Answering “Questions Christians Can’t Answer” #27 Answering Prayers?

Taking another crack at “Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer” , this article series attempts to show that answers can be given to difficult questions in a worldview that explains the origins, purpose and destiny of reality itself.

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27 – How can God answer a prayer giving a working-class man in the United States a raise at his place of employment so that he can move his family into a larger house but he does not answer the prayers to stop the starvation and disease of millions upon millions of children around the world? This must be another infinitely wise part of ‘God’s plan’. 

Again, in order to attack God’s plan, one would first have to define it and then show how it fails. Comfort and prosperity, if it yields no existential fulfillment, is ultimately futile. Suffering and poverty, if it leads a person to purpose and existential fulfillment, has served a very important purpose.

There are two accounts in scripture that may illustrate this. In one account found in Mark 10, a wealthy young man asks Jesus “What must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus’ response to him was to “…go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The man decided that this would be too great a sacrifice and left Jesus. Jesus then said:
“How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
In the second account, found in John 9, Jesus and his disciples come across a beggar who had been blind since birth. His disciples asked him “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Jesus then used the man’s condition as an opportunity to minister, leading to the conversion of the man, his parents, and a number of people who witnessed it.
Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” A person’s suffering always causes them to seek relief. In searching, they frequently find God. A better salary does no one any good once they are dead. Equally, suffering ceases at the point of death. But if Christians are right, and there is eternal life beyond death, then a person’s alignment with God is far more important than their temporary physical circumstances on earth.

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