In the “everything-that-happens-is-because-God-caused-it-to-happen” theology (that has advocates like Westboro Baptist Church) it seems that God wants to run Eight Belles in a heavenly race. This, from the Baltimore Sun:
Yesterday morning, the filly’s trainer, Larry Jones, his eyes puffy and swollen from a near sleepless night, stood outside his barn still disbelieving. “I keep looking, and she ain’t in there,” he said. “She ain’t coming back. As to why, we’d like to think God wanted her in his stable. He gave us signs all along the way that we were in the race we were supposed to be in. He [God] put her in that race and let her run a great race, and then he took her. “I know God doesn’t make mistakes. There’s a reason for this. I just don’t know what it is yet.”
This is the kind of theology that results in diabetic children dying because their parents rely on prayer rather than the God-given talents of physicians, pharmachologists, scientists, and others.
This is the kind of theology that ignores that there are consequences to human decisions. (Did the jockey pull Eight Belles up short too quick?) Did Eight Belles have an unknown previous injury? Should we even be racing horses at all?
This is the kind of theology that is as fatalistic as believing that God has abandoned the world.
This is the kind of theology that ignores significant portions of Scripture.