This Is An Awful Explanation For Why God Allows Suffering

Why does God let bad things happen to good people?

That’s arguably the most common question people have whenever they express religious doubts. It’s the one question every Christian apologist has a stock answer to. And that answer always goes something like this: “I don’t know why [horrible event] happened, but this is part of God’s Plan. God is using this tragedy for a larger purpose.” You might hear the phrase “free will” thrown in there for good measure.

Tennessee Pastor Greg Locke attempted to answer that question of theodicy in a video he posted on Facebook this morning. But the example he gave was downright laughable.

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He tells a story about a preacher friend with cerebral palsy. They were together, waiting to fly back home from an overseas crusade. The preacher friend had his legs stretched out in a lounge when this happened:

… a man walked by, tripped over this young man’s legs, spilled his coffee, and apologized all over himself, to which my friend Bobby said, “Hey, man. No big deal. No problem” and they struck up a conversation and, interestingly enough, the man was a devout atheist. And they began to talk about the Gospel. And Bobby began to share his very intriguing story and testimony of conversion and sickness.

And when it was all said and done, about 45 minutes had gone by, the atheist stood up and, in anger and frustration, he shook his finger at Bobby and he said, “If your God is so real, why do you have those braces on your leg? Tell me that, sir.”

And Bobby sat back in his chair and very calmly said, “So that you could trip over my legs, ask me that very question, and we could have this conversation.”

You see, ladies and gentlemen, God reveals Himself in some of the most unbelievable ways. All you have to do is pay attention.

That’s the argument?! God gave a man cerebral palsy for life so that he could have a brief conversation with an atheist?! How many Christians think that’s a worthwhile tradeoff? (Spoiler: Christians can already debate atheists all they want without any physical repercussions. It’s called the internet.)

This story doesn’t make me respect God’s “mysterious ways.” It makes me think the Christian God is more cruel than I ever imagined.

While we’re at it, what atheist in his right mind would wait 45 minutes in a religious debate to ask that very obvious question? That one should come up no later than minute three. (And what angry atheist ends jumps out of his seat and wags his finger at someone… only to end his question with the word “sir”?)

The story’s not just (literally) unbelievable, it’s not helping.

I can already anticipate the next video in this series: “Pastor Greg Locke here. You might be wondering: Why did God allow 9/11 to happen? SO I COULD SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH YOU ON FACEBOOK!”

Let’s all extend our gratitude to Pastor Locke. His preaching probably creates far more atheists than he ever “saves.”

(Thanks to John for the link)

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