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Alan Turing was a brilliant English mathematician who, using that God-given gift, helped the Allies win the Second World War. The Allies needed to decode the encrypted German radio messages their enemy was sending. Those communications were encrypted by a machine called Enigma. The code-breaking machine Turing and others designed, which defeated Enigma, was a pre-cursor to today’s digital computer. For his efforts during the war, Turing was made an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

It goes without saying, I hope, that Nazi Germany finds its place of dishonor among other cruel, fascistic nations and regimes throughout the history of this dark and rebellious planet. Nazi Germany was not the first authoritarian rule that tried to completely destroy the members of a race or group, nor was it the last. Germany’s attempt is striking because the race it endeavored to eradicate was the Jews, God’s original chosen people.

I do not know why God allows what He allows and disallows what He disallows; what He causes and for what reasons. No one does, although it may seem that we have more light sometimes than others. This is foolish thinking, truly, since none of us has the eternal viewpoint of the eternal God Almighty. And there is no light on the issue at hand. No mortal knows why God caused or allowed the Second World War, nor the mass slaughter of the Jewish people.

If you have visited this blog before, you may be aware that more than once I have cited these smack-in-the-face realities spoken by the Lord Himself.

“Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?” (Amos 3:6).1

“I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things” (Isaiah 45:7).

“Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire” (Psalm 46:8–9).

We Christians may not like these verses. We may try to ignore them. But there they are spoken in as plainly as possible. We must accept them. If that requires swallowing hard and pulling up our boots to do the hard work of thinking about the sovereignty of God, then that is what we must do. We cannot ignore the truth of the words of God.

But back to Alan Turing and the code-breaking machine. Mr. Turing was a homosexual. After the war, he was arrested for indecency regarding this behavior. This law has since been eliminated in Britain, as it should be. One should not be arrested for this sexual sin. But it is a sin, nevertheless. The scriptures that declare this truth are as clear as any in the Holy Writ. It is clearly condemned in 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10, Jude 7, and Romans 1:26-27. In addition, Jesus declared that only two genders exist when He confirmed the creation mandate in Matthew 19:4–5: “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?”

The point I want to make concerning Alan Turing is that the Lord gave Mr. Turing the mathematical genius he possessed, knowing that he would use it to help defeat Nazi Germany. Thus, we have a man engaged in blatant sin against help defeat an enemy that was also engaged in blatant sins against God. Why would He do this? We do not know, and we may never know, unless such inscrutabilities are made known to the saints in the heavenly kingdom.

Let me close by adding the verse that follow Psalm 46:8–9 cited above which state that the Lord brings desolations to the earth and burns the chariots with fire: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10).


1All Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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