Why did God do it?
When bad things happen, I often hear even believers ask that qusstion.
I also often hear non-believers say when a tragedy occurs ...'Where is your God? Why didn't he prevent this from happening?'
What are your thoughts? Do you think God allows bad stuff to happen?
Because God allows us choice: to choose or not to choose Him. This allowance of free will is a direct result of love; there is no true love without CHOOSING to love. When human beings chose to turn away from God, sin came into the world, and once in the world, began to grow exponentially. Sin is the source of all disease, war, hate, etc. Bad things happening is the price we pay for having the freedom to love or not to love God.
Yes, He allows bad things to happen to test our faith and make us stronger. It is easy enough for someone to praise God when things are going good for them, but it is much harder to stand there and give God glory when your whole world is falling apart!
But everything that happens is because God allowed it, and He allows things to happen to bring us closer to Him. Sometimes a person has all kinds of money, power, material things, etc., but they reject Jesus in their lives. God can allow bad things to start happening to them, in order for them to call out to Him for help.
Job never turned away when God allowed Satan to torment Job-he caused everything to be taken from him, yet Job never cursed Job at all.....and after his testing was over, God gave Job much more than he had before. In that sense, Job's suffering glorified God.
Job said "The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away...blessed be the name of the Lord!"
Well said. Voted up. I agree with you. All for His glory. In all things, rejoice in the Lord always. God's plan is for good and not to hurt us; to give us hope and a future. Even when it doesn't seem so. We must never lean on our own understanding.
Cause and effect. No good and evil, right or wrong. We just define the actions which occur on a daily basis. I see it all as a natural equilibrium within the world; in order for someone to be happy, another has to suffer.
If there is a God, then perhaps he is letting free will take its place or he really has a plan and you need to just trust him.
Either way, when a tragedy occurs, we have to go on living and move on eventually. We pass the experience on to our descendants who will take heed when the day comes when they face tragedy as well.
Some days I think God is up in the spiritual world just chilling. Why should He have to micromanage human beings who supposedly are created in His image. I am pretty certain there are enough Angels and other guardians to help man kind.
Besides God may be creating other world and letting humankind do as they will, they claim to have free will so they need to use it as a group and figure out how to live together.
I find it absurd some days that humanity with all their knowledge and technology, would blame God when "bad" thing happen.
I believe in Karma, we live many lives and it builds up some people have good Karma other have bad karma. We have to work as individuals and as a group to make better karma for all or we will keep repeating the same patterns.
God's purpose is not to coddle us or to keep us from stubbing our toes.
In fact, God doesn't care about humans. He only cares about His children hidden inside.
Genesis 1:26 says that God created "man" in His own image and likeness. But a warning: God is not Homo sapiens.
Gen. 2:7 says that God created "man" again, but this time from the dust of the ground. This is biochemical Homo sapiens.
Thus man is immortal spirit wrapped in Homo sapiens flesh.
Genesis 6:3 tells us that God will not always strive with man for he is "also" flesh. If man is "also" flesh, then he must be something else, too. That something else is immortal spirit.
God won't be staying around here forever. When His children who decide to come back to him actually do that, then it's time to leave the others, plus their bodies behind.
So, when tragedy happens to these Homo sapiens bodies, it's still a tragedy. We still need to be compassionate, but the bodies are not the object of this rescue mission.
After all, remember what God did during Noah's Flood! Something there jeopardized His rescue mission and he had to eliminate that jeopardy. The mission and His children were far more important than all of the Homo sapiens bodies that were destroyed along with the target of the Flood.
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