On this side of things, reading people’s posts about all the little things “God” does for them, like make all the lights green so they can get to work when they are late, or “healing” them from a cold, in answer to their prayers, it looks, well, weird.
It looks weird because of the great evils in the world, the death and disease that surround us, and yet “God” has no ability to answer the prayers of, say, millions of his people who have been praying for abortion to end.
It looks weird because 21,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger related issues, yet we are thanking “God” for a promotion at work.
It looks weird because one person is murdered every minute, yet we are thanking “God” for our kid passing his geometry test.
The reasons we give for why “God” allows such evil while essentially giving us crumbs make little sense. The idea that I happen to live in a house because I’m holier than my Syrian counterpart who lives in a tent in a refugee camp? Or the belief that I have a job because “God” is blessing me while people in South Sudan starve?
Of course, there are more disturbing reasons given than those. “God is punishing those people.” “God is teaching them endurance in their faith.” “God is testing them to see if their faith is real.” Or, my old favorite excuse, “God has given us to help those people.”
None of those make sense anymore. The idea that there is a “God” who can create an entire universe but cannot answer the prayers of his people who are begging to be saved from death, enslavement, etc…? It doesn’t make any sense.
As I look back on my own life, these questions are just as serious. If there’s a “God” and this “God” is love as we are often told, then why does he give children to people he knows will abuse them, and then do nothing for those children, millions of whom end up dead?
Still haven’t found any good answers for this, just excuses for a “God” that is either cruel or impotent. But you’re welcome to do your best.