Where is the Love?

February 9, 2011
By WishfulDancer SILVER, New Albany, Ohio
WishfulDancer SILVER, New Albany, Ohio
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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?


The author's comments:
I am a Christian, I just needed to voice the problem I have been having lately with what God's plan is.

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Sylvia BRONZE said...
on Feb. 24 2011 at 1:38 pm
Sylvia BRONZE, London, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Love thy neighbour"

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 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 23 2011 at 9:35 pm
momo01 BRONZE, North Hollywood, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I don't want to live on the moon." --Ernie
"He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.” -- Oscar Wilde

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.

Atheists / agnostics / skeptics, that is why God does not come out of the sky and rain down fire upon your lives, forcing you to believe in Him and bow to Him. He allows you to be a free will moral agent, making your own decisions and reaching your own conclusions.

If you reach the conclusion that He does not exist or is not relevant in your life, that is a decision with which YOU will have to live with the consequences. One day when you stand before God, you will not be allowed to shake your finger in His face, and say, "You should have PROVED yourself to me." It doesn't work that way!

It is up to you to reach the CORRECT conclusion. God says, "They that seek Me early, will find Me."

on Feb. 19 2011 at 1:14 pm
HisPurePrincess ELITE, Flemington, New Jersey
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So, what's your point of view on this?

on Feb. 17 2011 at 5:19 pm
blues_are.still_blue BRONZE, Southampton, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
This sentence is false.
- Unknown

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


momo01 BRONZE said...
on Feb. 16 2011 at 6:01 pm
momo01 BRONZE, North Hollywood, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I don't want to live on the moon." --Ernie
"He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.” -- Oscar Wilde

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 :)

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

on Feb. 14 2011 at 7:19 pm
HisPurePrincess ELITE, Flemington, New Jersey
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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 your Bible some more, especially the Psalms and epistles.  There are some awesome verses in there that I think would really speak to you.  

The thing is, in this world, Satan is the prince.  And he tempts everyone into the darkness.  He wants as many people to suffer as he can get.  The more we question God, the more he laughs with glee.   It's hard for me to trust God, hard for everybody.  But when you read his words, or when I read his words, I can't help but just become awed by him.  I can't give the real answer you're looking for, you need to take that up with God.  Only your Heavenly Father can tell you what he's doing.  But you can know that all his plans are for the best.  He is I AM, and he reigns.  That's all I'm gonna say.  

Love from another of God's children :)



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