God gave us free will, and we often misuse it. When Christians are persecuted, says St. Clement of Alexandria, it’s not God who makes it happen: every judge who condemns them has a free will and is using it wrongly.
But if God cares for you, they say, then why are you persecuted and put to death? Did God make that happen?
Lord - Disasters - Name - Sake
No, we don’t suppose that the Lord wants disasters to happen to us, but that he foretold prophetically what would happen. He said we’d be persecuted for his name’s sake, slaughtered and impaled. So it’s not that he wanted us to be...