It has taken me some time to write my blog today I guess because I have spent today in contemplation of a variety of Christian truths. Why does God let bad things happen to innocents? How do I reconcile the God of the Old Testament with the loving God portrayed in the New Testament? What is sin? How do I defend my faith against the naysayers?
It’s been a bit of a heavy day. But at the same point I also feel like I found some answers so I’m going to share my perspectives with you to take or leave as you see fit.
Why does God let bad things happen to innocents/to children. I had this conversation with another comic book professional recently. His stance was that he used to believe in God, and that there was no scripture I could quote that he couldn’t refute. He had decided that God didn’t exist because bad things happened to children. My answer to that statement…”free will”. I wish with all of my heart that there wasn’t evil in this world. But I also absolutely believe that that God didn’t create that evil. He created us, out of a more pure version of the same love that causes us to have a child. God just had an abundance of love to share. Unfortunately part of loving us, was giving us the ability to make our own decisions. We get to chose whether or not we believe in a divine creator. We get to chose, every single day, in the thousands of choices we make if we will do good or chose selfishness and evil. God didn’t bring evil into this world, we did. Can anyone really believe that God wants a child to suffer from physical or emotional abuse? I love the lyrics of the Matthew West song “Do Something” for this very reason.
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you”
We have been given the gift of free will. God gives us the choice to make things better. People doing evil isn’t God’s fault. If someone has done something terrible to you, don’t lay the blame for that at God’s doorstep. Don’t compound the evil that Satan has perpetrated in your life by blaming God for the acts of man. When you feel as if something isn’t right, that something in your soul crying out for justice…that is a part of you that is recognizing God and how far we have fallen from his desire for us to live in union with him.
I read a story today about a woman who was abused as a child and she blamed God for not saving her even though she prayed to him. My heart broke, because of what she experienced. But I absolutely believe that God walked through every part of her abuse with her. God gave us free will, and so often we use that as a weapon to prove he doesn’t exist. Because he doesn’t stop evil people from doing evil things. But God loves us so much he can’t/he won’t usurp that gift from us. Just as a parent would never take choices away from a child. And I do believe, I know that God has the power to make good come from evil. He can’t always take the pain away, but he can certainly walk through it with us if we’ll let him.
There are times when I absolutely struggle with my faith and I think that, over time, this blog will be a testament to that. But when God reminds me that he is with me…when I stop trying to make him prove himself to me and start trying to prove myself to him…the reward, the joy I feel is so amazing.
In tomorrow’s blog I’ll try to share the answers I feel I found to the rest of my questions.