Tuesday, 16 March 2010

What comes next? Why the Suffering?

Anyone that knows me (or has read my 'about me' section) will know I can be a bit of a worrier/thinker

I was having a conversation the other day about God.  The person I was talking to brought up the subject that if there is a God then why are children and adults suffering and starving throughout the world?

What makes God decide (if you believe in a God) that we were born into the life we were. 

Why was that little girl born into a family on the Gaza Strip? 
Why was that little boy born into a family that was about to be taken away from him in Afganistan?
Why was I born into a family with plenty of food, money, love and everything a little girl could wish for.  I didn't do anything to deserve the life I have and yet I can be so ungrateful at times.

I have my own answers but that is because I have faith. I believe we are all set different challenges in life. I believe I am lucky and given an 'easy' life so far but I also believe that for that reason if I don't do my best with what I have then I will find it harder to get into heaven, perhaps.  I give to charity every year and I help the needy whenever I can but I still don't do enough.  I try to live by good morals and principles and I try to be nice to everyone I come across but I still don't do enough.

I still at times find it hard to understand. You or me could have easily been that little boy or girl born into severe poverty, having to go days without food or water. But we weren't, we were given an abundance of things.

What are your thoughts? Do we all have a purpose? Do you think we all have different challenges? Or are you an atheist?


  1. This is something I question regularly. I'm not 100% certain there is a 'God' as such but I do believe there is something.
    I'm one of the people who says 'If there is a God, why is there so much suffering?'
    I believed, as a child, that the world would continue to experience suffering until everyone was nice to each other, now though, I find this question unanswerable with certainty.

    Beth x

  2. Very thought provoking post. Have been reading but not commenting much of late (no time), so I'm offering you an award over at mine x

  3. Really interesting topic, I'm not sure myself and my biggest fear is if there's no after life, well then what?? I find that scary....

  4. Hee Hee, A fellow worrier :)

    This is a difficult subject. I wish I could believe the was an afterlife. I can't believe there is a god because of all the horrendous things that happen in the world, especially to innocent children.

  5. This is a very thought provoking post, kind of creates many more questions than answers. Funnily enough my 9 yr old son has been asking me the same things, so hard to answer, but I like your philosophy.

  6. Interesting post. I recently posted about "life isn't fair".

    I do believe in God, but it doesn't answer everything. Life seems strangely random. I think being grateful for what you do have, and trying to make the most of it, is a good starting point.

  7. Thanks ladies. This post definately creates more questions then it answers icklebabe. But i guess that is life. We are not to know yet but we can only try and be as good as we can be.

    Fate and Destiny are interesting things