A new Pew Research poll found that while most Americans believe in God, very few hold Him responsible for the bad things that happen in life.
Instead, Americans tend to think pain and suffering are the result of either individual choices, structural issues or some mix of both. 61 percent of respondents said “suffering is mostly a consequence of people’s own actions,” while 69 percent said “suffering is mostly a result of the way society is structured.” A little over half said it’s both.
“People tell us they think a lot of suffering is just part of life,” said Gregory A. Smith, associate director of research at Pew. “A lot of suffering is caused by people or systems people have created.”