Suffer the Little Children

Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10.14

…the very hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not: you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12.7


Recently, I attended the funeral of a little boy who died of the cancer he’d suffered from the time he was nine months old. His young parents are friends of mine. They showed their son such incredible love during his illness, ensuring he received the best medical care possible.

But where was God through it all? The God that Christians say has a special affinity for children, who loves them and cares for them? The God who looks after ‘the little people‘?

That God was nowhere. He showed no interest in this particular ‘little person.’ No concern and no compassion for him or his parents. Of course, that’s because he doesn’t exist, though this didn’t stop Christians telling the family how marvellous and caring and loving he is.

Really? If I had any vestige of faith left, what has happened to this innocent during his short life would have cured me of it entirely. And make no mistake, he was innocent, not a sinner (as if that would let God off the hook.) A deity who allows a baby to have cancer and to die after fourteen months of prolonged, invasive treatment would be a callous, worthless bastard. But we knew that already.

Had there been a God who cared, this little boy would’ve been two today, Easter Sunday.

2 thoughts on “Suffer the Little Children

  1. I am sorry for the loss of life. I have no words that can express the horror of a child dying. I read in a comic book as a kid “that with great power comes great responsibility”. If the God so many have faith in is so powerful doesn’t he have any responsibility? I would love to hear the rational argument a believer in god would use. Thanks for the post. Hugs


  2. Thanks, Scottie. It was an awful time for the parents. Their baby was such a lovely little fella. I know infant mortality is much improved now compared with earlier in history, but that is because of human effort, not because of any God. If anything points up the non-existence of the loving God of the Christians, it’s this.

    I put an abbreviated version of post on the blog that I linked to in it, and although there were some responses they were more concerned with defending God’s honor (‘he truly loved that little boy’, ‘he’s taken him to Heaven’ etc) and how we can’t know God’s reasons for what he does. How very convenient! We can experience God’s love except when we can’t because he’s working in that mysterious way of his. Pretty shallow and unfeeling stuff, I thought.


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