Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and Guardian Angels.
A stray bullet, shot into the air in celebration, crashes through the roof of a church and hits this little boy in the head and kills him. They said he was anxious to get to church because he enjoyed it so much.
So many people grow up believing that guardian angels protect their children. Honestly, I believe guardian angels are a false idea portrayed by texts such as Psalms 91:9: "If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the Lord, who is my refuge--then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent."
And the Bible quotes Jesus as saying, " See that you do not look down of one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven." This is another of the verses which supposedly assures parents that angels are assigned to their children. But in my own little sphere of this world, I could name, but won't, a half of a dozen terrible examples where calamity has struck the children of strong believers. I have heard it all. God took them home early to be with him because he could see something in their future which he didn't want them to have to go through. Or they were doing bad things, and the angels couldn't protect them. Or it's a Job experience and our faith is being tested. Or some things we can't have answers for now, and we'll have to wait for heaven to have them answered.
That's why I wrote this book, Surrender of Sovereignty, to explain the reasons why I have no confidence in the Bible. I think guardian angels are a nice idea that the human writers of the Bible convinced themselves to believe. I realize this hits close to home, but if you look at who experiences calamity and who doesn't it seems more random and related to the situation at hand. It really doesn't seem like God is deciding who he's taking home early, who he's going to test, who's been so bad that he has to pull his angels back from their guardian service.