To go to my dentist, I take a road past a hospital and university medical center. And on that road, I go past the saddest building I have ever seen or likely will ever see.
The building is brick, fortunately not too large, and has a sign on it that proclaims its purpose. The sign says simply, “HOSPICE FOR CHILDREN”.
We all know the purpose of a hospice. It is a place or system of palliative care for those who are dying. Often the criterion for acceptance into a hospice is that medical care workers feel that death is imminent, often within six months or so.
The fact that small children have to endure death when they never had a chance in life is abominable. The fact that the Christian – or any other religious God – does not take care of this problem is abominable.
The fact that Christianity along with the late despicable Mother Teresa thinks that suffering for the Lord is proper and to be valued is abominable. There is no other word for it.
These same Christians will talk about “free will” and that we choose our fates and destinies is deplorable. No child does pick or could or would pick cancer, a brain tumor, a flawed kidney, a defective liver, or any other terminal disease that would shorten or destroy their short lives. No child ever does anything that would cause them to deserve such a fate and early demise.
The fact that God – if there is a God – would not make sure that all of us of the human species (and perhaps primates and other mammals) would get an even shot at life is horrible to think about.
The fact that a God could not or would not make sure that we are all equal biologically as we take our first breath is sad and contradictory to the idea of a Supreme Being. How could a God or any god making a people in his image make some that when born is already damaged?
This thought of defective people for no reason goes beyond any reasonable thinking. If there is a God then presumably he would love, cherish and care for us in the same way that dog and cat lovers care for their pets.
And being God, this would mean that he would make sure that no child of his and born on this earth in his image would be immediately faced with a terminal illness. Certainly we can all understand a hospice for children that have become injured through human activity, such as a car accident, swimming pool mishap, an injurious fall, childhood prank that went awry, etc.
Those things can be blamed on the world in which we live, sometimes bad parenting, or youthful indiscretions that happen to most of us and from which most us survive.
But a disease for no reason caused by God? Sorry, I can’t accept a God or god on that basis or on the basis of such a God or god being loving, caring, benevolent, or thoughtful.