are there so many starving people in our world? Doesnt God answer their
God receives uncountable prayers from both desperate people
and from healthy Westerners concerned about strangers in need. Why would God answer
the prayer of someone looking for a parking space instead of saving a starving
person from dying?
Think about this... maybe He has answered their prayers.
If He has, then those people are no longer starving. If God was not answering
their prayers, maybe there would be an additiona 50,000,000 starving people in
the world today. And you have no way to know that, except for answered prayer,
they'd be starving. So how do you know God isn't answering the prayers of starving
We can't know. So let's deal with what we can know. There are two
broader questions here. One is, why do bad things happen to people? For example,
why is there disease, hunger, and suffering. The second question is, whose prayers
does God answer? The second question is answered
Do Bad Things Happen?
Because all of creation is corrupted and damaged.
the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons
of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because
of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free
from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of
God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth
together until now.- Romans 8:19-22
What about disease, birth defects,
and death? Why do we die?
Therefore, just as through one man sin
entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men,
because all sinned... - Romans 5:12
I've spent some time in Uganda working
with a major ministry staffed by Ugandans. As the head of the ministry was driving
through Kampala he pointed out the beggars on the streets. He commented that these
people had come to the city looking for wealth and luxury, and they are starving.
However, if they had stayed in the country, they'd be poor, but not starving.
He said that, in Uganda you can just about throw seeds on the ground anywhere
and grow three crops a year. No one in Uganda should be starving.
the first human sinned... meaning when he first disobeyed God... that initiated
corruption of both humanity, and all of creation. You could say that entropy became
active. Everything started running down... started decaying. What was a perfect
world, became a world that slowly filled with thorns, and disease, natural disasters
and famine, war and human caused calamity.
Why are there so many starving
people in the world?
One reason is because of the corruption of our
world. Drought, floods, storms, insects, and sometimes just poor soil destroy
crops and make it difficult for people to grow their own food.
But the main
reason is because of the corruption of humanity. We have the capability to feed
everyone. But greed, the desire for power, hatred, and self-centeredness... and
in many cases the stupidity of "generous and kind hearted" people, results
in many people not having adequate food. In other words, people are corrupt.
Doesn't God Fix This?
He will. God has made it very plain that He will
destroy all corruption, and disease, and even death will be destroyed. That day
is coming. And on that day humanity will be divided into two groups... the sheep
and the goats. The sheep are the ones going to eternity with God in heaven. The
goats are the ones that will spend eternity in hell... the lake of fire... the
second death. In other words God is being patient. He longs to bring sin, and
suffering, and death to an end. But, He is being patient... waiting for those
you have not repented and trusted Jesus to turn to Him... maybe even waiting for
When God ends all evil... all war... all disasters... and all suffering...
that is also the end of second chances. Your option to chose heaven will be gone...
So I beg you. Recognize that you have done wrong. Your conscience
tells you this is true. Repent... turn away from disobeying God and turn toward
Jesus, He will save you.
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