Since I was a bit behind in my Bible readings (pushing through The Chronicles), I thought I would try and tackle a common question. With horrible things happening, like the Las Vegas shootings, etc. Why does God allow these things to happen? Even if you take the assumption of everyone in that crowd has sinned in their life, there are countless other situations where children and babies are victims. In my search for answers I found some great sites giving some thought provoking answers:
“The materialist and the atheist, those who would deny God, believe that at death, all is over. Life is finished, it is done and complete; we are dust, mere food for worms. To these people, pain has no meaning other than what it is: pure, unadulterated suffering, without any redeeming purpose. To the atheist, there may be a certain formless heroism attached to the person who faces suffering with courage and without complaining. But if we are all body and flesh, and no soul and spirit, if we are mere products of a selfish gene and nothing more, one wonders why this heroism would in any way be significant.
There is, though, a greater point, and that is that the atheist is convinced that these years we spend on earth—perhaps 80 or more if we’re lucky, and only a handful if we’re not—are everything we have, and constitute the total human experience. Christians, on the other hand, believe that these years on earth, while important and to be used wisely and to be enjoyed, are preparation for a far greater life to come. They are, in effect, a thin ray of light from the great sunshine that is eternity and life in heaven with God. “
In an excellent paragraph it says: As to the specific issue of pain and suffering, C. S. Lewis, who watched his beloved wife die of cancer, put it this way: “But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” God’s plan is for us to return to him, and to lead the best possible life on earth; sometimes we need to be reminded of our purpose. Pain is a sharp, clear tool to achieve that purpose. A needle may be necessary to prevent disease or infection; nobody welcomes or enjoys the injection, but it prevents a far greater suffering, just as what may seem like even intolerable pain now will lead to far greater happiness later.“
Another (long) interesting article during a preaching by the former Aethiest and best selling author of A Case for Christ: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2012/07/why-does-god-allow-tragedy-and-suffering/
While no one truly knows the answer to this question, the main takeaway I found was that God gave us free will. With that free will, we inflict suffering, pain, and horrors upon each other. Bad things can accidentally happen to us, to children, and to people we know and love. How we react to those things are part of our test in this life. Hell is described in the Bible as a place away from God. Eternal happiness, health, and joy are in his presence, and those who choose not to follow him will experience what eternity is like away from him.
It took cancer, which at the time was not enough, and then sudden cardiac death for me to wake up. I hope to use whatever time I have left to show others this undeniable truth as well.