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How could God exist and let such terrible things happen?

“Worship none other than God, for I fear for you the punishment of a momentous day.” – Quran 46:21

I wonder how people can deny the existence of God when there is less evidence to prove that, than the latter.

The physical absence of something does not mean it does not exist. The most meaningful themes in our lives are not physical- in fact- they are the most physically absent. Such as love and happiness and joy and growth. Their physical absence doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

Furthermore, it irks me when people claim that “how could a god exist and let such terrible things happen on this earth?”

Which I understand where that argument stems from. There is a lot of pain and suffering on this earth, and there are a lot of unfair things. There are plenty of really messed up twisted unfair things that make you want to scream yourself to death, because it’s just not fair and it’s infuriating that you can’t do anything to change it. I get that, I really do. But at the same time, I don’t think it’s a logical argument to then believe that:

1. God doesn’t exist because terrible things on earth are happening

2. Terrible things continue to happen on earth even though “God” doesn’t exist

If God is out of the picture, and terrible things are still happening— who is to blame then? Who is making these problems? God doesn’t exist. You can’t put the blame on God. You don’t believe he exists. So why are there still problems?

Could it be that maybe there is enough abundance of food and goods for everyone- but that maybe people aren’t distributing it right because of our greed? Could it be that the bloodshed and genocides are fueled and caused and fought by people. Who created the concept of money? Wasn’t it people- who worships money? Isn’t it people? Who kills and steals and lies and belittles and humiliates for money? Isn’t people? People like you and me?

What about hurricanes, natural disasters? As if we don’t have the knowledge and the tools to know what’s coming at us and why. Look at the way we’re dealing with things like global warming. Have you seen those pictures of animals whose throats are wrapped with plastic bags and plastic bottle holders? Who made these? And who ignorantly tossed them into the sea to cause this? Wasn’t it humans? People like you and me. Who do certain behaviors without giving them another thought, without thinking what consequence our actions inch us towards on a personal and global level? Isn’t it people like you and me. Tell me. Am I wrong? Is it something else? Is the world just wrong because this “creator being” designed it to be painful and wrong and messed up? Do you not have a choice? Do you not have power over your actions? Or do you want to blame everyone but yourself?

And let’s go back to that. Let’s go back to the blaming part.

So you’re telling me, you don’t believe that God exists- but you’re going to go ahead and blame everything wrong in the world on God anyway. That’s like blaming your problems on an imaginary friend who you don’t even think exists. How in the world does that even make any logical sense.

You don’t want to believe in God, fine. That’s your call.

But please support it with a better argument than blame.

  • Authors note: This is my personal opinion. Please don’t go off assuming all sorts of things from this one post. I’m simply stating my problem with the logic of this one argument. I don’t believe that blame is a legitimate claim for the disbelief in God that some people have. I don’t have any issues or problems with peoples differing opinions and views on the matter. I wrote it simply for the purposes of having a dialogue on the topic, and not to point any fingers, or judge anyone.

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    6 thoughts on “How could God exist and let such terrible things happen?

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    2. One argument says that bad things happen because we label them as “bad” simply because they are unfavorable to a particular group of people. In other words, we could perceive certain things as neither good or bad, such as a snake eating a mouse or people stealing from others to feed their family. Are they really bad even if they serve a purpose of benefiting others? Is it bad that we kill our enemies in war? Is it bad that we kill cows and pigs to eat stakes and bacon? The existence or lack of existence of God cannot be proven simply by the perceived presence of what we choose to call evil. But it is fascinating how life continues to flourish and maintain itself in spite of the perceived chaos around it. Is life an accident? Could this be proof of God?

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    3. Good post. Don’t mean to be confrontational, but I want to press you on your points.

      “I wonder how people can deny the existence of God when there is less evidence to prove that, than the latter.”

      Some atheists deny that God exists outright. But I think many, like myself, simply lack belief. There’s a difference between lacking belief and disbelieving.

      “The most meaningful themes in our lives are not physical- in fact- they are the most physically absent. Such as love and happiness and joy and growth.”

      Love, happiness and joy are all emotions. Emotions are facilitated by hormones which are physical. I’m not sure if by growth you mean physical growth or growth in life, but if you mean the latter then that is also brought about through hormones. Even if these things were not physical, it would not necessarily point to God. But I agree with your point that God’s absence does not disprove his existence.

      “1. God doesn’t exist because terrible things on earth are happening

      2. Terrible things continue to happen on earth even though “God” doesn’t exist”

      Whoever uses such an argument, is definitely mistaken. If you’re referring to the problem of evil, the point of that argument is to bring out the conflict between God’s goodness, omnipotence, omniscience and suffering in the world. One of it’s flaws is defining “good” and “evil”. We could easily say everything God does is good, no matter what. But that would lead to ideas that are unpalatable for most people.

      So the problem of evil is not about blaming God for the issues in the world. If God doesn’t exist, “bad” things either happen naturally or are caused by us.
      “1. God doesn’t exist because terrible things on earth are happening

      2. Terrible things continue to happen on earth even though “God” doesn’t exist”

      Whoever uses such an argument, is definitely mistaken. If you’re referring to the problem of evil, the point of that argument is to bring out the conflict between God’s goodness, omnipotence, omniscience and suffering in the world. One of it’s flaws is defining “good” and “evil”. We could easily say everything God does is good, no matter what. But that would lead to ideas that are unpalatable for most people.

      So the problem of evil is not about blaming God for the issues in the world. If God doesn’t exist, “bad” things either happen naturally or are caused by us.

      “1. God doesn’t exist because terrible things on earth are happening

      2. Terrible things continue to happen on earth even though “God” doesn’t exist”

      Whoever uses such an argument, is definitely mistaken. If you’re referring to the problem of evil, the point of that argument is to bring out the conflict between God’s goodness, omnipotence, omniscience and suffering in the world. One of it’s flaws is defining “good” and “evil”. We could easily say everything God does is good, no matter what. But that would lead to ideas that are unpalatable for most people.

      So the problem of evil is not about blaming God for the issues in the world. If God doesn’t exist, “bad” things either happen naturally or are caused by us.

      “1. God doesn’t exist because terrible things on earth are happening

      2. Terrible things continue to happen on earth even though “God” doesn’t exist”

      Whoever uses such an argument, is definitely mistaken. If you’re referring to the problem of evil, the point of that argument is to bring out the conflict between God’s goodness, omnipotence, omniscience and suffering in the world. One of it’s flaws is defining “good” and “evil”. We could easily say everything God does is good, no matter what. But that would lead to ideas that are unpalatable for most people.

      So the problem of evil is not about blaming God for the issues in the world. If God doesn’t exist, “bad” things either happen naturally or are caused by us.

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