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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Think About It.

Is It Always His Will?

It has become increasingly common for me to hear people imply that events that have happened in their lives or the lives of others is the direct result of the will of God. The idea being perpetrated is that everything that happens, both the good and the bad, is the direct result of God’s will. But is that true? Am I to believe and therefore except that what has happened is solely the result and plan of God? I don’t believe so.

There are several Scripture verses that would point to the conclusion that not everything that happens is the will of God. For example, in 2 Peter 3:9 we read, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent”. The “Lord’s Prayer” also implies that not everything is the will of God when Jesus stated, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Mt 6:10).

Because of free will, we have been given the power to go against the will of God. Adam and Eve did this in the garden. We do it all the time when we exercise our will over his. The problems in society aren’t because God wills it, but because man does. The tragedy that we see around the world is sometimes the direct result of man’s direct and indirect actions. The Scriptures teach that all of creation is in decay and awaiting the return of Christ, (Romans 8:22-24).

When I hear someone say that it must have been God’s will, or that God needed the person more than we did, I cringe inside. It’s bad theology and it’s harmful to the person. I suppose that some of the reason for this is that we need someone or something to blame, and God seems to be a likely choice. The reality is that bad things happen and often don’t have a good explanation as to why. Tragically, life can be cut short, whole communities can be devastated by a tornado, not because God wills it, but because it just happens. 

Think about it.


Anonymous said...

I'm not saying absolutely everything is God's will, but according to this article, it appears as though you don't believe anything is God's will. Is that true? If that is the case, then you must not believe that God has a plan for us either.

Anonymous said...

The statement was that he did not believe that EVERYTHING that happens is a direct will of God. And he is right. We can choose to rob, murder, lie, cheat etc., and none of that is God's will. His point is that even though we attribute events, sad or happy, to being God's will, we may be mistaken. I agree. Chalking it up to God's will releases us from accountability. It says that our choices have had no effect on the event. Instead, it's what God wants, which is absurd. But we do it all the time. Unfortunately, it brings us comfort to detach ourselves and our choices from what has happened.

Anonymous said...

Great article and I completely agree with 2:06. Think about it, is my favorite thing to read on this site.

Anonymous said...

Dudes there is no God. This whole post is based on a fairy tale. So get over it!

Anonymous said...

7:34 how did you get here on earth?

Anonymous said...

11:57 what difference does that make? the sun still rises tomorrow regardless if the Earth is round or flat. If you made the world a better place, then tomorrow when you awake, you're in heaven. If you make the world worse, you awake tomorrow in hell. Simple as that. Life is a moment.. and the afterlife, future you will thank current you for what you've done.

I'm not atheist, nor am I Christian.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Ancient Alien theory makes a whole lot more sense than god.The missing link they all talk about was a little jump start from our friends the Annunaki!

Anonymous said...

Christians are some of the nastiest people I have ever ran into.