Suffering, Pain, and God (Part III)

Grief (II) copy.jpgI am, by acts of commission or omission, responsible for some of the pain in this world. Consequently, even though I’d like to see all suffering and pain in this world cease, it would be unreasonable to ask me, one of its contributors, to eliminate it.

My guess is that all my fellow humans are in similar positions: responsible for some of the world’s suffering and pain and, thus, unworthy candidates for its elimination.

And even if I, or someone else, was good enough to eliminate all the suffering and pain in the word, I, or that someone else, would not be big or powerful enough to eliminate it.

During the last part of the 2oth century and on, the Presidents of the United States of America have been referred to as the most powerful persons in the world and not a one of them has come close to eliminating the suffering and pain in the world.

It seems likely that of the 7 plus billion people in the world there is no one person or no one group of people capable of eliminating the suffering and pain in the world. More than likely, that task belongs to someone good enough – that person would need to be perfect – and powerful enough (i.e., omnipotent). And, of course, that begins to sound a whole like like God.

So, where is God and what is He up to in a world where suffering and pain exist?

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Suffering, Pain, and God (Part IV) publish date TBD

About drjstewart

Educator, writer, and photographer
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