I'm looking forward to your answers. BE NICE!
Is God a dead-beat dad? Does he make batches of us ‘kiddies’ just to neglect us and leave us to fend for ourselves in a world equally neglected
by him? Or perhaps is suffering just random and part of the evolutionary failure called humanity? (obviously we aren’t made very well. Our
bodies are so disease prone.) Or does human suffering have karmic cleansing qualities? Does it serve a purpose of making us more ‘christ like’?
(and I mean that from both the Christian Christ and the Buddhist ‘christ’ perspective.) Some suffering promotes learning and brings out the best
(charity) in people. Other suffering seems rather pointless and a waste, at least from our human stand point.
I take you back to the Christmas Tsunami, when I first started to wonder about this. 1/3 of the dead were children. Remember the heart rending
pictures of toddlers washed up on the beach? Their eyes and ears and mouths full of wet sand. They had drown in sand and in pain and in absolute
terror - probably trying to scream for their parents who couldn’t help because they too were dying. I can almost see and feel the mothers in
anguish and in pain – physically and mentally and in their very souls. What good did any of that suffering do? Yes, big amounts of international
aid came in. That was a positive out of bad. Much of it never made it to the survivors of course. Greed and big corporations and the corrupt
gov’ts over there interfered. So again … can anyone tell me what good the suffering of these people did for anyone?
What about children who suffer from cancer? Their short lives are full of misery. Their parents hearts break every time their child screams in
pain; every time their child has a stroke from the medication; every time the child looks at them with tearful eyes wanting someone to stop the pain
which, in many cases, won’t stop until they are dead. And what about the poor parents? They have to watch their children in agony and there
isn’t anything they can do about it. Their suffering and heartbreak is beyond words.
Heck, what about adults who suffer from cancer and from all the other diseases? The blind. The lame. The crippled. The ‘emotionally
challenged’ who are bipolar or who have clinical depression. That is hell on earth, poor souls!! A soul trapped in a body like that suffers from
pure evil! How about those who suffer from severe mental health problems that make them a menace to society? It’s not their fault that they are
child molesters or that they are sociopaths. They were made that way and they CAN NOT change. What about those who can’t communicate what is
wrong? They lay in bed (or on the ground if they are poor) and they can’t tell anyone the pain or anguish they are in.
What about the adult elderly and the breakdown of their bodies. Yes, I understand that this is an opportunity for others to step in and help. This
has ‘heavenly’ merit and their suffering provides an opportunity for others to help. But let’s face it, a lot are forgotten or cast aside.
Many suffer alone and in pain.
Some Buddhists believe that some among them, the more ‘enlightened’ volunteer to be suffering souls. They volunteer to suffer to help cleanse bad
karma so that those who are stuck in lower karmic levels can be freed and can advance toward Nirvana. (any full Buddhists out there feel free to
correct me if I’m wrong).
Buddhists and Hindus believe that you have to deal with bad Karma that you have made before you can advance. This includes suffering if necessary.
The Catholic belief is much the same. Not the reincarnation part, but the part that sins (or bad Karma, if you will) have to be dealt with and
suffered for before you can move on to heaven. The Catholic belief is also that people can suffer for each other and offer that suffering up to God
in order to bring blessings down upon those people who are being suffered for, so that they will have grace that will help them change their ways and
The Protestant belief – God makes good come out of bad situations. (that’s a Catholic belief as well). Yes I can see some good coming from most
of the bad situations and illness’ that people have. But is the bad outweighed by the good? Is the suffering worth whatever good comes forth? Is
a child in agony during chemo, and her parents as well, worth the few positive ‘extras’ that come from the situation??
Christian belief – suffering came about because mythological creatures (Adam and Eve) took bites out of an apple from a beautiful tree that God
placed in the middle of their small world. So, since (allegedly) God put the tree there and He made humans weak, would He be to blame for the
suffering that allegedly came from this incident?? After all, He would have made the tree and He would have made the people fully knowing what would
Hinduism views aging, sickness and death as suffering – with desire as a root cause. Bhagavad-Gita says instability of the mind is a main cause.
Conversely Hindu scriptures also say that suffering is caused by previous actions (direct consequences from this life or also karma from past lives).
Therefore suffering is something that you brought on yourself. It should be accepted with patience and endurance. Looks to me like a ‘you brought
it on yourself’ kind of thing. (any full Hindus out there feel free to correct me if I’m wrong)
The Jewish belief is that everything comes from God and that what comes from God can not be evil therefore, even though it’s horrible to look at and
to suffer through, it is GOOD because God caused it or made it.
Islam gets it’s beliefs from a cafeteria picking of the religions at the time of it’s invention. It says that suffering is either a result of sin
or is a test of faith. The alleged purpose of suffering in Islam is that it tests faith or corrects unbelief. (see ‘Why I am not a Muslim by Ibn
Warriq – excellent book that explains where all the beliefs in Islam come from)
The Hopi view on suffering is that if you we don’t protect land and life, then we will suffer with Mother Earth. This makes sense and explains some
things to some extent. You can’t go swimming in your own poo and expect to remain healthy, right? Cause and effect. But it doesn’t explain all
.. like why God doesn’t step in and end innocent suffering of His children.
The movie ‘God on Trial’ offers some interesting points on suffering and who is to blame.
Of course, the murderous God of the Old Testament may not really be God. People could easily have been tossing His name around saying “God said
this … or God appeared to me and said that”. People do it now. But then again, if it were all lies, He could have stopped all the killing in His
name and spared the people all that suffering. So either way it looks like He’s responsible.
So I ask these questions. And I ask these not about the kind of cause and effect suffering a person with lung cancer gets after smoking for 30
years. I ask these about the kind of suffering that seems to make no sense at all.
Are we just a misfire in evolution and these frail bodies we are stuck in are filled with mistakes because evolution isn’t perfect and we are a work
in progress? Same with suffering from major natural disasters. Does that happen through neglect from God or is it just that the Earth is also in a
constant change and we are stuck with the consequences of it?
Are we all karma cleansing and therefore we all must really be moving on up quickly considering the amount of suffering in the world? (either that or
we all must be pretty damn bad because if we were really making good karma then the suffering wouldn’t be here)
Is all suffering ultimately good? If we are burning bad karma or becoming more like Christ then it must be. If it’s not all good, then why does
God allow, and even promote, useless suffering????
If God knows all then He must remember what it was like to suffer and die on the cross. So why does He put people on Earth through such horrible
things? So we can better understand His suffering? Or something else?? Then again .. who knows the mind of God, right?
Someone will say that Christ died for us 2,000 years ago. I do appreciate that. However, I’m not sure if that explains the suffering that is going
on now. Unless we are all supposed to suffer like Christ did and become more ‘Christ like’ that way. In that case .. Christianity is a pretty
miserable existence. At least here on Earth.
Is God a dead beat dad who, if he were in human form, would be arrested and thrown in jail?
Perhaps Jim Carrey was right when he said in his movie – ‘(paraphrase) God is just a mean kid with a magnifying glass and we are the ants in an
But the Near Death Experiences people have - the nice ones anyways - have an all loving God and tons and tons of love and acceptance flowing from him
towards the person. A lot of evidence supports NDEs ... So these have to carry some weight too.
In this past year I have read (when my eyes would allow it) tons of books on this subject. Books and literature from every perspective. From
fundamentalist Christian to Catholic to Buddhist to Hindu to Native American Indian to Jewish to Athiest etc etc etc My answer to the question of
‘Is God a dead beat dad’ is … I still have no freak’n idea. Living life is like being tossed into a board game without anyone in charge
REALLY explaining why you are there; what the rules of the game are; or what the objective of the game is in order to win. It kinda sucks not knowing
for sure what is going on.
(I’m going through the 5 stages, as you all can probably tell)
P.S. For the record .. my personal belief system is a mishmash of Catholic and Hindu with some Buddhist frosting. Rather tasty!