Dating profile creation
In addition to the headline events, each of us suffers pain at one time or another—illness, headaches, accidents, and eventually, death.
It’s not surprising, when the burdens become too great, that people cry out to God in anguish, “Why don’t you do anything? ” As the shock of each traumatic event subsides, people begin asking why such things occur.
Another type of natural evil is physical disability or handicap.
We can think of Helen Keller, who lost the senses of both hearing and sight when she was a baby, and Joni Eareckson-Tada who was paralyzed from the neck down when she was a teenager.
A consistent biblical answer points out that death is an intruder, so it is not part of God’s original creation, but is ultimately due to man’s sin.
However, according to theology that accommodates long ages, death has always been with us, and theistic evolution even says that God used this ‘last enemy’ as His means of producing His “very good” creation!
These tragedies were really just a drop in the bucket compared to the of people who have died.
When Charles Darwin wrote his landmark book “A being so powerful and so full of knowledge as a God who could create the universe, is to our finite minds omnipotent and omniscient, and it revolts our understanding to suppose that his benevolence is not unbounded, for what advantage can there be in the sufferings of millions of lower animals throughout almost endless time?
” The pervasiveness of suffering is possibly the most effective tool that atheists use to attack the Bible’s picture of a ‘loving God’.
Atheists make what appears to be a reasonable complaint: “If God is loving and all-powerful, then why doesn’t He use His power to stop the evil, suffering, pain, and death?
In quite recent times, the devastating First World War, with 9 million killed, was followed by the even more devastating Spanish Flu epidemic.
This killed at least 50 million, or about 3% of the world’s population, many of them young healthy adults.