The question involved this: “If God is such a good deity and loves his creations so much, why does he allow so many bad things to happen?” This query rocked my world and sent disbelief flying through the most solid areas of my Christian foundation. Suddenly, I was no longer looking at the world the same way, and I had doubts about everything that I had ever been taught. Examining the very foundation of one’s being can really put a damper on one’s theology. I searched and searched for an answer, but never found one that sufficed. It never made sense to me that God would allow suffering and heartache, but no matter what I found, the question remained.
After much research and trial an error there were many inconsistencies found in the puritan religion. Many of the Puritan's beliefs are valid, while others would strike today's society as outrageous. Most Puritans believe that God was the only way to heaven and that his grace could not be earned. They believed that a select few were chosen at birth to go to Heaven. These select few could live their lives however they contented, yet still being allowed to go to Heaven.
It simply will not countenance the insidious notion that fewer saved is better, which is an unavoidable implication of Calvinist theology. Limiting the saving interest of God to some men only is a troubling feature of Calvinism and should concern all who share God's passion for the lost. Hence, the dispute between limited and unlimited atonement is no small matter, as the atonement controversies in the past have shown. That God has unconditionally assigned some to salvation and some to damnation, either before or after the fall, finds no sanction in Scripture. Yet Calvinists say God has either limited the work of Christ to a select few or has limited the Spirit's application of Christ's work to a select few.
During the reflection time, I realized that I couldn’t be sure that I... ... middle of paper ... ...ises became so much more relevant to my life. Psalm 139 proved to be so right, that the only one who really knows me is God, so I should cling onto God and trust Him not me. I’m convicted again that God placed spiritual leaders and other people around me to speak truth into my life – it’s ultimately wrong and destructive for me to take on a hardened rebellious attitude toward them. I should regard their presence in my life as a gift and refuse the temptation in my heart to treat the relationship in an adversarial way when I’m being corrected. Most of all I’m thankful to God for this whole incident.
The unseen part is that we trust in each other without ever knowing what the future holds. Just as those who believe in God give their faith to an “unseen” being. Augustine believes since those who deny the idea of believing in God because he is unseen but they believe in the good will of others then there belief system is inconsistent. If they can believe in the good will of others but can’t believe in a supreme being then what do they really believe. We put our faith in a friend without knowing that they are a true friend just as Christians put their faith in God without seeing him with their eyes.
The Reports of God's Death Are a Bit Premature Arguing the death of God is a debate that will last until eternity. Regardless of exploration or religious zeal there are far too many human viewpoints leaning towards the idea of and the strong need for faith. Believing in God for some is as natural as walking upright and it would seem that through such unquestionable faith God would somehow still be alive. But perhaps He is only surviving with the help of life support. For example, it would be difficult to tell a passionate Fundamentalist Christian that God was not alive in his or her heart.
I wish this myth was a true revelation; unfortunately, no one is immune to suffering regardless of one’s socioeconomic, religious, cultural backgrounds. This disillusionment has led some to question the legitimacy of their faith and devotion. According to Malpas & Lickiss (2012), people have inferred that continued human suffering is inconsistent with the depiction of an all-wise, loving Creator. This shows that even faithful persons could occasionally fall prey to doubts during a time great sorrow. As Christians, we must understand suffering is a part of our design and without it there will be no growth in our love for Christ.
People base their lives too much on what material things they have, rather than what they have spiritually. They search for happiness in things like money and fame, but they are never fulfilled. It is impossible to find happiness in things like money and fame. No one can obtain happiness in a place where happiness cannot be found. When people start living their lives for the Lord, they will be the ones who hold the power in heaven.
God wants us to totally rely on Him, therefore we cannot know the extent or times of situations. It really changed my perspective on thinking. I can never obey God and maybe trust Him, but it comes together. If I only obey, I try the theology of works, which is denying Jesus’ sacrifice. The Lord wants my whole heart and simply not trusting Him fully is a sin.
There is no other commandment greater than these.” The biggest problem with the church is that we can not perfectly carry out these commands. Fortunately, God uses imperfect beings for His perfect will. The church from it’s conception constantly fails loving the Lord with all it’s heart. The Israelites were always loving other idols. We, the church, fill our hearts with other things to love above God.