Is God a Liar?
February 3, 2008 1:03am CST
How would you combat this question from your 13 year old daughter? She says that the fact that there are starving people in the world proves God doesnt care at the least. I know this is untrue but can not find the words to tell her when I have wondered about the horrible things that happen to people myself. Like a minister I know who lost her daughter to a car accident then in just a few years lost her husband to lung cancer! And he did not smoke. It is hard and I could use some help here.
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6 Mar 08
I have always looked at it in this sense; that it is not that God does not care, God cares emensly but I believe that God is not overly inclined to interfere with our affairs (if he did thing sould be substantially better but). This is how I personally justify (if that word is used loosly) the reason for poverty, war and greed. I think that from day one we are given the right to choose what we will do and a lot of people nowadays are choosing to be a little self centered (I don't have delutions I am one of them). A few years ago I asked myself a similiar question and found that this was the answer : Our greatest gift from God is Love, The love of a man and a women, the love of siblings, the love of children and so on. I looked into my heart and found that there is a love that is not encouraged anymore in the modern world : the love for others! Our western culture teaches us to watch out for number one and that we will always need more stuff which is the cause of a lot of the starvation and war is ignorance. So that night I stayed up half the night trying to think of things that I could do to help feed the world... I had nothing you know what can one man do to save everyone... but then it hit me I do not have to save every one but I do have to do my share of the helping to do so when I thought about it seemed so simple that if I could help one or two people a day then by the end of my lifetime I will have done my part and if every day everyone helped one or two people imagine what a magnificent world this would be. I like to share this thought with anyone I can because if it falls on deaf ears than nothing more is lost but if it does not than I am just one six billionth closer to making the world that much better for everyone.
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5 Feb 08
I'm not that Christian myself but I think we can blame God (if He exists) for people starving. A friend of mine posed the same question to our teacher of religion "why God makes people starve" and her answer was "It's not god who makes people starve but WE are. We exploit Africa and other countries, we steal their resources and we do nothing to help them" As for the loss of the minister, I don't know how to say. If there is a God, maybe there's a big picture we can't understand, if there isn't, it's only a casuality
3 Feb 08
Well, the way I see it is, that if there was no illness, no poverty, no wars, no disability, no starvation etc, there would be no problems anywhere. Then who would care? It's because we have all these problems that people care about each other. We care what happens in other countries, we care about someone who is disabled, we care about people starving and because we care, we do or try to do something about it. Imagine none of that....no one would care about anyone because nobody would have any problems. How sad would that be?
6 Mar 08
She will grow up and become an adult. So it's the matter of time. What you need to do is to entertain her and do prayer too. Oh, she's kid, not a big deal... And why can she say that? What did you tell her my friend? What that you taught her? Oh, sorry don't mean to blame you... Does she know that we creatures can die anytime if God's willing so? Ok that's not appropriate answer for children. My suggestion is, you tell her this; God takes the life of person because He loves him, he want to take that person to heaven! God let people starving and suffering in the world because He loves those people. Rich people with good life always busy with their business till they have less (and no) time to pray to God, while the poor people in other hand, always pray to the God to have better life. God let those poor people suffer in the world but He promised to give them paradise, wealth, and happiness afterlife with His love and caring. So God just to be fair to all His creatures. If me, I'll say something like that. Jana!
6 Feb 08
God has nothing to do with being the reason for people starving, we as humans have messed it up with the free will thing. God loves all people but its hard for him to do anything, if they dont want to have anything with God at all. God choose to give humans free will, so that thoose who love God are not Forced to it. Also after the fall of eden, the world got messed up and human greed has increased the messedupnes. God cant make things right, since that would mean messing with free will and he is not allowed to do that.
5 Feb 08
God does not lie. If God lies, then God would not be God. Just because there is evil one cannot really say there is no God. On the flipside I wonder how without God we can explain even the meaning of good and bad meaningfully. Evil is deeply mysterious...
4 Feb 08
Hey shewolf52002, you can tell your daughter that God is not a liar. Sometimes there are just some things that just happen. And everything that happens has a reason. As for me, I'm sick with bone cancer now. When I newly found out about it I asked God why me??? I didn't even did something wrong. But as time flies, I realized that I was being tested by God. And maybe the reason why I'm sick is to become closer to Him and to my family. To help others who are also sick and encourage them that they too will be better. Everything happens for a reason!
• United States
3 Feb 08
Yes, 13 is a difficult age to have such a serious discussion. In my mind, the question would be, do you feel she is seriously questioning, or just being 13? And my response would of course, be a reflection of my personal beliefs. We cannot force anything upon another, even our children. To try to do so creates a larger gap between us... IMHO, a person's concept of God, or even if there IS a God is a very personal matter... and they come to an understanding in their own way.. many run from the religious dogma that has come to be in our world... but others are also embracing the concept of our Universal commonness of being Spiritual beings existing in human bodies... After years of searching, my beliefs are based upon metaphysical principles such as embraced by Unity... theirs is a message of love and hope for all... with no denominational or secular garbage... Unity's website is: http://www.unityonline.org/ I believe that God does not send our suffering, but has given us the free will and MEANS to create our own world (in our day to day personal) and also on a mass consciousness that creates the things that happen in the world. "God" does not "do" these things... WE do.... all the good things, all the bad That is why each of us is responsible to do and be the best we can with love and understanding for each other, to lift us all up... If your daughter is really concerned about "bad" things that happen, encourage her to become involved in something, anything, personally where she can make a difference, even and especially if she believes there is no God, or God doesn't care... She'll soon see the difference.... and if she really begins to search... God always sees that, and will send experiences to her to let her know just how loving He/She is.. Blessings, Kerenhap
• United States
3 Feb 08
oh dear...im not a religeous person, but even i cringed at trying to think of a response to give to a teen with that question lol! i think you hit on the solution (or as close to a solution as something like that can have i suppose) when you mentioned your minister friend. take your daughter to your church..or for that matter your friend and ask them how this question should be answered. it will (hopefully) provide an answer for both you and your daughter, and strengthen the mother -daughter bond by using the "lets find out together" technique. the clergy are faced with questions like these all the time, they know how to answer.