War is hard. It's hard to witness, whether up close or afar. War, in many ways, characterizes so much that's wrong with humanity: greed, violence, death, injustice. Sometimes, we can look at it and wonder, "If God is real, why doesn't he just stop it? Why does he allow it to go on?"
War, like any atrocities (small or big), stem from sin. Sin is defined as "choosing one's own direction while ignoring God's". Christians believe that God is the Creator of all, including humanity. As Creator, he knows what's the best way for humans to live. God also wants people to choose a relationship with him, not have it forced upon them. Many humans choose not to follow God, rather they follow their own ideals (or other people's ideals).
War essentially is a very tragic manifestation of that reality. While we may want God to just stop it, he chooses not to directly override our ability to choose (even if it's the wrong choice). While not a perfect analogy, it's like a loving father who sees his adult kids fighting and it breaks his heart. He recognizes that he needs to allow those adult children to deal with whatever consequences they might choose for themselves, Similarly, God's heart also breaks when he sees people (his creation) bicker and fight, sometimes to the point of death.
At the end of the day, I don't know all the reasons why many things happen the way they do, nor do I fully comprehend the mind, will and emotions of God. This is what I understand at this point. After that, my trust lies in the fact that he is God and I am not.
Prepared By: Alvin Lau
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