Last week I heard someone ask this question:
How can God allow people to drive drunk and crash into innocent people?
A few days later, I heard someone on a radio interview saying that they can’t allow themselves to accept a God who allowed some outrageous injustice to occur, and I was struck by how easy it is for intelligent people to allow themselves to miss the obvious. Consider a couple more questions, these are my questions, by the way:
1. Do you seriously think the drunk driver got God’s permission to drive drunk?
2. Do you think the perpetrators of evil ask God before they do evil things?
Being drunk is in itself a sin against God last time I checked, and doing evil is abhorrent in God’s sight, so what is all of this nonsense about God allowing these things?
What God does allow is for men and women to exercise free will, and many choose to do wrong. An example of a person choosing to do wrong would also include a person choosing not to recognize God’s existence because someone else did a bad thing: Hello!
If this is a subject that concerns you, might I suggest that you take a look at one of my earlier posts on the subject of God’s restraint? It is an amazing subject, and it all boils down to the fact that God, in allowing people to have free will also enabled us to choose forgiveness for our wrong doing, and to choose to follow His ways, which do not include acting badly and hurting others.
It is really amazing when I look at a a culture that denies God’s very existence, chases God out of the public arena, refuses to allow prayer and mention of God in public discourse, that decides to hold God responsible when its chickens come home to roost. I could be mistaken, but wasn’t the word “hypocrisy” invented for things like this?