“God works in mysterious ways”
I love the quote by Epicurus:
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”
It’s not infrequent that I see on my social media feeds people dragging god out as the answer for the great things that have happened to them, things like finding a lost knick knack, or having a loved one (or themselves) recover from some hospital stay requiring malady. Yet, all the horrible things that happen out of sight are forgotten. Starvation, rape, torture, kidnapping, tsunami, earthquakes, murder, mayhem, theft, and the list goes on and on.
I cannot fathom a just god, unwilling to provide some sort of measurable evidence of his existence, looking out for your long lost signed Ratt poster, and letting all the other stuff happening to people worldwide just slide.
I realize I’m simplifying, and poking fun. Many people thank god for the “large” things in their own personal life. Things like family and friends. Those things are worthy of being thankful for. Why though are you so “blessed” when others are living a life of abject terror and suffering? Why, if god has all the power, can he listen to your prayers to bless your food, and somehow does not prevent child rape? Why do we hear people thank god for the return of their terrified, and brutalized family member, who likely will never recover mentally? Why didn’t god step in, in the first place?
How is that god just? Oh, I forgot, he just works in mysterious ways, and I shouldn’t question. *wanders off to thank god for the latest touchdown*