We are half way through our holiday, as I write this, and the weather has been either awful or glorious- a bit like life. Yesterday, it was overcast for most of the day and yet it wasn’t cold either -just a bit on the miserable side. I decided to take a dip in the pool, an outdoor, heated pool with a dishy lifeguard(eye candy as defined by my younger friends) and I had him and the pool all to myself!
As I swam my lengths and floated in bliss around the pool my thoughts turned to the 50 or so young people shot dead in Orlando America. One minute happy and dancing with their friends and the next shot dead: and here was I on holiday enjoying life, it didn’t seem fair or right – so where was God?
This is a question that haunts both those who believe in a loving God and those who do not. How could a loving God allow this to happen?
The answer, I believe, is that He does not. It is not God who allows things to happen it is us, human beings, who perpetrate such atrocities. If God stepped in every time any one of us was going to do something wrong then we would not be free to do what we wish. In the old parlance we would not have free will but be puppets whose strings were pulled from above.