Originally posted by buckky
Why is it that God only offers his hand at helping those in suffering occasionally ? You hear about somebody praying for help with their marriage or with a bad cold, and God will sweep down, and help fix the problem. Then you hear about some child being burried alive ,and no God to the rescue. I can't figure it out. Has God decided to just leave us alone ,and ...[text shortened]... e, and again wondered why God would allow such savage behavior if he could stop it. Why I ask ?
I was chewing over this issue with Robbie Carrobie recently with my strategy being to show that there exist scenarios/events for which horrible outcomes for a collection of innocents can be averted only
by an intervention on the part of the supposedly benevolent and omnipotent God (removing in this instance the "we humans are capable but because of our sinful ways choose not to" defence). I suspect the answers to this question you will get here shall be of the following ilk:
- God loves all his creations + random scripture (devoid of thought non-answer)
- God leaves it for us humans to change our sinful ways and in becoming closer to God, act is such ways as to alleviate the suffering ourselves (non-answer...already removed this defence)
- Suffering is the result of sin and moral independence from God (non-answer...consider innocents such as babies starving in Africa)
- You think God should micro-manage the set of all events that occur on earth and suspend natural laws etc...??? (evading the question, constructing a strawman, also non compatible with omnipotent)
- random scripture (non-answer unless the scripture specifically details in unambiguous terms why God lets babies, say, suffer nasty fatal diseases or other nasty things etc...)
- The lord works in mysterious ways (non-answer for which I substitute "dunno, tricky question but I prefer to blank it from my mind and carry on regardless" )
- To maintain, as Twitehead pointed out, his shroud of mystique (incompatible with benevolent)
- They're all going to some happy wonderland in the sky (what about those who *haven't found God"???...why is the extra suffering still virtuous?)
- But god did intervene!!! he sent Jesus (supposedly himself) to die on a cross for our sins (non-answer...how does that (a) stop people from being massacred now?, say, and (b) how is the mentioned act in any way a noble thing to do?)
There may be other 'answers' I've missed.