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Category Archives: His Control Over Death & Disease

You’re Sick Because You Sinned: Dealing with Misguided Christians

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As we explain in many articles on this site, God is the Source of every trial and blessing in your life.  His primary reason for creating trials in your life is to draw you closer to Him.  When we’re hurting, we suddenly find ourselves motivated to ask theological questions that we used to avoid, and we become receptive to difficult truths.  When life is going great, we find it uncomfortable and threatening to think about God’s involvement with evil.  But when He saddles us with some debilitating disease or with some chronic illness, suddenly we become much better listeners.

Suffering has a way of spiking our courage so that we stop running away from the scary questions. Why does a good God want people to suffer?  Why are His methods so brutal at times?  How can we tell when God is upset with us and when He’s pleased?  Why is God silent when we’re seriously depressed?  Why does He refuse to answer us the way we need Him to?  Why does He sometimes act as if He’s abandoned us in our hour of need?  Why are some of us suffering so much more than others?  These are the tough questions that we need to get around to facing if we’re going to grow close to God, and we discuss all of these issues in other articles on our site.  If you’re sick, it doesn’t at all mean that God is mad at you, punishing you, or cursing you.  If you’re sick, it doesn’t mean you have insufficient faith or unconfessed sins.  Certainly spiritual rebellion is a real thing, and God will often use trials to drive rebels towards repentance.  But once we start saying that all health problems are a form of Divine discipline, well then we’re just being absurd.  Even health problems which start out as a form of discipline cease to be about discipline once a soul repents.  This is because God is not a jerky Father who beats on His obedient kids.  God is a very good and gracious Father.  If you sincerely care about pleasing Him, then He’s pleased with you—it’s just that simple.  But you can count on the fact that His pleasure will not manifest itself in the form of a trial free life, because God has you on this planet to mature, not stagnate.  Read more of this post

Behind the Scenes with God: Mass Casualties

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In this post, we are going to discuss the topic of humans being mass slaughtered on earth. We are not going to be discussing this subject from the typical horrified human perspective, but rather from the Divine perspective. The goal of this discussion is to try and appreciate the vast complexity of Divine strategies at work in situations of mass slaughter.

Now if this is a sensitive subject for you and you’re looking for guidance in how to deal with a traumatic experience you have undergone, this is not the right post for you to be reading. We’re not going to be discussing how to cope with these situations as human beings—that’s a topic for a different lesson. This post is for those of you who are wanting to get behind the scenes with God in times of mass slaughter and gain a better understanding of the positive things He is accomplishing. Read more of this post

Suicide Q&A

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1. CAN PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES?

No. People can only attempt to kill themselves. God is the only One with the power to separate body from soul. From His perspective, no one dies early and no one dies late. We are all in this world for as long as He wants us to be. No one can successfully die without God’s permission and cooperation.

2. IS COMMITTING SUICIDE A SIN?

It depends on motivation. A sin is any action or attitude which fails to align with God’s moral code. As a general rule, God says that it is a sin to take a human life, but He also says there are certain situations in which taking a life is acceptable. For example, when Yahweh commanded Joshua to murder all of the men, women and children who were currently residing in the Promised Land, He did not count Joshua’s actions against him because Joshua was obeying a Divine command. It was when the Jews refused to obey Yahweh’s command to slaughter all of the original inhabitants of the Promised Land that they ended up in trouble with Him. When God gives us a direct order, He demands obedience, regardless of whether or not His current order aligns with principles we find written down in the Bible (see Present Convictions vs. Past Commands). Read more of this post

Putting the Death of Children In Perspective

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When we read about the death of children—either in the Bible, in history books, or in the current news headlines—we generally feel more disturbed than we do when we read about the death of adults. This is because God causes the death of children to be extra grievous to us. Read more of this post

Behind the Scenes with God: Human Variation, Lifespans, and the Mechanics of Salvation

Behind the Scenes with God: Human Variation, Lifespans, and the Mechanics of Salvation

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“We are all created equal.” This is true in a certain sense, for God loves us all and He died for us all, and all human life should be held in the highest regard. However, when we move past generalities and start looking at each individual soul, we discover that we were definitely NOT created equal.  We are each created for a different purpose—meaning, that God has a unique plan in mind for each of us. We start picking up on His different plans the moment we notice that other people act differently than we do. We don’t all have the same personalities or temperaments. We don’t all think the same way. We don’t all learn the same way. Each human is like a unique instrument—custom designed to play its own kind of music. Yes, there are a lot of trumpets, a lot of drums, a lot of violins. And if you’re a violin, you feel most comfortable hanging out with other violins. But even when you get among your own kind—people who think and communicate in a way similar to you—you will still discover differences. There is no other human who is an exact clone of you. God doesn’t crank us out in batches, we are each a handmade masterpiece. Read more of this post

Why does God let children die of cancer?

Why Does God Let Children Die of Cancer?

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Why does God let children die of cancer? To answer this question we need to understand some fundamental truths about how this world works.

THE INJUSTICE OF DISEASE

Why does it feel so wrong to us when a child slowly wastes away with disease? There are many reasons. It goes against the natural order of things: children aren’t supposed to die before their parents. It also hurts us and we hate things that cause us pain. We think that the things that hurt us must be evil, therefore cancer is evil. Who do we associate with evil? Satan, of course, therefore Satan is to blame for cancer. This is the theological trail many Christians go down: they end up blaming Satan or else they sigh heavily and say “It’s a fallen world.” Still others personify the disease itself and treat it like a conscious being. “#&%$@ cancer!” is a phrase we see posted on internet profiles by those who are feeling frustrated and helpless as their loved ones suffer in front of them. But is cussing out cancer really getting us anywhere? And is plastering colored ribbons all over the earth really rushing us towards a cure? Suppose they found a cure for all cancers tomorrow and began passing it out for free in every country. Do you know what would happen? A new, nastier, scarier disease would suddenly spring up in our midst. Why is this? Because the One who created this world wants disease to be a part of it. Read more of this post

Jesus Wept: Lessons Learned from the Resurrection of Lazarus

Jesus Wept: Lessons Learned from the Resurrection of Lazarus

In John 11, we find the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. It begins with the grim news that Lazarus is sick, and we’re told he is the brother of Mary and Martha. All three of these siblings are loyal followers of Jesus and Lazarus’ sisters send an urgent message to Jesus, asking Him to come.

“Lord, the one You love is sick.” (John 11:3)

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