Ramblings of a Young Man

Just me and my thoughts as I go through this thing called life

"Up onto the overturned keel
Clamber, with a heart of steel
Cold is the ocean’s spray
And your death is on its way
With maidens you have had your way
Each must die some day!”

Burt Macklin and Janet Snakehole.

Anonymous asked: If the Christian God is so awesome, why can't he do a better job convincing people that he exists? Most of the planet does not worship him and the majority of human beings who have ever lived are being tortured in hell. God knew they would be tortured for trillions of years before he created them. Why would he create billions of sentient beings knowing that he would end up torturing most of them for an eternity?

This is the classic question of how does a good and righteous God allow evil. To be honest this would be way easier to talk about with you not on anon but I understand your hesitancy and desire to stay anonymous. This would also be way easier to talk about in person so please don’t judge me too harshly.  It’s also really late, I had a long day, and I don’t know if what I’m saying makes as much sense as I think it does.

Ok so to the question: why does a good God allow evil. The first thing I’m going to do is acknowledge that this is a very good question. It is something that I have wrestled with a lot on this blog before. I’m going to post some links here if you want to check it out.
http://ramblingsofayoungman.tumblr.com/post/37776216779/junior-year#notes

http://ramblingsofayoungman.tumblr.com/post/38034035090/but-everyone-around-me-seems-to-be-trusting-in-you#notes

http://ramblingsofayoungman.tumblr.com/post/39549126159/in-which-my-buddy-gives-a-sermon-on-christmas-eve#notes

The first post is me dealing with a lot of personal problems. Soon after I wrote that post my grandfather died and my girlfriend broke up with me. life really sucked that week.The second post is from a spoken word that i really like dealing with this topic. The third is from a close friend of mine giving a sermon on it.

This is something everyone deals with. It’s not an easy, one word answer. Theologians write books on it, pastors teach sermon series on it, worship leaders write songs on it, and everyone struggles through it. When I was 17 I even left my faith over it after my friend committed suicide. Why does God allow evil. Why doesn’t he stop it? Why does God allow hell?

As I was writing this I started to give a really long theological answer. I don’t think that’s what you want to hear though. Life sucks. Things are hard. There’s some really freaking scary stuff in the world.I’ve done more things I regret than I’m proud of. There are days where I carry my guilt like Jacob Marley. I’ve had to bury friends and family members. I’ve spoken at funerals and tried to comfort friends who just had their baby die. With all of that said I still have faith in the Christian God because he is right there with me. When you read the Bible God is not some apathetic cosmic being who is detached from his creation nor is he an all powerful dictator throwing judgement bolts down from on high. He is a relational God intent on being reconnected with his people. The entire theme of the Bible is God wanting to have a relationship with humanity. We can see that throughout the Old Testament and the New. The Bible is a love story that culminates with God providing the ultimate sacrifice in order to restore mankind’s relationship with himself. When my life has turned upside down and I didn’t know which way was up God was in the trenches with me guiding me through it. Why does God allow heartache and pain? I don’t know. I’m not God. I do know that God does not let us go through it alone. God also never let’s pain happen without a purpose. God has taught me some incredible stuff through my worst days. At the time I would yell at him and question him. Looking back I can see how much I grew from them. Do I wish my friend Lance didn’t die. Yes. I would give anything to see him one last time. But I can also appreciate what I learned from him passing.

In short life blows. I don’t know why. I’m 23 years old and I live at home and I still don’t know how I’m going to pay for grad school. I don’t have all the answers to life. But I wouldn’t trade my faith in God for anything. There’s a lot of screwed up crap out there. God isn’t one of those things.


I hope this helped. Feel free to respond or other people feel free to chime in.