Uncertain Faith

Finding the courgage to live with uncertainity

Does God Get Too Much Credit (or Blame)?

Butch Rogers

04 Aug, 2015

In his book Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl recounts a conversation he had with his daughter.   "Why do we speak of the good Lord?'  Whereupon I said, 'Some weeks ago, you were suffering from measles, and the the good Lord sent you full recovery.'  However, the little girl was not content; she retorted, 'Well, but please, Daddy, do not forget: in the first place, he had sent me the measles.'"  I find it interesting and curious, what we give God credit for and what we do not.   God gets the credit for bringing healing, but not "sending" the disease.  We find it difficult, if not, impossible to reconcile the "God who giveth and the God who taketh away".  We feebly make excuses for God by saying things like, "God didn't cause this to happen, but he allowed it to happen".  Do we give God too much credit (or blame)?  Do we find ourselves defending God?

Pastors, priests and rabbis are in the unenviable position of providing "God answers" to people  How do you explain an untimely death and put a good "God spin" on it?  How do you explain unanswered prayers (I found yes, no and wait a while to be lacking)?  Most of us want certainty when it comes to God, and we look to those who speak for God to provide the certainty we desire.  Is it possible to live without being certain about God and do we have the courageous faith to live in the uncertainty?