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God Allowing Tragedy

Q. I am a Lutheran, and at church yesterday I was horrified to find out that my church believes that God let this tragedy and all the other horrible things in the world to happen. I went to church looking for a strong message that God is still there for me, for the families that lost someone, still there for our country. But instead I hear that He let this happen. It sickens me to think that God allows all the horror in the world to happen. How can He allow a little child to die of child abuse? Why not just let the child die sooner, mercifully? Or why does He allow a women to be raped and murdered, why not just let her die with out knowing that evil? I always believed that evil and sin make the horrible things in the world. But now I am told, "Almighty God, merciful Father, a very present help in time of trouble, again we are brought to realize that Your thoughts are not our thoughts, Your ways are not our ways. In Your wisdom You have permitted these disastrous events...." What kind of help is God if He caused the problem? I thought man brought sin into the world.

Q. You are right when you say that man brought sin into the world. With sin came all the horrible consequences which pervade the whole world. God did not cause sin; He did not CAUSE the problem. One must distinguish between CAUSE and PERMIT/ALLOW. In this sinful world in which we live God at times allows the horrible consequences of sin to happen, in order to discipline those whom He loves (Hebrews 12) for our good. "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" Heb. 12:11. For those who do not know God and remain in their wicked ways, God allows the consequences of their sins to be punishment. If they do not repent and believe and trust in Jesus they will suffer eternal punishment in hell. God is a just God as well as a loving God. He disciplines us in love. We submit to His discipline and live (Heb.12:9). Even though God allows the evil consequences of sin, He still loves us in Jesus and will never forsake or abandon us. He will bring good to us out of the evil consequences of sin. No evil will be able to snatch us out of His hand.

Consider another tower in the Bible that fell on people and killed them. In Luke 13:4-5 God allowed the tower in Siloam to fall on 18 people and crush them to death. Jesus said about that: "Do you think they were more guilty that all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." God allowed that to happen, so that others would repent and live eternally. So it is with us today. God can turn evil to good.

We don't dwell on all the evil that can happen to both Christian and non-Christian in this sinful world, but on all the good which God motivates those who love Him to do. Don't blame God; lay Him to heart, trust unwaveringly in Him and His Savior, even though you may not understand completely all that He allows, and He will give you life now and forever with Him. Don't throw His love and salvation overboard, just because you are not God.

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