How Could a Loving God Allow This to Happen?

When the world seems to be going insane and things don’t make sense, I often hear people say how could a loving God allow this to happen?  This one statement alone has puzzled people since the beginning of time.  It has also caused many people to simply believe that there is no God at all when bad things happen in this world.

I will begin by saying that our God of the Universe is a loving God!  He truly desires for every person on this earth to trust and believe in Him.  He sent His one and only son Jesus Christ to pay for all of our sins.  He endured horrific torture and pain in order to free those of us who believe in Him from our own pathetic sins.

Yes, there are awful things happening in our world.  God is not turning His back on us.  The easy thing for many people is to simply blame God when bad things happen!  They have no other answers so blaming God is the easy, pat answer!

Let’s back up a moment and study this statement!  A loving God?  Yes, God is pure love!  He loves each and every one of us.  In fact, He loves us so much that even though none of us deserves to be with Him in Heaven someday, He has provided us with a way to spend eternity with Him!

Now about the “allowing” part of this statement.  God desires for His people to love us.  He doesn’t however, force us to love Him.  In His ultimate wisdom, He allows us to decide if we want to follow Him.  This is true love.  Forced love is not love at all!

Because He gave us a free will, there will always be those who choose to turn their backs on God.  Just like the absence of light there is darkness.  And, the absence of heat results in coldness.  Without God, evil will and does exist.

Rather than blaming God when bad things happen, perhaps turning to God in reverence and humility earnestly seeking His will would help in the difficult times. He is Omniscient – He knows all things!  He is Omnipresent – meaning He is everywhere!  And he is Omnipotent – He is all powerful!  He is the only thing that makes any sense in this crazy, mixed up world.

The Good News too is that He can and does use all circumstances for good!  We are limited human beings.  There are difficult concepts that we will never fully understand God because we are not God!

When bad things happen, take a moment to turn to Him, seek His face and cling to Him.  We will never fully understand the evil forces that are here on earth but we can pray earnestly for good to overcome the evil.  Keep your eyes on Him, never lose your faith and put your trust in Him completely.

I will leave you with this beautiful passage from Psalm 59:9-10

Oh my strength, I watch for You, You, Oh God, are my fortress, my loving God.

He is my strength when things are tough.  I am thankful that He is my Rock and that I can turn to Him.  I can ask Him questions and I can seek His answers.  His Word has been given to us!  In His Word, we can find the answers!

Blessings to all!

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Moses’s Call From God

I just completed an amazing 9-month study of the Life of Moses!  If you have never really given much thought to who he was other than the yearly viewing of the old movie, The Ten Commandments, then you are missing out!  There are so many lessons to learn from this amazing man of faith!

When God called Moses to lead the people of Israel, he immediately did what so many of us do and that is to basically come up with a ton of excuses to God as to why we cannot do something for Him!  Moses tells God to not send him as he is not great at public speaking!  Exodus 4:10 Moses says to God, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Moses doesn’t stop there with his objections.  In Ex 4:13 he then says, “O Lord, please someone else to do it.”  He even boldly suggests that God choose his brother Aaron.  Basically, Moses is scared to death of what God is asking him to do and is looking for any way to prove to God that he has the wrong man!

How many times have I too been like Moses and told God that I cannot do something for His Kingdom!  Too busy, not qualified, not me?  I am super guilty of this!

What I have been learning throughout my lifetime is that God requires all of us to be used in His Kingdom.  Just like He assured Moses throughout the Scriptures that God would help him and to not be afraid, He is there to assist us if we will just become obedient to His callings.

Moses was used by God in a mighty way!  We may not be called to lead millions of people but when He does call us in even what we might consider to be a tiny way, we never know the impact that it will have on His Kingdom!  The key is to be in tune with God in order to hear His call for you in your own life!

  • What difficult thing is God calling you to do right now?
  • How will you obediently answer this call?
  • Ask God to help you walk boldly in obedient faith with Him.

I am being called and you are being called!  We live in a crazy, fallen world that needs to hear the Good News!  Heed the call!

Pascal’s Wager ~ What Do You Have to Lose?

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, scientist and philosopher.  He was born in 1623 and died in 1662.  He loved using the “odds” of numbers to predict outcomes.  One of his most famous statements is called Pascal’s Wager.

As this brilliant man wrestled with contending for his Christian faith, he basically did so in three ways:

His use of evidence.

Fulfilled prophecies.

His coined “wager”.

Pascal’s Wager is based on the following:

If we assume that we cannot know for sure by reason alone whether God exists or what happens after we die, how then should we live our lives while here on earth?

Therefore he wrote the following question.  (It is lengthy so this version has been reduced.  A great resource if you are interested in digging deeper can be found in the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.)

“If you bet that the Gospel is false then you have:

  • Nothing to gain and everything to lose.

“If on the other hand you bet that the Gospel is true, you have:

  • Everything to gain and nothing to lose.

“Which will you choose then?”  “If you win you win everything, if you lose you lose nothing.”

The wager cannot be avoided.  Either one believes in Jesus Christ and God the Father or they don’t.  We know that belief in Jesus is a choice for all.  God doesn’t force us to love Him or to believe in Him.  It is a choice.  Pascal is betting that this choice is the obvious good choice to make.

I choose the path of believing in Jesus Christ.  The path is not easy but the reward is worth it.   I do have hope and peace!

Romans 5 New International Version (NIV)

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

My Adventure into Christian Apologetics

As a young college coed in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was eager to glean all that I could from my professors in the myriad of Biology courses that I was taking. Having been interested in Biology from high school, immersing myself in collegiate academia was thrilling and exciting.  I was eager to learn from the great minds that lay before me on my university campus.

One of my very first classes was Zoology (the study of animals).  As we went through this awesome study from cell to systems to structures, I was excited to be learning and absorbing everything I was hearing.  It wasn’t until we broached the subject of Darwin that my mind began to struggle.

Time and again I was posed with information regarding the “theory” of evolution and these theories were being presented as “facts”.  The definition of a theory is:

a proposed explanation whose status is still conjectural and subject to experimentation, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact.

Conversely, a scientific law is:

a phenomenon of nature that has been proven to invariably occur whenever certain conditions exist or are met; also, a formal statement about such a phenomenon

My first question was, “Why are these professors acting like the theory of evolution is a law?”  “Why are they so adamant that Charles Darwin was correct in his theories that we all evolved over millions of years from basically nothing?” “Why weren’t they posing other theories such as Intelligent Design?”

I would soon find out that my professors were not the least bit interested in debating or even discussing any other possibilities of how life began on earth other than their own beliefs in macro-evolution.  As a young university student, this was quite daunting to me and caused me to question my own faith in a way that I never had to before.

It became evident that my raising hand was not appreciated in the least.  I felt shunned and rejected by my professors for asking logical questions.  My favorite question that stumped them all was the following:

“If we all really evolved over millions of years from an oozing pool of slime, at what point in history did fully male and female organisms develop?”  “What are the odds that a fully formed female of any species of animal as well as a fully formed male from the same species evolved at the EXACT time in history?” “They would have had to be evolving at the same time in order for the species to continue right?”  Seems very improbable to me!

I only received a silent stare back and then the profs would quickly move on to the next question.  Of course I had many, many more questions that I will share with you in additional posts.  The bottom line is that I simply put aside my questions in order to pursue my degree in Biology.

It wasn’t until many years later that I stumbled upon the study of Christian Apologetics.  As I began to pour through the subject, my heart and my brain began to explode with excitement!  Finally some answers that made sense!  Being able to link my Christian faith and beliefs with my science background was huge!

This blog was created as a way to share my journey, share what I have learned and to hopefully provide others with answers that they may be seeking!  Ultimately it all comes down to faith and accepting that our God is in control and the Creator of all things.  One certainly doesn’t have to have a degree in Christian Apologetics to have faith and a relationship with Christ.  It does however, provide you with the confidence to stand up for what you believe as a Christian!

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Have You Been Called to Contend for Your Faith?

Have you ever really thought about if asked by someone what and why you believe as a Christian, how you would answer?  Today we are seeing more and more Christians worldwide being ridiculed, tortured and even killed for their faith.  In 2 Timothy 3:12 we are reminded that, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

We have also entered a world of “political correctedness”, being deemed as “judgemental” or perhaps not being tolerant of others and their beliefs.  Our children and grandchildren are being taught over and over that anything goes and everything should be left to each person individually to decide what is right and good.

I was introduced to Christian Apologetics about 15 years ago and was immediately fascinated by the subject.  I had never even heard of the word “Apologetics”.  What I have learned in the past 15 years I now desire to share with as many people that I can.

The word Apologia is a Greek word meaning, “in defense of”.  It certainly is not meaning as Christians we are to apologize for our faith.  Rather we are to Contend for our Faith on a daily basis!  According to the dictionary, the word Contend means:

to strive in debate; dispute earnestly:

to contend against falsehood.
The Bible tells us to:He Lives

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15

We as Christians are commanded to be able to intelligently give an answer to those who ask.  As we continue to see the moral decay in our society, it is more and more important to know God’s Word and to be able to defend His Word.  Are you prepared?

I hope that you will stick with me as I continue to share what I have learned regarding Christian Apologetics.  As a Biology major in college, I was constantly challenged to defend my faith regarding Darwin’s Evolution, spontaneous generation and the challenge that all of creation was slowly created over millions of years from slime pit!  I am sure you remember some of those Biology lessons!

Thankfully God gave me a mind to ask questions, seek the truth and to know the truth.  Won’t you join me on this quest to dig deeper into His Word to be able to intelligently defend your faith?  I promise it will be an eye-opening experience!

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