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Why Doesn't God Stop Injustice?

Updated on August 30, 2013

I believe in God, because if I am able to suppress my own internal noise sufficiently, I feel I can contact God. Is this really true? Who knows? I think it is, but I can't prove it.

I feel that part of the problem of God's existence is that we have a fundamental problem understanding God. To begin with, God is eternal. Therefore, time is meaningless to God. God will never run out of time. God never has to worry about 'when.' God never wastes time. God is never early, late, or on time. God is neither old nor young. God just is.

We are the opposite of this. From our first moments we are impatient: impatient for attention from our mommy, impatient to get fed, impatient to see the next new bizarre thing in this crazy world we are thrust into. Inside us our heart keeps time in a steady rhythm. Outside, the days pass and the seasons change. We see ourselves grow, and then grow old, and we know we will die. Sometimes we get sick and if we're lucky, over time, we heal. Urgency colors our lives throughout, to find a mate, to find food and shelter and basic needs, to find love, to find purpose. Sometimes we don't know what we are urgently looking for, and restlessness drives us with the feeling that we are wasting our time, because we know we only have so much time.


Try to imagine having unlimited time, with no need to sleep or eat. You remember everything, forever. You remember the first particle of matter, the first minute spark of energy. You invented them. You had no beginning, so you have no memory of being small or growing; you do not age, so you are always exactly the same. What meaning would a day have for you, a period of time delineated by celestial bodies you put into place? The planets and stars whirl about you like a mobile above a baby's crib. Things start and stop, begin and end, but you do not. You simply always are.

You may think you can imagine what this is like, but I respectfully submit that this concept is just too alien to being human for humans to understand.

Be that as it may, one way or another you create life on Earth. You create a billion germs, a million insects, several thousand reptiles, fish, birds, mammals, and finally humans. Perhaps you are intrigued by the idea of an animal with an opinion. Perhaps you want company, something to break up the monotony of eternity. For whatever reason you imbue this particular animal with the ability to reason. Perhaps you interact with these animals directly, reasoning with them.

More likely, our reasoning to God is as amoeba reasoning is to us. Think about it. God knows everything. If you knew everything, why would you possibly want to communicate with someone who knows almost nothing? Does that make sense?

Enter love. A lot of people say that God is love. I can relate to this, because on those occasions when I feel I have successfully contacted God, I feel a warmth and, if I may say it, love or even a kind of affection coming from the other side. I think that God is probably a lot more complicated than love. I also think that God's love is probably as incomprehensible to us as God is. Nevertheless, I do feel a warm and positive feeling coming from what I believe is God.

I also believe that God is the source of all things. I believe God is personally involved in the workings of the universe, from the most grandiose to the most mundane. If you squeeze anything hard enough, speaking metaphorically, I believe God will come out of it. God is the very stuff of our universe, flowing universally through everyone and everything.

So, then, why disease? Why rape? Why child molestation? Why genocide? Why torture? Why natural disaster? Why children clawed and bitten to death by wild animals, or starved to death, or dead of thirst?

When I look at the universe, I see opposites. I see up, down, in, out, bad, good, light, dark, big, small, something, nothing, you name it, but every last thing seems to have its opposite. In addition to opposites, I see a lot of incremental difference. We have things that are on their way out or in, not too bad, not very good, off white, gray, kind of big, somewhat small, things that are kind of there but not really, and things that seem to not be there but actually are. The variety boggles the mind. Why all this variety?

Without down, there could be no up. Without darkness, there would be no light. Something is big only in relation to something which is not as big. This principle is not universally applicable. For example, if there were no hate, I think there would still be love. But I think without hatred love would not be quite the same. And between hatred and love there are almost infinite increments of like and dislike as well. Also there are different kinds of love and hate. One does not love one's spouse in the same way one might love, for example, chocolate. One does not hate one's enemy in the same way one might hate, for example, liver and onions.

One might suspect that God set up the universe in such a way that when a thing was created its opposite would also be created, since that's the way it seems to be. Or perhaps that was the first surprise. God created light and - surprise! - there was also darkness. Maybe God liked surprise so much that God created the universe in such a way as to be infinitely surprising. Trying to see things from God's point of view - timeless, eternal, always the same - I might really like the idea of surprise a lot. As humans we like our routines, but we like our surprises, too. Maybe that's the "made in God's image" part at work.


I believe God created us to introduce uncertainty, fear, love, desire, pain, anger, hatred, sickness, joy, health, beginning, ending and all our other experiences to God's own experience, which otherwise would be always the same. God gives us the gift of life, and we give God the gift of our lives, that is, the gifts of surprise, drama, suspense, excitement, peace, love and care. God shares both our joy at the lovely morning and our pain on the torturer's table; our pride in achievement and our shame in cowardice; and our compassion in forgiveness as well as our hatred in revenge.

God gave us a universe of all things not for us merely to enjoy, but to experience to the fullest possible extent and with the widest range of emotions, for in doing so, God gives God the same gift.


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      Jonathan-u13 6 years ago

      God gave all men a free will. So if God stopped all injustices or crimes then He would be suppressing the free will of man.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      People respond to injustice in different ways and people respond to God in different ways. One could blame God for their life of endless darkness, or they could thank God for their life of endless darkness. You may ask, "How can one thank God for a life of endless darkness?" Another may ask, "How can you ask that question?"

      In this existence there appears to be room for all experiences.

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      Michelle Paul 6 years ago

      What about when there's endless darkness? Darkness, darkness and more darkness with the famous Light only appearing after one is dead? I don't think that any of you has suffered a terrible injustice. You wouldn't be raving about God the way you do if you had.

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      EMAN 8 years ago

      Oh GOD, I have no money, but I have You. I am rich.Oh GOD, I have no freedom, but I believe in You. I am free.Oh GOD, I have no patience, but I read Your Quran. I am calm.Oh GOD, I get no respect, but You listen to my dua. I am proud.Oh GOD, I have no time, but I think of Jannah. I have forever.Oh GOD, I have much time, but I look at Your Signs. I have today.Oh GOD, I feel so weak, but I fast in Ramadan. I am strong.Oh GOD, I feel so tired, but I make dua. I open my eyes.Oh GOD, I feel so dirty, but I repent to You. I am cleansed.Oh GOD, I feel so depressed, but I remember you. I am at peace.Oh GOD, I feel so lost, but I follow Your Commands. I am safe.Oh GOD, nobody listens, but You never turn your back on me. I am grateful.Oh GOD, my heart breaks, but I imagine meeting You. My heart finds rest.Oh GOD, I cry every night, but I make wudu. I wash away my tears.Oh GOD, I feel so alone, but I pray to You. I have everything.

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      eman 8 years ago

      yea u r impressed...100% true

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      To say we have free choice is to say we have the choice of the options we are given. AIDS babies don't bring it upon themselves. If we had the choice, would we not free the baby of it? Why are the consequences of the parents' choices inflicted on an innocent newborn baby? What kind of God would allow this injustice? A God we do not have the ability to understand.

      The most afflicted among us prize their life above all treasures because they realize how truly precious is God's gift of life.

      I believe that sometimes God intervenes in our misery at our request. I have seen the miracle of answered prayer. But only God decides what God's answer will be. We must accept that often God's answer will be one we are not equipped to understand.

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      einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      God gave us free will in our thoughts, behavior, actions. We are free to act on our own. However, if we obey and love Him, He would bless us as He did bless Abraham.

      When the Egyptians made the lives of the Israelites miserable, they prayed to God and God brought them out of Egypt by a mighty hand crossing the Red Sea. Soon crossing the Red Sea they were miserable and blamed Moses for not having water to drink and not all the good food they had in Egypt forgetting their misery in Egypt and that was why they wandered in the wilderness for forty years.

      "So, then, why disease? Why rape? Why child molestation? Why genocide? Why torture? Why natural disaster? Why children clawed and bitten to death by wild animals, or starved to death, or dead of thirst?"

      The answer is they brought it upon themselves. As for rape, did God tell the rapists to rape women?" Men through through their own wickedness inflict harm upon others. God will eventually weed the wicked from the good.

      God bless.

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      James Brown 8 years ago from United States of America

      Great hub Tom - thanks for the insight!

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I can dig it. good read Tom.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Yes, I think God gets that from us, Clara.

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      Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

      It's true that God has created this universe, not only to let us enjoy His creation, but also to experience the reality of human lives by going through a wide range of emotions.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Countrywomen. I hope I've encouraged people to think of God in new ways. I believe that God is a lot less judgmental than a lot of people would have us believe.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      Tom- Yes it is so easy to blame an external "entity" for our wrong doings and so easy to take credit for things which may have materialized through "powers" beyond our understanding. You really have given a wonderful perspective. Thumbs up for a great hub.

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, AEvans. I do the best I can. There is so much dogma involved in belief. If people could just put all that aside and truly listen for God's voice, I think they might hear it.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You placed it all in on hub and it certainly speaks the honest truth!!!:)

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      Tom Rubenoff 8 years ago from United States

      People like to thank God for the good stuff and blame some other entity for the bad. I say that bad and good are just two sides of the same coin.

      Free will is definitely what it's all about. I think free will is what makes us interesting to God.

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      Direxmd 8 years ago

      hehe, no problem. very well said!

      yup, I think some people use God as a scapegoat or otherwise someone to blame when their prayer's weren't answered. It's easy to pass blame from yourself and onto someone else (such as God's, or your guardian angel, etc.) when you firmly believe that they will protect you.

      I mean crap, I would just sit around all day and eat pizza if I knew someone would answer my prayers that often! I wouldn't have to solve any of my own problems.

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      OOPs, sorry! I mean Mike!

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      Direxmd--very good thought!!!! injustice is the result of thousands of years of sin. He didn't introduce it, but allowed it's inception so that we would have the CHOICE to love and follow Him instead of being robots to His will.

      You've impressed me again!!!

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      Direxmd 8 years ago

      Although I too, believe in God, it is important to know that we are all responsible for what happens to us. We can believe in miracles, revelations and what not, but in the end it is important that we don't transfer blame from our shoulders to God's.

      Never forget that :)

      Great hub, keep them comin!

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      Proud Mom 8 years ago from USA

      Very good hub.

      Chris you hit the nail on the head!!!!!!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      and God also gave as free will. thanks for sharing this :D