Humans are meaning-seeking creatures. We want to make sense of life. After the massacre at Virginia Tech, we want to know why it happened and whether something could have been done to stop it. And many of us ask: where was God in all of this?
It’s as troubling to wrestle with the question of why some people were spared as with why 32 were killed (plus the assailant himself). To say that God had something special in mind for those who escaped would seem to suggest that God had no plans for those who were killed. What kind of God is that?