I’ve heard Christian preachers talk about how God permits suffering to happen as part of his permissive will. They say God permitted a man to be born blind so Jesus could heal him and bring glory to God. If God is omnipotent, omni-present, omniscient, alpha, omega, and creator, then how can anything happen that he didn’t intend? How could I possibly be out of God’s will? In order for one of his creations to go out of his control he would somehow have to give up control. Naturally he can take back control any time he likes so in reality he never has lost control at all. The Wright Brothers made an airplane but were not able to control it very well until they made improvements and learned to fly it. This was because they were limited in their knowledge and abilities. God has no such limitations. He knows exactly what the consequences are of putting humans on this planet. He knows if a storm will be caused by the flapping of a butterfly’s wings. If God exists then everything that has ever happened was exactly as God intended. All the joy you experience is because God wanted you to experience that joy. Any pain you feel is because God wants you to feel that pain. That is true only if God exists. If God is Creator of all, then how can a single atom move unless he wants it to move? How can a single chemical reaction take place unless God wants it to happen? God didn’t just allow the man to be born blind, he caused it.
This idea brings up questions about free will and personal responsibility. Questions I don’t have anwers to. I don’t know if I have free will. I don’t know if there is a God. I don’t know if the Bible is all true and I have a hard time believing people who say it is. If you can explain how you can do something that God doesn’t want you to do, I’d love to read it.
If God exists, then he is the “First Cause.” He is the ultimate cause and essentially the only cause. You can’t honestly say, “The devil made me do it,” but you can say, “God made me do it.”