The news is FULL of horrific events around the world and many more don’t make the 11:00 pm news. We watch in horror, disgust and great sorrow as images and videos crossed our screen of the atrocities that have taken place.
- 129 killed in Paris, 8 terrorists, well planned, multiple targets, identical bomb vests, ISIS takes responsibility
- In response we changed our profile pictures to the French flag, used #prayforparis prayed, wept and thought about the French people. We even thanked God we lived in Canada or anywhere else
- Over 1000 missing or murdered aboriginal women in Canada
- In Pakistan, Taliban’s Easter bombing targets, kills scores of Christians, most victims were women and children,On Easter Sunday, a crisp spring day, some of the city’s Christian population mingled with their Muslim neighbors, celebrating in a neighborhood park — taking their kids on rides or pushing them on swings. Then, the sound of tragedy. Without warning, a blast tore through the park, killing indiscriminately.
- 86 children burned alive in Nigeria by Boko Haram.
- Bombings in Brussels last week
- And on and on it goes.
Our question becomes, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”
It’s a problem of SIN, not sins. The heart is desperately wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (NLT)
We are free people free to make good and bad choices. Some make bad choices that affect many other people. I’m going to borrow from Andy Stanley as he addressed the problem of pain.
Andy Stanley – The Problem of Pain!
1. Have you ever read anything on that topic? You’re not the first person to struggle with this.
2. If you could, would you remove everything bad from the world right now? Would you push that button right now?
Before you push that button, have you ever done anything bad? The only way for God to remove our chief problem is to remove all the complainers. If you would hesitate, is it possible that God has a reason too? 2 Peter 3:9
1. Some things ought not to be! CS Lewis – if ought and ought not exist and I didn’t make them up, then there must be a higher power, a moral law giver, who is the judge of the world.
2. The world is broken!
1. The current world is not the final version.
2. The current world is the best possible path to the best possible world.
3. The best possible world, where we have the knowledge of good and evil and the freedom to sin, but choose not to sin. Romans 8:18-21
There is no emotional satisfying answer to the problem of pain.