Ebola: Proof There is No God?

140802-kent-brantly-10a_bf22241c5e66a2193459a750131e1f76A friend of mine recently posted a story from the web reporting two things: First, that Dr. Kent Brantley, a physician who recovered after being infected with the Ebola virus, gave God the credit for his recovery, and that, secondly, people shouldn’t believe in a God that saves one person from Ebola but allows 1200 other people to die from Ebola (because, as the story states, what kind of God would do that?).

I think there is some error in that reasoning. Here are a few points that are at least worth pondering even if you’re not inclined to believe them:

1. If a real, loving, compassionate God never let people die, that would make for kind of an odd earth experience. There would be a lot of people per square mile. A lot of old people per square mile. A lot of people who would be three and four hundred years old.

2. In articles like the one referred to above, death is seen as bad, and God doesn’t allow bad things to happen to good people. I realize that the death of a loved one causes us to be understandably sad, but I don’t think anyone is sad that a person who has died has the chance to move forward in God’s plan of salvation. We’re sad because we will miss the deceased loved one. When my grandmother passed away, there was a big part of me that was excited for her to see grandpa, to see the son she lost during the Korean War, to be able to see more clearly and walk more easily. The last decade of her life was much harder than the first eight. Death was a progression in the plan and a happy moment for her I’m sure.

3. Death isn’t a heaven-sent judgement that you’ve become unusable to the Lord in life, therefor He stopped keeping you alive. Lazarus was brought back from the dead, but I think that everyone realizes that Lazarus also died some time later. There seemed to be some real blessings that came from Lazarus’ return to our world four days after his death, but I don’t think that Lazarus’ eventual death some years later proves that God forgot about him and his family or ignored him or ran out of use for him. And I’d bet that when Lazarus died and wasn’t brought back, there were loved ones who prayed for another miracle but had to let go of Lazarus this time.

4. If God allowing some to live and others to die is some kind of proof of his non-existence or non-interest in us, how would one explain the Savior’s earlier departure from this world? Surely people prayed that He wouldn’t die….But as their understanding grew, so would their acceptance that Jesus’ death wasn’t proof of an unloving God…in fact, quite the opposite was (is) true…

5. Having a trial-filled life isn’t proof of an unloving or non-existing God. Having a trial-filled life is proof that you are mortal and that there is testing of the highest order happening in mortality. I don’t suppose there is any scriptural proof that God has to treat everyone exactly the same, and give each person what they want, in order to exist and love His children.

6. In light of the fact that we lived as spirit children of Heavenly Parents for a long time and that we will live eternally (and that is a long time), I imagine that once we’re deceased, we will be able to look back on this life and see how relatively short it really was. Any suffering that we experienced (and we all will have experienced a lot of it) will fade quickly in light of our eternal natures.

Let me end this way: We have a Heavenly Father who loves us. We have a Savior who loves us. When a loved one passes away, whether from Ebola as a ten year old or from cancer at an old age, they have the chance to move forward toward more learning, more light, and an eventual resurrection and reuniting with those they love. Those assured blessings are proof to me of a loving, guiding, providing Heavenly Father who I can trust…

For more information on this subject, explained much better than I can, please read this

Be Encouraging…

BJM 

PS… you may disagree, but please do it respectfully…

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2 thoughts on “Ebola: Proof There is No God?

  1. G.R. Ballard

    I think the issue with stories like this is that when people sensationalize things that happen to them as “god did this for me,” like the gentleman in the story, the other side of the coin also gets sensationalized – “god did not do this for them.” Obviously, god did not actively intervene to save the other 1500 (and counting) people who have succumbed to the virus, otherwise they would still be here, right? This man obviously thinks that god favored him for some unknown reason, but the more likely scenario is that he was just one of the lucky ones, who had access to the best care we can currently provide, and he managed to beat it. About 50% of people with this particular strain of ebola survive (even with most of them having less than stellar care conditions), so it’s not like his success is miraculous. I don’t believe god is directly involved in every instance of someone surviving or dying, sometimes the dominoes just fall the way they do. If this man truly believes that god actively intervened to save him for some special reason, fine, he can always give thanks in his personal prayers, or by serving his fellow men, but I must admit I don’t see the reasoning for coming out with a public “god saved me” statement. All this does is bring ill feelings towards people of faith, and heartache to those who’s loved ones “god didn’t save.”

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  2. G.R. Ballard

    Edit: I forgot to capitalize God in that entire paragraph Just to be clear to all, this was not intentionally out of disrespect, only because it’s early on a Friday morning….. : /

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