Rusty Wright on God and Coronavirus: Gone Missing?

How could a loving, just, powerful God allow a tragedy like the coronavirus pandemic?  Doesn’t he care that innocent people are suffering and dying?  It seems unjust.  If God exists, isn’t he strong enough to stop this madness?

Two young brothers were always getting into trouble.  Their parents invited the pastor over, hoping a dose of religion could get them to shape up. The minister began by addressing the younger brother in the living room, while the older remained upstairs.

“Where is God?” the pastor asked the younger one.  Petrified, the boy remained silent.  “Where is God?” the minister asked again, more firmly.  Still no response.  “Where is God?” he asked a third time, even more resolutely.  Scared to death, the boy ran upstairs and shouted to his older brother: “We’re in big trouble.  God’s missin’, and they think we did it!”

Where is God?

Where is God?  If you or your loved ones have experienced illness, job loss, unrelenting anxiety or even death, such a question is not surprising.  I’ve asked it myself in the past, wondering if God existed, angry with him if he did.

Sigmund Freud called religion an illusion that humans invent to satisfy their security needs. To him, a benevolent, all-powerful God seemed incongruent with natural disasters and human evil.  My graduate work focused on understanding Freud’s disappointment about the biblical God and anger with believers.

The biblical documents portray God as sovereign but as giving us freedom to follow or to disobey him.  Humans are not robots but free moral agents.  Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis estimated that 80 percent of human suffering stems from human choice.  He called pain God’s “megaphone” that alerts us to our need for him:  “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.”

Click here to read more.

SOURCE: Assist News, Rusty Wright