It's all God's fault
Since late 2019, we, the human race, have been facing a health crisis that has cost us jobs, lives, and everything in between. For most of us, this is one of the biggest catastrophes we've ever experienced. Like many other problems that have affected humanity, and the planet as a whole, it led many to ask this one simple question; If there is a God, and He is all good and powerful, and all that, how could He allow something like this to happen? Is it Justified?
Considering that the current crisis has affected every one of us (or at least most of us) at a personal level (in one way or another), I initially felt that this was a good question to ask. It has also been used to make an argument that there can not be a Good, all-powerful God and all that. If he exists, I mean, how could He allow this to happen? He could have easily stopped it with ease.
As I pondered over this question, and the issue as a whole, I found myself asking many other questions. For instance, shouldn't I blame God for everything else that he could have stopped? like lying, spousal abuse, cheating, animal suffering, and the list goes on. There are so many issues that God could easily stop and make the planet we live in perfect. Everything would be perfect. All God has to do is stop all the evil; religious conflicts between groups, diseases, greed, and all that. We'd be living in a perfect "Garden of Eden" right this moment.
While this sounds simple and obvious, it also got me thinking. If God did that, wouldn't he be interfering with our freedom and beings with free will? For instance, imagine a scenario where you, as a businessman, want to clear a forest for development. You can build a few things here and there, create employment and make a few millions for yourself. For you, this is something worth pursuing and you're are motivated to go ahead. However, to another person, this is evil because you would be destroying a habitat that many animals depend on. Surely, God should stop you from carrying out this "evil" plan.
Then again, if God stops you, he would be interfering with your freedom and free will. Using this example, it can be argued that God would not be justified to stop anyone from pursuing their interests; wherever it leads. So, should God stop someone who wishes to harm others? Would a good God be justified in doing so? But if He did, wouldn't that mean that he would be interfering with one's personal desires or freedom to do as they wish? It sounds cruel, I suppose. But I couldn't help but wonder, what exactly should God permit or allow?
This also led me to the issue of personal responsibility. If I blame God for allowing one person to harm another, shouldn't I, then, also blame him for my lying? Sure, I know that lying is wrong and can lead to grave consequences, but shouldn't God stop me from lying to prevent all this? So, I have some knowledge of right and wrong, I know the consequences, I can make decisions and all that. So, the question I have is, should I blame God when things don't go my way?
This is why I felt that we, as human beings, want to eat all the sugar but not get the tooth decay that comes with it. If it is all God's fault that we suffer from the evils of the world, shouldn't we, then, pardon a criminal who abused a partner? robbed a bank? or committed unthinkable acts against others? an argument can be made that it's all God's fault.
I guess the question I am trying to ask is, should we blame God for the issues that affect humankind? Assuming that we believe that God exists. Also, is the problem of evil sufficient to argue that God does not exist? The way I see it, we want to do whatever we wish without the consequences. There are many instances where I've heard that we should not blame the victims. We, as human beings, as victims of so many issues. But who should be held accountable?
Garden of Eden
We all want, so bad, to live in the Garden of Eden. Where there are no diseases, there is no discrimination, no hate or suffering. A perfect place full of joy and nothing less. But if that is the case, who's responsibility should it be to make such a world possible? God? us? The issue, however, is that what is good for one person, is not good for another. Universal health care, for instance, is great for many people. They would no longer have to worry about facing bankruptcy for an expensive procedure. However, for others, this is bad because it would affect their profit margins and so forth.
I suppose by now I've lost track of where I was going with this. That said, I only have but a few questions. Is God to blame for our problems? Where does our responsibility start and end? Is the problem of evil really that strong when it comes to opposing the existence of an all-powerful and good creator? Or do we just want all the sugar but no tooth decay?
Lastly, assuming that the majority of us would wish to live in the Garden, would we be willing to live by the rules that are outlined? Going against the rules of God, as I see it, means that we are rejecting what God sees as good. And if we are rejecting what God holds to be good, shouldn't we then accept the bad that comes with this decision? Should a young adult use harmful substances and complain when he/she gets sick?
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© 2021 Kimani Maruge