Listen to me—that is not to deny the reality of your pain in this life. I could barely see the white stripe on the edge of the road. Each day brings new tragedy. (Part 1) by Onalaska Church of Christ from desktop or your mobile device Why now?". So how does God teach and correct us? Are you broken? I'd say, "Hey! In the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center buildings, it was not God who crashed those planes—it was the terrorists. Does God allow suffering? Even if the Christian admits defeat, God still exists. Unlike some other religious leaders who wrote off pain and suffering as mere illusions, Jesus was honest about the inevitability of suffering. God allows tragedies in our lives in order to remind us of “who is in control”. Making and growing disciples involves taking people’s spiritual temperature, helping them confront and address sin, guiding them to develop a love for Scripture, and much more. ", This has been a heart-rending summer for Colorado. His desire, His goal, His aim, is to have a relationship with everyone. So in order for us to experience love, God bestowed on us free will. Makes You Think. On Sundays, we worship at our Love INC Connection Center at: 6633 Lake Michigan Dr Even though we can't understand everything about it, I believe we can understand some things. A friend betrayed you. These are questions almost everyone asks at some point in their lives. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. I believe one reasonable answer is that in God's wisdom, he determined that a world where mankind has meaningful freedom to choose good and evil was better than a world filled with puppets who had no freedom or autonomy whatsoever. God does not cause disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. When bad things happen, however, we can do one of two things: we can either be angry with God, or we can turn to Him in trust and faith. Each weekly CT Pastors issue equips you with the best wisdom and practical tools for church ministry. Through his own suffering and death, he has deprived this world of its ultimate power over you. And when God decided to create human beings, he wanted us to experience love. The number one response was: "Why is there suffering in the world?". You only read half the book!". One of the most difficult aspects of following God is when we see something bad happen to people that we love. We left the hospital with no baby and drove home in a blizzard on a cold, dark night. In other words, he offers us the two very things we need when we're hurting: peace to deal with our present and courage to deal with our future. Your spouse got sick. After all, any close friend can do that. God has the last word! is really not a question at all. And that question was, “Why does Jesus love me?”, I’ve heard it said that there are two great questions in life: one is, “Why does God allow suffering?” the other “Why does God love us?”. Relationship with God Jesus Christ This is an adaptation from an earlier essay published in RELEVANT Magazine about God in tragedy. As harsh as it sounds, maybe God allows tragedy to come into our lives because tragedy is often the only thing that engages us with God. But just as most people experience personal tragedy at some point in life, my time eventually came. Stream Room For Doubt: Why Does God Allow Tragedy & Suffering? Current Issue January-February 2021 Subscribe. He didn't resolve all the issues with the characters." It might be terrible. For example, in the same way a man can decide to kill another man by smacking him in the head with a rock, a similar rock can fall from a cliff and be equally deadly. Maybe God allows heartbreak and chaos and confusion because through those things we finally begin to wake from our apathy. Like when people are killed by avalanches and rockslides? Think of it this way. The time for answers comes later. Mankind has always had a choice to love their neighbor or commit atrocities. Here is the classic statement of the problem. Say as Christians we didn’t even try to defend ourselves against this attack. This Common Challenge covers ways you can introduce, initiate, and instruct the entire congregation into the life of allegiance to Christ. Any close friend can sit beside you and comfort you and empathize with you. You'd probably say, "It was great; it was wonderful!" If God is all powerful, he can stop evil. Because God desires for all people to come to the knowledge of the truth. Someday we'll see with clarity, but for now things are foggy. In Genesis 3:17 it says, “…cursed is the ground because of you.”. He was despised and rejected of men. the only answer I can honestly give consists of four words: "I do not know. Lee Strobel sums up my thoughts in this post from the Bible Gateway Blog. There are too many loose ends with the plot. Because we have been comforted through the Word of God, we in turn may be able to comfort others. Still, as the all-powerful Creator God, nothing can happen in this universe without God allowing it to happen. Much more has been said on the issue of evil being a result of man’s freedom to choose, but in short I believe it is a biblical and logical explanation. Suffering is a personal problem; it demands a personal response. This is a more difficult question to answer. God doesn’t cause us to commit atrocities, we choose to do so ourselves. What if someone read only half of it and then slammed it down and said, "Well, Lee did a terrible job with that book. So far, we have been discussing intellectual problems of suffering, but in the next section I will address the emotional problem. Suffering doesn't have the last word anymore. Finally, the fifth point of light: We decide whether to turn bitter or turn to God for peace and courage. This is critical for you to understand: If someone is reeling in shock from a recent tragedy, don’t jump into intellectual justifications for the existence of evil. But while answering these questions may not be easy, I am writing today to give Christians confidence that there are, in fact, very good answers. The way of the broad p… Yet it's still important to grapple with the question of why God allows suffering in our lives. Some people ask, "Couldn't God have foreseen all of this?" Let me give you an analogy. Tim is the senior editor for the ABC Voices blog. Do you cry out that you can't take any more? As a wise man once said to me, "God's ultimate answer to suffering isn't an explanation; it's the incarnation." Or He is all good but He is not all-powerful, therefore He can't stop evil. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.". That day will come, but not yet. The most comforting answer to me during that time was not an answer, but rather a question. God knew we'd rebel against him, but he also knew many people would choose to follow him and have a relationship with him and spend eternity in heaven with him. Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering? He makes the solemn pledge that he will take the bad circumstances that befall us and cause good to emerge if we're committed to following him. But in heaven, after 354,484,545 days of pure bliss—and with an infinite more to come—if someone asked, "So, how has your existence been? The pastor said with astonishment, "And you think that is fair?" Of course not. Even before you had children, couldn't you foresee that there was the very real possibility they may suffer disappointment or pain or heartache in life, or that they might even hurt you and walk away from you? Many of you are parents. And God isn't some distant, detached, and disinterested deity; he entered into our world and personally experienced our pain. Because tragedy happened to you, it gives you a greater sense of oneness with others who experience tragedy. Either God is all-powerful but He is not all good, therefore He doesn't stop evil. Why does God allow tornadoes, tragedy and suffering? Just because he hasn't done it yet doesn't mean he won't do it. There are very good explanations as to how these three things can exist together in harmony, but I’m not even going to try to do that yet. Well, God has existed from eternity past as the Father, Son and Spirit, together in a relationship of perfect love. Usually, people who are suffering need a counselor, a pastor, or a friend—not a philosopher. God not being all-good and God not existing are two very different things. He also writes for Apologetics315 where he is a team leader. How? But be courageous! But if they are asking in light of current, personal suffering in their life, you need to be a conduit for Jesus’ love in their life. While many disagree on how to interpret Genesis, most would agree that man’s sin did, in fact, affect the world we live in. He's delaying everything out of his love for humanity. I already “knew all the answers” in my head, but they didn’t comfort me as my heart was broken in two. It was programmed to say those words. The other funeral was several months ago, again a car accident claiming the life of a young woman, leaving behind a husband, teenage children, parents. Once Leslie and I were driving from Chicago to Door County, Wisconsin, which is that thumb-shaped peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan. God promises a time when there will be no more crying, no more tears, no more pain and suffering, when we will be reunited with God in perfect harmony, forever. In Romans 8:18 we read: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.". As a general rule, we should engage deeply in the intellectual answers before and after tragedy strikes. Justice will be served in a perfect way. If God can prevent such tragedies, why does He allow them to take place? Say we just gave up, admitted that they are right and we are wrong. Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive. What they desperately need now is the very real and comforting presence of Jesus Christ in their lives. He created us. You had an emergency root canal at the dentist—and then ran out of pain-killers. And that was true in my case. That day just sort of fades away. January 2, 2005. And I'm so grateful that so many churches and ministries of this community are helping them experience that. It was difficult at the time. I have conquered the world.". Read This Issue. ", you'd instantly react by saying, "It has been absolutely wonderful! But if God is not the author of tragedy or evil or death, where did they come from? I just want to point out one fatal flaw in the skeptic’s logic. If you ask me, "Why did God allow the gunman to spray the Aurora movie theater with gunfire just two days ago?" God does much more than sympathize with you in your troubles. Let the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9 soak into your soul: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.". The 364 terrific days far outweigh the one bad day. This is such an important and central question for us at Desiring God. It’s a protest. There are no words to describe the anguish being felt by those who are suffering today; our heart and prayers have, and will, go out to them. But look at it this way. Because love always involves a choice. All of us at some point in our lives have asked this question and wrestled with it? So, why does God allow tragedy? Go out of your way to be a friend, be available, be a good listener, and help care for their needs. Simply being in a world that allows for freedom makes natural tragedies possible. Whatever actions man takes, he does so willingly and is responsible for his own actions. So as we ponder the mystery of pain and evil, we need to be mindful that God did not create them. Get weekly updates from the editors of CT Pastors: Full report from outside investigation to be released in January. He is the chapter director of Ratio Christi, an apologetics ministry, at Grand Valley State University and has a BA in Worldviews and Apologetics from Boyce College. How can God be good and sovereign over all things and also allow intense personal suffering into our lives? You can feel for them in that suffering situation. Sign Up For Our Newsletter I wrestled with these questions in my mind for many years and in my search for answers I ended up reading over 20 books on suffering. I cannot stand in the shoes of God and give a complete answer to that question. "Why? ', the only answer I can honestly give consists of four words ' 'I do not know.' Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, RZIM Confirms Ravi Zacharias’s Sexual Misconduct, When A Word Is Worth A Thousand Complaints (and When It Isn’t), Home delivery of CT magazine and CT Pastors special issues, Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CT’s online archives. It says the day will come when sickness and pain will be eradicated and people will be held accountable for the evil they've committed. —1 John 4:8. If their argument is successful, all it does is “prove” that God is either not all-powerful or not all-good. And God doesn't make this promise to everyone. Why Does God Allow Evil,Suffering and Tragedy in the World? Maybe you've never asked why our world is infected with pain and suffering, but my guess is you will when they strike you or a loved one with full force. Why Does God Allow Tragedy? Why Does God Allow Suffering? Why, then, would a good and loving God allow such a tragedy to happen? Maybe you're suffering from a physical ailment or heartache at this very moment. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus Christ told us about the wide path that humanity has chosen to travel and the narrow path that choosing life (as God wished us to) would take us on. Delivery: Weekdays. A person can review the awful circumstances through which God’s children pass and then question why He allows any of His children to suffer pain, anguish, physical hardship, and deprivation. It's already being called the worst mass shooting in American history: 70 people shot by a gunman, 12 of them killed, while they were watching the midnight showing of a new movie. We were driving up the highway in the dark, when it started raining heavily and we hit dense fog. Why do bad things happen to good people? Rather draw closer to him. In an attempt to acquit God of responsibility for evil in the world, a growing number of people think of God as a loving but impotent old man who would like to help us, but is incapable of doing so. There are so many tragic stories, so much pain. They hid their faces from him as if he were a leper. When God created mankind, he gave us a meaningful degree of freedom to make decisions and take actions. Sarah Sumner. To some, it sounds too hideous to say something like, “God killed your son,” when a child is killed in a car accident. Remember, we only see things dimly in this world. It all happened just 21 miles from where we're sitting. Every tear we shed becomes his tear. One question overcomes the other. We made announcements, prepared a room, and expectantly waited for our baby boy. That cold and darkness seeped into my soul and didn’t really begin to go away until nearly a year later. I couldn't stop because I was afraid someone might come along and rear-end us. In the midst of tragedy, make sure the person knows they are loved. God is allowing humanity to see that our way doesn’t work. 2)   The Genesis account clearly shows that the natural world was impacted by man’s sin. Let me finish the story of Leslie and I driving through the fog in Wisconsin. Why did God let this happen? Introduction. Then next New Year's Day someone asks, "So, how was your 2012?" The second point of light: Though suffering isn't good, God can use it to accomplish good. From the depths of a Nazi death camp, Corrie ten Boom wrote these words: "No matter how deep our darkness, he is deeper still." “Why did God allow this to happen?” This is often the question that runs through the minds of family and friends when tragedy occurs. The first point of light: God is not the creator of evil and suffering. A newlywed couple is killed by a drunk driver as they leave for their honeymoon. But to give us the ability to love, God had to give us free will to decide whether to love or not to love. Why? I believe one reasonable answer is that in God's wisdom, he determined that a world where mankind has meaningful freedom to choose good and evil was better than a world filled with puppets who had no freedom or autonomy whatsoever. First, we must remember, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). We can't understand everything from our finite perspective. But when I look at the totality of the year, when I put everything in context, it's been a great year. That "why" question is not a new one; it goes back thousands of years. But why? Then later, in the midst of personal tragedy, I was forced to wrestle with these questions once again. The fourth point of light: Our suffering will pale in comparison to the good things God has in store for his followers. And what happens if we run to him? Second Peter 3:9 reads: "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He didn't say you might—he said it is going to happen. Are your most tender relationships broken? The mechanisms that allow for the man to kill (gravity, momentum, etc.) The same is true in understanding why there is tragedy and suffering in our lives. He was broken, like bread, for us. He apparently had fog lamps in front, because he was traveling at a confident and deliberate pace, and I knew if we could just follow those taillights, we'd be headed in the right direction. Anyone who meets Tim easily remembers him as the tallest Filipino they've ever met. byDr. Some of us are evil. Contributed by Lee Strobel on Jul 23, 2012 (message contributor) based on 117 ratings (rate this sermon) | 50,872 views. Reid asked him, "How old are you?" Did that doll love my daughter? Here’s the classic statement of the problem: Either God is all powerful but not all good, and therefore He doesn’t stop evil—or He’s all good but not all … Your stock portfolio took a nosedive. But what if tragedy isn’t a result of human choice? He suffered and died to save me from ultimate suffering and death. So what's holding God up? also allow for falling rocks to kill. Lee Strobel Delivered Sunday, July 22 at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Tim, his wife Alexandra, and children MaryKate, Oliver, and Sunny attend Allendale Baptist Church where Tim also works as an administrative assistant. I wrote my first novel last year. The boy said, "Seventeen." And it’s a question that arrived in the inbox from a young man. and no doubt he did. In many ways, I wasted my suffering but by God’s grace I eventually healed and found hope again. You might say, "No, he can't bring good out of my circumstance. It was frightening! My wife had to give birth. And if we follow those lights, they will lead us toward some conclusions that I believe can help satisfy our hearts and souls. God has appointed the Holy Spirit to … Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering? This message is so timely - it seems it should be auto posted once a month. When my wife and I were newly married, we were so excited when she became pregnant for the first time. From start to finish, it was like the title of that children's book: Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In fact, He has intervened occasionally throughout history when His plan required it. It might be chronic. But then a truck appeared in front of us and we could clearly see his taillights through the fog. This answers the question you hear so often: "Why didn't God merely create a world where tragedy and suffering didn't exist?" To me, that's evidence of a loving God, that he would care that much for us. Why do all of these horrific things happen if there's a loving and powerful God? If God allowed the tragedy of His own Son dying on the cross for the purpose of redeeming His people, then there are reasons beyond our understanding as to why He allows pain and suffering through hurricanes, fires and attacks. All Rights Reserved. We were following the taillights of that truck when the fog slowly began to lift, the rain began to let up and we entered a town with some lights. After driving through the confusion of the fog for so long, that image struck me with poignancy I'll never forget. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 we're told, "Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.". Not because He created us that way, but because we choose to be that way. Now let me give you the entire verse: "I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. Why me? Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering? While it may not seem like human freedom impacts natural catastrophes, I believe it still does and in two different ways: 1)   The laws of nature that allow us to choose good or evil also make natural catastrophes a reality. If you think about it, the question, Why does God allow people to suffer? He was sold out. When I first began my journey researching “The problem of suffering” it was primarily an intellectual exercise. And he did this because he loves me. Christian responses to racial injustice, prayers during a pandemic, and more. Here’s the classic statement of the problem: Either God is all powerful but not all good, and therefore he doesn’t stop evil—or he’s … My wife Leslie has a medical condition that puts her in pain every single day. Is the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma this week evidence that God is evil, impotent or non-existent? The Bible says that the story of this world isn't over yet. The harm was too great, the damage was too extreme, the depth of my suffering has been too much.". One answer is that he's actually delaying the consummation of history in anticipation that more people will put their trust in him and spend eternity in heaven. Guns kill people, car's kill people, people kill people. And it was all worth it for that, even though it would cost his son great pain and suffering to achieve our redemption. The answer is: He did! Notice the verse doesn't say God causes evil and suffering, just that he promises to cause good to emerge. Subscribe to CT and We've all seen examples of how the same suffering that causes one person to turn bitter, to reject God, to become hard and angry and sullen, can cause another person to turn to God, to become more gentle and more loving and more tender, willing to reach out to compassionately help other people who are in pain. He uses His Word and the Holy Spirit to deal with us. Some who lose a child to a drunk driver turn inward in chronic rage and never-ending despair; another turns outward to help others by founding Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. A faithful missionary family is attacked and killed by the very people they were ministering to. While that will not be fulfilled until the return of Jesus Christ, we can find comfort and hope through a relationship with God, even in the midst of tragedy. Then out of the blue, our son died in the womb. Did people turn from you? The World Trade Center Twin Towers which fell on September 11, 2001 after a terrorist bombing. And Jesus said they are coming. Jesus is there in the lowest places of our lives. Words can't describe the joy and the delight and the fulfillment! If you've put your trust in him, then he is in you. In John 16:33 he said, "You will have suffering in this world." Death doesn't have the last word anymore. I believe there are good reasons as to why God allows tragedy. Bible translation is about more than just technical accuracy. We saw the steeple of a church and the cross of Christ. In summary, why does God allow tragedy? You only need to read 2 Timothy 3:16, John 16:13 and 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 to see this. But you may wonder, ‘If Jehovah is the most powerful person in the universe, why doesn’t he stop those terrible things from happening?’ We know that God cares deeply about us, so he must have a very good reason for allowing suffering to continue. Taylor Halverson | May 18, 2017. We make the choice to either run away from God or to run to him. Even as we mourn what happened in 9-11, we see that God brought good out of loss. Yes, he does. Real love always involves a choice. And perhaps you've been asking the question too. God did not cause suffering. Let's say that on the first day of 2012, you had an awful day. If God has the ability to prevent natural disasters and human tragedy, why doesn't He? The next two points address the intellectual problem, and the last addresses the emotional. Tragedies cause many people to question God’s goodness. Why? If God can take the very worst circumstance imaginable and turn it into the very best situation possible, can he not take the negative circumstances of your life and create something good from them? When skeptics or atheists bring up the problem of evil and suffering, the core of their argument usually surrounds these 3 premises: Then they conclude that these three premises cannot all be true. The great “I AM” (God) is always in control. And that has resulted in the introduction of evil into the world. You get promoted at work to your dream job. If God is all good, wouldn’t he want stop evil ?And yet evil exists. get one year free. Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”, And John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”. To say, “I don’t believe in God because of all the suffering in the world” is actually an irrational jump in logic. Jesus told his followers, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Pastors know well that no two people under their care are in the same place spiritually. A friend wins the lottery and gives you $100 million. Everyone experiences different kinds of suffering and responds to it differently. In Romans 8:28 the Bible promises, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.". Does He descend into all of our hells? Why did God allow this? And many people are asking the question, "Why? So we have seen that Satan’s trickery and Adam and Eve’s wrong choices introduced suffering into the world. Of course, God can go against the wishes of man. It is distressing that natural disasters are often termed “acts of God” while no “credit” is given to God for years, decades, or even centuries of peaceful weather. But anger only leaves us bitter and hopeless. So in this way, the blame of natural catastrophes lay at the feet of mankind once again, and not on God. Above I quoted part of what Jesus said in John 16:33. Denomination: *other. A preacher reflects on a local mass shooting. ", And maybe that's a good analogy for heaven. Things were becoming clearer, we could see better, and as we rounded a curve, silhouetted against the night sky, guess what we saw? Karrie was alone, making her way on an early Halloween morning to her job at a preschool. Because he has conquered the world! When God is seen from this perspective, it is difficult to explain why God allows tragedy, because he is perceived as one who has the power to prevent it. You'd remember that first bad day. To anyone suffering right now I want to say that I am so sorry. I don't have God… If you ask me point-blank, 'Why did God allow the gunman to spray the Aurora movie theater with gunfire just two days ago? And the boy replied: "Well, God has all eternity to make it up to me. If they are asking out of intellectual curiosity, give them your best logical answers. Get The Christian Post newsletter in your inbox. We may not be able to make out all the details of why certain things happen, but there are some key biblical truths that can illuminate some points of light for us. When suffering or tragedy strikes close to home and people whom we know love God and follow Him die in a sudden, unexpected or tragic way—it can cause us to question where God was and why he did not intervene. But we still wonder why bad things happen—although we know God is still in control, even if evil sometimes seems to be winning. 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