Thursday, February 28, 2008

A tangent - For a Reason Part 2

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 7:48 PM
God can, however, bring good from evil. Romans 8:28 tells us that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This does not mean that God causes bad things to happen to people so that something good can come out of it. What it does mean is that when bad things happen to people, if they continue to love, trust in, rely on, and believe God He will bring good out of it. The something good is not the reason for the something bad, but it is a possible outcome.
So why doesn’t God bring the good without allowing the bad? If He is omnipotent (all-powerful), can’t He bring about the good without the bad? Of course He can. But in His infinite wisdom God made us creatures of choice. He gave us the ability and right to make our own choices about our actions and beliefs. We all make bad choices, some more than others. Much of the hurt, pain, and suffering in the world are caused by decisions other people have made. God could have created beings that didn’t have the option to make bad choices, but the only way for us to truly love God and receive His love is to choose it. Forced love is not true love. Love by choice is.

1 comments on "A tangent - For a Reason Part 2"

Robyn Malvasia on March 14, 2008 at 10:49 PM said...

We probably would not notice the good without the bad. Its like the calm after a storm, would you notice the beautiful, peaceful calm if you had not gone through the storm ?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A tangent - For a Reason Part 2

God can, however, bring good from evil. Romans 8:28 tells us that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This does not mean that God causes bad things to happen to people so that something good can come out of it. What it does mean is that when bad things happen to people, if they continue to love, trust in, rely on, and believe God He will bring good out of it. The something good is not the reason for the something bad, but it is a possible outcome.
So why doesn’t God bring the good without allowing the bad? If He is omnipotent (all-powerful), can’t He bring about the good without the bad? Of course He can. But in His infinite wisdom God made us creatures of choice. He gave us the ability and right to make our own choices about our actions and beliefs. We all make bad choices, some more than others. Much of the hurt, pain, and suffering in the world are caused by decisions other people have made. God could have created beings that didn’t have the option to make bad choices, but the only way for us to truly love God and receive His love is to choose it. Forced love is not true love. Love by choice is.

1 comments:

Robyn Malvasia said...

We probably would not notice the good without the bad. Its like the calm after a storm, would you notice the beautiful, peaceful calm if you had not gone through the storm ?

 

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