zuzunel09 - At this point, maybe we are speaking different languages, but realize that I'm not coming from an uneducated background in regards to the Christian viewpoint. I was a devout Christian for 25 years and even taught sunday school and led youth group. My problem is that EVEN KNOWING all that you guys have said here regarding that, I still don't see how if God CAN do miracles, can intervene and does in some instances, how he can allow people and animals to suffer in unjust ways? What makes one person more deserving of a miracle than another? Why would God act sometimes and not others? The only way to explain THAT part of things is to say that he has a reason, or a plan that includes allowing suffering to occur. But - if God allows the defenseless to suffer at the hands of another, even if he CAN change it, what does that say about God's character? If God is good, and love, then God wouldn't want his children to suffer. If God COULD change it, being all-powerful, and could do miracles, then why does he pick some and not others? Again, this does apply to animals as well, because according to the Christian world view he is also responsible for them.
Please know that I'm not trying to be contrary. Splitting away from my faith in the Christian God was painful, and there is always a part of me that wants to believe again, and wants to know that all of my trust in that faith was true... but I just can't marry those ideas in a way that makes me okay with worshipping a God that only saves some, and not others, or a GOd that is good, and all-powerful but refuses to act to save those who can't defend themselves.
Again - I respect others' rights to believe what they want, but this is definitely a big part of my personal answer as to my thoughts on God allowing animals to suffer.
|It all starts with the original sin. We aren't innocent because of that sin. It severed our tie with God. We suffer now because of that original sin. Through belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior we'll be able to see an end to the suffering when he comes back. Jesus was God's way of getting us back to him. When the book of Revelation is fulfilled is when we'll see the end of suffering.
I understand that this is the Christian view, truly, even though I don't agree with the idea that we are all evil just for existing. I could elaborate on this a lot, but in an effort to try to stay on topic, I wont.
I just still wonder - does all of this mean that God is completely absent during this time? He is only available through prayer on more of an emotional/spiritual level and never acts on earth as he did in the bible? There are no miracles? None? If there are, then what does that say about God? Can he act now on earth to perform miracles to help those who need it? Isn't that partially what we pray for when we ask for God to protect our loved ones, or to heal someone who is sick? And if he can do miracles... and if they do happen... then why some, and not others? What determines whether someone is worthy to be saved from suffering or not? Certainly not faith. I know many faithful people who suffer more than not. Job anyone?
There's just so much that doesn't make sense.
I guess all of this leads to my personal belief, which at the moment is simply that things happen - good and bad. There's no cosmic justification for cruelty. There's no redeeming reason that children and babies suffer. It just is. It is our response and our personal actions that matter. We have to try to do the best we can to honor life and love and spirit and each other.