How Could God…

How Could God…

PROBLEM

  • The real problem for the Church is not that people are asking these questions but when the Church stops listening, being empathetic, and caring for those who are hurting. I would be willing to assume that we have all struggled with the problem of evil in our own way.
  • Many of my atheist friends think that Fry’s response is fantastic. That’s naive. 
  • It is striking that this God allows, even encourages, questioning. a large part of the Psalms, and the entirety of the book of Job. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  • Buy simply removing God from the equation does nothing whatsoever to eradicate the problem of suffering in the world.

GOD

  • Interestingly, Jesus neither explains nor makes sense of suffering; but neither does he shirk it. 
  • Jesus embraces those suffering – When we see how Jesus loves, we see how God loves.
  • Communion with God did not protect Jesus from suffering. He enters fully into the fragility of human experience so that something new may be born. 
  • Single greatest rant against God’s injustice ever recorded. Has to endure every type of suffering. I’m innocent, why am I suffering this way? And what ensues is Job 38. And following is the longest speech of God anywhere in the Bible.
Job 38:1-7
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:
“Who is this that obscures my plans
    with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
    Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
    Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
    or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
    and all the angels shouted for joy?

Job, where were you when I made the heavens and the earth? Where were you when I told the see where to stop? Where were you when I stored up the wind and the hail?
He takes job on a tour of the cosmos, revealing to them all of the mysteries and anomalies, including, by the way, a little introduction to two creatures, one called behemoth one called Leviathan, probably a crocodile and a whale. And God says, I made them beautiful and strong, look how impressive they are. I made them just as I made you.

Job 42:1-3
Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

APPLICATION

  • Benedict XVI, in 2011, admitted he asks the same question and has no easy answer beyond noting that the God of Christianity is one who himself suffered unfairly and tries to turn our suffering into victory through the cross of Christ and the message of Easter.
  • we believe that the world is obviously a small part of something much, much, much greater. The only logical conclusion to the existence of misery is that God must have loving purposes in mind
  • hypercomplex algebraic formula. one page of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
  • suddenly see all this, and enter in a moment, you see all these souls that left that you were crying over. And you see they don’t have any particular problem with it.

VISION

  • God’s original intention for this world has not changed. In short, God’s goal is to save this world. His goal is heaven on earth when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Rev. 21:4).
  • if God did create this world, and did put us in it for some reason, it’s clearly not to leave the world as we found it. It’s clearly to advance it through science, and medicine, through the values that bringing the world into a better place.
  • The day on which Jesus was betrayed, we Christians call Good Friday. Because that is not the final day and beyond lies resurrection. To believe in God has to believe in that possibility. To understand why Christians called that day Good Friday is the ultimate answer Job and to Stephen Fry.

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