Friday, August 16, 2013
Why Does God Allow Disaster?
Can we really answer for an infinite God? God sees things from an eternity viewpoint, whereas humans only think of the here and now. Here is an example. It comes with little surprise that God gets no credit for the decades, even centuries, of calm and good weather, fruitful harvests. But as soon as something bad happens, we point at God. “For by Him, all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thorns or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created for Him and by Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). “Lest the Lord’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the Heavens so that there will be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the land which the Lord is giving you” (Deuteronomy 11:17). “So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around Him, all around His household, and all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!” (Job 1:9-11). What God does is for a reason. None of what God does is malicious. In as much as man is sinful, God allows the earth to demonstrate that sin. This world is imperfect because of sin. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t need a savior. God is showing us the effects of a sinful world. We all sin at times. There is not one person truly deserving of His grace. This brings us to the realization that God is the only way to truly be saved. There is not much else in this life of which we can be sure. The only certainty through faith is the acceptance of the price paid at the cross. Through faith, we know we are saved. I do not believe that we have it all figured out. I say that meaning that we contain limited understanding; we can’t think beyond a certain point. This is because humans are not all knowing. We were created to be dependent on God. There is no other way. “Can a God of love send anyone to Hell? You might as well ask some other question to make just as much sense. Does God allow disease in the world? Does God allow jails and prisons for some people? Does God allow the electric chair sometimes? Does God allow sin to break homes and hearts? Does God allow war? All of these things are the consequences of sin entering into the world, and in some cases the direct result of man’s rebellion, and the result of greed and pride and egotism and hunger for power that doesn’t have any use for people — only the desire to get ahead. This is the incredible fruit of sin. Sin brings suffering into the world. There’s no way of getting around it. And the greatest sin in the world is to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior” (Dune, need page number only). Where will babies, the handicapped, disabled, and the mentally incompetent go when they die? Many people see the following verse as a guide or testament of what happens when the people in those categories pass on. God spared David, though he had sinned when he ordered Uriah to be killed so he could have his wife. People talked against the Lord because of it and so the child that she bore to him died shortly after being born and those closest to David questioned his lack of fasting and showing of grief after the baby’s death. “But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me” (2 Samuel 12:23). David knew his son was in heaven. So, where do babies go that have died? I believe they go to heaven. We serve a God that loves us. There is a consequence for our sins, though. If we serve a just God, it is only understandable that He would have to be just. The Bible treats both disease and death as universal results of evil. Some infants with AIDS or young victims of drive-by shootings suffer, through no fault of their own, for the sins of others. In facing realities, we must remember the following: 1) A child’s death is not an act of judgment. The child may be spared much pain and agony in this world. Only God, who knows all, can determine whether a death is a tragedy or a blessing. 2) The loss and pain felt by bereaved parents may be God’s instrument to turn their hearts toward Him. Sorrow can awaken spiritual insight or cause spiritual growth. This is what seems to have happened with David. His experience refined him and helped him continue more diligently as a man after God’s own heart. 3) Once we have been forgiven, it is unnecessary self-torture to continue feeling guilty about what our sins have done to others. We should not torture ourselves but instead be glad we have a forgiving God. The other part is to do your best to minimize the effects your wrongdoing may have had on others. Do what you can to right any wrong that you can. The Book of Lamentations has a slightly different tone on topic. God is the one saying this verse: “My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within, my heart is poured on the ground because my people are destroyed, because infants and children are in the streets” (Lamentations 2:11). God doesn’t like to see His people hungry or killed. This displeases God. Yet He has all understanding and His will is accomplished through it. We have to believe that the God who we serve makes and keeps promises and is in control. As out of control as things might seem, God is still in control. Sin is in this world, and not just in humans. It is in the land, ecosystems, forest, wild animals, and every other aspect of earthly life is contaminated with sin. Whether we like it or not, we were born into a sinful world. We must look to Him for all of our help. Always remember this — God has reasons for what happens and God keeps our best interest in mind. We serve a God of love. We either believe in all of His Word, even if we don’t understand everything, or we do not believe. It is only one or the other; there is no middle ground in believing in Christ and God’s ways. We must trust that an all-knowing God will turn around any negativity that happens in our lives and use it for our good and His glory. Do you ever get asked this question? — ‘How can an all-loving God send people to Hell?’ The answer is that He doesn’t send us to hell; we send ourselves there. God is not itching to send you to hell because He doesn’t like you, or for any other reason. Through choice, which God has given all of us, we are able to choose to walk with the Lord or we can choose to resist the Lord and push Him away. He doesn’t send us to hell; after we have continually rejected God and all the people who He brings in our lives to show us Christ’s love, then we have sent ourselves to Hell. 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