Why is God letting all this 'stuff' happen?

United States
September 10, 2009 9:50am CST
This morning Liz and I were having a discussion about this subject. It was part of an email she had received. And since this question seems to be coming up a good bit I thought I'd put my two cents in, as I did this morning. I realize that you may not agree. Such is the purpose of this post. To the above question is my reply (with apologies to hard-core chapter/verse folks) and a bit of embellishment..God is not letting any of this 'stuff' happen. If you recall, there was a place called Eden where lived a fella named Adam. To Adam was given, by God, the stewarship of the earth..meaning that it was his to watch over and take care of. Then along came Eve because the poor boy was lonely. Then, as we all know, comes the antagonist who, through his deceit, persuaded Eve to seek more than she could handle. An equal partnership in the stewardship of the earth was suddenly not enough. She wanted the whole bloody universe! And she, in turn, convinced Adam to seek as she was and when he agreed...they got evicted. As I said, God is not letting any of this 'stuff' happen. Adam and Eve started the ball rolling when they relinquished their stewardship of the earth to the antagonist. We, in turn, keep it rolling with every improper/incorrect decision we make, which gives further opportunity to the antagonist to continue acquiring full stewardship. We have no one to blame but ourselves. ENJOY!
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@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
10 Sep 09
Hi, greenfeathers. I think the key when God create human, He made us different than the other creature is the the free will. Human has this free will, so we can decide how we are going to make our life. This free will give us freedom to choose. We can't blame God for what happen to us in our life, somehow at one point is all our decision.
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• United States
10 Sep 09
I like the free will aspect, and a lot of this discussion hinges on that, however, humans are NOT the only members of creation given this gift. All conscious creation, to an extent, has free will. Even the angels have free will, otherwise, why would some have ever rebelled? Even animals have the ability to disobey, with evidence given during the account of Balaam and his donkey. All of creation was given the ability to weigh outcomes and pick the most appealing for ourselves. Again, true we can't blame God for our own falling short. After all, He gave His one and only Son to redeem us, so what blame is left but our own? Dive Deep!
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• United States
10 Sep 09
Exactly..Thank you both! I've gotten quite tired of this attitude that God is causing or permitting any of the bad stuff to happen. As folks have pulled away they've lost sight of the simple truths of the trilogy of God, man, and the antagonist. Again, thanx and ENJOY!
• Kottayam, India
10 Sep 09
God is everywhere he is sovereign God, He does whatever pleases him, we have to just bow before him and say thanks
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
17 Sep 09
I too believe that it's not God that we should be blaming for all the bad things that are happening around, because a mesirable existence was NEVER His plan for us. What He wants for us is a good and happy life, and He is willing to give all of that to us, there's a catch though... we have to be good children of His, we must follow his rules to love one another and love God above all else. All He wants is for us to surrender ourselves to Him, to let Him take over so that the burdens that we carry He can carry on His shoulders.
• United States
17 Sep 09
That is so true..Thank you so much! ENJOY!
@Koriana (302)
• United States
11 Sep 09
think of god as a good parent... well, we are the children that will hear the warnings time and again, and still not do what we are told and do the things that we are not told. do you, as a parent constantly chase after your kids to stop them from doing the things you said not to, just to protect them from a few bad consequences, of are you more likely to let them experience some of the not so bad, bad consequences on their own, hoping that they will learn from experience what your words have failed to teach them. our existence on this planet is just a small portion of our reality, in the big scheme of things, he would prefer that we learn the lessons, and we can't without experiencing the consequences!
@Msabu09 (113)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I agree with you Koriana, as a mother of three teenagers, we are making every effort to allow them to fall down on their own. This is the only way they can learn from their experiences. Why would God as our Father do the same for us? He has given us free will - we can choose what we do with it. Are we not, then, also choosing the consequences of our behavior? The beauty of this folks is that we continue to be given the ability to make choices, to create the future we desire, to turn around what feels "not quite right" in our own lives and then to influence the world around us through the life we live. God is not mean and punishing, but he is loving enough to allow us to choose each step we take....while still infusing our overall course with purpose.
• United States
14 Sep 09
The whole world is asking the same question, but the answer was always in front of you. We were not always having problems, we came into this world as the product of purity, but fell to sin, when we let the 10 commandments get trashed by our government and the governments of the world. People get killed by there own decisions. Such as what happens when something tells you not to do something, but you insist on doing anyway. Be it something that was not important to do, like go skying, and slamming into a tree and dieing. Or leaving a bar at 2am with someone who was intoxicated, and getting killed. You knew what could happen, but never gave it any thought. If everyone would stop blaming someone else, and put some thought into what they were doing, they would avoid some nasty results. Sometimes things happen by other peoples actions, not Gods. Say a drunk driver killed your 5 year old in the street. You would blame the drunk driver, wouldn't you? Well you would be half right. You see the problem is, where were you when your child needed you? You were most likely distracted by something non important, other then your priorities at hand. Yes your child would not have been killed by a drunk if he was not drunk, but your child would also be alive if you had been where you were supposed to be. Cancer struck someone you love? Nope, not Gods fault, cancer was not created by God, but was created by mans own hand. Smoking, Drinking, chemicals used to kill a simple fly, or some other dumb idea of a company that chooses bottom line survival, not your safety. People know about Radon, but still ignore how they could have avoided it, by choosing the important remedy instead of the cost of fixing the problem. Someone you know killed by gang wars? Again, it's not Gods fault by their decision not to get involved in neighborhood watches or just plain moving. Nothing is more important then the safety of the right decisions. I'm not perfect either, come to think of it, just yesterday it was raining pretty heavy, and I had to take my child to a doctors appointment, 50 miles away because we don't have good services where I live, and came over a know el on a hill, and what do I see not 75feet ahead but two cars talking to each other at an intersection, and when I tried to stop I had no where to go but, a deep culvert, or slam the Suv in the rear. I decided to take the culvert choice and wound up with my rear wheels off the ground, but these two seen they caused an accident and just went on their merry way, without even checking to see if everyone was alright. This was not God's fault but two other people who chose to be stupid and inhuman. This whole world was handed over to Lucifer to be in charge for sins of man, and he has the reigns on peoples actions, to disrupt other people and cause the blame on God. This is how Satan is winning people over to his side, by twisting the results of events that happen. If you want to blame God for your stubborn ways, and not being fully submissive to him, don't expect to find any good in any actions you have not given over to him to help with. God loves every creation that he has made, and wont let down the believers in Christ. I am not some bible thumper and don't act that way, but I do have Jesus as my path, and when I need intervention, I give over my problems to him and he solves them every time. I have never been baptized or any such thing but, just for submitting to him, he still loves me enough to keep me and my family safe when trouble arrives. You see he will take care of the important things when he has your faith, but when you lose your faith, all the miracles are given to more deserving people who calls for his help in his name Amen.
@Msabu09 (113)
• United States
11 Sep 09
As someone who was raised in religion, I can appreciate your explanation Greenfeathers. However, I'd like to offer another option.... Perhaps God really IS in charge and has purpose in everything that takes shape in our world. Yes, we have some responsibility in how we approach and manage our lives and the choices that present themselves to us each and every day. But what if God isn't just "letting" something "bad" happen in our world, but is allowing the natural course to take action around us? What if what God sees from his/her vantage point isn't labeled "good" or "bad" and that's just a natural human reaction? I am in total agreement that 9/11 was completely devastating to our human world. But if you look more closely on a spiritual level, there is some purpose to it. People in the United States and even in some cases across the globe, came together, in support of one another at a time when we needed it most. Our eyes were opened to the painful results of pitting one belief, one religion, one race, one creed against another. The reality was horrid in our eyes, but the potential for a shift in the consciousness of our planet was immense. We have labeled pain as "bad" - and religion has created an environment for fear and judgment from their interpretation of sacred texts. But what if God is loving, with purpose - and is there to hold us up even when we feel "bad" in earth school?
@KaraKATAD (246)
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
hi there! I believe that it's not God's fault that things happen because WE are His daughters and sons and WE are His hands and feet. We were given the ability to rule over the earth and live in a community, and what do we do? We mess it up all on our own. He even gave His only Son for us and we still don't learn! The earth is our responsibility so what happens to it is our fault and God gave us the opportunity to help the earth but after all it boils down to our own decisions.