Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:10 AM

God and Tsunamis

Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:10 AM
Sunday, March 13, 2011 5:10 AM

Each time there is a natural disaster God is put on trial. It must be remembered that when sin entered the world all of creation also fell. Something very powerful and very evil happened in the Garden of Eden. All of God’s people and all that He made await redemption.

Romans8.19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

God did not intend for us to live in an evil world and although He is waiting at this time, He will redeem the world. God waited 120 years for Noah to build the Ark and warn all. Noah is described as a righteous preacher. For 120 years Noah preached and God waited. God is now waiting for us to respond and this time of waiting is a period of grace. Throughout the Bible we see God giving a period of grace before He acts.

Yet for many, this time is seen as a time to put God on trial, and the argument goes along these lines.

1. God is all knowing and all powerful and created everything

2. God created Satan

3. God knew Satan would fall and bring evil into the world

4. Therefore God created evil

 This is a favorite argument among professors in college that want to turn our young people away from God. This argument uses a Faulty Dilemma. The problem is that the argument is stated wrong.

God has a plan for eternity and this plan includes the end from the beginning. God chose to create both Angels and Humans. God gave them both the ability to choose. In Heaven some Angels chose God and some chose Satan, and unlike humans there is no redemption plan for Angels. They made a onetime choice and they are now saved or lost.

 Adam and Eve made a choice and brought sin into this world. Thank God that God did have a redemption plan for fallen man. We have the chance to make a choice. We can now see that freedom of choice is a part of God’s plan. If we were not free to choose, it would not be love, it would be coercion. You cannot make someone love you, and God will not make someone love him. He could choose to make robots, He had that ability, but he chose not to. What seems like a contradiction is that through free will, evil can exist, for it not to exist, the chance to freely choose love would not exist. He will not violate that free will, for if He did, He would have those in Heaven that did not choose to be there.

 Now in making free will a part of His great plan, evil entered the world…God made the plan but the Angels and man chose of their own free will evil. Were it any other way it would be coercion and we would all be robots and we would not have been able to experience love. God is love and there is no greater commandment then love. In God’s infinite wisdom, the plan that let us choose love also allowed us to choose evil.

 Therefore the argument as stated above is incomplete. God created everything including free choice. God created Satan and Satan chose evil, God did not create evil. God created free will and free will allowed Satan to choose evil, but that same free will allowed believers to choose love.

 The correct way to state the argument in logic:

1. God is all knowing and all powerful and created everything

2. God created a moral universe

3. A moral universe requires free choice

4. Satan by free choice chose evil

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