Imagine you live in a world where disease, abuse, and death do not exist, a utopia that harkens to the Elysian fields of Greek mythology. The dead are alive, the diseased are cured, and the lame are healed. Now return to reality and truly try to understand the quasi-dystopic world we currently live in, depending on your region.
Here are some of the facts, all taken from various online sources. Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. About four out of five abusers are the victims’ parents.
With regards to diseases; About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year; that’s 1 in every four deaths. There were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2017. A disease that has no cure and is considered a death sentence.
With regards to terrorism, between 2006 and now, terrorist attacks occur at an average of 11,281 instances a year!
This is only a skimming, a mere handful of the issues that afflict this world we live in. With all of this misery that is bestowed upon humanity, what has God done to alleviate the matter? Does he just sit there in heaven with indifference and watch us as we experience calamity after calamity? Does he see all that we experience? Is he aware of the deplorable circumstances we face daily?
Isaiah 46:4 says – I am your God and will take care of you until you are old and your hair is gray. I made you and will care for you; I will give you help and rescue you.
If this is the case, where is this care from God? Where is his rescue? Are all of the atrocities above only committed by non-believers or immoral people? What is God waiting for?
Revelation 21:4 says – ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
So it looks like he will only care for you in the future but will ignore the death and suffering for now. Also please keep in mind that while he waits for his assigned time to do away with this worlds horrors, he is watching us.
So he sees everything that is occurring, every rape, all child molestation, everyone who is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and every terrorist incident but does nothing? Is this torture moral?
I would now like to try a thought experiment with you. I want you to picture your child, boy or girl, vividly in your mind. If you do not have any children, I want you to create one, girl or boy. This generated child should be approximately between 5 – 13 years of age. You should feel true connectedness with this real or fictitious child. If this person where to be affected negatively in any way and you could watch this instance actually occur, you would surely empathize with this individual. I now want you to close your eyes and watch as this child is molested. You can’t even bring yourself to trying to create this simulation! Now, understand that for every 8 minutes, a victim of sexual assault is a child. If God can see everything but does nothing, in this instance is God truly the measuring stick of morality that we all should ascribe to? Proverbs 15:3 says – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
The God that is described is The Powerless God. He is a God that watches every negative action and fails to intervene, even though he is purported to have the power to do so. Or maybe, maybe, this God does NOT exist, and that is why he fails to act. This makes much more sense. How could a moral being stand idly by and watch his creation live through such chaos? In my estimation, God does not exist, since he refuses to intervene in the most critical of moments.
I describe how I have come to the understanding that God does not exist in great detail in my new book, The True Nature Of Human Nature, which comes out in February 2019. Available in Amazon. Check it out!