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(Reblogged from The A-Word)
Saw this over at Funny Atheism and had to laugh.
Anyway. This post is about God and the grand plans he supposedly has for all of us. Lots of Bible verses are full of this promise, and lots of Christians get comfort and confidence from them.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Thing is, it’s easy for most of us to believe this. Those of us with roofs over our heads, good families, opportunities for jobs and education, those of us with food in our plates and warm fires in our homes. But what about that new-born child in Turkana, born to a starving mother in a barren land? What’s the grand plan for him? Because that child is going to die, and may not even live to his first birthday. Don’t use yourslef as an example of God’s goodness and greatness and awesome planning abilities if you’re one of the people on this earth living above the poverty line, and therefore a MINORITY. There are about 21,000 children under 5 who die each day due to poverty. Looks to me like your god’s “grand plan for everyone” has failed.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
Food for thought.
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