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If God won't kill us, we won't be hit by a lightning.

If He wants our death, a lightning rod won't defend us.

Same reasoning could work for seat belts.

Which is, on my opinion, a false reasoning. But why?

  • the same logic could be used for swimming with piranhas while slathered in corned beef, but is a common sense combination of ein somchin al hanes and venishmartem et nafshoteichem be enough of an answer? – rosends May 9 '16 at 19:30
  • The example that you use means that you could be in a situation in which you are being judged before the heavenly court. The decree could be that lightning will strike, but you are allowed to be saved by a lightning rod because you followed the mitzvah of "Ushmartem es nafshosaichem". Had you not done that (of your free will) you would have been killed because you did not deserve the miracle of having the lightning miss. – sabbahillel May 9 '16 at 20:11
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The same god that says I decide life-and-death said guard your life and be safe.

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    So doing all this stuff is just a show? It's just an arbitrary thing we do bc God said so with no effect? – Double AA May 9 '16 at 19:31
  • Isn't that Beautiful. You are doing something for your dear father even though you may not understand it. Like so many things we do just because he says so which is most of the beauty of Judaism connecting to the infinite even though we are limited and finite. – menachem May 9 '16 at 19:34
  • Beauty isn't a particularly objective standard here, so I'm going to ignore that. The problem here with your statement is most of us think we do understand this one. – Double AA May 9 '16 at 19:36
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    @MorningStar, this question is a duplicate of that one AFAICT. If you're unsatisfied with the answers there, see judaism.stackexchange.com/help/bounty. – msh210 May 9 '16 at 20:02
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    @DoubleAA The judgement could be that the person is not worthy of having the lightning miss, but is worthy of being saved by a lightning rod (derech hateva) – sabbahillel May 9 '16 at 20:14

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