I don’t want it to seem as though I am having doubts, but this is one of those questions that, if a non-believer pushes me on it, I don’t know what to say.
I know there are different levels of mental and physical disabilities and some people who have them but still lead happy lives, but I’m speaking here of the most severe cases.
There are mentally disabled people who live near me and require carers 24/7. They understand very little about the world. They can’t take care of the most basic tasks, let alone even beginning to understand the idea of God and Christianity. Why did God put them here? Why did God create human beings who don’t even have the mental capacity to recognise who he is? Why did God create some people whose mental disabilities are actually dangerous to those around them? Harming another person is a sin. A mentally ill person who becomes violent doesn’t understand it is wrong. Again, that person doesn’t have much freedom to choose. Some people’s mental illnesses cause them to be a danger to others, and they have to be put in places where they won’t be around other people.
I’ve always found it hard to understand why such people are put in this world by God. I don’t have contempt for them and I do believe they should be cared for, but if it’s a case of God putting them here to see how others look after them, then it’s almost like he is using the lives of the mentally ill to test others, but the mentally ill don’t get to have any type of life at all. It’s almost like their lives are being sacrificed to see how others deal with them.