I’m sure you’ve seen the recent New York Daily News headline that “God Isn’t Fixing This.”
The Daily’s writer, Rich Schapiro, was making a case for gun control and against conservative politicians who offered up prayers for the victims but not Mr. Schapiro’s flavor of gun control. Mr. Schapiro mocked the prayers of the faithful saying, “the prayers aren’t working.”
My article isn’t about gun control or politics. It’s about the not so subtle suggestion by Mr. Schapiro that God is impotent or doesn’t exist. “How can a loving God permit mass murder and terrorism,” he might have asked.
Obviously Woody Allen didn’t have a good answer to the question of why do bad things happen to good people either. This is a thorny question even for people of faith to answer. Usually this question is phrased as “why does God permit terrorism, death of children, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, war, etc.?” Certainly given the recent terrorism attacks on Paris and San Bernardino, I bet you have heard this challenge to your faith. Skeptics constantly give this argument as to why they don’t believe. Knowing this, I thought I’d share my answer with you as to why bad things happen to good people.
Now there are many, many wonderful answers to this objection already available, and I don’t mean to discount any of them. My answer is a bit different than others I’ve seen because it is based on the complete gospel (the first and second comings of Christ), and I think because of that, it’s more satisfactory. Other answers might be that God uses challenging events to chasten us and help us grow. He does do that, but that almost makes it sound like he causes those events. Others have said God’s ways are higher than ours and we can’t know his purposes. Again, neither of these answers reflect God’s nature of mercy and forgiveness. If I were a skeptic, these would not convince me.
God IS Fixing This
I summarize my approach in this VIDEO
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The basic idea of this argument is to present it in the scope of the complete plan of God:
- creation of a perfect world
- the fall into sin and death
- the substitutionary death of JESUS giving us the chance for salvation from sin and death
- the return of Jesus sweeping away sin and death forever and the recreation of a perfect world
I recommend you memorize the main points from the video and use it to defend the hope you have within you.
If you’ve read my book Are We Ready For Jesus (BUY IT HERE), you know that I believe the gospel (the good news) is not just the first coming (Jesus’s death and resurrection) only, but also the second coming. I believe they are inexorably linked together and one without the other isn’t the complete “good news.” Hopefully this example from my simple apologetics shows how this works. If this aspect of our faith was new to your thinking , pick up two copies of the book. One for you and one for your pastor. It will be great to hear this type of “Good news” preached from our pulpits. Time truly is short.