Crossword Story: “The Island, The Volcano, and The Missionaries” (Part 1 of 10)

Quote: “If God is willing to prevent Evil, but is not able He is not Omnipotent

If He is able but not willing then He is malevolent

If He is able & willing then whence cometh Evil?

If He is neither able nor willing, then why call Him God?”


A volcano erupts lava from the bowels of the earth. THis fiery cataclysm caused much woe to those who lived within a ten mile radius of the eruption. Mahatma (chief of the island) felt he was being punished by the gods for being stingy with his crops and fish-catch. He would often deny desperate and hungry neighbors even a small share of his food-stores unless they were very persistent. He also resented these beggars.

Also, his cherished, beautifully ornate macaw flew from its elaborate wooden perch and perished from the volcanic fumes wafting in the air.

Usually, fate always seemed to smile on Mahatma. He was a strong, wise leader plus he had a lovely wife, beautiful daughters and strong, hard-working sons. The chief lamented to whoever would listen: “Why am I having such bad luck?” He even prayed to the gods for things to go back to the way they were before the eruption… (to be cont’d)

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