Tuesday 6 December 2016

Finding hope when troubled by doubts

Philip O'Neill Edith Road, Oxford

Published 29/04/2014 | 02:30

Beliefs: A faithful touches a cross during a vigil at San Giovanni in Laterano Basilica in Rome. Reuters
Beliefs: A faithful touches a cross during a vigil at San Giovanni in Laterano Basilica in Rome. Reuters

* Rob Sadlier's letter (April 24) rightly shows that my recent contribution to your pages appears to have dodged the implications for belief in God of the world's suffering.

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The extermination of six million Jews, the death of an innocent child as a result of reckless drunken driving, and the loss of hundreds of young people in the South Korean disaster at sea are all events that challenge our faith to the core. The heartfelt cry of those caught up in these experiences is often, "where was God?" To tell the bereaved that it was the will of God is meaningless and offensive.

In the face of these challenging realities, all we can say to the question, "how did God allow it?" is, "I don't know" or "there is no God".

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