The image in the top left corner is African
The Cause Of Misery
Let’s say you talk to a group of people about the misery in
Africa including hunger and disease (malaria, AIDS, Ebola…). You
ask people what is the cause of this misery and what could be done
about it. The Christians in the group will tell you something like
this: This is God’s will. It is not clear to
us, but this suffering is for the greater good. Jesus suffered on the
cross for our sins. (What the crucifixion has to do with the
price of eggs baffles me.)
The Atheists will tell you something like this: This is a legacy of colonialism. Government corruption is
stealing any money to work on these problems.
You ask what should we do about it. The Christians respond
We must pray. We have to make sure every African
owns a bible and is baptised. There is no point opposing God’s
will directly. We have to fight sin so the Africans will no longer
deserve this suffering. Atheists might say something like
I think Bill Gates is on the right track. You need
a vertically-integrated approach. Anything requiring government
co-operation will be hijacked by corruption.
The problem clearly then is Christians are in charge of the world,
and they insist on taking no practical action.