There are a lot of things happening in our world that may have some people questioning God. Is there a misunderstanding by many as to who God is and what his infinite being means to us? Read as Allen West covers those who are questioning what the Lord intends and tries to help them understand that bad things can happen to good people.
As Written By Allen B. West:
Here’s my response to the liberals who mock prayer in response to the Texas church shooting
I had a conversation with a very dear friend who has been battling a mental health issue with their daughter. It has been a struggle as they watched their incredibly intelligent and talented daughter descend into a challenging state of mental instability. Sadly, my friend confided in me that they are angry and have decided to become an atheist. They have chosen to blame God for the illness that has afflicted their daughter. And furthermore, they feel God has let the world down.
I have known this friend for nearly seven years and they knew this declaration would hurt me to my core, and it did. But, as we were talking I reflected back on how in this week in the aftermath of the tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas we have witnessed many people mocking prayer, the vehicle by which we can communicate with God. I thought about my friend’s declaration and what has happened this week.
It appears there’s some confusion about who God is and the part He plays in our lives. If we are to believe that God is some fun hunk- dory entity that exists only to make sure we’re happy, we’ve missed the mark. God is our Heavenly Father and Creator of this universe, from whom our unalienable rights emanate: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. God created a world, and existence, where He implemented His perfect will, and He created man and woman, in His own image. However, there is also evil, darkness, the fallen angel, Lucifer, also known as Satan who exists. And it was Satan who entered into the perfect will of God and tempted mankind, knowing that God also frees us to decide with our permissive will — and mankind chose to eat of the apple from the tree of knowledge.
It was man, not God, who introduced pain, illness, sickness, war, murder, and strife into this world…God’s perfect will.
I talked to my friend about the story of Job. How Job was this Godly man who was immensely blessed beyond measure. However, it was Satan who confronted God and told Him that if God removed His blessing from Job, that he would not be as faithful. It was Satan’s premise that Job was only Godly because he had so much by way of possessions and a great, prosperous life. But God knew different, and challenged Satan and told him that he could touch Job. And so it happened, Job’s life was ruined. He came to lose everything and his supposed friends believed that he had been cursed due to his losing favor with God. The lesson from the story of Job is that through it all, Job never did curse his God. As a matter of fact, Job’s faith grew and increased, and he realized that his wealth and possessions were not his, but of God…hence why Job stated, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there, The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
God’s existence is not predicated upon us having stuff and a happy life. That’s why so many express confusion, saying how is it that bad things happen to good people? It’s wrong to presume God sent evil to kill the people in Sutherland Springs, Texas and that He has let the world down. One then could make the argument that God sent the NRA-certified firearms instructor to confront evil……….
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