The claim that God is all-powerful and all-loving provokes what is still one of the most commonly asked questions by many. Unpacking the first three chapters of Genesis is not necessarily helpful if the person asking has – or indeed is – experiencing suffering. I accept the Bible as my source, so I accept any theological explanation as correct. It’s just not helpful as a starting point for those for whom the Bible isn’t held in such high regard. A better approach is to take the question to its logical conclusion, showing the implications of God doing what is requested of him and then introduce what the Bible says. To help this process, I propose that there are two questions:
Why is there so much suffering?
When I was a youngster a wise older man said to me, “Whenever you point a finger at someone remember you have three pointing back at yourself.” Humanity is very good at finding someone else to blame. When we ask why God ‘let it happen’, we negate our own responsibility for the suffering we have caused or affected. David Attenborough said, “The greatest risk to our planet is humans.” I agree with him…
“Attenborough said, “The greatest risk to our planet is humans.” I agree with him.”
“Whenever you point a finger at someone remember you have three pointing back at yourself.”
“Free will is the right to choose as well as the the responsibility to handle the repercussions”
“The five richest people could solve world debt if they chose to.”
This article is from the April 2017 issue of Direction Magazine. Order your copy today…