Two years later, the magnitude of the terrorist attacks against New York City and Washington D.C. of 11 September 2001—a day when America was baptized into the world of terror—is still difficult to put into perspective. Now in 2003, how should we view these horrific events?
Unfortunately, many Christian leaders at the time (and since) reacted in superficial, emotive and sometimes harmful ways. Serious situations require serious answers—from the Word of God.
The reality of the pain and suffering of 9/11 has led many in the US and elsewhere to question God’s love, goodness and power. If God is all-loving, good and all-powerful, how could He allow such suffering?
Although no one, of course, goes through life unaffected by pain and suffering, in the wake of 9/11 more and more people (especially in the West) today are asking questions like: ‘Where is God during times of suffering? Where is He in the unexpected death of a loved one? Where is God in Sudan, where over 2-million Sudanese Christians have been martyred for their faith?’
The painful events of 11 September caused many to reexamine their lives and even their relationship with God. Attempts to bring healing and satisfying answers to why horrific tragedies occur—regardless of how well-intentioned—have largely failed to provide lasting help because the problem was looked at through the wrong prism. As a result, the question about why God allows such death and suffering still lingers.
It is essential for Christians to possess a proper framework (i.e., a Christian-worldview prism) from which to be able to think correctly about the problem of pain and suffering. If Christians are to offer hope in times of crises, we must view the 9/11 terror attacks from a perspective of the relationship between sin and the sufferings of humanity….
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