This is one of the reasons I became an atheist. Yesterday, a young boy who survived the massacre at the church near San Antonio, TX, went home from the hospital. One neighbor called him a "fighter" and that god has plans for him.
So, everyone who died either doesn't know how to fight or does not fit into god's plan.
Seems a little unfair to me.
"He" does work in mysterious ways. So mysterious that you might think he's not even there. [My main interest in making a comment on this thread, is to ask a question. Does anyone know the "believers'" explanation for why HE stopped coming down (over, through?) and speaking to us directly? If we could just go "old testament", we could just ask him. "Hey God, why did you... (etc.)". I have probably seen the explanation, but it was probably so convoluted, that my tiny mind couldn't keep it.]
So why did god reject him? Why did he want to meet the others before him?
Perhaps he didn't believe enough to go to heaven and the benevolent great creator was giving him a second chance to touch his forelock and worship him properly?
.....or perhaps god doesn't exist and he just got lucky.