Blaming The Right One

Posted: December 4, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. My mother works with a woman that in the past year has had many horrible things happen in her life.  Her apartment was burned down,  her sister was murdered, and now her dad has been diagnosed with cancer.  Since all this happened she has been questioning God.  My mother told her that God has a reason for everything.  Now she is saying that there is no God.  She has literally turned from Him and has lost her faith.  How do you talk to someone that you believe to be a Christian and has turned from their faith because of horrible things that have happened to them or their loved ones?

 

A. It’s natural for your mom’s friend to be angry, but she should be angry with the one who caused her pain, not the One who gave His life so it could be stopped.  The fact of the matter is that this world is an evil place where bad things happen.  You can’t blame God because due to man’s sin Satan is in charge here (1 John 5:19).

It’s a shame what’s happened to your mother’s friend, but she needs to know that God is angry about it too and will soon put a stop to it (Rev. 21:3-4) and take vengeance on the responsible parties (Romans 12:19). Blaming God or even attributing these things to Him is not Scriptural, and plays into the devil’s hand.

You can take heart in knowing that if she’s a true believer she can never be lost, even if she turns away because of these things (John 6:37-40). Her salvation has been guaranteed from the moment she first believed (Ephesians 1:13-14) and there’s nothing she or anyone else can do to change that.  As soon as she turns back to Him she’ll find He’s been there all along, waiting to comfort her.

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