The idea that God “allows” suffering to take place in this world is extremely complex, and a far reaching question that we have all pondered about. I’m sure you’d have to scan the far reaches of the globe to come across even a handful of people who have yet to ruminate on this question.
Ravi Zacharias attempts to bring some peace to the subject of death in this short video. Although you might argue that Ravi’s perspective is deeply rooted in Christianity, I think it still holds merit regardless of your spiritual background.
This story that is told in eastern folklore of this man who lost his horse that ran away. When the horse ran away the neighbour came to him and said “you know, bad luck isn’t it, your horse is gone”
He said, “what do I know about these things?”
Few days later the horse came back with 20 other wild horses, and the neighbour came and said, “amazing, its not bad luck-its good luck, you’ve got 20 more”
The man says “what do I know about these things?”
His young son is going and taming one of the new horses and a young horse kicks him and breaks his leg. The neighbour comes and says, “terrible isn’t it? Your son’s leg is broken, bad luck that these horses came”
The fella says, “what do I know about good luck and bad luck?
Few days go by and a bunch of thugs are coming looking for recruits to join their gang, and their looking for all the able bodied young man. They’re about to pick this young man but find out his leg is broken and they said, “we don’t want him, we’re going to move on to the next house”. So the man comes and says “good luck isn’t it, your sons leg was broken”
In one little series of episodes we don’t know what lies ahead. Why don’t you wait till you stand before God, face to face, and you will find out there were reasons why he didn’t stop that trigger, so you will see the heinousness of evil and see the majesty of love and good.
For more on my perspective on Christianity, check out the post Tell Me All Your Thoughts On God – Christianity 101