Life of a UCLA graduate. Kingdom seeker, loves to pun, . This blog is the random ventures of a socal fish that's out of the water in norcal.
Writing this just because….
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
Frustrated to see Christians more concerned with trying to solve something that has been paid for by Christ already. Being so sin-conscious, leaves you nullified to do the works of the kingdom and bring the gospel to people who have never heard it.
Your mind will be filled with inability rather than faith
Let’s say you want to reach out to someone. (from my experience) This is the internal dialog of a person who does not know their new identity
"I am so worthless. I can’t do anything"
"Only God can save that person" (true to a certain extent…)
So rather than walking in faith, a sin-conscious person is more concerned own internal dirtiness and becomes inheritantly selfish to the problems around him/her
Now what am I NOT saying
- I’m not saying that sin and disobedience is a good thing
Most people believe the gospel to be that God frees us from our sin and gives us a “clean state” when in reality, He not only free us from sin, but also He gives us every spiritual blessing (Eph 1), promises to never leave or forsake us, lives in us, and empowers us to love and free others as well
A move of God will happen when Christians realize who they really are, what they’ve already been given, and what they need to do.
The fickle comment of “Its God’s Will”
The fickle comment of “Its God’s Will”
In this short article, I hope to make these points clearer
1. The distinction between what God desires and what happens in the world
2. Everything that comes to pass is not necessarily God’s will.
3. God is not always in control
4. God doesn’t cause every event to happen, but can redeem the worst of situations
It irks me when people try to brush off things or simply say “Maybe it was/wasn’t God’s will”. I’m not against God or trying to demean Him in any means. I am humbled and amazed at the grandness and holiness of God. However, does anyone think this is a cope out response to many things?
Before I further continue, I would like to clear up some semantics based on how words are defined in common Christian Culture.
Sovereign Will (What actually happens in the world)
The way I will define “sovereign will” will be in this manner. If I hold the assumption that God is all knowing and God knows everything, then what comes to pass in terms of actions and events is in God’s all-knowing will.
Moral Will (God’s desire according to the Word)
This type of will is what God actually desires. We read about this in the word about God’s desires and will for His people.
Now that I have this established, the one deadly mistake that people make is thinking that God’s “Moral Will” and “Sovereign Will” are always equivalent.
Most Christians will often use the term “God’s will” in several types of ways. Some may say “Thank God for His will” when something good happens or say “Maybe it wasn’t His will” if something doesn’t align correctly. Others will associate everything to be God’s will and confuse “Sovereign Will” and “Moral Will”. This is a very dangerous line of thinking.
When disaster strikes whether it be sickness, death, or a disaster, some people might say “Maybe this is God’s will.” I’ll give a light example in which Christians blur the line.
Let’s say that a person ends up dying, not receiving Christ. Some may say, “I guess it was God’s will for him not to get saved”
This may sound absurd, but if you really believe God’s in control of everything, then you would have to assert that God’s will was for this person was that he would not come to know Jesus. However, we see God’s actual desire revealed in 2 Peter 3:9.
“9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
So in this particular example, we see that God’s sovereign will was that” person x” did not get saved, but God’s moral will was for him to get saved.
Let’s say a girl gets raped. It’s an unfortunate event, immensely. However, eventually the girl comes to terms and God heals her in her brokenness.
Since this event came to pass, I would say, yes, this is God’s sovereign will, but not God’s moral will. However, there is a kicker clause here that really frustrates me. Some might justify that God’s will was for the girl to get raped because God taught her about His love through this experience.
I am an advocate that God is not necessarily in control of everything, but more so God is so awesome that He can redeem and work with any situation.
It was Adam’s choice, not God’s, to eat the fruit. God redeemed him.
It was our choice to sin. God gave us Jesus as redemption
The amazing thing about God is that no matter how bleak or bad the situations is and no matter how much we fail He gives us grace and love to teach us more about Him.
To cliff note this in summary,
1. We have to read the word to understand what God’s desire (moral will) is
2. Some things that come to pass are not what actually God intended
3. The devil’s job is to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus gives live abundantly. Let’s not get this confused.
"Why do bad things happen to good people?"
simple answer: there is such thing as the devil.
i overheard a christian radiostation this morning & the guy was like “why do bad things happen to good people? well, i don’t think we will ever really have the answer to that, but we do have pastors here that you can talk to…”
i don’t know about you, but if i were a nonbeliever & i heard someone say that, there would be no reason why i would want to talk about my problems to these people who don’t have the answer. ridiculous.