God Is Fixing This

I’m sure you’ve seen the recent New York Daily News headline that “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

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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.

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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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SUMMARY

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.

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7 thoughts on “God Is Fixing This”

  1. Nelson, shalom, and thanks again for addressing current issues in the light of the truth of the [whole] gospel.

    I would take issue with your first and last points of your summary, and, for me it is not just a matter of semantics, IMO

    1. God did not create a perfect world. In His own words, He created a “very good” world. We could say that He perfectly created a very good world. He knew from before the beginning what His perfect redemption would cost of the very good world that He created and made.

    2. God is not going to re recreate a perfect world that He did not do. He is going to create a new heavens and Earth that is/are perfect. As the apostle Paul writes, “we wait for that which is perfect to come”.

    The Millennial Kingdom will be “very good”, the best that this creation has to offer. The kingdom will be Messiah’s, and will never pass away, yet there will still be sin, death, and rebellion, which will manifest itself fully when Satan is briefly released to deceive once again the nations. Following the final judgment, those who live forever with the Lord will do so in His perfect creation, that will never be marred by sin of any kind or degree.

    I believe that believers have disserved God by saying that this creation was perfect, or that Adam and Eve were perfect — and then sin came in. If this had been perfect, and sin and all its devastating consequences got in, then we would not have the confidence that it can not happen during eternity. But, praise to our God and all glory to Him for His verbal inspiration of all Scripture! And Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross — bearing God’s wrath and taking away the sin of the world with all its sins — assures us of His promises regarding eternity. Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

    1. This is a very interesting point of view and “probably” correct. I’d have to think about it a bit.

      The video teaching is meant for us to give to those with limited theological knowledge to help them understand the why a Holy God could permit a world like this and apparently “do nothing” from their point of view. As such I highly recommend using the video argument as is. I think it is a relatively short explanation that naturually leads to a presentation of the Gospel. It can even be used as a “preamble” to a Gospel presentation starting with the question, “Did you ever wonder why God permits terrorist acts like Paris, etc.?”

  2. When I first saw this headline the other day, my immediate thought was “God IS going to fix this!” Amen!! The story isn’t over yet, and it has a glorious and happy ending for those of us who have put our trust in Jesus Christ!

    Your own story about how, if Jesus had returned to sweep away all the chaos before you accepted Christ, then you, too would have been swept away, describes all of us. But God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He gives man the opportunity to do so even at the last hour. In Rev. 6:15-17 men are hiding from the wrath of God, unrepentant; in Rev. 16:8-11, when the fourth and fifth vials are being poured out, we read again that men blasphemed God and would not repent of their deeds.

    And I love this passage in Revelation 14:6-7:

    “6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

    This is an amazing thing to ponder, an angel flying around the earth, giving the final “altar call”, if you will, to mankind. Right up until the last moment the Good News of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed throughout the whole earth, to every tribe and tongue before God finally wraps things up, so to speak. This is the love of God, John 3:16. No, God isn’t going to be patient forever, but He sure goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure that everyone has the chance to repent before His patience runs out.

  3. it is written that the beast(islam) will attack holy people (christian and jew). muslim is at war against us, why christian still confuse about this?

  4. Here are the questions I posted after watching this video earlier, that you asked me to re-post: Regarding the chaos in our world, why do you think Satan is given so much power? If God is all powerful, why does the Bible describe such a battle going on at the end of time between the forces of good and evil? Why does God even need to fight Satan, if He is all powerful? And why were the actions of Adam and Eve allowed to affect every single human being who was ever born after them?

    1. These are tough questions Janae. These are my best guesses:
      1. Why is Satan given so much power? Satan has been given dominion which he stole from man at the fall. He lost that dominion at the cross but Jesus doesn’t reclaim it until the 7 sealed scroll is opened. Satan has no power, only authority that is strictly controlled by God.

      2. Why is there a battle between good and evil. I think we underestimate the destructive power of our sin and what it takes to overcome it. Second, I think God allows us to participate so we can be overcomers. It is an opportunity for us. Obviously he could speak a word and it would all be over.

      3. Why does the sin of Adam and Eve affect us all? Haven’t we all sinned on our own? “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)”

      Hope that helps on some very difficult questions that have plagued theologians for ages

      1. All Glory to God

        Good Article Nelson and very good answers here. I too pondered this question (before I was saved). The god of this world is satan…he defeated Adam our forefather to take this position. God sent a second Adam our Lord Jesus who defeated satan that those who believe on Him are redeemed. God’s answer is to bring about a new World for as far as He is concerned, what we have now (in this world) is not life. We wait for the physical manifestation of the Kingdom (it already exists in the spirit realm) of God.

        The evil that goes on in this world are the works of satan not God. God allows this to go on longer because of the elect who have not yet been saved. When the gentiles have come to a full (Romans 11 v 25) then the final chapter of this world will begin and God will manifest His plan physically.

        God Bless

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