Marco Rubio: 9/11 terror attacks were part of God's plan for the universe
Senator Marco Rubio speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio thinks the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the recent massacre in Paris were part of God's plan.

Speaking at a campaign rally last Monday in Iowa, the Florida senator said Christians should never be afraid because God was in control of the universe, the Christian Post reported.

"We are biblically ordered not to be afraid," Rubio said. "You know why? Because God is telling us that no matter what happens, 'It is part of my plan. I will give you the strength to endure it whether you like it or not.'"

Rubio noted that he had previously been asked why God would allow terrorist attacks to happen.

"Where was God on 9/11? Where was God in Paris?" he recalled being asked.

"I said, 'where God always is — on the throne in Heaven,'" he explained. "The question was how could God allow these bad things to happen? It always challenges us to understand that God's ways are not our ways. What we may interpret as bad, and most certainly is in the case of Paris or 9/11, even that is part of a broader plan for the universe and for our lives that we are just not going to know the answer to. God's ways are not our ways."

His comments were uploaded to his YouTube account.

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