As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile all the evil that happens in the world with an all knowing, all powerful loving God who could stop it if He wants, but chooses not to do so. If our hearts break for the innocent children who were senselessly murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, how can a God who loves us not feel the same way? If any of us had known what Adam Lanza was going to do, we would have done anything in our power to stop him, so why didn't God? All too often we tend to quote...
Genesis teaches that God made humans in His own image and likeness. Catholic theology says that means with intellect and free will. If God interferes with our free (but often uninformed) will, then He is acting against His own free gift to us. So by refusing to stop these horrible crimes, He is paying our human dignity the ultimate compliment. Now the apparitions of Christ and Mary tell us that even in their glorified state, the sins we humans commit grieve their human natures. So Jesus is suffering in some sense right along with those kids, parents and the rest of us who see these crimes. He is on our side at all times, and even grieves for the perpetrators of crimes.
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