Why Did God Allow 10,000 People to Die in the Typhoon?

Why did God allow 10,000 people to die in the typhoon?

Why does the sunrise make me catch my breath?

Why did God knit together my children’s bodies?

Why doesn’t God take everyone to heaven?

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Why am I able to read these squiggles?

Why are fall leaves so beautiful?

Why does food taste so good?

Why do I laugh so much?

Why does shit happen?

Why do I have enough?

Why has God kept me alive until this very moment?

  • http://etb-former-fundamentalists.blogspot.com/2012/04/edward-t-babinski-if-it-wasnt-for.html edwardtbabinski

    Good questions, but adding “why did God” to four of them did not make them any more existentially interesting. In fact it kind of deflates the interest. Why did God allow me to come to that conclusion?

    Perhaps a bigger question is whether or not accidents can happen at all? Does a theist accept that some things just “happen accidentally” and are unnecessary to any alleged “plan of God?” Certainly choosing a flavor of toothpaste, what to pack for lunch, don’t seem like something one needs to pray over in order for God to assure you it’s all part of His plan. But if you also spill coffee,trip, or make an investment that turns sour how much of that is part of God’s plan?

    The cosmos also seems to present us with myriads of species, 90% of them having gone extinct before humans even arrived on the scene, including five mass extinction events, and many local ones. All part of God’s plan? Was the designer shaking His etch-i-sketch or hitting His delete button to clear things off that day?

    The cosmos seems to be right for life but only in very tiny places, and living things have incredibly short lifespans compared with those of stars or galaxies. So we have evolution as well as death. The cosmos gives, the cosmos takes away, life and death appear to be in equilibrium at best. And we live on a quaking surface of a rock flying through space.

    • acjeske

      Thanks for reading, Edward. I think the way I approach this, including the theistic language, makes it more interesting to more people, not less. Also, it’s a poem, not an argument.