Comment: If you believe that is the end...

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If you believe that is the end...

...of the story for all those poor people, then I can see how you might despair of the idea of God; but that is not the end of their story. It is only the end of the beginning, with new chapters yet to unfold, giving the greater context.

Hey, why did all the apostles save John end up being executed, crucified, tortured, etc. when they were faithful? What about all the Christians eaten by lions in the circuses or burned at the stake as heretics? Did God abandon them? No -- the joy and peace for them on the other side will make any temporal suffering seem only a blip, a minor road bump.

Of course, this in no way lessens the ugliness of evil and its consequences, and we must strive against it best we can, with what help He will provide. Ultimately, it's faith that He is working all things out for good, beyond our limited perspective.