Earlier this week Britain’s most senior churchman; Rev Justin Welby, disclosed that he questions whether God exists. The Archbishop of Canterbury who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith.
He added: “It is not about feelings, it is about the fact that God is faithful and the extraordinary thing about being a Christian is that God is faithful when we are not.”
Asked how to persuade those who do not see religion as relevant in modern world, Rev Justin Welby admitted that Christians did not have the answers to common questions such as why a good God would permit suffering.
In some religions, a person’s good status in the world is seen as an indication that God is pleased with them. So for instance, if someone has a good job or a nice house the inference made is that God loves them. However, in Islam, health, wealth, poverty, sickness etc are not signs of success or failure; rather they are a means of testing the individual to determine their response to a particular situation.