There are many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving day, 2016. But also many things to be sad about. I am disappointed in God and disillusioned about what I’ve been taught concerning him. It would be less painful to be an atheist because then there will be no one to hold accountable. It’s far more difficult to be a theist and live with the apparent apathy of a Heavenly Father.
Christianity teaches that all things work together for good, that God has a divine plan we can’t understand, and that everything will make sense in the end. But does that really excuse what we have to live with between now and then?
I recently read a story wherein the author credited God with a miracle in not allowing the fourth plane to hit the White House on 9/11. In my mind I’m screaming back, What about the other three planes! Where’s the miracle there? That’s the evil of humanity, the author might say. By that arithmetic, evil is three times more powerful than God. That’s certainly how it appears sometimes.
I don’t agree with Leibnitz, who argued that this is the best of all possible worlds. Nor is it the most painful of all possible worlds. But it can still be excruciatingly painful some days. Those are the days I wish God would show up instead of sending a raincheck.
Perhaps he will next time . . .