Things aren’t as they should be.
That is one reality that almost everyone can agree with. There is pain. There is suffering. There is despair.
I can’t help but look at this world and the people in it and see that this world is a pretty messed up place. Sure, there are good things in this world, but there are also terribly awful things such as murder, rape, genocide, war, and every other injustice that one can possibly fathom. I’m not sure if the good that we see in this world can quite justify the evil. I don’t know if the good quite makes it worth it.
It is said that God is powerful — all powerful. It is said that He knows all that there is to know. It is said that He is loving. Yet, there is so much evil in the world that I cannot help but question if I am wrong about Him.
Besides, how much sense does it really make to believe in God? I mean, I’ve never seen Him. I’ve never audibly heard Him. Scientifically speaking, no one has been able to come close to proving His existence. With all the evil in this world, it would seem that He would at least attempt to make Himself a little noticeable.
I could perhaps understand why this was the case if the only evil that took place was the result of the actions of individuals; however, that is just not the case. Natural disasters destroy people’s homes and peoples lives. Young men, women, and even children often die without rhyme or reason. Countless individuals are born with severe mental and physical handicaps.
Why does God allow such things?
If God really wants relationship with us, why doesn’t He make Himself a little bit more tangible. As often as I pray, why can’t I hear Him speak to me?
Sometimes I pray and I am empowered.
Other times I pray and I feel as if I’m talking to the ceiling and that there is no one there to listen.