I have studied religion a lot, including seven years of seminary training. Then from 1963 to 1968 I was a Catholic priest with strong faith in God and Jesus, and the Bible as the Word of God. But now, 40 evolving years later, I am deeply troubled by the problem of widespread suffering. (I have experienced a little of it, but not much, yet.) Free will and human cruelty can explain the holocaust, wars, crime, and much more. But what about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, cancers, other diseases--which cause so much suffering, including to innocent people such as young children? I cannot reconcile these with the commonly-held view of God as an all-powerful loving Father. (I am also troubled by the Biblical account of God commanding Abraham to kill his son Isaac as an act of worship and then at the last minute saying, "No, don't kill him; I didn't really mean it." I strongly disapprove of this alleged behavior of God.) So I am now an agnostic. If there is a God, he does not make sense to me, and I cannot see him as an all-powerful loving Father. There is too much contradiction. Do I believe in the Bible? Actually, yes--part of it--the book of Ecclesiastes. That author says basically: This life is probably all there is, so enjoy it as best you can. Make the most of it. And try to relieve human suffering.
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