THE GREAT COMMISSION “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have […]
Perhaps nothing has a greater impact on American society than a father.
(This is the 4th and final post answering the question, “Is God Good?”)
Christians have the unique belief that God is both great and good. He is big and small at the same time. He is a great big God who actually cares about little ol’ me. Our God is neither uninvolved in creation, nor uninvolved in our lives. He didn’t create haphazardly without a direction or plan. Neither did He just set the world in motion and then leave us to figure it all out on our own.
The Bible teaches that not only is God big, but He is actually quite “small.” We see the bigness of God in the Trinity – He is so big that He cannot be contained in just one person. But it is also in the unique personhood of the different members of the Trinity that we experience His smallness.
For a relational God to exist there must be freedom to choose that relationship.
In my previous post, I asked the question: “Is God good?” If so,
How can a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?
The Bible teaches us that God is good. And we’d like to believe that He is. But it’s the presence of suffering in our world that causes us to doubt. It’s as if the presence of pain proves the absence of God’s goodness. Continue reading “Is God Good? (Part 2)”
Picture this scene: King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has attacked Jerusalem, defeated it, and taken captives back to Babylon to work as slaves. Now you have to understand that Jews thought that this could never happen. Jerusalem was God’s holy city where His temple and king resided. Babylon was the epitome of evil. As unthinkable as it is for us to imagine, say, Iraq conquering America and taking the vast majority of Americans back to the Middle East as slaves; that’s at least as unlikely as the nation of Judah thought about this happening. There’s just no way. But it did happen.
So now what?