The tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., has led many to ask the question, “Where was God?”
The simple answer is God is where He has always been – in His kingdom and here with those who call on His name and seek to do His will. His covenant name, Yahweh, in the Old Testament, means “The One Who Is Always Present”. Yahweh is present, accessible, near to those who call on Him for deliverance (Psalm 107:13), forgiveness (Psalm 25:11) and guidance (Psalm 31:3).
In times like these, those who have questioned God’s very existence suddenly turn in to “true believers” in order to place the blame squarely on His shoulders. “Why did God allow this to happen?” … is the question many are asking. The un-churched can be forgiven their ignorance. Unfortunately, far too many Christians are left struggling for the answer.
One prominent Aurora pastor, if properly quoted in the media, left his parishioners dangling. According to NBC’s Miranda Leitsinger, Pastor Jeff Noble admitted to his congregation at New Life Community Church, “I don’t know (the answer to that question).” Is Noble suggesting that God is responsible for this tragedy?
If God is in control and simply “allowed” this to happen, then God is responsible for this evil. However, This would be against His character, which He revealed to us in His word. God is good. He is also righteous and just. God controls and uses evil, but He is never morally responsible for it. (Ephesians 1:11) How can that Be?
God created man in his very image and provided for his every need. However, sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden when Satan persuaded Eve to reject God’s authority and trust her own ability to discern good and evil. Adam went along with his wife, and as a result, God rightly brought a curse on Adam and Eve subjecting them, and all of humankind, to physical death and separation from His holiness. (Romans 5:12) As a result of Adam and Eve’s actions, all of us are born into sin. “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23) “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, theft, false witness, slanders.” (Matthew 15:19).
“The wages of sin is death …” (Romans 6:23). Fortunately for us, God is also a God of love. (Psalm 86:15) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. (John 3:16) Through His grace and power we can overcome sin and live a life that is pleasing to Him. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. (James 4:7)
God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), but he has given us free will (Deuteronomy 30:15) to accept Him or reject Him. As a result, we are free to disregard His will for us and commit all kinds of sin. (I Thessalonians 4:3-8) Yes, even mass murder.
Before Jesus went to His death, He prayed to God the Father for His own: “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15).
God was in that theater Friday night comforting His own and taking those who were fatally wounded to their heavenly home.
The Bible tells us not to fear those who kill the body but the soul. (Matthew 10:28) The world views death as an end. However, Christians know that death is just the beginning. (2 Corinthians 5:8) Nevertheless, it is normal that we grieve over the loss of a loved one.
God is there to comfort the families and friends of the victims. Because Jesus was fully God and fully man, He understands loss and identifies with our pain. While living as a man, “Jesus wept” for Mary and Martha when they grieved over the death of their brother Lazarus, even though He later raised Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:35)
Satan meant this horrible act in Colorado for evil, but God will use it for good in your life if you will let Him. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose”. (Romans 8:28)
None of those people who went to the theater that night expected that it would be their last night on earth. However, some were prepared.
Source: Adapted by an article by Jane Chastain here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/where-was-god/
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