Every time something awful happens and some wretch does something terrible to innocent folk there is always a chorus of voices raised in protest, complaining that God ought to do something, and why, by the way, doesn’t he.
David Hume was the loudest of these screechers, opining at the end of the day that ‘if God is good he is not God; and if God is God, he is not good’.
What the poor syphilitic Scotsman failed to admit, or recognize, along with all of his modern disciples, is that God has granted ALL of us free will.
Our exercise of that free will is the problem, not God. And we love our free will, when it’s ours. We just don’t like it when someone besides us exercises theirs.
So, for instance, Bob wants to go out and get drunk and drive home, and does so because he’s free to do so. And on the way home he runs Randy down. Randy was minding his own business but Bob was exercising his free will to be an absolute piece of human garbage. And so he was. Randy suffered the consequences of Bob’s free will. But of course Randy too is a friend of free will, since only hours earlier, he had followed a girl from her dorm room to a park where she was going to jog. Overcome with desire, because he had seen her many times before, Randy raped her and left her for dead. Because, you know, free will.
Free will… it opens the door to every evil and is the worst and best of all God’s gifts to wretched selfish humanity. Or more precisely, the use of free will is the greatest gift God has given to wretched humanity.
Free will exists because God wishes us to be free, and not puppets. How we choose to use our freedom is completely in our hands. But the minute someone uses theirs in a way contrary to our wishes, we blame God (whilst enjoying our own free will to the fullest).
It is hypocrisy. It is rank hypocrisy to denounce God whilst exercising the freedom he has granted. Instead of denouncing God, denounce the one who exercised her or his free will to do evil. Denounce yourself. Because when all is said and done, you’re the one who has taken the good gift of God and destroyed it.
The next time some piece of filth guns down a bunch of folk remind yourself that he has distorted a good gift of God: choice. And when you’re screeching about ‘a woman’s choice’ remember your own opposition to choice in the hands of the terrorist and recall that your own choices haven’t always been what anyone outside your own head would call good; and stop blaming God, and start blaming the totally depraved wretch who did the deed you despise.