Originally posted by sear november
Christians claim that God is an entity that loves humanity, and that all of the suffering in the world is due to people choosing the side of Satan, abandoning God so to speak.
If God truly does love humanity, then why would God allow evil and suffering to exist?
If the answer is that God wants humanity to choose because we are capable of ...[text shortened]... d dying to amuse God in a cosmic game, because that system requires that some choose the shadow.
This is an interesting question. I like to look at it from a father's perspective since I have kids of my own. Of course, I am not omnipotent or omniscient. But still an analogy can still be instructive even if it is not perfect.
If I make (or buy) something for my children, it can one day happen that they break it. Maybe it is the child's fault, maybe not. Sometimes even those things I CAN fix I don't take the time to do so, for a variety of reasons.
Do I not love my children because I don't always immediately fix all their broken things? Not at all. Giving them the thing in the first place shows that I care about them and think about them.
Am I creating evil because I allow my children to break things, or because things get broken by accident? No, I gave them the item to use. They are free to use it as they see fit. I hope they don't break it, but if they do, well, that's that. I didn't break the thing. If it breaks out of bad luck -- well, that's not my fault either. I don't control luck.
I certainly hope that one day my kids will learn to look after or fix their own stuff. I also hope they don't run into a lot of bad luck.
Extrapolating this to God, one has to decide what "God" is and what he can control. If you think he controls everything except you -- then I can see certain bad luck situations where you might have a reason to bring a complaint. Birth defects, for example. Or dying from a "mistaken" bomb attack.
Personally, I don't believe God controls luck. I also think he expects us to do for ourselves. It is our world now. If you like, He "gave" it to us. We can make it a Paradise if we so choose. Or we can fight each other, blow it up, destroy ourselves -- whatever.
It's all up to us.