If God Is A Loving God...
He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is Love
Man has become adept at many things, and one of those things is the mastery of placing blame that is attributed to himself, on someone else. The one placing the blame is undoubtedly in the wrong, but in order to absolve himself (at least in his own mind) of that wrong, it is advantageous for him to place blame on another person, or thing, making the person or object a scapegoat.
A scapegoat in this case is defined as a person who bares the blame for someone else. With this in mind, Christ himself became the Scapegoat for all mankind, for he bore the sins of the world upon himself when he was hanged on the tree.
God gets the blame for everything good or bad, especially bad thing that happens in the world; When a war starts, God gets the blame, when a family falls upon hardship, or if one dies, God gets the blame. When there are upheavals of Nature, God gets the blame. God gets the blame, when someone goes to Hell. If God is such a loving God, why does he allow all these bad things to happen (to me?) Personally, at one point, I’d asked the same thing. I myself, before I came to know God, made Him the scapegoat for all that was going wrong in my life. Later I realized that in my ignorance, I blamed Him.
God is not the author of suffering and death. One of His roles is that of Creator. He created everything in existence -- the Universe, Earth and everything therein -- everything that we enjoy, God has created it, oh yes, and His crowing achievement - Man, created in His own Image and Likeness. God had given Man dominion over everything He created, and Man’s obedience was to be to the One that breathed the Breath of Life into him. Even after Man had screwed up, God still had a way for him to be saved, in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, who did no sin, but took upon himself the sins of us all. Does that sound like someone who’s only interested in making life hard for mankind? Think about it.
God had given precepts and commandments that His creation were to live by. That if broken, would result in serious consequences. Much like a father has rules in his own home for his children to live by, if the rules are broken, would result in some sort of punishment, with the punishment fitting the crime. God would be less than loving, if He would let us get away with sin.
It’s true that God could eradicate all evil in the world, and create paradise in this present time, but sin would still exist, because it lives in the heart of mankind. If each individual would surrender to God now, there would be no need for a world to come,-- we could enjoy it right now. But realistically, we wait for the world to come, because of the individual’s refusal to give his or her life to the Master. That’s why there are wars and rumors of wars, upheavals of Nature, upheavals in one’s personal life.
If you know God, continue to love, trust and serve Him, because He loves you, and would move Heaven and Earth on your behalf. -- if you don’t know him, consider your ways, and allow Jesus into your heart, to be the Lord of your life. My hubs I believe are inspired by God, and presented in the hopes of instructing, and encouraging the reader. However, it is my sincere hope and prayer that if you’re reading these hubs and don’t know Christ, that you’ll get to know Him, and receive all of the aforementioned benefits. I’d love to know of your decision.