The Civil Writer Magazine

The Chaplain Corps was born on July 29, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized pay for one chaplain for each regiment of the Army. Since the regiments' creation, nearly 25,000 Army Chaplains have served as religious and spiritual leads for 25 million Soldiers and their families. Army Chaplains have served in more than 270 major wars and combat engagements.

Inevitably, serving chaplains have died in action. 179 British Army chaplains died in the First World War. Three of them were awarded Victoria Cross medals. The US Army and Marines lost 100 chaplains killed in action during World War II: the third highest casualty rate behind the infantry and the Army Air Forces. Thirteen Army chaplains were killed in action during the Vietnam War. Four hundred Army chaplains have been killed in combat overall. Eight members of the Chaplain Corps have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Are chaplains proof that God or different Gods do not protect their men of cloth of different religions, therefore timing of prayer, time and chance and predestination are the true sources for why many men survive in war. As an example, Civil rights leader Hosea Williams a trooper of Dr. King nearly lost his life twice in the Korean war by air bombings but those less than six feet away in a foxhole lost theirs and the second time he was placed in an ambulance from the first bombing and the ambulance was hit and only the paramedics were killed. Can the existence of God or Gods in war be denied? If no, which God is the savior. Not all soldiers are Christians there were many Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Buddhists and Hindus who survived the American wars so the question is, under what authority do some live and others die.

Because analytically only three things can determine life over death, predestination, time and chance or the timing of prayer.

Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 states, “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.