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Bushy Van Eck

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Why Would God Allow a Tragedy?

If God is truly a God of Love then why would God not stop a tragedy? I have often asked myself this question. Thousands of posts on Facebook after the recent shootings in Connecticut prove we all have the same question. Our hearts were torn apart in such a way that our country is now fighting over gun control to prevent this from ever happening again. The pain is just too unbearable to think of this ever happening to one of our own children. The question still remains, no matter what we do, “Why would God allow this to happen”? I believe many people questioned their faith at times of tragedy.
What IF?
What if this tragedy, these beautiful people that lost their lives, bring us to a new understanding of God in a much more meaningful way. What if we realized, now more than ever, we are a part of each and every person that lost their life on that day? What if we realize they will never be lost because collectively, we all died that day? The world did come to an end on Dec 14th 2012 as we once knew it. There is no longer a need for a question like “Why Would God Allow a Tragedy” but a realization that God is there in every past, present and future moment. Because God gave us freewill to be who we are.

God Bless to those whose life was tragically taken, we love you forever…………………..

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    Mar 11 2013: God doesn't allow tragedies to happen, he gave everyone a choice and it is nature that lets the choice go bad, and also have you ever thought that if the world wasn't sinful then the world wouldn't need a savior? Another question I ask to myself is that do we really know an awnser to questions like these? Is it really worth trying to ask this, the possibilities are endless and us humans doesn't have the mental ability to awnser or ask questions like these.
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      Mar 11 2013: Andrew Thank you so much for your comment. Sometimes the question isn't as important as what discussion it brings. Your comment for example has meaning to all of us. But I do disagree on your point that is it worth it? We can only learn if we ask questions and respect others opinions. You are young and I completely understand your feeling that can we possibly have the mental ability to answer a question like this? I have worked 25 years asking the same questions from a young man to who I am today. My answer is yes we have now grown as a humanity and it is time for us to understand this question an what it means. I do agree with you Andrew, God does not allow but rather is a part of everything. I don't want to give to much away for it is quite early in this discussion. But I promise I am on your side. Keep an eye on this discussion.
      Bushy
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      Mar 11 2013: Re: "it is nature that lets the choice go bad"

      Who is nature, and does it fall outside to the control of a given god? What other animals in nature experiences the world as a "sinful" place?
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        Mar 14 2013: Theodore,
        I did post this question to evoke the many feelings we have about God as well as to open up a discussion to share thoughts. Playing on people’s emotion was not my intent whatsoever. But I respect your opinion and maybe I was wrong in posting a question like this. My intention has only one agenda, to share, learn and contribute politely. As far as theories go, it is up the listener to decide. If it helps someone have a better understanding and they find it useful so be it. If not no harm done turn the channel. I have learned not to run away from the pain we feel from tragedy and loss but to go to it on the deepest level possible. Allowing it to become part of you and become a more humble person. I appreciate your contribution and hope we can continue on with other discussions as well. You are defiantly more experienced at this than I.
        Bushy
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      Mar 14 2013: Did we have a choice to be born into this world.

      Did a new born baby have a choice to have some awful deformity.

      Do we choose to grow old and die.

      Did we choose to get stricken by disease or parasites.

      Do we choose to see our loved ones die.

      Did the antelope choose to be eaten by a lion.

      Did the lion choose to be a lion.

      Our choices are not the cause of all the suffering in the world.

      If you believe in a all knowing creator it knew it was setting up a universe with suffering.

      the freedom of choice argument does not absolve the creator of all suffering in the world. It didn't have to set it up this way where we need to eat and kill other living things. We could have been spirits and given a choice without pain and suffering

      And who do you believe nature, with floods and earthquakes and UV causing cancer.

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