Title: WHY DOES GOD PERMIT WICKEDNESS & SUFFERING? (Part 5) Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count:617 Web Address: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/10975
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WHY DOES GOD PERMIT WICKEDNESS AND SUFFERING? (Part 5)
By Arthur Zulu
A 12-year-old boy is dying of cancer in Columbia. His father is held by fighting rebels. The dying boy begs rebels to release his father so that he could see him before he dies. The rebels refuse. Sympathizers volunteer to exchange places with imprisoned father in order to fulfill wish of sick and dying boy. The rebels refuse. The boy dies without seeing his father. And his father is killed by rebels.
A mortuary attendant in Bosnia has unenviable task of counting dead in senseless killings of war in that part of world -- worst of its kind since World War II. Among corpses brought to him for enumeration were those of his son and relatives.
Pathetic images like these continue to be replayed in bloody scenes around world. Just switch on radio and listen to world news at this hour and tell me what good news you may have heard. In fact one character in one of Charles Dickens’ books says that he doesn’t read newspapers. His reason? Because news is always same -- someone is always murdered somewhere.
And that’s true. About 12 wars are going on around world today, and if you live in United States, someone has either been robbed, raped, or killed this very second! Everywhere, people are in fear of some kind of evil. Says Harold C. Urey: “We will eat fear, sleep fear, live in fear and die in fear.” These are fruitage of rebellion of our first parents, Adam and Eve -- political, economic, religious and social crisis. Not even UN has come to rescue.
If you read Bible books of Matthew chapter 24, Mark chapter 13 and Luke chapter 21, you will find a comprehensive list of features of our days -- war, food shortages, pestilences, earthquakes, and lawlessness, amongst others. People are suffering and dying in millions, and there is no end in sight. In fact if you read Second Timothy chapter 3, you will find out that things are going to get worst. We haven’t seen anything yet!
This fact is supported by Human Development Report 1999 saying: “All countries report erosion of their social fabric, with social unrest, more crime, more violence in home .... Global threats are increasing, outgrowing national abilities to tackle them, and outpacing international responses”. And that’s plain truth.