“Why God…”—Part One
Some of life’s most asked questions contain the words, “why God…”. Some of these are about, “why God allows evil”, “why God allows pain and suffering”, “why God allows natural disasters”, and “why God made Satan”.
Answers from many mainstream Christian religions come down to something like this: Earth is just a proving ground for angels. Evil, pain, and suffering are all part of God’s plan. They test humans so God can determine who qualifies to go to heaven. Of natural disasters some say, “Satan makes things like that happen”. Others, “God is punishing someone in that community or maybe the whole world community for bad things they have done.” Recently, some clergymen have candidly said they honestly do not know why natural disasters occur. In fact, when a prominent evangelist was asked about the reason for a recent disaster, he said that when he got to heaven, he would ask God.
Those who find it difficult to accept these answers respond with comments like, ‘If the Bible says, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man,” (James 1:113 KJV) why do religions say God tests us with evil? And if Satan’s constantly testing and hurting people is part of God’s plan, wouldn’t that make their relationship sort of an employer-employee relationship, and God an accomplice in evil at the very least, and fully responsible for it, at the most?’ Others say, “When I see the indescribable pain on the faces of those who have just lost a beautiful child or some other loved one to death trying to make sense of a clergyman dribbling on about God, ‘taking the person because he needed another angel in heaven’, I have to ask what kind of God would do that’. And regarding clergymen who say they do not know why God allows evil, some ask, “If God went to the trouble to write a book of hundreds and hundreds of pages, “given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3: 16, 17 KJV), how is it that important questions like why he allows evil and suffering aren’t answered? If they are not answered in the Bible, why aren’t they? And if they are, why wouldn’t God’s representatives know the answers? It would seem either the Bible is useless, God’s representatives are, or both.”
Drawing conclusions from the above raised questions, some believe that God is weaker than Satan, and have built a religious system around the worship of Satan (Satanists). Others feel that God is alive but disinterested in man’s affairs, or “dead” as far as mankind is concerned. Still others believe that these questions logically lead to the conclusion that God does not exist at all.
The author invites questions and comments. He can be contacted at marc.firstcauseornofirstcause.com