Friday, March 23, 2012

How Could God Allow So Much Injustice?

*This is the third part to a mini-series, where I am answering questions that are commonly asked in the discussion of injustices taken place across the globe.*

"If God is real, how could He allow so much injustice?

Many people use the injustices in the world as an example to disprove the existence of God, but when you look closer at their claims, their argument falls apart. This type of argument commonly sounds like that of Philosopher J.L. Mackie who said, "If a good and powerful God exists, he would not allow pointless evil, but because there is so much unjustifiable, pointless evil in the world, the traditional good and powerful God could not exist."

I agree with Tim Keller, who responds to critics such as these in this way: Just because you can't see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn't mean there can't be one. Keller goes on to say, "If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn't stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can't know. Indeed, you can't have it both ways." 

Former atheist C.S. Lewis said this of suffering: My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of "just" and "unjust?"... What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?... Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too-for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies... Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple.

As you are hopefully seeing by now, the injustice in the world may actually be more evidence for God than against God. That doesn't mean that we just accept them and move on because I believe that we are called to fight against the injustice that is taking place in the world, but for those that follow Christ we have a hope in the  midst of suffering injustice because we know that one day it will all fade away. 

It is important to remember that God came as the man Jesus and faced the greatest injustice ever known. Why did he do it? So that he could take the penalty for our sin, one day ending the injustice and suffering that is taking place in the world.

I recognize that I did not fully answer the original question because I do not fully understand why God does allow so much injustice to take place. But I do know that it does not give me a reason to discredit God or question his love for me because he has already proven that in taking my suffering on himself at the cross.

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