If you ever been to a funeral or had a talked with someone who has been hurt and blamed God for it. You will get this statement, ” If there was a loving God, why would he allow this to happen”? So in turn, so many believe that God, let their baby die and he needed that baby in heaven. Others have been abused or have had other misfortunes and have come to this question again and again. They end up with a hatred toward God. There are some with the attitude;” if this is a loving God, I do not want anything to do with him”. If this is you? This blog is for you!
In the comic strip above, we have a man asking Jesus, why did he allow these thing? Jesus in turn said “I was about to ask you the same thing”. So today we will tackle this as simply as I can.
When God created man back in the Garden. He gave man dominion (authority) over this planet. (Genesis 1:28). In other words, God is the creator and is the owner of planet Earth. The management of this planet, he gave to man. Secondly he created man with a special gift and also a deadly one, FREE WILL.
What is freewill? It is ability to make ones own decisions and rule ones self as he wishes. Good or bad, a man can go or do as he wishes and God will not force him to obey and live by His rules.
With this free gift of freewill. God made it clear to Adam, if he would break the one law he established, there would be consequences for those actions. We read in Genesis 2:17, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die. In this verse God tell them, there is consequences for your actions. If you eat from this one tree, you will die! but that decision is up to you!
As it happened, Adam and Eve did what they wanted and they received there consequences for their actions.
And man cries out to God, “If you are a loving God, why do you allow these things happen?”
Now that we have the back ground to why these things have happened. We now can look at the comic strip again. The man asked Jesus, why? and Jesus response was “I was about to ask you the same thing”!
Everything we blame on God, if honestly looked at. Is done through the temptations of Satan and the desires of men.
Famine (starvation in the world). America alone can produce enough food to feed the world. but why do people go hungry? Governments, politic, greed and I am sure this can go much better.
Sickness and diseases: Can you image what this world would look like if man used his resources and intellect to research cures instead of military might and conquest. How much money and time goes into building bombs, warships and planes. If all the energy we use to kill one other was used to save others?
Crime and violence: Who commits crimes? Does God sell drugs? Rape and abuse women and children? Go into stores and rob people. Does God kill innocent people for the lust of money? Does God run drug cartels and gangs? Was a women ever been raped by God? The answer is always NO!!! Who does these action against other human beings? Man does! So if man is always doing this, why does God get blamed for the condition of the world, he put us in charge of?
One reason is a bad doctrine in churches and in peoples mindset. Most people have this idea; God is so powerful and mighty. He is in control of everything. Nothing happens that He does not allow or control. That is bad doctrine and just plain stupid. God does not control all. He does not have anything to do with a man who chooses to kill, or a person who chooses to rape women and children. Nor is it His will for parents to get so drunk and high, they come home and beat and abuse their children. God has not any part of these things, that is the work of the devil. He tempts someone to do his evil work and then blames God for the outcome. Satan love to accuse God and says; “If God loves you, this would not of happened! He does have all control, He could of stopped this”!
John 10:10 states, The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus,God) have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.
A very simple theology I live by. If something is stealing, killing or destroying in my life or my very life. It is SATAN! If there are things coming into my life that are producing goodness, abundance and health, it is GOD. So when I see the evil, I can take my God given dominion (authority), I can resist it, fight against it. Not be neutral and act as a victim, and allow sickness, disease and evil to wreck my life. When I see these thing surface in my actions, thoughts I can take immediate action to straighten my actions and thoughts out, so I do not do harm in my life, marriage, health or finances. Then I can turn to Gods Word for guidance and get instructions, on how to bring life back to these situation caused by the devil, myself or some other human who decide to do harm to me. God does not kill babies and need them in heaven! God did not will your child, mother or father to die because He needed them more in heaven. Nonsense. Since death came into this world by one mans action (Adam) , we are guaranteed one thing when we are born. We will die, no one get out alive. Roman 5:15 says But the free gift is not like the offence. For if by the one mans offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
I do not blame God. God is my solution and my life source. When I turn and get angry and blame God. I turn from the only source that can help me get through or stop these things in my life. Read Genesis 2-3, you will see how Satan got Adam to turn on God, run and hide and then start the blame game. But who came to the garden? God did, not to punish to rescue his children from their mistakes and the lies of the devil.
We see the same in the New Testament for us, for all who sinned. God doing a rescue mission. For God so loved the world the He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
God is not your problem or cause of your problems. Not one of them. If you are honest you will see it was cause by you or someone else. God wants us to repent, turn away from these harmful things and turn back to him. He will not punish but save you. Would you like to give him your life? You can repent and stop blaming everyone for the problems in your life and turn to the solution. When I got off a alcoholism these are the words God spoke to me. Stop looking at the problems and look to me, your solution.
I hope this was a small help to a hard question. It is not in-depth but I hope to give you a chance to look at it in a different light then you might have been. God did not do this too you, nor is He punishing you.
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