I am reading a book by Jerry Bridges called, “Is God Really in Control?” in the first chapter, Bridges quotes Allan Laing, a Scottish Newspaperman’s comments on the terrific tragedy of the South Asian Tsunami in 2004,
”God, if there is a God, should be ashamed of himself. The sheer enormity of the Asian tsunami disaster, the death, destruction, havoc it has wreaked, the misery it has caused, must surely test the faith of even the firmest believer…I hope I am right that there is no God. For if there were then he’d have to shoulder the blame. In my book, he’d be a guilty as in, and I’d want nothing to do with him.”
So, the writer challenges the goodness of God that the writer doubts really exists. But he does raise an interesting challenge. If God is God, then He can certainly avert disasters. But, disasters of many types do occur.
If you could sit down over a coffee with Mr. Laing, and assuming he would really be open to listening, what would you say about his comments above.
How would you challenge Mr. Laing’s argument? Next post, I’ll tackle this one, but in the meantime, give it some thought.