For this week I am going to post a response I had to an atheist recently who told me that if there was a God then He didn’t care about us and allowed us to suffer.
Here it is…
“You’re missing the point. Read the beginning of the Bible. Humans sinned which caused the world to suffer. The Bible says the “wages of sin is death.”* It also says, “Satan is the god of this world”**. This is due to the curse humanity is under because of sin. Despite this God breaks the curse through Jesus, one of many times throughout the Bible and history God has bailed out the human race.
But it is never good enough. Again read the Bible for reference, despite every time He did help or intervene the majority of the Israelite’s rebelled or complained again and again. In history and day to day life it is no different.
I will admit that I do this. I have prayed and seen answered prayers but did that stop me from complaining to God later? Of course not.
We as humans continue to sin, allow others to suffer, we literally have weapons that could destroy the Earth in a day. We do the opposite of what God wants consistently, over and over. Claim we are good but in reality we all live in some form of comfort while others die on the street, then we ask God, “why do you allow people to suffer?”
Some day He will ask us, “why did you?”
Look at who we truly are as a people, looked at how we handle things, what we do under our own free will. Look at the World.
I chose to praise God for intervening ever. The fact despite our deep flaws He gives us a path to Heaven at all is gracious.
And can we really argue with the creator of the universe that He isn’t doing a good enough job? That is filled with pride and it is silly to argue with Him when we as humans are in charge of the Earth and continue to make such flawed decisions.
As far as suffering goes, look at Jesus. He was born poor, doubted by friends, families and neighbors. He continued to live poor, constantly on the run from enemies, dedicated His life to helping others, so one of His best friend could betray Him for a very small sum of money. He then was brutally beaten and killed in public, so we can all be saved. He did this willingly, suffering while helping others.
Could you honestly stand before Him as a flawed human being and say, “Why didn’t you make everything perfect for me and others?”
Sad thing is He promises to but many can’t wait and endure a small amount of what He went through.”
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get through to this person but I pray that he allows God in his heart.
But maybe my response will help you who are reading this.
Praise God in it all.
Have a Blessed Week,