I am part of an atheist forum that I have participated in for the past several months.
About a month ago, I started a thread about why objective morality makes sense to me, with a short video by Peter Kreeft.
Anyway, several dozens of pages into the thread, the discussion somehow turned to why God allows horrible things like rape to happen. I explained that God gave us free will and that He does not act like a micromanager in our world, but rather, allows us to make choices and allows nature to take its course.
Somehow this turned into several people accusing me of defending, or excusing, rape. Their rationale was that by worshiping a God who allows people to rape, I am essentially defending rape and excusing God for being an accomplice to rape by not stopping it when He has the power to do so.
My answer was basically that God knows much more than we do, and being outside of time and space, He can see the past, present, and future all at once… and in doing so He must have been able to see that the good that comes from giving us free will, will in the end, far outweigh the bad that comes from it - like rape, torture, murder etc. (which by the way, just made the accusations worse)
Anyway, I am curious as to what yall’s opinion is on this and how you would have responded?
How do you explain why God chose to give us free will, knowing that it would lead to horrible suffering of innocent people, like children getting raped, tortured, etc? And do you agree with my explanation?