Does God Cause Bad Things to Happen?

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Religion, Uncategorized
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Recently I was reading an article by Max Lucado entitled “Where Was God When Hurricane Sandy Hit?” This question is often very confusing, but really it shouldn’t be. I’m speaking of why calamities occur and does God have a hand in these, often time, unfortunate incidences such as the massacre that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. The Scriptures are quite clear in answering these questions. Lucado was dealing with Hurricane Sandy ravaging the East Coast but after reading the article by this titan, I was left puzzled. Was he supposed to be bringing comfort? Was he answering the age old question of how and why good and bad things happen? Because of his article I felt compelled to write this to enlighten and strengthen God’s people.
In the Old Testament there was a close relationship between weather and the spiritual condition of people (1Kings 8:35-36, Joel 1:17-20). Sin brought physical punishment during famines and plagues of insects and storms. God caused winds and he created them (Gen 8:1, Exod 10:13, Num 11:31, Ps 107:25, 135:7, 147:18).
In the New Testament, God sent us his Holy Spirit to communicate with us, to walk along side of us as well as teach us about the dynamic changes as compared to the OT. We have to first put things in perspective; this is not God’s world since he allows Satan to have certain rights. If you read (2Cor 4:1-4), God allows Satan to have free reign for a while until he reestablishes his kingdom. We are given free will to do and be as we please. (Eph 2:2) speaks of Satan as the Prince and power of the air and as children of the most high we understand our rightful place in this world; we are no longer children of disobedience. We have an enemy who was cast from heaven to this earth (Rev 12:9).
Lest we forget God is in charge of this earth, he is the supreme ruler (Jn 17:14-16), we the Ecclesia are not of this world because of our relationship and right standing with God. We have to understand when it comes to obedience, man has always been disobedient (Ex 16:28) and because of this disobedience, God destroyed the world once (Gen 6:3).
We must transfix our minds toward the Messiah (Eph 2:2-6) and look to the Scripture. Job is the best example of a man humbling himself in the face of true calamities. He is a model that should be preached and studied, for his is a true example of how Satan is the accuser of the brethren. Allow me to say this, Satan is only one being. He isn’t omniscient, meaning he can’t be everywhere at once, therefore he uses his personal agents: demonic spirits. Through all the issues that plagued Job he never lost faith or blamed God. Job continued to praise God in the face of horrible circumstances. Job prevailed and became greater in God’s eyes and was victorious in life as well (Job 42:12-17). We must remember this isn’t God’s world, Satan was cast out to be the ruler of this world; and he is the Prince and power of the air (Eph 2:2). Why would he cause hurricanes and storms to kill innocent people?
The Messiah asked about tragedies so let us read a foundational truth in (Lk 13:1-5). Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” The question was answered in straight forward fashion. We must repent or likewise perish; Jesus showed that God had nothing to do with the deaths. God doesn’t cause these things to happen but rather allows evil and some simply unfortunate accidents to occur.
We have victory and in our victory God gives a place of safety and comfort.
(Ps 91:1-16)
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

 By John The Revelator


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