WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
ILLNESS AND DISEASE
"Why would a merciful God allow these disasters to happen?"
God is not Superman.
He does not fly from one disaster to another putting right the results of earthquakes, floods or famines.
Can He do these things if He wanted to?
The answer is YES. Then; "Why would a merciful God allow these disasters?"
In reality, God has two choices:
To interfere every time something goes wrong and put it right. Whether it is a disaster, an illness, or someone evil does something wrong like murder, robbery or whatever.
Or, in His wisdom and generosity, He could allow us the full freedom to do and think what we want. Even to the point of not believing in His existence if this is what we want to do.
When He created us, because He loves us, He gave us the full freedom to do as we wish. He has not washed His hands of us though and left us to our own devices. He does listen to our prayers, and often, He does respond.
When people ask, "Why does He allow bad things to happen?" There are two answers to this:
1 Why do WE allow bad things to happen all around us and do nothing about it?
2 He allows bad things to happen to give us the opportunity to love one another.