Q46: “Why does God let people starve?”

God doesn't – people do. Did you know that every day 25,000 children under five years old die from easily prevented sickness or hunger? And 1,500,000,000 people go to bed hungry every night, while 1,500,000,000 in 'The West' are sick from eating too much food. A very sad fact of life is that money and power (over other people) rules, OK? When all the dust, lies and disputes are settled it is money, and resources like oil, gold, copper, or other minerals that are important. What has this got to do with people starving? People get in the way of greed. If people get in the way they must be shifted; sometimes to other lands, refugee camps - and in some cases killed. Some people are quite without mercy or pity for others and kill them. God must get pretty sad - and maybe angry to watch it all. There is another side too. Many countries do not have an elected government. Australia has but it too has faults. In some countries an Army General may gather around him a large group of armed soldiers or Militia and 'Rule From the End of a Gun' and terrorise its people to do as they are told. Now, these dictators spend much money on their war machines and flashy cars. So...not much money left for schools, hospitals and imported food if it is needed.

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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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