Do you wonder how God can allow so much evil and destruction in the world? Did your parents tell you if you do something wrong God will punish you? I know mine sure did. And every time you do something wrong you still question it. When we face challenges in our lives do you wonder if God is there? Is there a reason things happen the way they do? Are you being cared for?
It is important to understand that God doesn’t punish people. God doesn’t will evil on anyone. God doesn’t hurt people. A family lost a child in a terrible accident. Two church leaders came to their door to offer their condolences. They said that they felt great pain for the family, but they also added, “This was God’s will,” and that “we don’t always understand why God does what He does, but we must accept God’s will. “What a terrible thing to say! When I was 9 years old my 13-year-old brother was in a terrible drowning accident on a church outing. The church leaders came to our door saying this exact thing to my parents. Destroying my Father in the process. I don’t know where this idea came from. I’m sure it didn’t come from God.
God Is Pure Love
He never wishes harm on anyone. The idea that it is God’s will that bad things happen to people is not only misguided but potentially devastating. How can people love a God who wishes ill or has hurt them? The new church teaches that God wills only good for all His people. There is nothing more important to our creator than for every one of us to have happiness and fulfillment as humanly possible. When bad things happen, God feels our pain, is very present with us, and works to bring out the best in a bad situation. But if we’re told “it was God’s will” it can destroy families. If we believe the lie.
What we must remember is that God takes the long view. His goal is not to give us temporary and and perhaps superficial and fleeting comfort in this world, but rather looks to our eternal welfare.
God Brings Good Out of Everything If We Let Him
There is a lot of pain and suffering in the world today. It is important to understand God’s presence and influence in the face of very difficult situationsSwedenborg
It is impossible to see God’s providence in the face, as it is happening, but that we can see it when we look back in reflection on the past. In other words, in times of crisis, it is very hard to necessarily sense that God is the presence and working to bring good out of a bad situation. However, when we look back at such times we can often see the gentle hand of God at work.
Look at the horrible act of terrorism of September 11-2021, something so far from God’s will and even more horrible to be committed in God’s name. However, the love and charity that poured out of all the people, not only in the United States but from around the world, was astounding.
The cynics say that this was temporary and fleeting, but didn’t a part of us change forever! Or, at the very least, did we not have that opportunity presented before us in this horrific time in our lives? God didn’t make this event happen or will it, but God didn’t abandon us. God was there in a huge way, working through the same human freedom and choice He gave those terrorists, but now the choice of thousands was love and compassion, and resolve to rid the world of such hideous efforts.
In times of tragedy we man not be able to see immediately that God is there, leading us to peace and comfort, and so much more. However, we can rest assured that this world has been set up in such a way that all can be bent and turned toward good.
The Choice For Good Is Always Present
God provides constantly that choice for good is always present, and continually lift us up from out pain and our doubt to freedom to live and love again. The real question is, can we trust this? Can we find the good, or at least pursue it, and allow the force of love and life to lift us up! When we do this we can heal and even grow. And this growth is eternal.
There is an invisible and gentle current in each one of our lives that can peacefully carry us to happiness in heaven. It is always there for us, whenever we want to let go and trust the way. Even in what might appear as the worse of times, that stream is flowing and can carry us to all things blessed. We can trust that we are being cared for, that our eternal happiness is the most important thing God has in mind for us, and that all of creation flows toward this end. Our choice is to believe this, accept it, and freely choose it. Wade into the stream. Relax, and enjoy the ride.