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It's Personal

For many people, not believing in God is “Personal” - They can’t believe in a God who would allow all the evil in the world. They simply refuse to follow someone like that. We have all heard the reasons:  “With what I went through, there can’t be a God”, or  “God took away so and so.” - “I prayed and God didn’t do what I asked” . .. and the infamous “And what of all the senseless tragedies?”

But should these personal reasons be evidence that God doesn’t exist, or is something more going on here? “This is not how things are supposed to be”.

A child can’t understand why they must suffer through a dentist, but they still believe in their parents. Though at the moment all they can see is that it hurts, they do not doubt their parents love.

But what of all the tragedies that don’t seem to yield any good? Some ask, “Where is the good in what happened? . . . The disasters, tsunamis, hurricanes, genocide . . . ?

This again is a juvenile way of seeing pain. Like a child, we assert that if I can’t see that suffering will produce any good, God can’t exist. But even science teaches us that just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. John Dalton was the first to propose that atoms exist though you can’t see them by conventional means. Even though in the 1700’s you could not see atoms, Dalton postulated theories about atoms, becoming the pioneer of atomic research. I suppose even scientists exercise faith.

God works in ways our eye cannot see. Modern scientific culture is bound by the five senses. (empirical evidence) and in the end, hamstrings itself from embracing the spiritual. It is based in observable information to justify its beliefs, whereas with God, reality is based on revelation.

This is why Christianity never claims it can explain every kind of tragedy or disaster, but it does assert that God works them for good.  If you judge God by your five senses, you will be disappointed every time.

Corrie Ten Boom profoundly said, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer”.

With God, it’s personal.

Christianity is the only religion where God came down from heaven to suffer for and with humanity and bring good out of the bad. Hebrews 12:14 states, “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities”.

Tim Keller points out that what happened at the cross was “abandonment on a cosmic level”.  God himself took on all the suffering of humanity past, present, and future. He faced the “ground zero” of the world’s war between good and evil and gave all those who look to Him a fighting chance.

When you are tempted to judge your circumstance by what you see, realize that God took every pain and tragedy you would ever suffer personally.

“And by His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5