First off, to see the amazing work being done in Haiti by all those recusers and doctors and volunteers and soldiers, juts makes me proud to be human and makes me wish I could do more...
The Haiti situation has caused me much concern and grief, it has brought up old doubts and issues I have had for a long time with God.
This is not about eartquakes and hurricanes or any natural event that accures because it has to, it is not even about the diasters that MAY be part of these events.
Its about the very nature of God and the crucial question of WHY God doesn't do something and that question leads us to one that I have thought about for a great deal of time, is God Omnipotent? is God ALL powerful?
I don't think God is.
I believe in a loving and caring and compassionte Father in Heaven, My God is My Father, a beloved and loving parent and as such, how do I reconcile God NOT doing something when he certianly CAN do it?
Well, I don't I have to admit that I can't.
I am a lowly human and if I had the power to help, I would and I CAN'T be morally or responsibly superiour to God, he is THE creator ( the action of creation) and if I can't be morally superiour then God SHOULD help.
Your child is stuck under rubble and the rubble is crushing her/him and you CAN help, what do you do?
You help, period. You don't just stand by and hear your child crying and calling for help as they are crushed alive.
SO, if I as a lowly human WOULD help and KNOW it is RIGHT to help, then doesn't God know that?
Of course he can, he must for I can't know more than God.
So why doesn't God help?
Because I don't think he can.
No, I don't believe in an Omnipotent God, I believe in a very powerful God that works through US and that loves us but that is "impotent" in the face of the very world he created.
I agree with what another poster said, I don't see God as a "magical genie", he didn't create the world by snapping his fingers, he created the world by puting in motion the events of creation and while he certainly was inlvolved in it, God was still a "slave" to the very laws of creation he made.