Why did God not intervene?
I am left with several possibilities.
- God could have but did not.
- God could not.
- There is no God.
There is the possibility that God could not. In a way this is the position of some more liberal theologians (Jewish, Pagan, and Christian). (In this scenario, Pagans may speak of the gods rather than God, but the argument is similar) In the former, God is not all powerful or even that God does not know the future as it does not exist yet. It could be that God is in a state of becoming and evolving morally "him/herself" That the God who demanded XYZ in the Old Testament has grown and evolved morally since then.
Gnostics might also go with the arguement and say that since God is not physical and this is not his realm at all. Rather this world is a twisted idea of the Demiurge, a being that is a mixed bag to say the least. One can see elements of good in this temporal world, but even so, one can see much evil and suffering. Both of these can be found in the creator, the Demiurge, who is deluded at best. If the true God is to impact this world that he did not make, then God must send in the aeons, almost undercover or as spiritual guides (angel types) to help. But entering the flesh as Jesus did provides limitations. In taking a body, one is limited to time and place. I find these arguments a bit more satisfying.
The last option is one I wrestle with from time to time. It is because the second option (apart from the Gnostic argument) still leave it open to why God does not stop something immediately when it is happening. So I ask, what if...what if there were no God?
I cannot say I have any satisfying answers. I waver at times with all three perspectives when faced with suffering. I admit my opinions are a lot more agnostic with the death of my dad and the way he went. Suffering in this life is a very real thing. Buddha was right. I hope against hope for God to help us somehow. This world is screwed up.
It is times of suffering, or considering the sufferings of the past, where I wonder what gives...where is God in all this? Perhaps God cries with us, mourning the suffering of his children. Unable to affect this world, except through us, God weeps.
Perhaps what St. Theresa of Avila (1515-1582) said is true of God:
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.