Where is the Love?

February 9, 2011
I have recently been having some issues with God. In the morning, when I am done getting ready for school and I sit down to eat a large bowl of steaming oatmeal, I turn on the news. While the anchors make attempts to lighten the mood by showing pictures of local snowmen, or dogs with tiaras on, the amount of pain in the world is blaring like a siren. Hardly five minutes can pass before the words "murder," "armed robbery," and "accident" are uttered once more.

Romans 5:5 says that "God has poured out his love into our hearts." Well, has God's love stream dried up? Christians are taught that God is a loving and compassionate God. Where is the compassion every day when women throughout the world are brutally raped? Where is the love when thousands of children die from disease and starvation? And, where oh where, sweet God, was your love when my mom's best friend got cancer?

I am aware that we are supposed to trust God, he has a plan for us, and all that. However, I am utterly baffled by what the reasoning could be as to why a young, special education high school teacher, who spends his free time leading the church choir and giving piano lessons, would get cancer? You could not find a more exemplary pure good person than this man, and yet God sees it necessary to make his life as difficult and painful as possible.

So, I am asking you, God, in the words of the Black Eyed Peas, where is the love?

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Sylvia said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm
The Problem of Evil is something that refuses to go away. The way I see it, we need to take a step back from the issue and simply admit that (both believers and non-believers) "We don't know". We won't know until death. Until that time, which will hopefully be a long time from now for us, we should have patience and take a Job-like attitude to evil, and do everything we can to help ease the suffering in the world.
momo01 said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm
God is NOT willing to PREVENT evil.

God has always allowed the FREE WILL actions of men -- occasionally, when it fits His general plan, He will intervene in circumstances. But generally speaking, He allows the world to take its course based on the actions & decisions of men. Which is why we see so much evil in the world, because God is not willing to make "robots", He wants men to do right, love each other, and honor Him of their own free will.

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blues_are.still_blue said...
Feb. 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

According to your Bible, God is both omniscient and omnipotent (Job 37:16, 1 John 33:19-20, etc...)

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
- Epicurus

HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm
So, what's your point of view on this?
momo01 said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm
If God is all loving then why does He allow the why is there evil and no love in this world? God is all loving the world He did not create evil manifested. God gave us free will thats why theres bad in this world not, because of Him, but because of us and our choises! I hope that clears things up :)
HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm

God gives us trial only to what we can bear.  God loves us so much, I know he loves me.  I felt like that for a while too.  But every time I ask God about it, I just feel the love from is so much, too much for me.  I end up feeling unworthy and humbled by how great God is and how great his love is.  God's love stream has not dried up.  If that special education teacher can get cancer and still reply to God with joy, then he is among the most blessed.  Read y... (more »)

WishfulDancer replied...
Feb. 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm
That was really inspiring. Thank you for shedding some light on this (:
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