I HAVE to confess to being totally baffled by the letter of R Hall (Letters, August 22, 'Heaven help us in a crisis') about the power of prayer in the Second World War.

It strikes me that if God is so clever, all-seeing, all-knowing and omnipotent, he should have recognised the crisis without our having to tell him; but no, it seems that it needed seven ‘national days of prayer’ to remind him of our predicament.

In the meantime, he just (metaphorically speaking) twiddled his thumbs.

Does it not occur to R Hall and his ilk that a large majority of the combatants in World War Two would have been Christians (although there must have been many non-Christians from the vestiges of the British Empire who fought Nazi tyranny), with the obvious implication that they would have prayed to the very self-same God to give them victory?

Yet God stood by for six years and did nothing to stop the destruction and carnage.

Which brings me to Faith Viewpoint (Gazette, August 22), wherein Dr Alex G Stewart stated: "God’s Spirit brings Jesus’ peace ... until God winds up this world and remakes it."

Well, if God had any intention of ‘winding up this world and remaking it’ surely the time is ripe; our poor old planet is in an appalling mess right now. But what does God do? Why, of course, what he has done down through the ages - sweet nothing.

I’ve just got about three-quarters of the way through James Holland’s book Normandy ’44, in which the author makes it abundantly clear that - notwithstanding the guts, courage and determination of the Allies (and, indeed, the German defenders) - the D-Day landings and the subsequent success of the Allies were down to an overwhelming superiority of men, material and firepower. God had nothing to do with it.

I’m afraid our problems will not be resolved for as long as people put their faith in a non-existent God.

John Forder

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