Saturday, March 18, 2006

Why does it bother me so much?

I know exactly why. Even before something bad happened to me, I still questioned the logic. Bad things happen...really bad things...to a lot of people. What kind of just and merciful and loving God would do that to fulfill some mysterious plan? The bad things that happen to children...or old people...or animals. It would seem to me that an all powerful God could teach lessons without having to hurt the innocent. Why go the route of pain and suffering to teach these lessons? I do not understand. If given the choice between beating my child senseless and finding a more gentle way to teach him a lesson, I will always choose the gentler method. But it seems to me that the "grand plan" logic just accepts that God doesn't...God is ok hurting and killing as a means to teach us a lesson. And since I choose to believe that God loves us, I simply cannot believe in some grand plan idea. It doesn't fit...it doesn't make sense.

11 comments:

lauralu said...

amen.

Jill said...

You once explained it to me in terms of God being a parent who obviously cannot control everything a child does as s/he finds his or her own way.

The child will trip, will be tripped by others but God or the parent will be there to make the hurts all better.

I don't know if I actually believe that, but you put it like that once to me:)

AJW5403 said...

If you ever do understand it I would love for you to share. I don't understand it and don't think I ever will.

cat said...

My mother always says god gave us a promise of freedom, of non-intervention. It is her way of explaining why god doesn't cure poverty, save children, or end war. It is also a really simple way to bow out of a very difficult question without having to really give it deep thought. Why she even bothers to pray then is beyond comprehension.

Perhaps this is one of those unanswerable questions, or perhaps the answer would be one we wouldn't want to know.

Kathi said...

I know exactly what your talking about and frankly couldn't even comment. Sometimes there are no words, and no way to get through to people.

It makes no sense to me either, and I've had to re think my belief systems many times, and now I just keep it to myself and let others blindly believe what they will.

Kathi said...

I know exactly what your talking about and frankly couldn't even comment. Sometimes there are no words, and no way to get through to people.

It makes no sense to me either, and I've had to re think my belief systems many times, and now I just keep it to myself and let others blindly believe what they will.

MB said...

I don't think it's God that does these things. I just can't believe that.

Heather said...

Just step away from the thread, Kate.LOL People believe what they believe and their faith is what drives them. They are gonna hang onto it for everything it is worth. You know how much I struggle with this stuff too. I can't even bring myself to comment either, Kathi.

Catherine said...

lol...sorry. :o)

Jennifer said...

I believe in the sun even when it is not shining

I believe in love even when I am alone

I believe in God even when He is silent.
(Scrawled on the wall of a concentration camp.)

I DO believe in a divine plan--I believe there is profound grace to be found in deep suffering. I've experienced it and know it.

If God planned suffering for even His only most beloved begotten Son, for, in essence, HIMSELF, why would he spare us? To me no grand plan makes less sense than one that uses suffering and mortification to refine the souls he created and loves with a boundless love.

I've been writing on this very topic--and came across your post through "finding wonder in the mundane"

Personal theology is just that--personal but it so interesting to look at the differences in what conclusions we draw from the same observations

Catherine said...

If God planned suffering for even His only most beloved begotten Son, for, in essence, HIMSELF, why would he spare us?

Because that was his son...his choice. We don't get a choice.

To me no grand plan makes less sense than one that uses suffering and mortification to refine the souls he created and loves with a boundless love.

If God is so perfect...why is this the only way to teach? I do not plan pain and suffering for my child as a means to teach (at least not REAL pain and suffering).