A Merciful God?
As we wrap up our annual mourning of the tragic terrorist attack of 9/11, the question looms: why do we experience and witness horrific destruction when we are told that there is a merciful God out there somewhere? Think about it, there are countless instances that lead us to doubt the existence of a merciful God, for example the act of 9/11, as I stated earlier, as well as the Holocaust and many wars. Even in our daily lives we fail to see any improvement of corrupt governments and social equality. Furthermore, history of gods leads us to think that conclusion is correct. If we look back in history we find that other cultures had gods as well and most even had their own gods to represent war, such as Ares of Greek mythology and his Roman counterpart, Mars. It seems that gods in general had a history of destruction. So if all of these gods were associated with devastation then this God that we are told about is the same right? Wrong. The causes of these wars and devastations that we perceive are the results of humanity and their actions. We may blame God for all the tragedies of the world because he has the power to stop them. Why would a just and merciful God not show mercy to the people he loves? Why would a just and merciful God not show mercy to the people who refuse to love him back? Of course God loves us, but he must refuse us in order for us to learn to love him. Even if we continue to not love him, he shows us mercy through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus he gave us a way to receive salvation even though we may have lost our way in the past. By his love and adoration for us he gives the opportunity for mercy if only we have the faith to see it.