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I received the following question:

I have a problem and thought that maybe you could help.

Living in this world of growing distractions and confusion, I’m now having trouble with unbelief.
It bothers me to feel this way.

I think it comes down to the same reasons that others struggle with such doubt, such as…

“The Bible is just a bunch of old stories and ancient myths.”
“Why the need for God to create this long drawn-out story of planet earth?”
“An ark with all the animals?”

Anyway, the list goes on, and I’m sure you’ve heard them all.

Have you written, or do you know of, any articles that could help give me some encouragement?

You have hit the nail on the head about the world with its distractions and confusion. This is the believer’s constant struggle: to swim against the flow of what “everyone” knows and believes to live a life of faith. The world cries out its ideas loud and strong, and if we are not careful we can easily start to listen. Read the rest of this entry »

In our previous messages on the “why” question, we were discussing the topic of why God allows such terrible things to happen as the attack on the World Trade Center.  We also were considering it in the light of “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good (God’s) people?”  We had started our discussion by pointing out that God didn’t want us to have to deal with such calamities in the first place, but Adam and Isha chose to disobey Him and thus brought disaster upon themselves and all their children.  Then we discussed that the final end that God has in mind for us and the world is so much more glorious than anything we know now that it makes up for any suffering we could possibly go through.  And finally we discussed that God did not save Adam and Eve immediately because that would not have been in harmony with His just governmental nature, which demanded that their sins be paid for first.  That penalty was paid when Christ died on the cross.

Yet now the question arises of “Now that Christ has died for the sins of the world, why does God still wait so long to save us?  If all that was necessary for God to reverse the effects of Adam and Isha’s sin was for Christ to die, then why didn’t He fix everything long ago?  Why do we still suffer calamities?  Why are we still under the law of sin and death?”  That is the question we will seek to answer in this message. Read the rest of this entry »

In our last study, we were examining “Why” questions such as “Why does God allow so much tragedy in the world?”  “Why does he allow wicked men to get away with it?”  “Why do bad things happen to good (God’s) people?”

In examining this topic, we first returned to the beginning, considering the story of Adam and Isha.  We found that God originally protected Adam so that he would have never known the difference between good and evil or calamity.  However, he gave Adam a choice, putting a poison fruit in the garden on a tree called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Calamity.)  Although it would have seemed easy not to ever eat of this fruit, God wanted Adam to be able to prove his love for God in some way, and so this tree was given so that Adam’s love for God could always be a choice. Read the rest of this entry »

twin towers 911The recent attack on our country was a terrible tragedy. No doubt all good and decent people in our country wonder how anyone could be so wicked as to do such a thing as these men who caused the death of thousands did.

But in times like these, times of terrible calamity, we can’t help but wonder why God didn’t do something about it. Why did He allow such an awful thing to happen? After all, He is God and He certainly could have put a stop to it. Yet He didn’t. Why not?

This sort of “why” question is something that everyone has no doubt asked at one time or another. The atheist responds by saying that this proves that there is no God. Others wonder what God is really like, or if He even cares. But what is the believer to respond to such a question? Read the rest of this entry »