What do we say to our youths who ask genuinely “If there was a God and if this God was so good, why do innocent children die? why do we have natural disasters, still births, victims of paedophilia, starvation in Africa/severe poverty, even the horrible deaths of some christians/missionaries? etc.”
Many christians today may find themselves in situations where they are left asking ‘why is this happening to me when God made so many promises in the bible about saving us from all our troubles’
Unbelievers also make a good case with this, if we can not explain.
God IS faithful…but how does that fit into the above?
It will be difficult to address this without ending up writing a book, so we are going to make this an opened-debate. I have sometimes wondered if man were able to view things from God’s perspective, it might help shed light on more things.
For example, John the Baptist was prophesied to be the ‘gift of God’ before he was born. Jesus said also that of those born of woman; there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist… but what do we know of his life? He lived in the wilderness, clothed in camel skin, had wild honey for food and eventually beheaded…. What a gift, right?
If we look at the story of king Jeroboam and his ill son (Abijah). The Lord condemned Jeroboam and his entire household to death with shame (corpse to be eaten by dogs and birds) but to his son Abijah, the Lord said he will die and be buried as he is the only one in the household of Jeroboam whom the Lord found anything good…. How nice, right?
If we look at the story of king David and his son. David sinned against God by taking Uriah’s wife and causing his death. Then God punished him by taking away the son born to David by Bathsheba (death)….Poor baby, right?
Amongst others, what about the deaths of all the apostles as history records?
Philip stoned to death AD 54, Barnabas burnt AD 64, Peter crucified upside down AD 64, Paul beheaded in Rome AD 69, Andrew crucified in Achia AD 70, Matthew beheaded in Ethiopia AD 70, Luke hanged in Greece AD 93, Thomas speared to death AD 70, Mark dragged to death in Alexandria AD 64, John abandoned on Patmos AD 63 and so on….
Point is, it will appear that the things that bother us as humans is quite trivial compared to what awaits us in the ‘new age’ in the eyes of God.
There is more but we intend to stick to the practice of short responses… to be continued…