Sometimes it is difficult to reconcile what we see in the world with a loving God. What is going on down here and why? Learn more in this though provoking Pentecost presentation, God’s Plan for You.
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I was talking to a sixteen-year-old some years ago in my counseling office. She was sorting out her views on herself, her relationship, her life and the way the world worked – just talking her way through her life, like young people do when they feel safe. She mentioned that, in one of her classes at school, the subject of the holocaust had come up. Now this girl is a Christian. She believes in God. She goes to church almost every Sunday. And she wondered out loud, “How God could have let His chosen people suffer so much when they hadn’t done anything to deserve it? And if He would allow the holocaust, what purpose did it serve?” It was sort of like, “I don’t get it. Why did God do that?”
Why, indeed? Why does God allow terrible things to happen? Does it serve any purpose? I’ve seen people go off on rants about how God is cruel and unfair, or they excuse themselves from believing in God, because they can’t figure out why terrible things happen in the world. I don’t think it even enters the mind of these folks that they aren’t smart enough to figure God out. Just because they can’t figure Him out doesn’t mean that He’s not there, that there isn’t a purpose to what He does.