How do we explain what we see in this world? Terrorist attacks, sex, slavery, racism, world, hunger?
We often ask ourselves questions like these quite often. But consciously we really do. We’re so busy living our lives. We really stop and wonder why?
But then something happens to wake us up. Our parents get a divorce. The little girl down the street gets abducted. A relative, or we get cancer. That works out for a while. But then we can often sink back into the denial. That is, until another tragedy hits, another incongruence. Then we are likely to think. Something isn’t right here. Something is really really wrong. This isn’t how life’s supposed to be.
So, Why do bad things happen? Why isn’t the world a better place?
Not surprisingly, but answer can be found in the Bible. But it’s not an answer that many people like to hear, the world is the way it is because it’s the world that we, innocence asked for.
What or who can make this world different than the way it is? What or who could guarantee that life is pain-free for everyone all at the same time?
God could. God could accomplish that. But he doesn’t. At least not right now. And we Can be angry with him as a result. We say, “God can’t be all powerful, and all loving. If he were, this world wouldn’t be the way it is.
We say that, hoping God will change his position on the matter. Our hope is that putting a guilt trip on him or make him change the way he’s doing things.
But he doesn’t seem to budge. Why doesn’t he?
God doesn’t budge -he doesn’t change things right now —. because he’s giving us what we asked for: a world where we get to treat him as though he is absent and unnecessary.
Remember, the story of Adam and Eve? They ate that “forbidden fruit.“ That fruit was the idea that they could ignore what God said we’re good to them, and strike out on life apart from God. For Adam and Eve, sort of help that they could become my God, without God.
It kind of seems like that’s what we’re doing today. People are trying to become their own Gods. Only God can give and take away lives, there are people body harvesting,
They consume the nation that there was something more valuable existence than God himself, something more valuable than having a relationship with God. And this world system with all its faults came as a result of the choices they made.
Adam and Eve’s story is for all of us, isn’t it? Who hasn’t said -If not audibly, at least, in their hearts. “ God, I think I can do this without you. I’ll just go alone on this one but thanks for the offer.”
We’ve all tried to make life work without God.
Why do we do that? Probably because we’ve all bought into the notion that there’s something more valuable, more important, than God. For different people, it’s different things, but the mindset is the same. God isn’t what most important in life. In fact, I guess, as soon as you do it without him altogether.
What is God’s response to that?
He allows it. Many people experience, the painful result of others, or their own choices that run contrary to God‘s ways…murder, sexual abuse, greed, lying/ fraud, slander, adultery, abortion m kidnapping, ect.
All of these can be explained by people who refuse to give God a access and influence over their lives. They are going about their lives as they see fit, and they end others suffer.
What’s God be with all of this?
He’s not smug. In fact, God could rightly be viewed as leaning forward, compassionate, hoping we will turn to him so that he can bring real life to us.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” But not all are willing to go to him. You just commented on this when he said.: “O Jerusalem Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those who sent you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
Again, Jesus bring her issue back to our relationship with him.“ I am the light of the world. He who follows me, will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
But what is life is unfair, when bad things happen to us?
What about those horrible circumstances that hit us in life, caused by someone other than ourselves? When we are feeling victimized, it’s useful to realize that God himself and her horrendous treatment from others. God more than understand what you’re going through.
There’s nothing in life that could be more painful than what Jesus endured on our behalf, when he was deserted by his friends, ridiculed by those who would not believe him, beaten, and tortured before his crucifixion, then now to across naked and showing for public display dying I’m slow supplication
He created us, yet allowed humanity the freedom to do this, to fulfill scripture, and to set us free from our sin. This was no surprise to Jesus. He was aware of what was coming fore knowing all the details, all pain, all the humiliation.
Imagine, knowing something that awful what’s going to happen to you. Jesus understands emotional and psychological anguish. The night that Jesus knew they would arrest him, he went to pray, but he took some friends with him.
And taking with him, peter, and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘ my soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here and watch (keep awake) with me. I’m going a little further he fell on his face and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will but as your will.”
Oh Jesus, confided in his three friends, they didn’t understand the depth of his tournament, and when Jesus returned from prayer, he found him asleep. Jesus understand what it’s like to be going through pain and extreme sadness alone.
Here it is summarized, as John described in his gospel: “ He was in the world, and the world was made through him, if the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and he’s on people received, and not. But you are who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. For God sent his son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. For God, so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.,
There is no question that there is pain and intense suffering in this world.
Some of it is explained by selfish, hateful actions on the part of others. Some of it defies an explanation in this life. but God offered us himself. God gives us the knowledge that he has endured also, and is aware of our pain and need. Jesus said to his disciples, “ peace, I leave with you, my peace, I give you, not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
There’s a simple reason to be afraid, troubled, but God can give us peace, which is greater than the problem before us. He is after all God, the. creator. The one who had always existed. The one who created the universe on the backstroke.
Yet, even in his power, he’s also the one who knows us intimately, even the smallest insignificant details. And if we trust him with our lives, relying on him, so we enter difficulties, he was a hold us securely.
Jesus said, “these I have spoken to you, so that in me, you may have peace. In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
He went through our ultimate threat -death – and overcame it. He can take us through the difficult circumstances of this life, and then bring into eternal life, if we trust him.
We can either go through this life with God, or without him.
You might find her self asking, Why is life so hard? Without God, humanity is easily drawn to hatred, racism, sexual abuse, and murdering each other.
Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.“
Jesus Came To Us As A Lamb. But He Is Coming Back As A Lion.