Why Does God Create a World Filled With Suffering?

There are of course issues involved with the idea of an extra-cosmic Divinity such as we have discussed in the prior post. The fact that we cannot recognize, experience or see such a creator deity is not the essential difficulty here, as all of these things could be relatively easily explained away by our limitations of perception or our standpoint. Under the same basic heading would come the idea of a divine Creator who is not entirely separate and beyond the creation, but immanent within it. The issues involved here are basically the same.

The real problem with the concept, from the human standpoint, is that it becomes hard to understand why certain things happen or are necessary. Why do we need to have ignorance, suffering and struggle at all, if there is an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent creator Deity who could in theory create any world he wants!

Why would such a God want to make a world where all the creations survive by devouring and competing with one another, with pain, illness, incapacity and death? How can we claim that the creation of this omnipotent Creator is “good” when there is so much that is clearly amiss?

There must be another explanation that allows us out of the paradox of the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Creator purposely creating a world of pain and suffering!

reference: Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book 2, Part I, Chapter 1, Indeterminates, Cosmic Determinations and the Indeterminable

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