Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Everything Happens For a Reason?
I don't believe it.
Evil happens in this world and in this world we do suffer under the consequences of our own sin but also the sins of others including past and present. Sin brought death and suffering into this world.
There is idea in pop psychology that has infused into the Christian world that God is behind everything that happens. That's wrong. God is not the author of evil, there are many things that happen in this world that are the result of people's choice to sin and commit evil. Now some Calvinists will claim God determines even the evil things that happen taking things to the extreme. Calvin himself got this wrong IMO:
John Calvin writes: “We also note that we should consider the creation of the world so that we may realize that everything is subject to God and ruled by his will and that when the world has done what it may, nothing happens other than what God decrees.” (Acts: Calvin, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, p.66, ) [cite]
I'm coming to the conclusion that deceptions of Calvinism are more prolific then ever before. Remember that Free Will thing that God has given human beings?
Well humans do evil, but their evil has nothing to do with God.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, 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:
God will use bad for good, and the promises of Romans 8 hold, but I have to admit when I hear the "God has a wonderful plan for your life" stuff it is setting people up for failure. What is God's plan but for people to be holy? This is not about people seeking after their own wants, desires, and lusts.
Do you want to know how many people I've met because of having something bad happen who have fallen away or those who reject God because of the bad things that happen? I don't want to belittle anyone's pain and suffering but this type of pop psychology is what leads them AWAY from God.
Some may be shocked that I would say such a thing, but think this one out how many Christians were martyred. How many born again believers live under burdens that can range from deterioration of their health to the death of loved ones? This is kind of an extension of the positivity article and the "have the best life now" things I have warned about. So what happens if your life is not turning out well on this earth and things are not going your way? Where does that leave the "wonderful plan" for your life stuff?
One can say there is a wonderful plan, yes that in being born again, you will be in heaven with God, of course but remember most who hear this "God has a wonderful plan for your life" stuff are thinking here and now. Jesus Himself warned us we would have tribulation.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
More phony philosophy this one with a touch of the Hindu "go from level to level" evolution thing...
Some sadly are imprisoned in this view of everything happening to them as being the direct cause of God and sad enough this is one reason many non-believers blame God for things He has nothing to do with and is not the author of. Living in a world that "lieth in wickedness", people will suffer even for the chosen sins of others! Regarding those who stopped believing or turned away from God, how many were influenced by these false philosophies?. Life on this earth is difficult, leave it to the phony-bologna preachers to claim it is anything but, even if you have endless riches, friends, wealth, fame and fun every minute, everyone faces suffering even when it just comes to dying in the time before you go to heaven.
Some people want to treat God, like their own magic guru, or life-coach and that God will be a genie answering every wish. The false "god" of the apostate church is presented this way, and also as the author of everything from bad to good in a wicked world.
James 113 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Tell me what you think...