Monday, November 28, 2005

suffering - why?

Last week when I was in our local secondary school, taking questions on the (tiny) subject of why Christians beleive in God, I was asked about why God, and suffering. Does the existnece of suffering disprove the existence of God etc. How can I believe in God who lets it happen etc.

I gave the normal kind of - God, gives humans freewill, other people's suffering is a result of other human beings misuse of that freewill - answer. But it really didn't seem very satisfying, to the young people or to myself.

I'd be intrigued to hear other people's views on this - how to explain it to people, whether it is just a matter of acknowledging the fact that as humans we can't have all the answers....

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