A Christian friend of mine wrote some words of wisdom today for all to see.
“The key to overcoming fear, then, is total and complete trust in God. Trusting God is a refusal to give in to fear. It is a turning to God even in the darkest times and trusting Him to make things right. This trust comes from knowing God and knowing that He is good.”
I was left so speechless by these, how shall I put it, profound words, that I could not give a proper response.
Instead, I shall let G.W. Foote, the great English Freethinker, respond for me.
“Why should God help a few of his children and neglect all the others? Explosions happen in mines, and scores of honest industrious men, doing the rough work of the world and winning bread for wife and child, are blown to atoms or hurled into shapeless death. God does not help them, and tears moisten the dry bread of half-starved widows and orphans. Sailors on the mighty deep go down with uplifted hands, or slowly gaze their life away on the merciless heavens. The mother bends over her dying child, the first flower of her wedded love, the sweetest hope of her life. She is rigid with despair, and in her hot tearless eyes there dwells a dumb misery that would touch a heart of stone. But God does not help, the death-curtain falls, and darkness reigns where all was light.” (Arrows of Freethought)
But… He is good.
I think, maybe, Christians are confused about what the word “good” actually means.
Granted this post was about fear, not the Problem of Evil. It just seems to me, that the greatest thing any religious person truly has to fear, is the constant and undying negligence, oversight, and indifference of their god.
If I believed, I would be more afraid of a god who simply didn’t care, as appears to be the case, than whether or not God could be classified as good.
But… Oh, well.