Grace Communion Church – Questions

When you meet someone you don’t know and they find out you are a minister they sometimes tell you they would like to question God. Why does He allow Earthquakes? Why does He allow children to die?

Why does He allow wars? Why did He allow my Husband / Wife / Child / Parent / Sibling to die or to suffer? Often there are a few others but they are typical examples. The answer in every case is they are thinking in the physical, believing that this life is all there is, but that’s another subject.

It never seems to occur to them that if they were face to face with God, He might have some questions for them. The Bible records that this happened to a man called Job, who had lost everything and began to question God.

Job had three friends who kept accusing him of being a sinner and that was why he had lost everything. Job defended himself and even called into question why God had allowed him to be born. Eventually the Bible records God questioning Job as to what right he had to question God, and reminding Job of just who God is.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth, tell Me if you have understanding?” asks God. “Who determined it’s measurements?” “To what were it’s foundations fastened? Or who laid it’s cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, And caused the dawn to know it’s place?” “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths? Have the gates of death been revealed to you?”

“Can you bind the cluster of Pleiades, or loosen the belt of Orion? Or can you guide the Great Bear with it’s cubs? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you? Can you send out lightenings that they may go, And say to you, Here we are?”

grace-comm-bck-july15iss49There is more but the point is made. God is the greatest, most powerful Being in the Universe. In fact the Bible tells us that God is love to the very core of his Being. God is so powerful and so loving He gives us, as human beings, free will to decide whether we believe in Him or not. Free will to live our lives in the way we want in this time.

That’s why so much seems wrong in the world today. That’s why people have these questions and why, so often, they don’t really want an answer, because they are comfortable with the way they are and the way their life is.

The great joy of being a Christian and believing God is not that you float through life in a secure bubble. Christians are vulnerable to all the difficult things that can happen in this world and this life. Christians are saddened by natural disasters, by the death of children, by the loss of a loved one.

But Christians know there is a better life ahead. That God’s love is so great that He will save humanity despite being rejected by so many. Christians look beyond this short physical life to a resurrection to eternal life, not just for themselves, but, in time, for all humanity.

There are better, wonderful times ahead and the only question most people will have is why didn’t I realise this before?


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