Why

How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!  For who among us can know the mind of the Lord?  Romans 11:33-34

There is just something about us that has to ask “why?”  We’re perhaps at that stage in our cultural development that corresponds to a preschooler because they incessantly ask why.  And so we as people ask why does God allow suffering, why does God allow the innocent to suffer, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people and so on.

Those who criticize God, and there are many, act as though they themselves are the purveyors of morality.  They assume their human minds have a superior understanding of what is good and bad, who is good and who is innocent, who is deserving of suffering and who is not.  Often those same critics of God are the ones looking for a reason not to believe Him.  They set up their own idea of the perfect God, and since their experience of life  doesn’t match what their God would allow, then God can’t be real.

Those who try to defend God perhaps have better motives, but in the end are about as foolish.  Trying to fathom a good reason for what God does is just beyond us.  Jesus taught us that God is love, and Jesus sacrificed Himself to prove it.  (He also rose from the dead to prove He was divine).  But for any of us humans to come up with any kind of argument to explain God’s goodness is  like a second grade teacher trying to explain relativity to a second grade class.  Its beyond the comprehension of both the teacher and students.

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