Suffering, poverty, hunger, illness and death weigh heavy on my mind these days, and like Epicurus, who lived before the common era, it sets me to wondering....
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?"
(born 341 B.C.E.)
I think this soldier may be asking some of those same questions too.... And you? Do you ever doubt the existence of God? If you do not doubt, how do you make sense of the continual suffering on the planet?
Please note that I am asking questions, as was Epicurus. I respect everyone's right to their own beliefs and conclusions. I just wanted to share what I am struggling with now and get your perspective.
**In Epicurus' quotation, I would replace the world 'evil' with the word 'suffering'. While there is evil in the world, most of us have had more experience with suffering.
(Background courtesy of Jerry Jones at ShadowHouse Creations)