Christian: God is Love (2015)
Chapter 8: God is helping people in this evil world
We are sinful without doing anything anyway
Why should everyone pay for the sin that Adam and Eve committed so long ago? Adam and Eve were the first created human beings in creation. They sinned and disobeyed God. They plunged all humanity born after them into sin. The inner nature of man became sinful at the point they ate the fruit God told them not to. So every person is born into sin from that point on.
This is fair and just that everyone be held accountable for sins they didn’t commit. Man was given a freewill to choose to follow God or not. He chose to not follow God and therefore plunged all man into a sinful state. Here is the account in the bible:
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12 so yes man is sinful from the first day he is born. No one can blame God for introducing sin into the world. Humanity is to be blamed for the bad conditions in the world today. God warned man to obey His voice and not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Man didn’t listen to God and ate from the tree anyway. So we find ourselves in the current sorry state of world affairs. God sent Jesus Christ to die for mankind to reverse and eradicate sin and evil that had gone rampant on earth. Anyone who accepts Jesus as Lord will be free from sin, death and evil in this world. God has done all He can do to remove evil’s effect in the world until Jesus comes back.
Innocent people who die for doing nothing
Really no one is innocent and here is why:” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 someone may never commit murder or steal or engage in some other kind of crime. They may seem to be innocent because they have never outwardly committed any crime. They aren’t though because inwardly all people have been born with a sinful nature. So no one is really innocent.
Another scenario is an innocent bystander is shot and killed without committing any type of crime. The person is wrongfully killed and true this isn’t fair that they died, but because the way sin and evil reign in the world bad things like this happen all the time. God cannot be blamed for innocent people dying for never committing any outward crimes. The world is a dark place to live in. People are inherently sinful and will make wrong choices by murdering innocent people who gave them no reason to kill them.
People fly in airplanes and die because the plane crashes. Let’s say the plane flies into very adverse weather conditions and the plane fatally crashes. Again because all the earth and its surrounding atmosphere and environment were exposed to sin in the fall of man. Everything was thrown into chaos and disarray and sin and evil play havoc with our weather as well. The weather doesn’t operate under God’s original design so it will never function normally like it was supposed to. The Bible has this to say “
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:21-22
God by His will gave man a free choice. Man sinned and subjected creation to frustration which was not the original intent for creation. God allowed it to be subjected in hope. The hope found in Jesus Christ who died to redeem creation from the effects of evil as well. Again when Jesus wins the final victory on earth creation and will be free from the ravages of sin and a new heaven and earth will appear.
God is not stopping earthquakes and tsunamis
God will hear the prayers of Christians to stop natural weather disasters like tsunamis or earthquakes. God can stop any natural disaster simply because He is God. God created all the physical laws that govern the earth. Such as natural processes in nature. The plates move under the continents and cause earthquakes. Underwater earthquakes cause tidal wave tsunamis to race sometimes thousands of miles to destroy homes, trees and kill people. Why does God allow this to happen? He could stop all these natural disasters from occurring but He doesn’t. It is a natural consequence of sin that the natural laws God created will operate out of order and harmony. God originally created the natural laws to complement and work together to enhance the earth and life on it.
The natural outflow of sin in the earth causes plates to build up tremendous pressure than move. The pressure is released causing earthquakes (massive in nature at times.) Tsunamis are the consequences of natural laws operating in a fallen world. God is in control of everything but He allows natural disasters to occur due to the natural consequences of evil operating in the world. It’s this author’s opinion that God doesn’t cause these natural disasters to happen directly.
God does bring good out of tragic natural disasters that occur around the world. Massive relief efforts are undertaken. Food is lifted into the affected areas in large quantities. Christian organizations flow in and help people re-build their homes and cities after earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes have destroyed them.
God did destroy the earth with a flood thousands of years ago because man had become so corrupt.
“For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.” Genesis 7:17-23
God was merciful to mankind in that He spared Noah and His family. Noah and his family re-populated the earth. God also promised in Genesis 9:12-16 the following:
” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
God did eventually stop this natural disaster that covered the earth in water. He also promised He would never destroy the earth again by a flood. God never again will flood the earth with water because of His great mercy.