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...
I have to agree that tragedies happen because we have free will, and I also believe God does not directly intervene in earthly events, so bad things do happen to good people. However, I take issue with Hawkins's conflation of "good people" and "Christians" or "believers" in item #2. Even if you believe atheists, agnostics, and followers of non-Christian faiths are condemned to hell (I don't, but that's another argument), don't you have to grant that many of them are indeed "good people" in the way they conduct their lives--kind, generous, loving? I certainly know many who are!
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