Why God Why? June 28, 2005Posted by roopster in Bible, Christianity, faith, God, Jesus, Religion, spirituality, Theology.
It recent years, we’ve had one natural disaster after another. From tsunamis, to devastating hurricanes, to earthquakes, mudslides and floods, everywhere you look there has been death and destruction. I’m sure the doomsday prophets are having a grand old time showing the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and predicting the end of the world. For me, I wonder how could a loving God allow these devastating incidents. I’ve heard all the cliche and weak explanations about the fall, the curse, the devil, and all the other beliefs that allow us to think of these “acts of God” as being justified. However, I am a father and no matter what, if I was in total control, I would not allow my children to be killed or left to live with the pain of losing everything.
This reminds me of the story of Job, a very sick story about God allowing the devastation of the life of a righteous man in some cosmic battle with Satan. In the process, Job loses everything including his children. However, it all turns out ok since his riches are restored and has new children. Well, what about the ones who were killed? How can one look at those acts and somehow justify it?
I cannot reconcile the belief in a loving Father in heaven who cares for his children and then turn on the news and see the devastations. Of course, in the midst of the devastation, there are always the stories about God dramatically saving a few from sure death. Their “testimonies” normally conclude that God, in his love and mercy, saved them. They encourage the audience about God’s love and talk about the plans that God has for their lives. Whenever I hear these stories it makes me want to jump up and scream “What about the ones who died? Did God hate them? Did he not have a plan for their lives?”
I know there are no easy answers to these questions for those of us who are no longer willing to accept the cliches and the weak arguments. The answers can range somewhere between there is no God to there is a God but he is no longer active in the affairs of his creation. Whatever the answer is, I am convinced that God cannot be defined as a “loving, caring Father in Heaven who has a plan for our lives” unless we believe that this love and caring can sometimes be defined by death and devastation and the the plan can include ripping one’s spirit from them. I guess one can also conclude that God has a pre-determined few that will experience his love and the rest of the world are just left to face whatever life brings their way.