Aspin asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

If God loves us, then why would he prevent the terrible things from happening?

Have you ever met a person who has had NO troubles, and is completely protected from the world? Do they even seem real to you? Do they seem to have any substance of personality?

This point aside, everything in the world is relative, without the bad, there would be no good whatsoever. It would simply be. In order for anybody to enjoy life, the have to appreciate the less desirable aspects of life.

And the issue is less than why does he let the bad things happen, but why do others do the bad things.

YOU have done some of these bad things and the only way for God to have prevented this would have been to control you. The control would be counter productive however, because if God was to control everybody, they would cease to be themselves, and in effect die. They would not be able to appreciate the absence of the bad things.

Please, answer me this, If God loves us, then why would he prevent the terrible things from happening?

Update:

This is something I thought of when answering the question here:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200703...

I thought then it would be interesting to actually get an answer from people, so please... tell me.

Update 2:

Please don't misunderstand me...

My focus here is not on god, but on 'good and evil'

I simply used god because the question I read that caused me to ask THIS question was about god.

I also think a lot of people are answering my question by telling me the facts I have presented.

I am asking WHY god WOULD make there be no bad in the world, I have already made my statement as to why he wouldn't.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Man is killing himself. (Pollution and whatnot. It causes natural disasters.) God cannot prevent want Man does. We brought this upon ourselves.

  • MUDD
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The short answer is "Free Will" That doesn't help much but maybe this will. Imagine you are GOD and your family is the world. Your kids grow up and start to move away. You want to protect them from everything but you find out that you really can't. If you protect them all the time, then they become dependant on you and never grow up. If you do everything for them, they never learn to do anything on their own. Either way, eventually they resent you and pull away from you. Everyone wants to be in control of their own destiny and humans are no exception. GOD allows us to have free will so we can choose our own destiny. The old cliche "If you love something you have to set it free" applies here as well. Hope this helps.

  • dupre
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Yahweh of the bible isn't God or the Divine, he's a demurge; a demi-god. Yahweh became into created to coach the people who believed in the flexibility of the gods of Rome and of Egypt that there became right into a single extra suited, extra effective, extra ruthless god ... face it worry can a great motivator to have human beings behave in accordance the desires of a few. God would not choose us to stay with anybody path to discover our earlier. there are a number of paths and we spend many lifetimes sorting our way in the path of the fluff and distractions of this international till our perspectives replace and enlightenment occurs. An all-understanding, appropriate God waits for us to evoke and return our concept returned to that absolute or to waken to our actuality.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have to say that I agree, in most parts, that God does not do things for us, for two reasons.

    Firstly, I belive God's greatest gift was that of free will; While the story of Genesis is often viewed as temptation and corruption, I've prefered the interpretations where Humanity accepts the burdens of self-awareness, and the loss of Bliss (Eden) that comes with the shedding of Ignorance. The Tree of Knowledge prevents us from living like the other creations on our planet do, but is also God's gift to allow us to become more. As C.S Lewis said "[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that."

    Secondly, I don't believe God IS the source of good and evil in the world. If God is infinite and the ultimate Creator, that must mean that he is part and parcel of all Creation: Including us. For a God beyond time and space, who contains all, the views of "good and evil" apply only to us mortals. Sin and suffering, joy and love, are illusions of our material, seperate self, being mere linear fragments of the self. The teachings of God are but teachings to lead toward divinity. To quote CS Lewis again, "The essence of religion, in my view, is the thirst for an end higher than natural ends..."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm long out of the churchy stuff but this is what I remember...

    This is a common overlooked fact when people go to God for things...I'll summarize so don't shoot me ;)

    There's this little story from Sunday School that taught us that Lucifer tried to take over, God kicked him out along with his followers, AND told Lucifer that he can RULE the earth until God's second coming.

    In support of this...

    Refer to the Sodom and Gomorrah studies.

    So...

    Satan rules the earth, God is "hands off" until his return, and then everything changes. It's part of the whole free will thing that God wants. If God were to influence anything, it would no longer be "free" will.

  • THA
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    ---WITH WHAT YOUR SAYING, this is what God would be guilty of if he ignored forever the disgusting things going on today, IT IS CALLED THE SIN OF OMISSION!

    --(James 4:17) 17 "Therefore, if one knows how to do what is right and yet does not do it, it is a sin for him."

    --

    -Is that not part of the Scriptures that he inspired--WHY SHOULD we have any doubt about His promises, to end wickedness?

    --God does not use any bad or perverted,idea, act or lesson to punish any individual now living. He did directly act against the Israelites as a whole & at times indivually, but they were once his named people---that is not the same today. Please note what Moses wrote of God:

    (Job 34:10) "10 Therefore, YOU men of heart, listen tome. Far be it from the [true] God to act wickedly, And the Almighty to act unjustly!...12 Yes, for a fact, God himself does not act wickedly.....,And the Almighty himself does not pervert judgment.."

    (James 1:12-13) . . .." 13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone."

    --Did you note, Jesus half-brother stated God does not use evil or wickedness to test anyone with any wicked idea practice, disease, war, mayhem, etc.

    --Why did Jesus say of his Father, Jehovah this, when a young man called Jesus "good teacher"--Jesus said "there is only one that is good, God"--that meant the epitome of goodness!

    ---How could you indicate this is not true by suggestion your idea, that does not make any sense?

    -SO WHY would you indicate he would? Should we not have the faith & hope that he will indeed bring armaggedon against all wickedness, by means of the kingdom? The very same kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for ".....thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven......"

    --That indeed is what he is going to do, but it really is indeed up to you to have more faith, and indeed pray for it rather attribute the SIN OF DOING NOTHING to God --He would be just as guilty as if He indeed sat back , Note:

    (James 4:17) 17 Therefore, if one knows how to do what is right and yet does not do it, it is a sin for him. . .

    --The answer to anyones weakness in faith in God's promises is as the apostles had to adjust to:

    (Luke 17:5-6) 5 Now the apostles said to the Lord: “Give us more faith.” 6 Then the Lord said: “If YOU had faith the size of a mustard grain, YOU would say to this black mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea!’ and it would obey YOU."

    --Is that not what you need ?-----"MORE FAITH?"

    Source(s): Bible
  • 1 decade ago

    Because life is random, there is no such thing as fate or pre-ordained plan, bad things happen to ALL people because of coincidence, Murphy's Law, and random acts of nature and people. When the tectonic plates crash into each other and cause human calamities, are they worried about who's good and evil? Don't make me laugh.

    To think that good people are protected or somehow immune to the laws of nature is not logical or rational. If you start believing in fate and pre-ordained plans, then you're reverted to superstitious CAVE MAN logic....don't do it. Just kidding, do and believe what you want.

  • 1 decade ago

    If GOD was to stop bad things from happening, then there would be no choice in the world. ( then there would be no sin) He gives us freedom to make choices and therefore bad things happen.

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