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If God exists, why does God allow pain, suffering, evil?
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God and Angels
(from Gustave Doré's illustrations to Dante's Divine Comedy, Wikimedia Commons)
God is Love.
That's all that needs to be said.
If this leaves you unsatisfied, read on...
To the questioning mind, perhaps the most critical questions about God are:-
God and AngelsDoes God exist?
The evidence of NDEs (near-death experiences) and near-birth experiences appeases my questioning mind that there is something transcendent, mysterious, beautiful and luminous. There is something beyond this world that science cannot detect or measure. An invisible spiritual world.
I am also convinced that there is a psychic medium that interpenetrates all things, that science cannot yet measure. Through premonitions, it is possible to immediately sense what is happening at a great distance, as evident in many stories of people and animals. This psychic fluid is like The Force of Star Wars.
Both these point to a mysterious universe way beyond any current scientific understanding. Albert Einstein said, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science."
Perhaps therefore we should allow the possibility of God?
I also like Karen Armstrong in The Great Transformation (cited here, posted 17 November 2010, accessed 23 October 2013, my bolding):
If the Buddha or Confucius had been asked whether he believed in God, he would probably have winced slightly and explained – with great courtesy – that this was not an appropriate question …. What mattered most was not what you believed but how you behaved. Religion was about doing things that changed you at a profound level…. The only way you could encounter what they called ‘God’, ‘Nirvana’, ‘Brahman’ or the ‘Way’ was to live a compassionate life. Indeed religion was compassion…. First you must commit yourself to the ethical life; then disciplined and habitual benevolence, not metaphysical conviction, would give you intimations of the transcendence you sought. This meant that you had to be ready to change. These sages were not interested in providing their disciples with a little edifying uplift, after which they could return with renewed vigour to their ordinary self-centred lives. Their objective was to create an entirely different kind of human being.
a blinding light in which everything that exists, the suns, the Angels
and Archangels all vibrate and throb and melt into the light. The Light
into which all form vanishes is the true Image of God."
"Life is only for love; time is only that we may find God."
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux)