My Worldview 2.0
You know, when Jesus approached Mary and Martha late after they cried out to him to come heal Lazarus, the two women ridiculed him saying why didn’t you come sooner, if you had been here our brother would still have been alive, what do you have to say for yourself. Jesus didn’t try to answer this, he didn’t try to defend himself or make an apologetic, but rather, here we see the shortest verse in the bible, “Jesus wept.” Yes, Jesus wept, ‘bitterly’ in Greek translations. One of the most comforting things that I find when I study this topic is that I believe my God weeps with us, in fact even more than we could ever weep ourselves over our personal pains and suffering. From temptation, to doubt, to disobedience, to shame, to hiding, to accusing, to suffering.
GK Chesterton was once asked,
“Whats wrong with the world?”
“Dear Sirs, I am”
One of the assumptions smuggled into the thought that suffering disproves the existence of God is this, “If God has reasons for allowing suffering, we should know, in our human minds, what those are.” Says Vince Vitale. I don’t think I have to go into too much detail on why this assumption is false reality. Some of us are stupid, others of us are dumb, and the rest just plain idiotic, but one thing is for sure, we are human beings, we are not that smart, we are, in fact, finite. God is God. He is, was, and always will be. He is the Alpha and Omega. The first and the last. The Creator of all things. The intelligent designer that placed the earth what we call “The Goldilocks Zone”, where our position in this vacuous universe is quite literally just right for life to be habitual. He is YHWH, the Great I am, in which Jesus responds to critics in John 8:58 when they say how he may know if Abraham was glad to see his day, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am”, an obvious claim to divinity, but that is subject matter for a later time. You know, in Job 38:4, when Job had everything taken from him by Satan at the license of God himself, Job begins to question God saying “Why me? Better yet, why them, not me?” (Sound familiar?) God responds in a way that audaciously stamps his prowess, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world?”
Last year, my lifelong dog Spike suffered from a collapsed lung, for weeks we tried everything we could to fix the issue. Through shots and needles and pain and suffering, Spike, as you might imagine, could not wrap his mind around why I would make him feel this kind of pain and just stand there and watch as he cried out to me. I’m sure you parents can relate to this sentiment. Spike didn’t know that the pain we allowed to be inflicted onto him was an attempt to heal him. This is not because of any lack of effort on my part, or that I am not a good communicator, or that I didn’t love him, as I held him, wiped his tears and told him it was going to be okay. It is simply because Spike is not the sort of being that can comprehend collectively why I do the things in which I do, or lack thereof. And when the vet came to the conclusion that there were only two options in which one was inevitably crossed out because Spike’s frail and old body would not stand a chance to internal surgery, we came to a point of decision where we must put Spike down, as we could not stand to watch him suffer. You can see the analogy. My ways, my thoughts are higher than Spikes. Why then, should we be surprised when God’s way, and God’s thoughts are higher than our own?
What if this was the case? What if we just aren’t the type of being that can begin to comprehend and make collective sense of his ways?
After all in Isaiah, the scripture reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways, your ways, declares the LORD. So far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so far are my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” And reiterated by Paul in his letter to the Romans “How unsearchable are his judgements, and his paths beyond measure, who has known the mind of the Lord?” Consider with me, even for just a moment, that you, yes you, do not have the mind of the infinite. For I see, in my young 24 years, that if God is who the Biblical Worldview holds him to be, and the fall broke the perfect creation as it ought to have been, then what we see now is exactly what we should expect, a world in which we do not understand. And if it is exactly what we should expect to find, if God does exist, then our finding such cannot be claimed as evidence to prove Gods in-existence. If you deem a God great and transcendent enough to blame for your trials or to be mad at because his insufficient use of his power to stop the evil and suffering, then consequently, you are positing God great and above all enough to have sufficient reasons for allowing suffering that you cannot understand.