Let’s say that you were to create a news network, and you somehow had the capacity to observe all of the inexplicable tragedy that occurs on Earth each day:
- all of the murders,
- all of the car wrecks
- all of the rapes
- all of the mutilations
- all of the torture
- all the miscarriages and stillbirths
- all of the disease
- all of the starvation
- all of the destruction
- all of the terrorism
Let’s say you had a news feed that delivered this all to you in real time.
Just ten minutes with this news feed would be unbearable. Thousands of tragic, heart wrenching events would impinge themselves upon you every minute. It would make you vomit over and over and over again until you passed out in exhaustion and despair.
In other words, the amount of gut-wrenching, anguished tragedy in our world is unspeakable.
Meanwhile, there is a housewife in Buruburu who firmly believes that God answered her prayer this morning to make the stain on her dress dissapear. She prayed to God, and after washing her dress with JIK, the stain was gone! Praise Jesus! There are thousands of people in Kenya who firmly believe that God is personally helping them each day with their trivial prayers like this. They believe that they have a personal relationship with God, that God hears their prayers each day, and that God has time to reach down and remove the mustard molecules one by one. They believe it with all of their hearts.
It makes you wonder: If God has the time and the will to answer these trivial prayers, then why does he have no time for the millions of other massively serious problems that arise on earth every day?
Simply look at the world we live in. All around us we have murderers, rapists, robbers, child molesters, terrorists, etc… How do they do their deeds? If God is all-knowing and God answers prayers, then we have to believe that:
- God watches them as they murder, rape, molest and terrorize other people millions of times a day, but he does nothing to stop them.
- God watches the victims as they are being murdered, raped, molested and terrorized, but he does nothing to help them.
- God completely ignores the prayers of the planet to eliminate murder, rape, child molestation and terrorism and allows these atrocities to continue unabated.
Do you believe in a God who acts like this? Of course not. If you believe that God is specifically reaching down from heaven to answer your trivial prayer, while at the same time God is allowing 27,000 children to die of starvation each day by specifically ignoring their prayers, then your God is insane.