Why doesn’t God fix all problems with a sweep of his hand? Theologians and preachers are busily engaged in untangling that particular knot. We’ll leave them to it and ask a different question. What does God most want? Leaving aside the imponderables, his overwhelming desire, as far as we can see, is to be close to us. Something went badly wrong. Eden nostalgia, metaphorical or otherwise? Jesus was sent to pursue us back into our father’s arms. How did he do it? In many ways. Mercy, loopholes and miracles featured strongly. We still see them. That is what we shall curiously, smilingly consider
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