Sunday, December 16, 2012

There is Hope

I've been reading some articles this morning about the shooting in Connecticut and why God would allow something so horrific to happen to innocent lives. In reading the comments to one article in particular, I'm seeing how lost some folks are. Unbelievers are quick to blame God and insult those of us who do. As if our peace of mind and heart is a threat to their opinions. And others say "if there was a god, why would he allow this to happen?"

I'm wondering if all these people who don't believe there is a God suddenly do, and now they're blaming the tragedy in Connecticut on Him in efforts to prove their own ideas of Him. Fact is, for whatever reason, He did allow this to happen. However, in my estimation, it goes beyond taking Him (prayer) out of schools, as I've heard some say, although I believe that does play a part. It was truly horrific what happened to these children and their teachers and their families. I can't imagine the pain those families are feeling. This is a very clear picture of the evil that lies within the heart of man. I can rest assured, though, that those babies are in Heaven with their Creator for eternity, where there are no more tears, no more pain. They are home and they are safe. (That's not to be inferred that I'm by any means glad about the shooting; it's merely a reflection of the confidence and trust that I have in God and His divine will)

Meanwhile, we have a society left behind that is still evil and self-seeking. What now will become of the families and all those left behind who make the conscious and so-called "educated" decision to reject our Messiah? Do they have any hope of ever seeing their loved one again? As long as they reject Him, I believe they don't. I'm praying that hearts will be turned to God through this terrible tragedy.

God sent Jesus to experience the pain that we all experience, yet he was completely innocent the day he was crucified - to atone for your sins and mine. God allowed that to happen, too. God sacrificed His son for the sake of all of us, that we would believe in Him and therefore, have eternal life. Death is but a detour for believers. It is not the end. But for those who don't believe, death is the beginning of anguish unlike anything we can fathom with our feeble minds. It means eternal separation from God and from those we love on Earth who chose to trust Him. I have the hope of seeing my loved ones who have died again one day. That's the peace I have in trusting God.

Just as a judge in a civil court sends murderers and thieves to prison, likewise, the Judge of the Universe will sentence us according to the choices we make in life. That judgment hinges essentially on whether we reject or accept Jesus as the Messiah. All this to say, in my own opinion, if God is willing to sacrifice His own son for the sake of all, then I fully believe He will allow other tragedies to occur. Perhaps to get our attention. I don't know why. One day, we'll know all the whys. Right now, we should just trust Him. That in this tragedy, there is hope. They are gone from this life, but with Him, they will live in exceeding joy with Him for eternity. We will be with them one day, if we choose to believe.

Like it or not, our country was founded upon Christian principals. Faith in God was essential to the success and prosperity of our nation. Our government in recent years has begun efforts to "fundamentally transform" those principals into what they feel will be better than the ideals of our founding fathers. In that process, our God, the God of Israel, and any reference to God has been systematically either removed or threatened. It's no surprise to me, however, because Scripture says that kind of thing would happen. The problem is, we've allowed that to happen to the point where society doesn't see the need for Him anymore and it shows in everything we do. Jesus is the light of the world. Without Him, there is darkness - and that's what we're living in now - darkness. We've embraced nearly everything His Word explicitly tells us not to because we think we know better.

If you really want to know the truth, I recommend picking up a Bible and reading it for yourself rather than taking someone else's word for it. Find out for yourself about all the prophecies contained in the scriptures that have come true. It isn't a fairy tale. It's the Truth. It's your prerogative to deny yourself the Truth and just accept what others tell you. But is all that really worth it? Are you willing to bet your life - and death - on what you've heard or what you currently believe without actually reading the Scriptures? I hope that anyone here who isn't a believer will earnestly seek the Truth for yourself. Don't take my word for it, or anyone else's. It's there for you to find out for yourself. I pray you do.