A father trains his children in God’s ways.
A father teaches his children how to live joyfully within God’s boundaries.
A father protects his children. He is a shelter; a refuge; a safe house in the midst of the emotional, relational, and cultural storms of childhood.
A father provides for ALL of the needs of his children.
A father creates life in his children.
(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)”
The NFL has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. There have been a rash of misbehaving athletes – drunk-driving, assaults, drug violations, and domestic violence – just to name a few. As both a parent and a Vikings fan, Adrian Peterson’s troubles struck me particularly hard.
As fans, we watch our favorite players perform on the field, we listen to locker-room interviews, and we think we know them. But the truth is we don’t really know them at all. The same is true of any celebrity. That’s why entertainment shows like ET, websites like TMZ, and magazines like People and Entertainment Weekly are so popular. We watch these people on TV and in movies, but we want to know: what are they really like?
We no longer just care: is he a good football player? Is she a good actress? We want to know: what kind of person is he or she? Is he a good husband? Is she a good mom? What causes and charities do they support? Are they good people?
Our curiosity about God is no different. We may believe that He exists, but we want to know what kind of God He really is.