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Religious Leaders Discuss Faith After National Tragedies


UPDATED: Sunday April 21, 2013 7:42 PM

From the bombings at the Boston Marathon to the explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant -- together these tragedies left people dead and hundreds injured.

Many people are wondering why God would allow such tragedies to happen.

Local clergy are speaking about the subject.

"It's always one of the first questions someone would ask when there are tragedies such as this," said Pastor E. Cary Simonton of Bexley Methodist Church.

He views the bombings at the marathon as a result of what he calls "human brokenness" -- not something God had any part in doing.

"Where we see God's presences is in the midst of the tragedy and response to the persons that are affected." Simonton said. "God is there but God did not wish this to happen."

Rabbi Mitchell Levin sees the bombings as by-product of someone twisting religion for evil purposes.

"It's beliefs that motivate those actions and so i think it's belief that we have to begin to take more seriously in our society, he said.

Both Pastor Simonton and Rabbi Levine agree evil was at work the day the bombs went off.

"I would think most followers of Christ would believe that there is evil in the world regardless of what the source of that is," said Simonton.

"This is a case where people made a choice to do evil so evil motives exist," said Levine.

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