There are many evils events that go on in our world, like the suffering of children. Many state that because innocent children are suffering, then this is enough to blame God for the evil in our world as he shouldn’t be punishing the innocent.
The suffering of children in the world is enough to blame God, because children are innocent and don’t deserve to be punished for something that they haven’t done. We can blame God for evil because he must have introduced it into the world, even though we have done nothing to deserve the punishment. Therefore God must be responsible for the suffering of children and we are allowed to accuse him of being evil rather than a benevolent God. Unless, God didn’t cause the suffering of children and he isn’t omnipotent, so he can’t control the suffering put to children, as free will has caused it to happen. However, ultimately God also made free will, which allows people to be evil, so it is still his fault for the suffering of children and the evil in this world. Therefore the suffering of children is enough to return the ticket back to God as he is the one who caused it to happen.
Dostoyevsky, who was a Russian author of the book ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, created a character called Ivan, who rejects a benevolent God because of the suffering in the world. He states that no God could ever allow the suffering of children as they are innocent. He is a protest atheist because he doesn’t deny God, but denies a loving God because of the evil in the world as there is no justification for the suffering of children. Therefore he believes that because of the suffering of children he is allowed to return the ticket back to God and blame him for allowing suffering.
However, in the book of Job, God and Satan make a wager to see if Job is faithful to God, by making him suffer to test his faith, which Job does, although he asked why he was being punished. As Job stays faithful to God, he restores Job’s life and makes it better. Therefore, suffering in the world is a test from God and we will get rewards after the suffering. This shows that you can’t blame God for suffering as is it just a test and he will give us a reward for our faith in him.
Augustine believed that evil is a privation, which means that evil does not exist, as it is an absence of goodness. He states that the world was perfectly created by God with no evil in the world, however evil and suffering came about through mans sin in Genesis 2, as Adam disobeyed God. This means that it was the free will of humans that caused evil to happen in the first place, as God created a world without suffering. Therefore we can’t blame God for the suffering of children as it is us who has caused the suffering to happen because we introduced the evil into this world rather than God, which means we cannot return the ticket back.
However, Irenaeus believes that the world was purposely created imperfect by God and humans are allowed to make mistakes through free will, thus we learn about right and wrong because evil must exist for us to be able to make good decisions. All our suffering will be rewarded with universal salvation once our souls are perfect. Therefore God can be blamed for the suffering in the world because he created the world with evil in it and gave us free will, which means that suffering can happen, although evil has to exist for us to be able to do good act freely, as we can learn from any immoral acts that we choose to do. Therefore God doesn’t need to be blamed for suffering as evil is there to do good and we are rewarded for the good acts we choose, so God can’t be blamed for evil as he was making our life better.
In conclusion, the suffering of children can be enough for God to be blamed because a benevolent God shouldn’t make innocent children suffer. However, if there wasn’t any evil in the world then the good would be useless as it wouldn’t count for anything because everyone could only do good acts and it couldn’t be compared against anything immoral. Also God might have not actually introduced evil into the world; it might have been humans instead. Therefore, the suffering of children isn’t enough to return the ticket back to God.