Stop and Think!

Last week I heard someone ask this question:

How can God allow people to drive drunk and crash into innocent people?

A few days later, I heard someone on a radio interview saying that they can’t allow themselves to accept a God who allowed some outrageous injustice to occur, and I was struck by how easy it is for intelligent people to allow themselves to miss the obvious.  Consider a couple more questions, these are my questions, by the way:

1. Do you seriously think the drunk driver got God’s permission to drive drunk?

2. Do you think the perpetrators of evil ask God before they do evil things?

Being drunk is in itself a sin against God last time I checked, and doing evil is abhorrent in God’s sight, so what is all of this nonsense about God allowing these things?

What God does allow is for men and women to exercise free will, and many choose to do wrong.  An example of a person choosing to do wrong would also include a person choosing not to recognize God’s existence because someone else did a bad thing: Hello!

If this is a subject that concerns you, might I suggest that you take a look at one of my earlier posts on the subject of God’s restraint? It is an amazing subject, and it all boils down to the fact that God, in allowing people to have free will also enabled us to choose forgiveness for our wrong doing, and to choose to follow His ways, which do not include acting badly and hurting others.

It is really amazing when I look at a a culture that denies God’s very existence, chases God out of the public arena, refuses to allow prayer and mention of God in public discourse, that decides to hold God responsible when its chickens come home to roost.  I could be mistaken, but wasn’t the word “hypocrisy” invented for things like this?

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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17 Responses to Stop and Think!

  1. paulfg says:

    Amen, Don – and lovely to see less restraint in this post! 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don look at paragraph under question 2…. you have crunk instead of drunk…..

  3. RG2Cents says:

    Reblogged this on RG's 2 Cents and commented:
    Exactly! God doesn’t tell people to do evil things.

  4. Anonymous says:

    All I can say is Wow! Did I ever need to read that today. Thanks Don

  5. novusanima says:

    This is where So many err!! It is Ridiculous how ppl will say ‘God did this, God did that,” and all of it is Blame, Blame, Blame, never Good but evil. God doesn’t do evil, but man does, and satan is the one that encourages those things. . . Reminds me of a garden a long time ago when things like ‘evil’ were brought into this world, God Never wanted it introduced so Why pin the blame on Him?! Thanks for your accurate rant, Don, fun as always!! 🙂

  6. Steve B says:

    Yeah, it is amazing how many haters of God blame God when things go wrong. I remember when 911 occurred, I was in China at the time, I turned on CNN and Larry King was on and he had a panel of religious leaders on his show and his question was, “Why would God allow this to happen?”
    My answer at that time and I think it is still a good answer is, “How many people thank God for the bad things that DON’T happen to them?”.

    I have written about these things on my Blog. God wants us to fight evil with love and faith. Jesus fought evil with LOVE and won. A time is coming when God will repay but it will be of His time, meanwhile we are to persevere and grow into God.

  7. I think you make some excellent points with regard to our free will. The only way for God to regulate all behavior to a point of safety would be to impose a kind of police state where our liberties are curtailed. Which does bring up a fascinating question: in what the Bible calls the New Earth, where the redeemed dwell in peace for eternity, will our wills be free there? How will there be a voluntarily holy society? I respectfully disagree with your suggestion that God has been kicked out of society or out of our public schools. Kids in school can pray any time they wish; what is not allowed – and rightly so – is state-mandated or “led” prayers which imply a governmental endorsement of (most likely) Christian prayer.

    • Don Merritt says:

      It may surprise some to discover that I agree with you about school led prayer, or any other government-required prayer, for that has been shown in history to be a slippery slope. Of course there is much more to society than banning such prayers that tends to chase God out of the public square, but let’s leave that for another time and I’ll take a stab at your question, which is a really good one!

      It would appear that for ages prior to the creation of our physical universe, there was free will in heaven, and my evidence for that suggestion is that Lucifer and a third of the angels were able to choose to rebel against God. Obviously there was free will in Eden, for Adam and Eve were free to choose to rebel as well. My guess about eternity is that there will be free will then also. Satan and his associates will be gone from the scene, all things will be new and we will be free to choose, but alas, for those who are there, their choices would have already been made to follow God.

      That’s my guess, anyway. Thank you for commenting and sharing your thoughts; disagreements are welcome

  8. kamebasa says:

    Several years ago my teenaged sister was killed by a drunk driver. Angry over losing his job, a man chose to drink and drive. His children grew up without a father. While our family was torn with grief, the ultimate result was that most of us drew closer to God and learned amazing lessons. I don’t know everything about the path my father followed in the years that remained to him. He was somewhat private about his faith, but when, during a conversation, he told me there was only one perfect man, I knew that his years of atheism were over. He died a Christian.

    My sister, not knowing this would be her last day, had left a little note on her dresser:

    I place my life, my loved ones, my work, in God’s hands
    Whatever happens, whatever results,
    if it is in the Lord’s hands, it is good.

    • Don Merritt says:

      WOW! powerful stuff!

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us. It is truly awesome what God can do in such a tragic situation as that, and yet the people involved need to be willing to open themselves to Him rather than to let their grief and anger destroy them. Surely there is a huge lesson for us all and again, I thank you for sharing your story!

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