God Does Not Care for Me: The Case Against God
by Paul Gould
Does God care for me? That question is a very personal question—and I think it is a question that simmers on the surface of our lives—and in times of trial, or difficulty, or pain—it intensifies—it becomes a very pressing question—and often, it might seem as if the answer is no. In fact, I think there are a number of powerful reasons that can be advanced against the claim that God cares for you and me.In this post, I want to consider those reasons. I want to state them and put them under scrutiny. And in my next post, I want to consider the positive case for God. That is, I want to explore the reasons for thinking God does in fact care for me.
So, let’s begin, and put God on trial. Let’s put the Christian God on trial, since, at the end of the day, I’ll claim that it is that God who does in fact care for you and me. Speaking in the first person, what are the reasons to think God doesn’t care for me? I offer three:
1. Things don’t go my way
A lot of times things just don’t go our way in life. Undoubtedly, we’ve all experienced the proverbial “bad day”—those days when nothing goes the way it should, and life seems like a grand conspiracy against us. In big ways and in small ways, life is just, well, hard.
Surely, it could be argued—if God cared for me, he would cut me some slack—he would organize the deck so I always draw aces (or at least sometimes), he would arrange my life in such a way that I always win, or at least place in the race of life. Right?
You can fill in the blank for your own life—but the reality is that often, life just stinks. We’ve all experienced our hopes and dreams being crushed by circumstances out of our control. And it is in those moments that we cry out: God do you really care for me?
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2. God is often silent and hidden from me.
Religious people tell us that God answers prayers and we’re told by theologians that God is omnipresent—everywhere present—yet, there are times in life when God does not seem real. There are times when our prayers to God don’t seem to get any higher than the ceiling and it doesn’t seem like there is anyone there at all.
Our lives are full of affliction, we cry out to God for help—and in response—silence. In response—absence.
So the charge: God, if you care, why do you hide? Why are you silent?
3. God allows pain and suffering in my life
Life is full of pain and suffering and injustice. We’re told by religious people that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and wholly-good, yet, one may query: why so much evil?
If you cared for me God, then I wouldn’t have suffered the pain of missing out on my childhood due to sickness. If God cared for you, then he wouldn’t have allowed a loved one to die, or a parent to leave your home. In short, if God is so good, if God cares so much for me, then why does he allow all this pain and suffering, in my own life, and around the world?
So, we have a pretty strong case against God. It certainly doesn’t seem as if he cares for me…