Originally Posted by thohan
To you people who belive in God...
If there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the world? Surely an all powerful God would put an end to suffering once and for all?
How can you belive in a God when there is so much suffering, people starving, being raped, people being supressed, victims of wars and war crimes, children being abused, womes being abused, people with tragic life stories in countless ways, people enduring all sorts of pain and suffering mentally and physically, all over the world.
To me there is a serious conflict between the religious belief in a God, and the utter imperfection of his creation.
To those of you who still belive in spite of those things, how do you explain all the sufering in the world, and the fact that God does not fix it?
God has said in the bible that there's a time set in the future when all suffering will end.
But it could end sooner at death.
Why do you get all caught up in the wars, etc.?
Are they the only examples in life you can draw conclusions from?
Let's take 2 other examples to illustrate principles of the bible:
First one, a baby learning to walk. It sure hurts to watch a baby learn to walk. He's always falling on his butt but he gets back up again and learns to walk.
Second one, you enter college or the military or some other thing that requires that you give more than you're willing to give under normal circumstances but you put up with it because you have a goal and you know the difficult situation is temporary.
People learn from their failures and successes don't they? Or do they? Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.
In any case if you read the bible those are sort of 2 paradigms (similar to the 2 examples given above) operating. Do you think it doesn't pain God watching human beings? It most probably does. Still He sticks to His plan.
Do you know anybody that gets good results by abandoning a plan in midstream? Of course, that might be a bad comparison. A lot of people are fallible and come up with poor plans. But do you really think the God of the bible who's reported as far above human beings in intellectual capability came up with a poor plan?
There is a cycle pattern outlined in the book of Judges if you're interested: