Luke 18:16 NIV
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
A very curious scripture. I heard a very stunning statistic today from Sam Harris. There are 9 million children under the age of 5 that die every year. That is 24,000 a day. 1,000 every hour. As I type this sentence, several are going to die. Probably in the arms of their parents, praying to a god. Like the one referred to in the scripture above.
I heard another good quote from Dan Barker that said, “If you want proof there is no god, take a walk through a childrens hospital.”
When talking to believers about this, they tend to put all the blame on ourselves and “the Fall.” We allowed sin to enter the world. Therefore, taking all the responsibility off of any god.
Maybe Jesus was saying he wants the children to come to him sooner rather than later. That we would be hindering them coming to him by trying to find cures to heal them.
We now know, as science has found, that epilepsy isn’t the cause of demon possession as the bible says. Or various sicknesses the cause of curses. I believe one day that science will discover cures for these illnesses. And other scientific explanations will be far greater than just attributing them to some god or supernatural beings. None of which can be proven in the slightest. Only believed.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to watch your child suffer any kind of serious illness. And I would never want to take away from the parents who are reaching for anything to bring strength and purpose to their suffering. Even if its a god.
I can’t even begin to believe that if there were a god, he would allow such an injustice. But then again, I read the bible and its riddled with these atrocities. So it would seem god still just turns a blind eye. Or, he’s just not there.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?