What do i say when people blame God for bad things?
After the Newtown accident, and now the bombs that just went off at the Boston marathon, many of my friends are saying things like, "where is God during this?" "Why is God letting bad things happen?" I know that this isnt because of God, and that the devil just wants to turn people away from God, but i dont know how to say this and explain everything to my friends. I have been raised in a church but most of them havent. Im only 16 so nothing too confusing........Thank you so much!
I dont need any comments from the people who dont believe God exist because i dont even understand how people can think that way, and it doesnt help me.
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
We must first admit that we do not know and cannot fully understand the reasons for tragedies such as the The Boston Marathon Bombing or Newton CT Shootings or 9/11 attacks. Isaiah 55:9 declares, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” God is unlimited in knowledge and His plan involves wisdom far beyond our ability to comprehend. Those who make statements regarding why God permits a certain evil action to take place must not assume to know more than God has revealed.
Even so, God does provide some insight in Scripture regarding the bad things that take place in our lives. The sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden resulted in a fallen world in which sin is rampant and death eventually befalls every human. Sadly, we often suffer the consequences not only of our sins but also of the misdeeds of others. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can a person receive forgiveness of sin (Ephesians 1:7), salvation (Ephesian 2:8-9), and eternal life (John 10:10). There are blessings in this life to salvation in Christ, but Christians are not immune to tragedy (John 16:33).
We must also recognize that God did intervene in many positive ways on 9/11. For example, the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was allegedly targeting the White House. Those who valiantly fought to stop this from taking place saved many lives. Many more individuals could have also died in New York and Washington if it had not been for the heroic efforts of countless volunteers and first responders. In addition, the increased focus on security since 9/11 has certainly stopped some further deadly attacks from taking place. While the full impact of such actions is difficult to measure, the lives saved have been many.
Not only were physical lives spared that day, God often uses tragedy to turn the hearts of people to Him—to save them spiritually. For example, after the attacks on 9/11, many people came to faith in Jesus Christ; and many Christians began to live out their faith more seriously. Countless lives were changed for eternity in the aftermath of 9/11, a celebration that is often overlooked.
While the horrific actions and numerous losses of life on 9/11 were a monumental devastation for many and should not be overlooked or belittled, this day was not without hope. God was at work even in the midst of tragedy, saving lives both physically and spiritually, while working His eternal plan in ways we will only fully understand in heaven.
- 8 years ago
Religious teachers sometimes lead people to think that God is hardhearted. How so? When tragedy strikes, they say that it is God’s will. In effect, such teachers blame God for the bad things that happen. Is that the truth about God? What does the Bible really teach? James 1:13 answers: “When under trial, let no one say: ‘I am being tried by God.’ For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he himself try anyone.” So God is never the source of the wickedness you see in the world around you. (Job 34:10-12) Granted, he does allow bad things to happen. But there is a big difference between allowing something to happen and causing it.
In due time God will put and end to all vicious wickedness that is in the world today.
(Psalm 37:9-11) For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in God are the ones that will possess the earth. 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.
(Psalm 37:29) The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.
I encourage you to have a free home bible study to learn so much more.
(2 Peter 3:9) Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.Source(s): BIBLE
- 8 years ago
I don't know the full answer to that because no one does. But I think God is mainly concerned with people's salvation, not with how long they live or how pleasant their lives are. If someone suffers and dies in a horrible way, that is tragic to us. But to God, what is way more tragic is someone living a life of luxury, then losing their soul.
Look how much Jesus suffered, yet God did not stop it. Practically all the apostles were put to death for what they believed, and God didn't stop that either. If God stopped all bad things from happening, we'd already be living in heaven. If no bad things ever happened, no one would need to help out another person. No one would need to show love. Just as good people have the freedom to do good, bad people are free to do evil. That's just how things are.
- ANDRE LLv 78 years ago
This is yet another reason why atheism makes the most sense.
If your claimed deity cannot manage to even stop two small bombs from being exploded, then it is a weak and puny 'god', indeed. If your deity is letting such things happen, due to a conflict with the devil, then your god is an evil bast*rd, who USES innocent people as cannot fodder.
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion
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- Anonymous4 years ago
Why did the Germans blamed the Nazis for the whole thing bad that happened to Germany?? Individuals always to find anyone accountable, and lots of men and women at present chose guilty God. Why? Perhaps b/c he is speculated to take heed to your prayer and do something you asked(many humans feel like this, however i don't) , and when that does not happen, blame God
- Anonymous8 years ago
Well....think about it this way....when there was a shooting in a school...everybody said... "where is God during the shooting?" well...Many years back they took prayer and Bibles out of school and instead put in evolution. So when people ask where is God? Why isn't he here? Here's your answer: You took him out of schools...you don't let him be there! what else can you expect?
If you turned to God...there would be less sin in the world....
The question isn't :where is god? but...rather.....
Am I with God? Are my actions taking me away from Gods Path? if they are, then don't expect God to protect you everywhere. He is the shepherd of his sheep. If a sheep strands away he will try taking it back it if I refuses to come back...the sheep is left unprotected.
- Jan CLv 78 years ago
God is a good God and never produces anything that is bad. The devil is the source of the bad things that happen.
- AlanLv 58 years ago
Sin and Satan did it. Because we are living in a dying world because of sin. God is Good and has made a way to over come Sin in Jesus Christ. Man because of sin is evil, and is influence by evil-Satan,
Example- DNA. The DNA in Man was made perfect, Man had no sin, no death until sin came in his life. Now lets look at DNA, The fact is that information is never added to DNA. information is only drawn from existing information in parents. The information itself is never passed along in its entirety. We are not becoming better are staying the same but are lousing more information as we go along. Mutations are never an improvement in quality of mankind but we become less perfect. Instead of evolving we are losing genetic information and gaining genetic mutations becoming less perfect and more variable to sickness and death. There fore we relied more on medication to take up the slack.
- Anonymous8 years ago
Those are very fair questions Abby, and I applaud your willingness to take time out of your schedule, in an attempt to benefit your friends understanding of the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. The links below will help you understand how the bible answers your friends questions. Always remember that the word of God is the go-to. Check out the questions at the bottom of the page as well. Your friends are fortunate to have you.
- Anonymous8 years ago
People blame God for ultimately not stopping evil to exist.
And even though bad things happen, it can not only make us stronger, but it can cause us to re-evaluate what is really important, and realize how fragile life is, and in turn look to God if even for questions, which can in turn cause their relationship with Him to grow.
So why does God allow evil to happen?
Perhaps a practical way to look at this question would be to consider some alternative ways people might have God run the world:
1) God could change everyone’s personality so that they cannot sin. This would also mean that we would not have a free will. We would not be able to choose right or wrong because we would be “programmed” to only do right. Had God chosen to do this, there would be no meaningful relationships between Him and His creation.
Instead, God made Adam and Eve innocent but with the ability to choose good or evil. Because of this, they could respond to His love and trust Him or choose to disobey. They chose to disobey. Because we live in a real world where we can choose our actions but not their consequences, their sin affected those who came after them (us). Similarly, our decisions to sin have an impact on us and those around us and those who will come after us.
2) God could compensate for people’s evil actions through supernatural intervention 100 percent of the time. God would stop a drunk driver from causing an automobile accident. God would stop a lazy construction worker from doing a substandard job on a house that would later cause grief to the homeowners. God would stop a father who is addicted to drugs or alcohol from doing any harm to his wife, children, or extended family. God would stop gunmen from robbing convenience stores. God would stop high school bullies from tormenting the brainy kids. God would stop thieves from shoplifting. And, yes, God would stop terrorists from flying airplanes into buildings.
While this solution sounds attractive, it would lose its attractiveness as soon as God’s intervention infringed on something we wanted to do. We want God to prevent horribly evil actions, but we are willing to let “lesser-evil” actions slide—not realizing that those “lesser-evil” actions are what usually lead to the “greater-evil” actions. Should God only stop actual sexual affairs, or should He also block our access to pornography or end any inappropriate, but not yet sexual, relationships? Should God stop “true” thieves, or should He also stop us from cheating on our taxes? Should God only stop murder, or should He also stop the “lesser-evil” actions done to people that lead them to commit murder? Should God only stop acts of terrorism, or should He also stop the indoctrination that transformed a person into a terrorist?
3) Another choice would be for God to judge and remove those who choose to commit evil acts. The problem with this possibility is that there would be no one left, for God would have to remove us all. We all sin and commit evil acts (Romans 3:23; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). While some people are more evil than others, where would God draw the line? Ultimately, all evil causes harm to others.
Instead of these options, God has chosen to create a “real” world in which real choices have real consequences. In this real world of ours, our actions affect others. Because of Adam’s choice to sin, the world now lives under the curse, and we are all born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12). There will one day come a time when God will judge the sin in this world and make all things new, but He is purposely “delaying” in order to allow more time for people to repent so that He will not need to condemn them (2 Peter 3:9). Until then, He IS concerned about evil.