A little background. This started out with me trying to come up with a different way of summarizing the major answers to the question, “Why does God allow evil and suffering in the world?”. But it was late. And I was tired. And this is what came out. Let me know what you think. But don’t tell my wife.
Why do the innocent suffer? Why does God allow earthquakes? How could Adam and Eve sin? Do we have free will? No problem. I can handle these questions. But the one that really ties my theology in knots, the one that keeps me awake at night, preventing me from fully understanding how God could possibly be good, loving, all-powerful, and holy, is quite simply this: Why does God allow cats?
Here’s the conundrum:
- God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-benevolent.
- Cats are evil.
- Cats exist.
Taken together, these create a real problem. How can cats exist if God created everything and God is all that we hope and believe him to be? Either God is not who we think that he is, or he has created something inherently evil. That’s what keeps me awake at night. (Well, to be more exact, what keeps me awake at night is my wife’s cat pawing at the door, meowing loudly, and then jumping on my head. But that leads directly to me being awake in the middle of the night trying to figure out why cats exist.) Theology is hard.