If you haven’t seen the video – here it is
I write this blog with complete understanding of Stephen’s strong views.
I’m no theologian with well backed up answers but here’s my small attempt at responding…just as a normal guy who has decided to follow Jesus.
Let me start by saying It’s all a bit like DIY – I hate DIY and I am rubbish at it.
If When making a wardrobe, you don’t follow instructions, you have the capability to destroy the wardrobe (I assure you, this is true!) One screw in the wrong place and from then on, the wardrobe is faulty. A mistake made on the bottom of the wardrobe may impact the opening of the doors. The wardrobe is permanently damaged.
God created a world that was perfect – but in our ignorance of his advice, we make errors that like the wardrobe, don’t just damage human beings but the whole of creation itself.
Therefore we live in a world that isn’t how God designed it. The world is damaged. Creation is fallen. Evil has found a way in.
God didn’t create us as robots, we have the capability and empowered to make decisions ourselves. This was perhaps the most unselfish thing he could have done.
So Is God sitting back and smiling at us suffering? Not at all.
God’s heart is broken by the children with cancer, his heart is broken by the suffering in the world, after all, like you and me, those who suffer are his children too.
But he promises us a hope – that at the end of time, when he reveals himself again to all creation, he will restore all things and wipe every bit of suffering away.
The reward for those who trust in him will be an eternal life with this God of love, a celebration that is ‘out of this world’.
Still got questions – of course you do. Me too! Feel free to post below but please keep comments respectful and friendly. 🙂