Abused Children Ask: Why Didn't God Get Us Out?



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G-d Isn't the Mean One

As an adult survivor of abuse, I recognize that G-d was not the one who allowed my abuse. My abusers were the ones at fault.

All of the survivors I know recognize that perpetrators - and the churches that protect them - are The Enemy, not G-d.

Ben more than 4 years ago

The Question is Begged...

....just about every time it is asked.

There are those who preach a "success gospel" that you become wealthy and famous because God favors you.

Then there are others who blame natural disasters like hurricanes on their favorite sins....ones committed by others, of course.

There are some pastors who say loving parents of dying children just did not have enough faith.

Abused children - those abused both physically and sexually - tend to have parents with stronger religious beliefs than others.

There are of course many topics and references, perhaps the best was Rabbi Harold Kushner's "Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?" and even it was lacking.

I believe this movie we are in is running and God is letting it run unedited. Why this would be so if it is so I cannot say. If God were all powerful surely he could make a companion race incapable of sin. But He didn't.

Some have the illusion abused children are easily protected. That is seldom the case. In cases of sexual abuse, families and communities rally around and protect...the offender. It is no wonder victims feel abandoned by God, or at least by the fundamentalist concept of "a personal savior."

Horror movies are popular with young people because they present clear delineations between good and evil. Reality however is more complex. Perhaps the antitheist philosopher Frederich Neitzsche had something when he said "that which doesn't kill me makes me stronger."

In this world of trouble and pain we are all faced with a central question: what are you going to do about it? You can rise to the top of the economic heap, or offer a hand up to those behind you, seldom both.

George Nixon Shuler more than 4 years ago