An article at breakingchristiannews.com gives us a case study in how “miracles” manifest in the absence of God. The story concerns a kidnapped 6-year-old boy and his “miraculous” rescue, unharmed, only hours later. It’s a textbook case of giving God the credit for the accomplishments of men, of “tweaking” the details to create a more striking story, and of plain old superstition.
According to the Calgary Herald report, the boy and his 8-year-old brother were walking with two other boys, at about 3:20pm on Wed. Nov. 14th, when a man suddenly drove up next to them.
The man reportedly grabbed one boy by the backpack, who “wriggled free,” but the driver was able to pull the 6-year-old into his car, at knife point, and speed away. Although, extremely shaken, the abducted boy’s brother ran for help, and was able to give police a description of the man and his car, including identifying the type of vehicle, which helped authorities to narrow the search.
An Amber Alert was issued, however, reports state that the alert took three hours to set in motion. But it was during that time, before the Amber Alert was given, that God was already at work sounding His own alarm.
At this point, the author stops quoting journalistic sources, and gives a hearsay version of the rest of the story, as reported by Brenda Epp, who heard about the kidnapping through a church prayer chain.
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