Why Me and not Him?
Posted by Henric C. Jensen on August 4, 2007
I was reading about a Jewish guy who was caught up in the collapsing bridge but escaped with his life. He says that God saved him. Now the sentiment is nice, he’s giving God credit for his life, but what about the people who didn’t escape? Where was God for them and their families? Was his life more valuable than the life of a 20 month old little girl and her young mother?”[…]”Bad things do happen to people all the time, however. It’s the luck of the draw. We give thanks for life because life is a gift, but I’m not going to claim God makes sure I stay alive every day”
I am going to go out on a limb here be so arrogant that I offer a solution to the problem of mindless suffering and death – one that includes G-d’s compassion in a rather cynical way.
How about this idea: Perhaps people die before their time because their “life-line” leads to a place that would be far worse, perhaps involving other “third parties”? What if the child, in the above quote, in the future would have become a mad scientist and released some deadly virus that we have no cure for that would cause the death of countless of people, perhaps the very person who is to invent that cure? Or people die “untimely” because their death will eventually lead to many others being saved?
Ultimately G-d is in charge – and while He doesn’t necessarily intercept directly with us on a personal level, as suggested by the Jewish Guy in the quote above, He is monitoring our “life-lines”, because our “life-lines” interact with the entire Creation over which He is the Master. That doesn’t mean that G-d actively goes in and saves or kills people in situations like natural disasters, but He allows it, because He sees the bigger picture.
A couple of days ago I watched a Documentary on National Geographic about an awful Airplane accident. The moral that could be derived from that story was: Because a certain young man was killed in that accident, his parents became obssessed with finding the cause of the accident, and eventually a serious flaw in the electrical system driving the cargo doors on ALL airplanes of the same type and age was discovered and many, many lives could be saved, when Boeing was forced to amend the flaw.
This idea may be totally off – and it’s not at all like this – but I like it, that is how I handle all the “meaningless suffering and killing” in the world.