Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.
~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791 ~

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Why would a good God allow children to starve to death?

This is going to be short. It may make you feel uncomfortable. That's the point. It should make you think.

Would you allow your children to starve to death?

If your answer is no, then congratulations - you are more moral than God.

So then is it right to thank God for putting food on your table, while millions of people starve every day?

And when you offer a prayer of thanks for that food, are you not really saying: "Thank you God for choosing me, over them" ?



UPDATE:

It seems that some people failed to grasp the points being made by this article. Allow me to clarify.

The issue is not purely that God doesn't help starving children. That fact alone is not sufficient for my argument.

Perhaps God chooses not to meddle in any earthly affairs so as not to interfere with nature and free will. (This is not the biblical view of God, but is a possible way of reconciling the problem of suffering nonetheless)

The problem begins when you claim that God does intervene, in other ways (for example by blessing you). Now you need to account for why God would help you but not those who need it more. And more specifically, if you are thanking God for blessing you, while ignoring the fact that many go hungry, what does that say about you? Were you more deserving than they?

Also consider natural disasters, which are responsible for the deaths of millions of people each year. Do you believe that God sometimes saves people from natural disasters? If so, why those people and not others? Even better, why not prevent the natural disasters in the first place? If God gets the credit for those saved from natural disasters, shouldn't he also take the blame for those who weren't so fortunate?

It's worth thinking about.

3 comments:

  1. A very pertinent and perceptive (even if short) post. It should make those who believe in a "good" God think seriously about their understanding of "their" God.

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  2. Surely you aren't serious??? So God is now to blame for all of Man's mis-management and mis-rule on this earth. Let's blame him for the bombings in the UK or Bali or 911 etc ... after all it happened under his watch didn't it? ... wow what a simplistic way of trying to disprove there is a God, because of the millions of starving kids who are in this predicament due to man's inability to fix the problem. Time to mature up a bit guys ... the time is coming when all these dreadful things will be repaired but certainly not by you, me or any other current human on the planet.

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    1. "because of the millions of starving kids who are in this predicament due to man's inability to fix the problem"

      I think the burden of proof for this claim is firmly on you.

      You might also like to consider natural disasters, which are responsible for the deaths of millions of people each year.

      You also didn't properly address the points I made.

      The issue isn't purely that God doesn't help starving children. That fact alone is not sufficient. Perhaps God chooses not to meddle in any earthly affairs so as not to interfere with nature and free will. (This is not the biblical view of God, but is a possible way of reconciling the problem of suffering nonetheless)

      The problem begins when you claim that God DOES intervene, in other ways (for example by blessing you). Now you need to account for why God would help you but not those who need it more. And more specifically, if you are thanking God for blessing you, while ignoring the fact that many go hungry, what does that say about you? Were you more deserving than they?

      Personally I don't believe God is to blame for any of the things I mentioned. I see no evidence that such a being exists. I simply wanted to demonstrate the inconsistency of believing in a perfectly good god in a world full of horrible suffering.

      You want to pretend that every single element of suffering in the world is because of humans, and you're telling me my argument was simplistic...

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