When you see the beauty of a supermoon on the horizon, or the vibrant colors of the trees, florals and fauna in the morning sunlight, how can you ever say there isn’t a God. It’s a mystery to me, but many people do.
The unbelief in a supreme being is a direct result of taking God out of our schools, our culture and our homes. And when God is absent, it leaves us vulnerable to the whims of the “other” being — Satan; but instead of people owning up, taking responsibility for ignoring God, they blame him. They cry out, “If there was a God, why didn’t he save me from violence? Why does he allow children to be sold into sexual slavery? Why do so many starve and die in 3rd world countries?
As Christians, when we are faced with these types of questions by non-believers, it’s sometimes hard to give them an answer that we think would be satisfactory, but our job is not to save the them from damnation.
Jesus’ death already paid that cost.
– John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
No. Our job is to share with them the truth about sin (Satan), God, and His grace.
When we share the truth in answering their questions, we need to remember something: God loves us so much that he gives us the freedom to choose to do what we want, but He also lets us live with the consequences. Remember the saying, “If you love something, let it go?” God was the first one to do this when he banished Adam and Eve from the garden. He gave them one rule. Only one. They broke it, so they were banished from the garden.
God didn’t want to banish them, but He cannot stand sin. Eve tried to blame the sly serpent, but really, she wanted to know what the apple from the tree of knowledge tasted like, so she did it.
–Genesis 3:1-5 (too long to put in here, but click on the link to look up!)
God still loved them, but it did change the relationship. He didn’t ignore them but he did not go back on His word. Once they made the decision to eat the apple, they lived with the consequences – sin (believing Satan’s lies).
Worldwide, people have not wanted God in their court houses, schools or homes. God didn’t like our decision about that, but He didn’t step in to stop it because He loves us. And, He’s letting us make our choices and live with the consequences of those actions (sin).
When people ask why He allows bad stuff to happen, maybe we should instead respond with questions that put the responsibility back on them.
Ask them if they’ve asked for God’s protection in their lives.
Question if they care enough about others that they have supported or served in ministries that help stop the sex trade, or helped supply food and medicine in 3rd world countries where people die everyday from starvation and disease.
When they ask what about innocent children who die of illnesses or violence.
Respond in kindness and compassion but ask if they’ve ever relied on God or prayed to God over their child or “other” children who’ve suffered.
Many times, God will bring people into relationship with His son during the illness or death of a young person.
In each of those scenarios, people are more focused on what God didn’t do, instead of what they could’ve done. That’s because they are self-centered instead of God-centered. Self-centeredness is in direct opposition to God.
We should never be afraid to be bold with people. The phrase “the truth hurts sometimes,” is especially true when we have to live with ugly consequences of our decisions, but we should still tell people the truth. Truth is the ONLY thing that will strip power away from Satan.
But more on that another day.
This was on my heart today.
I’m praying that my friends will be bold. We can be nice and be bold.
If people get offended or feel defensive, we’re on the right track.
Satan hates it when you tell someone the truth because it means he could lose the stronghold he has over them.
-John 8:32: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”