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A Singing Dilettante Attempts Theodicy… Badly

March 14, 2012

This is a video by someone named who asks

WHY DOES A SO-CALLED LOVING GOD ALLOW SO MUCH SUFFERING IN THE WORLD? IS THERE AN ANSWER? YES!!! How does one understand unfairness? How does one get anything worthwhile out of suffering? Why do the innocent and kind often suffer the most?

I think a better question might be, “Why does a so called loving God allow my brain and ears so much suffering from watching this video?”

Video via Christian Nightmares

This is the same sort of evil philosophy espoused by Bill  “He’s the God who has orchestrated every event of your life to give you the best chance to get to know Him, so that you can experience His love” Hybels.

Theodicy refuses pat answers. Pat answers simply do not account for the totality of human experience. “God did it” might seem comforting when things are going OK, or you simply don’t understand how something might be happening, but intellectually, “I don’t understand, therefore, God did it” is very poor argumentation. Unfortunately, this line of thought is far too common. ‘Cause you know:

“Everything happens for a reason…”

“The law of attraction states…”

“If you seed into the ministry…”

He’s the God who has orchestrated every event of your life to give you the best chance to get to know Him, so that you can experience His love.

“If you just believe in yourself…”

Pat answers that simply do not account for the totality of human experience.

If everything happens for a ‘reason’ and I don’t understand why it happened then it must be God! The illusion of understanding and control… The illusion of “really” knowing how things work; the comforting delusion of knowing the ‘Principles’ that give a person the illusion of control.

But then life happens. Or maybe more appropriately: death, sickness, and chaos happens, and the illusion of control is wrenched away or the ‘understanding’ is found wanting. How could this happen? Why is God doing this to me? Why is the universe not giving me my every selfish whim and desire?

Pat answers are always shattered on the anvil of experience by the hammer of life. It might not be today, but it will be a tomorrow. Bad things will happen. People you know will die. Some horribly and unfairly. You will get sick, and you will die.

And like it or not: that is reality, and it does account for the totality of human experience.

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