Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Ever Wonder Where GOD is DURING A DISASTER? Ever ask WHY??
ASKING WHY? Tsunami crisis revives perennial question: 'Where was God?' BY RICHARD N. OSTLING Associated Press Why? The age-old question was posed in starkest form by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Believers from all faiths united on their duty to help victims but wondered, where was God in this unimaginable suffering? Skeptics perennially argue: If God is all-powerful, he isn't all-loving since he commands or allows devastation, or if he's all-loving, he isn't all-powerful. The Bible insists on both qualities in God while openly acknowledging the agony of mortals pondering calamity, and it provides human history's greatest meditation on this problem, the Book of Job. Skepticism surged in many tsunami commentaries. Even Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said "this has made me question God's existence." Well, no, it didn't. But London's Sunday Telegraph slapped that erroneous headline on Williams' January article. When the archbishop's people protested, the Telegraph lamely said Williams himself "must accept much of the blame" for its mistake because his thinking was "so hard to follow." Rather, Williams treated the question as difficult and acknowledged there are no snappy solutions. In the New Testament, Jesus Christ rebuked those who thought a man was blind because of his or his parents' sin (John 9:1-3). And after a tsunami-type disaster, Jesus denied that the 18 people who died in the Siloam tower collapse did so because they were more sinful than others (Luke 13:1-5). In the Book of Job, Yeshiva University's Rabbi Benjamin Blech commented, the hero's friends were convinced he must have sinned and deserved God's wrath. But in actuality Job suffered because his holiness was being tested and God condemned the friends. New York Times columnist William Safire said Job shows that "questioning God's inscrutable ways has its exemplar in the Bible and need not undermine faith." The upshot of Job, British evangelical Derek Kidner has written, is that human arguments exhaust themselves, we can never know all the factors involved and God is "not accountable to us." Standard Christian attempts to explain the inexplicable: God did not originate suffering and will eventually vanquish it. God himself suffered for us, in Christ. God works for good amid all suffering. Temporary suffering is inconsequential compared with eternity that will right all wrongs. President R. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary cited the Apostle Paul's teaching in Romans 11:33-34: "How unsearchable are (God's) judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord?" =^.^= GOD BLESS YOU ALL NOW AND THRU YOUR JOURNEY AND OBSTICALS =^.^=