Statesboro, GA, USA
Hugs...and Merry Christmas
LeeJ, I'm certainly not of the persuasion that God must always intervene in order to be vindicated. Nor am I persuaded, as John might put it, that God is so other and removed that he needs no vindication, and that therefore, we need not expect anything at all.
But I did want to point out that if God never intervenes, then "Christmas" would have never occured.
Your inclination is Deism, to which "grace and mercy" are euphemisms for impersonal processes that happen to benefit us. John, I'll bet, is saying that such detachment makes the whole idea of personal worship futile. Your statement hasn't refuted his charge of God's irrelevancy. Rather it has confirmed it.
My answer to this thread later ...
BTW, Merry Christmas to you too Lee.
[This message has been edited by Stephanos (12-19-2006 07:57 PM).]