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“People may not share their doubts with friends, relatives, rabbis, pastors or imams. They inevitably share them with Google. Every year, in the United States, there are hundreds of thousands of pointed questions, most of them coming from the Bible Belt. The No. 1 question in the country is “who created God?” Second is why God allows suffering. This is the famous problem of evil. If God is all powerful and all good, how could he allow suffering? The third most-asked question is why does God hate me? The fourth is why God needs so much praise.

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Not only is “who created God?” the top question nationally, it is also the top question in every state.

Some religious people, most famously Job, have asked why God has made their lives so difficult. Now we have evidence on what challenges elicit such questions.

What is the most common word to complete the following question: Why did God make me ___? No. 1, by far, is “ugly.” The other sad answers in the top three are “gay” and “black.”

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Relative to the rest of the country, for every search I looked at, retirement communities search more about hell.

When very bad things happen around the world, people search for news; they do not search for prayers, the Bible, the Quran or anything related to religion.”

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Source: NYT

Photo: Jay Gooby


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