Re: God's indifference to suffering?

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Tue Mar 07 2000 - 18:30:07 MST

At 04:31 PM 7/03/00 PST, John Grigg wrote:

>"Given the total indifference to human suffering displayed by the almighty,
>`playing God' involves twiddling one's thumbs while millions die in extreme
>agony from horrible diseases. All this `putting an end to human
>suffering'is surely the work of the devil."

>Mormons believe that a big part of the test in this life is the simple
>horrendous fact that life is so unfair. It is what we each make of what we
>have and whether we get bitter toward God or have faith and do our best to
>improve our lot and that of others around us, that is the big challenge.
>Religious belief has motivated many people through history to reach out and
>try to help others, sometimes dedicating whole lives to this, even though it
>meant poverty and a shortened life. Could this be God's way of reaching out
>to help ease the suffering?

Hey, you're absolutely right! So, next time I get the urge to `play God',
here's my plan:

I'm going to kidnap some small children and hide them in a cellar they
can't escape from. They'll never see me, but they'll be able to shout to
each other through small holes. Then I'll randomly torment and amuse them,
making sure they can hear each others' screams. After a few years, I'll let
them out, and they can come and play in my garden where I'll make it all up
to them. Assuming any of them are still sane.


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