I heard someone say, “Certain fruit can only grow out of the soil of affliction.” This is true. I heard that on Sunday, and tonight I was speaking with a friend who lives far away. She was reminding me that she clings most closely to the undiluted truths of the Gospel, when all she has is Christ. Continue Reading
The motives of God are called into question often. “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is question #1 that most people have for God and suffering is usually enough to convince them God doesn’t exist. “If God really existed/loved me, he wouldn’t have let this happen!”
Why does God allow us, as Christians, to still make mistakes, to still suffer, to still be hurt by others, to still become ill?
I mean, we already joined the team, right? We’ve already chosen the right path to follow, and yet, even still, we often find ourselves in darkness, feeling alone and lost.
How can a loving God allow such bad things to happen, even to his own believers?
Our logical minds want to judge him like we would a human father. He must not be as loving as we think, or as powerful as he says. Maybe he’s not as perfect as we’ve told ourselves, or maybe he’s just like any abusive father, taking his rage out on his own children.
He could have made us perfect from the start. He could have made us perfect beings who would never sin and never have to suffer or feel pain. But if he had done that, we wouldn’t have the free will to choose to love and worship God or not. We would be a bunch of parrots, echoing back what God wants us to say, but pretty mindless beyond that. Continue Reading