Theodicy – how to square suffering with an all powerful, loving God. A meme doing the rounds neatly summarises the four possibilities as applied to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here it is and here they are:
Assuming God exists and given his apparent indifference/inaction during the current crisis (not to mention numerous previous ones) these are really the only four options. However, if
- he is unaware Covid-19 is happening then he’s not omniscient
- he is aware of it but is unwilling to stop it then he’s not all loving
- he is aware of it but is unable to stop it then he’s not all powerful
- he deliberately caused (or allowed it) it then he’s nothing but a complete and utter bastard
Oh wait – turns out there’s a fifth option! (Pause while we phone a friend.)
So that’s it – God doesn’t exist, which is why we see him doing f**k all in this and every other calamity we’ve ever faced.
As for me, I’ll put my trust in science. Already those damn scientists with their ‘man’s ideas’ (©Ken Ham) have started solving the problem. No need then to rely on an imaginary, non-existent friend. Thank God for that.