonnant, voire même extraordinaire !

J'ai même dû relire plusieurs fois les passages du livre, pages 41 et 58, car je ne croyais pas ce que je lisais !

C'était presque surréaliste pour moi !

J'ai l'impression de redécouvrir le livre !

Et je me dis encore "Mais bon sang Vincent, mais c'est bien sûr !"

Il ne s'agit la point d'une mauvaise joke de ma part ni même d'un mauvais trip, mais d'une réalité !

Je vous entends déjà vous dire, Mesdames et Messieurs : "Son histoire, elle est bien jolie, si seulement elle était vraie ?!"

Moi-même, je me suis même demandé si ce n'était pas mon subconscient qui était en train de me jouer un sale tour !

Je vous jure que c'est vrai !

Je n'ai jamais menti sur mon fil de mon tout premier à mon dernier post !

J'ai réfléchi froidement, comme Cool Hand Luke sait à peu près le faire, et les faits sont la indénables et implaccables !

Je n'ai point raconté de carabistouilles, j'espère que vous n'en doutez pas un seul instant ! :fsb2_wink:

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The Long and Winding Road   

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:fsb2_smile: Tenez les amis, je vais vous confesser quelque chose de presque inavouable !

Avant, quand j'étais au plus bas avec l'alcool, je crois que je ne m'aimais pas, avec ma gueule de pauvre typec !

Je crois même, c'est triste a dire, que parfois je me détestais !

Heureusement, j'ai la chance de ne pas être marqué du tout physiquement par l'alcool !

Encore un cadeau de la Providence !

Eh bien là, depuis que je suis sous Baclofène, je recommence à m'aimer !

Ne vous marrez pas les amis hein promis, mais j'en arrive même à me trouver beau !

C'est con a dire, mais je crois que si j'etais une femme, je serais amoureux de moi lol les amis !

Vincent.
          

The Long and Winding Road   

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:fsb2_smile:

Bonjour à toutes et à tous.

Eté 2009. A l'époque, j'étais à l'HP en HL, pour me reposer, oui c'est le mot juste, car j'étais très beaucoup fatiqué à l'époque !

Pour la première et unique fois de ma vie, j'ai osé lever ma main sur quelqu'un.

Il s'appelait Jean-Paul, je ne l'invente pas ! Il avait environ 40 ans, il était blond. Il avait derrière lui un long passé militaire. Il était allé en Guyanne, m'avait-il raconté. Bien sûr, je ne sais pas si cela était exact !

Il avait une particularité Jean-Paul : il était l'amoureux secret de Vanessa Paradis. Il en était convaincu lui !

Bien sûr, la première fois qu'il m'a raconté cette histoire, j'ai dû me retenir d'éclater de rire ! :fsb2_smile:

Par respect, je l'ai écouté patiemment raconter son histoire abracadabrante ! Il avait constamment sur lui une page d'un mauvais magazine télé, où apparaissait Vanessa Paradis. Mais, chut, promis hein, il fallait que je n'en parle à personne !

Et puis un soir, il m'a fait une réflexion qui m'a fortement fâché ! :fsb2_devil:

Je lui ai administré une formidable gifle !

Bien sûr, il s'est immédiatement précipité hors de la chambre pour se plaindre à 2 infirmières qui passaient par là !

Normalement, le fait d'oser lever la main sur un autre patient en HP vous envoie directement dans cette horrible salle de torture qu'est la chambre d'isolement, où vous vous retrouvez attaché à un lit ! :fsb2_cold:

Une sorte de "salle 101" quoi !

Ce soir-là, j'y ai miraculeusement échappé à cette "salle 101" !

Pourquoi ? Je me pose encore la question !

La Providence sans doute !

Bien sûr, avec le recul, je regrette mon geste !

Jean-Paul n'était qu'un pauvre type, comme moi à l'époque, qui appelait au secours !

Bon, je me suis quand même retrouvé peu de temps après en pavillon fermé, mais allez savoir pourquoi !

Vincent.
          

Gynecologic Oncology Physician | Providence Health & Services   

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Portland, Oregon, Seeking a board-eligible/board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist to serve as a clinical leader and part-time Medical Director. Role responsibilities will primarily be clinical, but will include leader
          

Hematology Oncology Physician | Providence Health & Services   

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Walla Walla, Washington, Seeking a full-time board-eligible/board-certified Hematology Oncology physician. Join a collaborative, communicative group of physicians at Providence St. Mary Medical Center's growing Regional Canc
          

Hematology Medical Oncology | Providence Health & Services   

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Portland, Oregon, Seeking a full-time, board-certified Hematology Oncology physician who specializes in Leukemia and Lymphoma. Join the dedicated and collaborative team at Providence Cancer Institute's growing clinic
          

Echo Tech Non Invasive Cardiology Sierra Campus FT Rotating at the Hospitals of Providence El Paso TX | The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus   

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El Paso, Texas, Up To 15k Sign On Bonus Summary Performs and monitors echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) procedures. Calculates, measures, and documents appropriate values on the tests performed for review and int
          

LA FAIM JUSTIFIE LES MOYENS !   

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Pieter Kerstens

Depuis de très longs mois certains « Gilets Jaunes », ayant une activité professionnelle, crient leur exaspération d’être ignorés par un gouvernement sourd à leurs revendications et au fait que leur « fin de mois » commence le 15.

J’évoque ici une majorité de ceux qui manifestaient leur colère dans les premières semaines d’un mouvement qui concernait bien sûr aussi une grande partie du peuple français, mouvement récupéré par les gauchistes, les anarchistes et les « Black-Blocs » par la suite.

Il convient néanmoins de constater que le tandem du docteur Micron et de son assistant Edouard a lâché plus de 15 milliards d’Euros au début de l’année 2019, résultat que les syndicats « officiels » n’ont JAMAIS obtenu en 30 ans ! Alors oui, la violence paye…

Parce que tôt ou tard, la population prend conscience que, gouvernements après gouvernement et sous diverses présidences, la désinformation, les mensonges et la propagande mènent au chaos.

Le devoir de mémoire nous rappelle que les euro-mondialistes nous ont imposé :

  • Une société au rabais où 10% de la population est analphabète, car depuis 1968, l'instruction dispensée dans les écoles, les lycées, les universités de France est tellement mauvaise que certains diplômés ne savent plus compter, ni écrire sans fautes ; quant à la lecture de la presse sur papier ou encore de livres divers, on assiste à une chute libre des ventes annuelles alors que les moins de 35 ans passent de plus en plus de temps sur Internet…
  • Une société décadente où le droit de grève prime la liberté du travail et dans laquelle l’Etat Providence encourage le parasitisme et la paresse ;
  • Une société débauchée où les politicards et les intellectuels ont poussé les pédérastes et les pédophiles à tenir le haut du pavé tout en niant et masquant leurs délits ;
  • Une société où les pensionnés après 4O ans de labeur touchent moins que l'immigré qui débarquera demain du Bananenland (parce que chez nous il touchera sans travailler 20 fois plus que chez lui en travaillant) ;
  • Une société où les princes qui nous gouvernent avec la complicité des sociaux-chrétiens-démocrates-écolos-réformateurs ont inventé une Europe supranationale dirigée par des technocrates méprisants, arrogants et suffisants, totalement coupés du pays réel. Ces eurocrates incapables et incompétents, responsables du fiasco de l’Union Européenne.
  • Une société où la Commission Européenne règne depuis 30 ans et a imposé des milliers de directives, responsables de la disparition de centaines de milliers d'entreprises et de millions d’emplois ;
  • Une société de consommateurs ignares, qui a ouvert ses frontières à l'invasion de produits étrangers à bas prix et de mauvaise qualité, que nous sommes tout à fait capables de fabriquer ou cultiver nous-mêmes, bien mieux et avec moins de chômeurs ;
  • Une société « d'humanisme et de tolérance », où chacun y trouverait son « bonheur », qu'ils nous promettaient. FAUX, ARCHI-FAUX !

Constatons ce qui se passe dans les centaines de zones de « non droit » où règnent maintenant la Loi Coranique et une insécurité permanente, à tel point que même ceux dont le travail est de sauver des vies -les pompiers- sont accueillis par une racaille ivre de haine et armée de projectiles divers, aux cris de « Tuez-les ! ».

Racailles et crapules, encore et toujours, choyées par une justice aveugle et complaisante.

Depuis fort longtemps, il suffit de regarder les différentes chaînes de télés, d'écouter les radios et de lire la presse écrite, pour bien se rendre compte qu'en France, les libertés fondamentales étaient abolies et que l’on ne votait plus POUR un candidat et un programme, mais TOUS ENSEMBLE dans un lynchage médiatique généralisé, orchestré, planifié et imposé pour condamner, écraser, brûler ou assassiner tous ceux ou celles dont l'avis, les convictions ou les opinions étaient différents de ceux que la démocratie totalitaire voulait imposer.

Malgré l'acharnement de la totalité de la classe politique, des institutions et des médias, la France ne se couchera pas devant les diktats européistes, parce que 4 français sur 10 refusent le front républicain ; citoyens qui, lentement mais sûrement, ouvrent enfin les yeux.

En France, comme ailleurs en Belgique et dans le reste de l'Europe, il faut faire tomber les tabous et dire tout haut ce que la majorité des gens pense tout bas, sans haine, mais fermement, avec détermination et pour un changement radical de Système.

Quand le désespoir succède à l’exaspération, alors la violence devient sans doute légitime, car c'est à ce prix seulement que nous sauverons l'essentiel de nos valeurs, du naufrage dans lequel nous entraînent les régimes corrompus, inféodés aux oligarchies financières et mondialistes.

Mais ce qui est très intéressant, et suivant divers témoignages recueillis dans certaines villes de province, c’est le fait que quelques groupes d’autodéfense se constituent dans les Zones de Priorité Sécuritaire, « là où la Police ferme les yeux et la Justice baisse les bras. »


          

16 people under observation after contact with U.S. coronavirus patient   

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16 people under observation after contact with U.S. coronavirus patientThe patient, a 30-year-old man, is doing well and may be released from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington in the near future, the hospital's chief medical officer Jay Cook told a press conference. None of the people who were in close contact with the patient have displayed symptoms of the flu-like illness, said John Wiesman, secretary of health for Washington State.



          

Coronavirus Patient Had Close Contact With 16 in Washington State   

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Coronavirus Patient Had Close Contact With 16 in Washington StateSEATTLE—Washington state officials said they have determined the man with the first known case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States had close contact with at least 16 people since returning from China.But authorities said there was no reason to panic—even as Seattle residents rushed to buy face masks at drug stores and fretted about whether the bug that has killed 17 people overseas would spread across the United States.“I would expect that at some point we’re going to have more cases in the U.S.,” state Health Secretary John Wiesman said, stressing that public health officials are well-equipped and trained to handle and contain outbreaks.The initial patient, a man in his 30s, returned from a trip to China on Jan. 15 but did not fall ill until several days later. He had seen news of the outbreak that has infected hundreds in China and went to a Snohomish County clinic on Jan. 19, and told doctors about his travel history. Samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back positive for the virus on Monday, prompting the patient’s hospitalization in an isolation unit at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Officials confirmed the case the following morning, followed by the afternoon press conference.China’s Deadly Coronavirus Cover-Up Is Getting Worse as First Case Hits U.S.Wiesman said the man, who lives alone, is doing well. He’s being observed in a bio-containment room under precautions that include security guards and a robot with a stethoscope to limit physical contact with hospital staff, KOMO-TV reported.Wiesman said that after confirming the virus, health investigators immediately began tracing the patient’s steps to identify who had close contact with him. He said they had identified and were in the process of notifying and monitoring 16 people—but cautioned that number could rise. Officials are not recommending isolation for those people unless they develop symptoms, at which point they would be infectious, he said.Despite the messages of reassurance, Seattle residents were snapping up available anti-viral face masks. In the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a manager for Bartell Drugs said the store’s stock had been essentially cleaned out by noon on Tuesday. A few blocks away at Rite Aid, a single box of face masks remained, and at a nearby Walgreens, a last-minute shopper bought one of two remaining 20-packs.  Boya, 31, a mental health therapist from Seattle, said the Walgreens face masks weren’t her first choice but would have to do given her “complex” situation. She requested that her last name not be used because both she and her partner would be traveling to China soon, and she worried that the Chinese government hadn’t been entirely truthful about the outbreak’s extent.Boya’s partner was due to fly to Hong Kong and then Chengdu, China, on Thursday, she said, and had enlisted her help after being unable to find any face masks at other stores. In February, Boya said, she herself would fly to Shanghai.Some hospitals also appeared to be taking extra precautions. At the entrance to the Emergency & Trauma Center at Harborview Medical Center near downtown, staff had posted red signs on the sliding glass door and by the metal detector that read, “Ask for a mask if you have a fever, rash, cough, runny nose, red eyes, or feel ill.” The air smelled of alcohol as a gloved security guard wiped down round security trays with Purell.China’s Deadly Coronavirus Cover-Up Is Getting Worse as First Case Hits U.S.A few blocks away, the Swedish First Hill Emergency Room waiting area was quiet and mostly empty, and only one young man wore a face mask. A retired public health worker who was waiting for her granddaughter but declined to give her name said she felt fortunate to be living in the county because of its public health capabilities. Even so, she said, messages about the coronavirus would have to overcome language and cultural barriers to be effective.At Walgreens, Boya agreed that the newly confirmed case didn’t pose an immediate threat to her. “Here, I feel safe,” she said. But her grandparents and some other relatives still live in Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter. She also worried about her partner’s safety and her own during their upcoming trips. “I’m calm but still have concern here,” she said, pointing at her chest.Janet Baseman, a professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, said she was impressed by the rapid response of health officials. “This is the way that the public health surveillance system is supposed to work,” she said. “So I’m very pleased.”The virus, officially called 2019-nCoV, was first identified in December in Wuhan, a city of 11 million in central China. Officials originally linked the outbreak to a large seafood and animal market. Since then, they have confirmed human-to-human transmission as well, though it’s not yet clear how easily the virus can spread. By Wednesday, more than 400 cases and 17 deaths had been reported in at least five countries, and screenings in the U.S. had expanded to include airports in Chicago and Atlanta.For the general public, Baseman said, “unless they are traveling to affected areas in China, they are at very, very low risk.” Evidence from other coronaviruses like SARS, she said, suggests that person-to-person transmission occurs primarily when an infected individual coughs, sneezes, or otherwise comes into close contact with someone else. In this case, she noted, the Washington state patient didn’t report any symptoms until several days after his arrival in the U.S. For other people in the vicinity, she said, “That makes transmission very, very, very unlikely. 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A Biblical Approach to Theodicy   

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This article was published in ”Evangel", 10.2 (Summer 1992): 25-29.
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Introduction

We approach theodicy from two angles: the authority of Scripture and the need for contemporary relevance. These two approaches should not be set over against each other. They are to be held together. If we believe that Scripture is ‘the living and abiding word of God’ (1 Peter 1:23), this will influence the way in which we seek to attain contemporary relevance. If we are inclined to lightly set aside the Scriptures with a view to being relevant, our procedure carries with it the implied denial of the ‘living and abiding’ character of Scripture. If, on the other hand, we are firmly convinced that the Bible is ‘the living and abiding word of God’, we will not view the Bible as an obstacle to contemporary relevance. Rather, we will see this ‘living and abiding word of God’ as the foundation of relevance.

Normative Scripture and Apologetics
A real commitment to the normativity of Scripture does not require us to opt out of the apologetic task of presenting a reasonable faith to a sceptical and unbelieving world. It does, however, affect the way in which we will approach the problem of evil. We will not rest content with any suggestion of a dichotomy between a theoretical theodicy and a practical theodicy. A theodicy which is purely theoretical belongs to the scholar’s ivory tower. The real test of a theodicy’s value is practical: Does it help real people to cope with the problem of evil which they face in their own lives? The problem with the distinction between theoretical theodicy and practical theodicy is that it suggests that the problem of evil can be discussed theoretically without our being involved practically. No matter how much we may try to think about the problem of evil with detached objectivity, there remains the unsettling awareness that the problem is much more than a theoretical matter. A theoretical theodicy concerns itself with the question of self-contradiction: Do we contradict ourselves when we ‘assert … that there is an infinitely good God … an all-powerful Creator … and that there are evils in this universe.’1 While this is a crucial issue, we must not lose sight of the fact that the problem of evil is man’s problem. Man faces the problem of evil existentially and practically, since man is evil. The problem of evil is a thoroughly existential problem which confronts man at the very centre of his being. The problem of evil confronts man by the very fact of who he is ― man the sinner. The problem of evil is far more serious and comprehensive than the intellectual debate between theism and atheism tends to suggest. Whether or not one is involved in such intellectual debate, one must still face the problem by virtue of one’s being a man. Regardless of one’s leanings towards theism or atheism, one must still face the problem of evil, for it is a problem from which man cannot escape. Man’s problem concerns not merely explaining evil but overcoming it. The problem of evil is no mere theoretical dispute. Man is ‘engaged, intimately and personally, in … the problem of sin’s guilt’ (G. C. Berkouwer, Sin, p. 14). If we are to take seriously ‘The Biblical A Priori’2 ― God is not the Author of mans sin― this will mean confessing our own involvement in evil. A biblical approach to the problem of evil affirms both the goodness of God and the sinfulness of man. If, in approaching the problem of evil biblically, we are to use the term ‘theodicy’ at all, we must be quite clear that the word ‘theodicy’ is being understood in a particular way. We must take care not to make an overestimation of man’s reason, his capacity to fully ‘justify the ways of God to men’. Where reason is given a central place, there is always the danger of seeking to justify man’s actions to God. If our thinking is to be governed by the gospel proclaimed to us in Scripture, we must use ‘not an autonomous reason but an obedient reason … reason in obedience to revelation’3.
Obedient Reason

An obedient reason seeks to ‘take every thought captive to obey Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This involves more than the use of our minds. It calls also for the obedience of our lives. In both our thinking and our living, we are constantly faced with the temptation of allowing ourselves to ‘be squeezed into the mould of this world’ (Romans 12:2). Generally speaking, ‘the world’ will be quite happy to allow us to continue speaking about ‘God’ so long as we don’t take Him too seriously, so long as He is kept at a distance, so long as this ‘God’ doesn’t present secularized man
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with a fundamental challenge to change his way of living. If, however, we are prepared to settle for the ‘God’ of natural theology, we are no longer speaking of the living God. This, however, is to remove God to the periphery of human existence, making the matter of His existence a matter of considerable indifference. Such a ‘God’ is rightly treated as a puzzle in an intellectual game. Obedient reason will not, however, rest content with reducing the living God of the Bible to a rather contentless concept. We cannot simply settle for an affirmative answer to the question, ‘Does God exist?’ without asking the further question, ‘Who is God?’. When faced with a rather characterless Supreme Being, who might aptly be described as the ‘unknown God’ (cf. Acts 17:23), we must boldly proclaim the gospel of the God who has made Himself known. An obedient reason will not proceed on the basis of arguments based on mans unaided reason. Arguments that leave us with the kind of vague God-concept expressed in the common statement, ‘There must be something somewhere’ must be clearly distinguished from the apostolic ‘argu(ing) …
from the scriptures’ (Acts 17:2). When a man protests, ‘I’m not an unbeliever’ in an attempt to avoid being drawn more deeply into conversation concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ, we may rightly say that this vague God-concept has innoculated him against receiving the fuller and richer teaching of the Scriptures. His protest is an expression of a p
roud unwillingness to receive instruction from the Scriptures and thus be led into a real knowledge of the living God. Although such a man has no ‘God’ but the ‘unknown God’, he speaks as though he was ‘wise and understanding’ (Matthew 11:25). Trying to give the impression that he ‘knows it all’, he refuses to become a ‘babe’ who comes to Jesus Christ and learns from Him (Matthew 11:25, 28-29). In the face of this kind of thing, obedient reason must, on the basis of the Scriptures, ‘destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). If we are over-impressed by a man’s appeal to a vague God-concept, we are not doing him any service. If, on the other hand, we see through his superficiality and, as ‘ambassadors for Christ’, we proclaim to him ‘the message of reconciliation and call him to ‘be reconciled to God’ (2 Corinthians 5:19-20), we are doing him a real service.
Reconciliation and Theodicy

The message of reconciliation must he at the heart of any biblical approach to theodicy. Man is not described in Scripture as essentially ignorant and in need of a series of arguments which, once he has grasped them, will enable him to say, ‘Now, I know’. The basic biblical picture of man is one of man the sinner who stands in desperate need of reconciliation to the holy God. The God who meets man’s need for reconciliation is not a ‘God’ who keeps His distance and keeps His silence. Rather, He is the God who has come near to us in Jesus Christ, the God who, in Scripture, has declared His love to us. If we are to speak of a ‘biblical theodicy’, the emphasis must be on the word ‘biblical’ if we are to avoid the impressions generally associated with the word ‘theodicy’: a ‘God’ who is remote rather than near through the incarnation, a God who remains distant rather than actively revealing Himself through the Scriptures. When we put the question ‘Who is God?’ to an exponent of natural theodicy, intent on ‘justifying the ways of God to man’, we are generally presented with an empty, abstract God-concept which says nothing of ‘the great love of God … revealed in the Son’
4. When, however, we address this question to the Scriptures, we receive warm testimony to the love of God: ‘Who is a God like thee, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression…’ (Micah 7:18). The God of Scripture is the God of our salvation. He is the God who ‘delights in steadfast love’, the God who has ‘compassion upon us’, the God who ‘tread(s) our iniquities under foot’, the God who ‘cast(s) all our sins into the depths of the sea’ (Micah 7:18-19). If we are to think biblically about theodicy, Jesus Christ must be at the forefront of our attention. As we turn our attention to Jesus Christ, we discover that divine redemption is the foundation of a truly biblical ‘theodicy’. In Jesus Christ, we discover that the usual method of theodicy is reversed. The justification of God by man is found in the justification of men by God. The gospel is the Christians ‘theodicy’. The gospel provides the proper context for affirming that God is good in His dealings with sinful man. We make this affirmation of God’s goodness to sinners not on the basis of an argument addressed to our minds. Our basis is the gospel which addresses the whole of our life, calling for the confession of our sins. We do not affirm our faith in the divine love for sinners on the basis of a theoretical argument. The foundation of our faith is a historical event ― the Cross: ‘while we were yet sinners Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8). The gospel may, then, be viewed as the ‘Divine Theodicy’, God’s defence of Himself through His mighty work of salvation. This use of the term ‘theodicy’ is a complete reversal of every human theodicy in which we have man’s defence of God through his reason. Focusing our attention on our Saviour Jesus Christ, we find ourselves compelled to ask not ‘How can God permit evil in the world?’ but ‘How can God have such love for a sinner like me?’.
Divine and human theodicies
In emphasizing the ‘Divine Theodicy’ is a complete reversal of every human theodicy, we observed that the justification of God by man is found in the justification of man by God. We may go on from here to note that, in Scripture, the doctrine of justification is characterized as justification by faith. In view of the repeated emphasis in Scripture on the necessity of faith for salvation, we must be wary of any tendency toward a theodicy built around the speculative notion of universal redemption. In reacting against universalism, however, we must take care not to lose sight of the true universality of the gospel. The gospel is addressed to all. The invitation to come to Jesus Christ is extended to all. The offer of salvation is proclaimed to all. The call to faith is preached to all. This is, nevertheless, a very different thing from the idea of universal redemption. G. C. Berkouwer
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makes this point well: ‘this universality is nowhere made into an objective state of affairs . . . this universality of the gospel is like an arrow directed at a target, and no one is excluded, not even the worst of sinners’
5. Kerygmatic universality does not make the response of faith redundant. Rather, it calls for the response of faith from all. The gospel’s call for faith must be stressed over against a doctrine of universal reconciliation in which the gospel becomes ‘the positive announcement of an unassailable end, upon which the human decision of faith or unbelief has no bearing’
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Universalism

The doctrine of universalism is often presented in the form of a ‘purgatory’ doctrine. William Barclay, who described himself as ‘a convinced universalist’
7, defended his universalist position thus: ‘God has eternity to work in … an eternity of persuasion and appeal until the hardest heart breaks down and the most stubborn sinner repents. As I see it, nothing less than a world is enough for the love of God’ (p. 61). Critical of this purgatory’ notion, S. H. Travis points out that it is ‘quite different from Jesus’ message of present salvation to be received or lost in immediate response to his preaching’.8 When faced with such speculative notions, it is important that we ‘learn … not to go beyond what is written’ (1 Corinthians 4:6) in Scripture. Whatever the precise formulation of his doctrine, the universalist will emphasize that universalism offers hope and comfort to the bereaved. While this argument may hold a certain emotional appeal for those who are frequently called upon to counsel the bereaved, we must be quite clear about this: this hope and comfort for the bereaved is only gained at the expense of seriously distorting the biblical teaching. Emphasizing that ‘the biblical witness to the love of God … never announces it as … a static eschatological fact’, and issuing the apt warning that ‘it is extremely dangerous to think and talk about “the love of God” and what “follows” from it outside of the gospel’, G. C. Berkouwer exhorts us to resist the ‘persistent and almost irresistible inclination to go outside the proclamation of the gospel’9. There is no universalist ‘necessity’. There is ‘only one “necessity” - the necessity that confronted Paul as he faced the future: “Necessity … is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16)’10.
Preaching and the Problem of Evil
The faithful preaching of the gospel is really the most appropriate and most effective Christian response to the problem of evil. The gospel is God’s own response to the problem of evil. If our preaching of the gospel is to be modelled on God’s own response to sin, it must have a whole history behind it and a whole theology undergirding it. Christian theology and the history underlying it has always had its fair share of ‘cultured despisers’. The history of divine redemption recorded in the Old Testament Scriptures is, for them, something of an embarrassment. The doctrines of incarnation and atonement meet with their scorn. Seeking an alternative to the living God of the Bible, they construct a theodicy based on a deistic notion of God. This approach, it is claimed, is more philosophical, more in line with reason. This type of theodicy is less convincing than its exponents would lead us to believe. Their ‘God’ has not involved Himself with the history of mankind. He has not taken upon Himself the full burden of human rebellion against Him. The question that keeps pressing itself upon a theodicy with no history of redemption, no incarnation, no atonement is this: Has such a ‘God’ taken the problem of evil seriously at all? No matter what the theological reductionists may say, we must say with Paul: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith’ (Romans 1:16). If, in our preaching, we are to echo the concerns of the unashamed Apostle, we must be unashamed to preach the
saving power of God and the call for faith. If we are to share the apostolic foundations for faith, our preaching must be grounded in ‘the holy sciptures’ (Romans 1:2). A biblical approach to theodicy must have an irreducible content which we dare not devalue for the sake of contemporary relevance. Where relevance becomes our major concern, we will end up with irrelevance because we have modified the Christian message so that it no longer treats the problem with the seriousness of a fully-orbed biblical faith. Emphasizing the inseparable connection between christology and theodicy, G. C. Berkouwer stresses that ‘the abstract questions of theodicy fall away in the shadow of the event of the cross’11. At the cross, we find God’s answer to the problem of evil. It is not a theoretical answer. It is the answer of His saving power. Nobody who has come to appreciate God’s response to evil in the cross of Jesus Christ can ever think of God in terms of ‘an “uninvolved heavenly holiness” ’ (p. 254). No matter what the modern equivalent of ‘Jews demanding signs and Greeks seeking wisdom’ may say, we will continue to ‘preach Christ crucified’ in the firm conviction that it still pleases God ‘through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe’ (1 Corinthians 1:21-23). It is important that the connection between christology and theodicy finds expression in preaching which refuses to separate the saving power of God from the call to faith. Critical of ‘Barth’s christological theodicy’, which is ‘closely related to his universalistic doctrine of election’, G. C. Berkouwer points out that this view could lead to a proclamation lacking in urgency: ‘The Scriptures … do not know of such an objectivized notion of the world in Christ. The gospel of redemption is proclaimed in the world as an appeal to faith. It is never a mere informing about a new state of affairs … It must not be objectivized into a proclamation that all is now right with the world’12. By emphasizing that the gospel of redemption is proclaimed as an appeal to faith, Berkouwer insists that an experiential knowledge of God’s salvation provides the proper context for the Christian response to the problem of evil:
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‘Having received forgiveness, man cannot possibly speak of God and the world in abstract categories. Theodicy has usually run around in the shallowness of the human endeavor to find an explanation where only justification and forgiveness can provide a perspective’
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A theodicy which treats the problem of evil with genuine seriousness will concern itself with bringing man into a real experience of the divine grace and mercy by which sin is forgiven and the sinner is restored to fellowship with God.
The Problem of Evil and the Experience of Salvation

We must emphasize the importance of an experiential knowledge of God’s salvation. We must, however, take care not to give the impression that the Christian response to the problem of evil is experience-based in the sense that nothing can be said to those who have not had the experience except, ‘You’ll understand once you’ve had the experience’. The gospel comes to us in our experience and is to be worked out in our experience. We must, however, never lose sight of the fact that the gospel is not derived from our experience. It comes to us from outside of our experience, from above, as a Word from the Lord. A right emphasis on experience will keep us from becoming content with an abstract theodicy which does little or nothing to lead us into an everdeepening and truly satisfying experience of the grace of God. On the other hand, we must be wary of an unhealthy emphasis on experience which focuses more attention on the experience than it does upon the Saviour. We must seek the right balance if there is to be genuine growth in ‘the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18). Where there is
such spiritual growth, the problem of evil is really being dealt with by God in the most important place of all ― the spiritual battlefield of our lives. A right emphasis on a real experience of God’s salvation is most important if discussions concerning the problem of evil are to adequately stress the existential character of the problem. The deepest question in theodicy is not merely a theoretical inquiring about God’s existence. It is a question which arises out of the anxiety of the human heart ― Does God care? A real gospel theodicy is an affirmation of the goodness of God to sinful man. The attempt to discredit God by blaming him for the world’s evil is not overcome by vague statements such as ‘There’s more good in the world than evil’ but by the knowledge that comes through faith in the God who ‘did not spare his Son but gave him up for us all’ (Romans 8:32). This emphasis on knowledge of God through faith in Christ is essential if theodicy is not to get bogged down in shallow superficialities. As we seek to take seriously modern man’s questions concerning the problem of evil, we must take care not to be drawn into a superficial distinction between an ‘answering theology’ and a ‘kerygmatic theology’. The kerygma is God’s answer to the problem of evil. We dare not imagine that we can lay aside our commitment to the gospel and discuss the problem of evil with philosophical detachment. We need not deny the need to face the issues honestly, allowing our faith to be tested as we do so. Nonetheless, we must speak as Christians, as those who have found Christ to be the answer to our own personal problem of evil, as those who approach the problem of evil with the kind of moral and spiritual seriousness which is intent on winning others for Christ. This unashamed apologetic intent must be maintained in view of the evangelistic character of God’s response to evil. He is not content to provide man with a theoretical argument designed to answer the question, ‘Does God exist?’. He calls for our total response to His mighty act of salvation by which He answered ― once and for all ― man’s questions regarding the problem of evil by disarming the principalities and powers and making a public example of them, triumphing over them in Christ’s death on the cross (Colossians 2:15). This way of seeking to lead people in the entirety of their existence to faith in Christ is not a popular way. Modern man, with his preference for questions rather than answers, would prefer to go round in circles, looking at the problem from all sorts of different angles, rather than take seriously the possibility that there is a God-given answer to the problem of evil. It may be easier to go with the mood of the day. We will, however, be more faithful to our Christian commitment if we never lose sight of the fact that God-the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ-is tltie living God. He is not merely one option among others, which we can take or leave as we choose. He is not merely a concept with which we can do what we like, picking and choosing those aspects of His character which we like and dismissing the rest. While we dare not compromise our Christian faith, we should not hide behind it, refusing to take seriously the questions people are asking. If we compromise our faith, we will have no Gospel answer to give. If, on the other hand, we do not listen to people’s questions, our testimony, though sound, may be sadly missing the point.

Concluding Applications

In the market-place of ideas, we must frankly acknowledge that no theodicy, whether biblical or deistic, is particularly popular. The world of today seems to be characterized by complacency
rather than anxiety. The question raised by life in modern society would appear to be not so much ‘Does God care enough to take man seriously?’ but ‘Does man care enough to take God seriously?’. When complacent modern man hears of the problem of evil, he tends to shrug his shoulders apathetically ― ‘So what. I’m getting on well enough’. Many people dismiss the problem of evil as a problem for Christianity with its doctrine of God. They meet a Christian and confront him with the statement, ‘You mean to say you believe in God. Look at the state of the world’. They leave the Christian and complacently set about acquiring a comfortable lifestyle with little further thought about the state of the world. If such people, however they were to define their own personal outlook, were to think a bit more deeply, they might be forced to
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realize that the problem of evil is not merely a problem to cast in the face of a poor unsuspecting Christian in order to dampen his evangelistic zeal. The humanist who tries to establish a moral code must face the problem of evil. The moment he wishes the world or his own life was morally better than it is, he confronts the problem of evil. Similarly, the existentialist who seeks to lead people into authentic living faces the problem of evil the moment he accepts the idea that one way of life is morally more authentic than another way of living. In short, the problem of evil is a problem for everyone who refuses to accept a nihilistic outlook on life. Ultimately, this means it is a problem for everyone for there is no-one who lives as though nothing matters. However vague and undefined, everybody lives according to some kind of ideal. Many people do not speak in terms of the problem of evil yet they face precisely this problem the moment they recognize a gap between their own ideals (whether or not they are viewed as God-given) and their own failure to live up to those ideals. It is in this situation that the critic of religion, scornful of any and every kind of theodicy, must be forced to face the question of the validity of making any kind of moral judgements on the basis of an atheistic world-view. Perhaps, as the critic faces this issue, he may begin to see that the problem of morality for atheism may well be a greater problem than the problem of evil for religion. As such reflection creates an openness for religion, we must take care not simply to replace a vague distaste for religion with a vague preference for a religious outlook ― ‘Belief in God makes most sense of the universe’. Rather, we must point clearly to the Lord Jesus Christ as God’s Answer to the problem of evil. As we involve ourselves with the world’s questionings, there will undoubtedly be times when our faith is under severe threat. In such times as these, we must recall the words of Peter when Jesus asked the twelve: ‘Do you also wish to go away?’. Peter said, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’ (John 6:67-68). The words of Jesus are the words which make sense of our painful experience when nothing seems to make sense. The question, ‘Does God care?’ is a question that many people rarely think about when things are going their way. When things go wrong, the question arises from their hearts, ‘Does God care?’. A. J. Gossip, in the first sermon following his wife’s death, said, ‘You people in the sunshine may believe the faith, but we in the shadow must believe it. We have nothing else’. This is not to suggest that faith is our crutch. It is, however, to emphasize the reality of the living God, the God who meets us in our need. When we are most conscious of our need, the Lord is most powerfully present to meet us in our need. Whether we are speaking to the comfortable or the distressed, the educated or the uneducated, we must ask God that our words will truly be an echo of Jesus’ words, words of eternal life.
1 A. Flew, God and Philosophy, p. 48.
2 cf. G. C. Berkouwer, Sin, pp. 27-66.
3 D. G. Bloesch, The Ground of Certainty: Tozoard an Evangelical Theology Of Revelation, pp. 7-8.
4 Church Hymnary, 3rd Edition No. 415.
5 Divine Election, p. 240.
6 G. C. Berkouwer, The Return of Christ, p. 411.
7 cf. Testament of Faith, pp. 58-61.
8 I Believe in the Second Coming of Jesus, p. 204.
9 The Return of Christ, pp. 412, 422-123.
10 The Return of Christ, p. 423.
11 A Half Century of Theology, p. 255.
12 The Providence of God , p. 265.
13 The Providence of God, p. 260, emphasis original.
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