Like everyone else I think the rescue of the three women in Cleveland is a great story. Waiting for years for her moment, perhaps earning the trust of her captor in order to create such a moment, Amanda Berry screams to a passerby, who comes to her aid and calls 911 on her behalf. The police respond, rescue the other two women and the child born into that horrible situation, and now the captors are behind bars and the women are with their families.
The aunt of one said:
“I will tell you this because I was there to see her- all three girls.
God works in mysterious ways. It’s just unbelievable, unbelievable,
these girls, these women are so strong; stronger than I am." Did she
work in her praise for god just out of a sense of duty? I wouldn't give
that callous asshole one iota of thanks for letting the perp have "free
will" to deprive three others (and then his rape-daughter also) of
theirs. What kind of "good" god is this?
First of all, God could have given this man ALS or crippled him in a car wreck, preventing him from being able to snatch three girls off the street and systematically rape them. Or he could have blessed him with visions of His goodness and inspired him to join the priesthood (where he would rape little boys instead). Or He could have just caused the guy's mother to have a miscarriage and prevented the whole thing. How many mysterious ways could God have worked on this problem? A bajillion, at least!
Did "He" choose to do any of those things? The wise and loving father who looks after the innocent? NO! He looked over the guy's shoulder while he was raping those girls! Or he closed his eyes, or maybe he put all his energy into rigging baseball games in favor of the team with the most prayerful people on their side. He certainly didn't lift a finger to help these girls. He could at least have prevented an innocent baby being born into the situation.
This is the classic Problem of Evil. If god is all-powerful and omniscient and omnibenevolent, then why didn't he intervene? Either 1) he's not all-powerful or 2) he's not omniscient or 3) he's not benevolent. Option four: he could intervene but chooses not to is hardly a characteristic of a god worth worshiping but people will defend him with that line. As Tracie Harris said on The Atheist Experience, "If I could stop a person from raping a child, I would. That’s the difference between me and your God."
Coincidentally, the niece's name is Gina DeJesus. Hallelujah. I can't imagine keeping that name after what she's been through.