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Why Blame God?
Some people who blame God for anything do so because He is the all-knowing, almighty who has created everything. People think that since He is the creator, then He must also be the ultimate controller of lives, good things, bad things etc. It's easier for people to blame God for problems rather than consider the facts about incidents or misfortunes that occur. People would rather blame God than to take into account why something has happened or ignore warning signs of impending problems. Some people want to cover up their own short comings or irresponsible behaviors by blaming God. Such as smoking. Research has definitively determined that smoking can cause cancer. So when the smoker is diagnosed with it he/she will be upset with God for 'letting' this happen. What about the drunk driver who survives an accident but has killed an innocent bystander? Where was God for the innocent?
When a child dies, people will ask God how He can be so cruel. No one is promised a full life. God does not desire for us to suffer. He does expect us to have faith in Him and trust His Word. God expects us to be thankful for the smallest of blessings, and in a case when a child dies or anyone we love we must thank God for that life and the privilege of having had that person to love in the first place, even if for a short time. There is always a message in the madness. And that message may be different for each individual experiencing the same occurrence and asking Why? Everything does happen for a reason. With prayer and support those messages can become evident as time goes on, and one needs to remain faithful to the mercy of God.
Seek the message!
Some people will blame God
before blaming Satan for bad things. Of
course this is exactly the way Satan works. Satan wants us to be at
odds with God because that pulls us away from Him. The more we move
away from God the stronger Satan becomes. He is close to ruling the
entire world and his increasing success rides on the backs of those
blaming God for all the problems existing.
If everything was always perfect the way we want it in this life there would be no cause to show compassion, be our brother's keeper, pray, or be able to show God that we have faith, mercy, and love for others the way he expects us to. Such efforts cannot be manifested toward inanimate objects, only towards other human beings.
A Personal Story to Share
I have worked in nursing homes for 30 years. When I was a young nurse's aide just starting in the field I often found myself questioning God about how he could let people suffer so and what on earth was the purpose of such suffering. Seeing the many senior citizens stricken with dementia, unable to remember how to care for themselves was heartbreaking. I just kept asking God why does this happen? The answer came to me one day in an almost revelational way. I was caring for a woman with dementia who was dying of cancer. She was barely alert and could do nothing for herself. She hadn't talked in weeks, but this particular day as I was finishing her bedbath and gently lotioning her feet she suddenly opened her eyes and said "Oh God, that feels so good, thank you" and she then closed her eyes and smiled as she appeared to go to sleep. To say it was profound is an understatement! All I could do then was to sit down and get teary-eyed. It had occurred to me that maybe the purpose of this dear soul's suffering was not because she had been a bad person or 'deserved' it, but because I needed this person and all the other patients to enable me to compassionately care, to show that I could be Christ-like and have love for the ill and infirm.The lady's time to die had arrived, and I was grateful to have been there to provide a positive moment at the end of her life.
Don't blame God, but do rebuke Satan.