¿El Dios del sufrimiento?

PRINCETON amp#45;amp#45; ¿Vivimos en un mundo creado por un dios todopoderoso, omnisciente y absolutamente bueno? Los cristianos así lo creen. No obstante, todos los días nos enfrentamos a un motivo poderoso para dudarlo: en el mundo hay mucho dolor y sufrimiento. Si Dios es omnisciente, sabe cuánto sufrimiento hay. Si es todopoderoso, podría haber creado un mundo sin tanto dolor –y lo habría hecho si fuera absolutamente bueno.

Los cristianos generalmente responden que Dios nos concedió el don del libre albedrío, y por lo tanto no es responsable del mal que hacemos. Pero esta respuesta no toma en cuenta el sufrimiento de quienes se ahogan en inundaciones, se queman vivos en incendios forestales provocados por un rayo o mueren de hambre o sed durante una sequía.

Los cristianos tratan de explicar este sufrimiento diciendo que todos los seres humanos son pecadores y merecen su suerte, por espantosa que sea. Pero los bebés y niños pequeños tienen las mismas probabilidades que los adultos de sufrir y morir en desastres naturales y parece imposible que lo merezcan.

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