This post is in response to a post I read today. The original author (click here for the original post) is struggling with questions of faith and the existence of GOD. My responses are in italics. I am not trying to change her mind. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I only hope a dialog can open and pray GOD can be made real to this young lady. I understand her pain and frustration, perhaps more than anyone she’s ever talked to about it. “God is a girl”, please read with an open heart… then post back so we can discuss.
If God exists? Why is there so much suffering?
Suffering is the result of evil in the world. Evil is the result of human beings having a free-will and being able to choose between good and evil. As soon as there was a choice, there was evil.
If God loves us so much, why are there so many of us going to Hell?
We are going to hell because we choose Evil. All of us… everyday… choose evil. In the little things, in the big things… we choose evil. We go to Heaven becuase GOD loved us enough to provide a way. Because Jesus Christ died without ever having sinned, because Jesus Christ went to hell, because Jesus Christ left hell and returned to Heaven, I need not go to hell. It’s very simple, really. I do bad things, Jesus took the punishment, GOD welcomes me into his presence as a favored child
If God is so powerful, why did He not do something about the Devil who is to blame for everything that went wrong?
The Devil isn’t to blame for everything that went wrong. We are to blame. We choose evil and things go wrong. The Devil is the personification of Evil, but not the cause of it.
If God really loves me, why is He testing me so much? If God really loves me, why wouldn’t He make things right? Why does God continue to be so elusive despite all my Faith in Him?
GOD does love us. We experience trials and tribulations, not as a game for GOD, but because there is Evil in the world. In HIM, all things will be made right, but in HIS time. HIS time is not our time. GOD is not elusive, we are impatient. Faith requires trusting in that which we cannot see, or even in what we cannot sense in any way at all.
If God is there all the time, why do I feel forsaken sometimes? How does He expect be[sic] to be able to love Him with all my might when I’m in so much pain, and yet He is still unmoved to do something about it?
GOD is there all the time. Our feelings of forsaken-ness and lonliness are our feelings. Our feelings do not change GOD. I know my significant other loves me even when I don’t feel it. GOD is the same way. We know HIM, we know HIS character through HIS word. We know HE will never leave us. What we know should affect how we feel, not the other way around. GOD understands our pain, HE felt our pain in the person and suffering of Jesus Christ. In our pain, HE is the only one we can love because HE is the only one who never causes us pain. You say GOD is unmoved, I remind you HIS time is not our time.