The God of Love Created the World. Why Do Tragedies Happen?

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Every few months the same story hits the national or world news. A family or a parent does everything right, but a child dies anyway. The child might be sitting properly fastened into a car seat and the car is hit while stopped at a light or stop sign. A home is completely childproof, the child is watched constantly, yet the child is killed in an unforeseeable accident. The names and specifics change, but the story is the same. In spite of every possible safely measure, someone completely innocent is killed or seriously injured.

Why? The same question is always asked over and over again. Why does the God of Love permit these tragedies?

First, there is evil. God is not only love, He is holiness and justice. God neither desired nor created sin. He gave the human race the choice of obeying or rebelling against Him. That rebellion was a choice. Choices affect everyone. There are no choices that only affect you and you alone. Someone in my family over 300 years ago made the choice to become an indentured servant and come to the New World. Because of that choice, I am an American. The sin of Adam is not only passed down through the human race, it affects the entire material universe. Both the inherited sin nature and the individual sins we commit must be judged by a holy and just God. That judgment must either be paid for by the individual committing the sin or by someone else. If you throw a rock and break a window, there are only three options; the window remains broken, you repair the window, or someone else repairs the window. It is possible that you work with someone else and both of you repair the window.

Second, we will all die. As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Romans 5:12 Someone who lives to be 140 would outlive everyone in his generation, perhaps even set a longevity record. 140 years is still a short lifespan. What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:4 While the death of an innocent child to us is a horrible, tragic loss, it is simply the loss of a few decades, at the most a century. God can use what seems to us as an untimely death to protect the innocent child from something far more horrible in the future.

Third, God is still a God of love, and to love someone is to do what is best for not only that one person but also to glorify Himself. This is said so often that we mistakenly dismiss it as trite. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 God’s standard of good is not our standard, our vision of good. Good glorifies God and is the best for the person.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:6-12


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