A few years ago, theologian John Piper had this to say in response to the question, "Why was it right for God to slaughter women and children in the Old Testament? How can that ever be right?"
"It's right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God gives life and he takes life. Everybody who dies, dies because God wills that they die.
God is taking life every day. He will take 50,000 lives today. Life is in God's hand. God decides when your last heartbeat will be, and whether it ends through cancer or a bullet wound. God governs.
So God is God! He rules and governs everything. And everything he does is just and right and good. God owes us nothing.
If I were to drop dead right now, or a suicide bomber downstairs were to blow this building up and I were blown into smithereens, God would have done me no wrong. He does no wrong to anybody when he takes their life, whether at 2 weeks or at age 92.
God is not beholden to us at all. He doesn't owe us anything."
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Framing an answer to the above question in terms like Piper does a) raises questions pertaining to God's goodness; b) seems to indicate some sort of theistic Voluntarism as found in Medieval philosophy; c) implicates God as the author of evil since God does not just passively allow the premature death of little children but He actively wills their premature death; d) ignores a very different revelation of God in human flesh we definitively observe in the gospels.
For my part, this is the kind of Calvinistic expression that made Wesley's blood run cold.