Why God does not save people who are dying of hunger, illness , terrorism etc.?
February 23, 2007 9:42am CST
From my childhood I have been hearing that God is omnipresent , omnipotent and is for peace and everything good for people and chiefly for the poor . But in reality I have been observing just the opposite . Millions of people and other animals and creatures are dying of hunger, illness , terrorism , calamities ,accidents and what not . And surprisingly the lion's share of these deaths and sufferings occur to the poor . I thought since God is omnipotent and omnipresent and since he is loving in nature all these sufferings will vanish in no time . Particularly for the poor . But that has never happened . The death and sufferings are ever increasing for the poor . When I asked others who are Godly , I got the answer that these sufferings are for those who commited sins in their past life . I approached some cancer patients who were sufferings and asked if they remember any sin they had commited in their past life . ( I was once vehemently condemned for raising such a question to a sufferer ) . I also donot remember anything done by my past incarnation . Today i againg raised the question in a gossip and got the answer that these things are not REALISED by people like me . I am not satisfied . Because , the so called HIGH SPIRITUAL things are of no use to those who starve 4 days a week 26 days a month ... So I again raise the same question "Why God does not save people who are dying of hunger, illness , terrorism etc.?"
24 Feb 07
It is really unhelpful for people to suggest past sins cause current sufferings. Christianity teaches that CHRIST suffered for our sins, therefore to claim that we suffer is a denial of Christs sacrifice. I believe the answer to your question lies in the fact that God allows us free will to believe in Him or reject Him - the 'side effect' of this is that terrorists have the freewill to kill and maim etc.. Most suffering is man-made and free will accounts for it, if we did not have free will, we could not freely choose to follow God. It's also worth mentioning that if God hadn't given us free will, then he would not have needed to sacrifice his Son Jesus Christ. 'Natural' disasters are harder to deal with, but I do believe that the world was created perfect and harmless, and any change in that state can be attributed to the sinful nature of man (sorry needs more explanation, but I want to keep it simple) Really hope this help you
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23 Feb 07
Sometimes God uses other people to get to people. For instance without suffering in the world no one would appreciate the good things. I dont think it is due to sins in the past life. However, the bible says that sons will pay for their father's sins. I think that means that someone who doesnt do everything they can to help and take care of their family, it sets the tone for the lives of the rest of their family to come. Not everyone can be rich and comfortable. I think God gives everyone in life their own obstacles to overcome and gives other people the resources to help others. He gave us free-will, that is why there is suffering. People were given free will to do as they choose. God cannot step in and interfere with free will. He could if he wanted, but he said that was how it was going to be. God can give you the strength to overcome obstacles, but he can't make you do it.