Q: I’ve always said I don’t believe in the devil, but we had a terrible case of murder-suicide in our town a few weeks ago and I’m beginning to wonder if maybe the devil is real after all. What happened just didn’t make any sense, and I can’t find any other explanation for it. — L.T.
A: There are many, many things that happen that are hard to understand or that don’t make sense. Some of these are awful (the murder you mentioned) while some are wonderful (inception of life on Earth). However, while these may be difficult to understand, they are not necessarily impossible to understand or the work of a god or a devil. Our understanding of the universe, our world, and ourselves is progressing greatly, and many of the things we don’t understand may be explained in the future. It may be easy to default to “God did it” or “the devil did it” but its not honest to do so.
What doesn’t make sense to me is why a loving, all-powerful god would create evil and allow horrible things to happen such as the Haitian earthquake, child rape, murder, etc. I also can’t understand how otherwise intelligent people not only believe that such a god exists but also praise that god.
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