I just returned from a funeral where the deceased was a very young man who died in a particularly tragic fashion. During the committal service the (RCA) minister said,
“I am convinced that this death wasn’t God’s will.”
This came immediately after an injunction from him to the people that they shouldn’t ask the question ‘why’ and that the answer was buried inaccessible in the mind of God.
Now, if this wasn’t God’s will how could God have the answer buried in His mind let alone even know the answer?
If these kinds of things aren’t God’s will then why don’t we figure out whose will they are so we can pinch him a little incense and offer him a little worship?
The last time I heard something like this it came out of a Methodist ministers mouth.
I guess there really is no difference.