Have you noticed? God gets blamed for almost everything bad.
I was watching a local news report of a tragic car accident recently where a precious 2 year-old little girl was killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light. The reporter was interviewing a family member who said, “we don’t understand why this happened, I guess God needed another little angel in heaven.”
I heard a preacherwho was conducting a funeral – in his feeble attempt to console the family and bring some sense of purpose to the death of mother of 3, who died of breast cancer in her 40’s. “God’s ways are above our ways. We pray that her death will bring glory to God.”
It was even taught in the denominational church that I grew up in that God brings sickness on people to teach them patience and to draw closer to God.
Insurance companies blame God too – attributing earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires to “acts of God.”
Is this really what God is like?
One who rips children out of the arms of their parents, puts horrible diseases on people just to teach them a lesson, or who destroys homes to make the point that he is all powerful? Is God really an egomaniac? Who, in their right mind, would want to claim as their Father, a God like this? When people believe this twisted propaganda it is any wonder people are afraid of God, stop going to church or don’t want to get too close?
These examples and so many more I could give are blatant lies and deceptions from the pit of hell. I was sucked into this deception for years. I found myself believing the lie in the popular Christian song, “God gives and takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord.”
But then I found the truth. There’s actually a dividing line in the Bible that exposes this deception. This one verse makes it super easy to know where everything bad comes from. You don’t ever have to be deceived again. John 10:10 says:
Jesus says: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT)
The Message Bible says it this way, “A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
That’s pretty black and white.
The thief, the enemy of our soul is Satan. His goal for our life is to destroy us. He brings all the bad stuff.
Jesus brings all the good stuff. (Even more than we can imagine!)
Everything good is from God. Everything bad is from our enemy.
James 1:17 confirms it,
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation of shadow of turning.”
I love that last part. “There’s no variation or shadow of turning.” That means that God never changes, He is always the same. He won’t change his mind and decide to do something bad to us. He is always good, all the time.
Why is it so important to know this?
Because if you don’t know the source of your problems, you don’t know who to call on for help. If you blame God that you’re sick, you can’t trust Him to heal you. If you think God made you poor, you can’t trust in his covenant that says that “THE BLESSING of the Lord makes you rich.” If you don’t know who to blame for the hurricane, you don’t know who you can trust to restore what you lost.
There is a lot of false religious teaching out there today. I’ve studied hard to uncover the lies of religion I had gullibly believed for years. I want to truly understand why God made us. Why we’re here. I want to fully know God’s love and passion and purpose for us, His children. Every day I declare that the lies I’ve been taught in the past be uprooted out of my mind and that only the truth of the Word of God remain.
Every day I am discovering more and more of how good God is and how much He loves us. God is not ever mad at us. One of my favorite Bible teachers, Andrew Wommack says, “God is not mad at you. He’s not even in a bad mood.”
I am passionate about helping others in the Family of God realize the truth about God and his plan for us. My desire is to be constantly growing in a deeper understanding of our true God-given Identity, Inheritance and the Influence we have in the world around us.
Religious lies make me angry! We’ll uncover the truth together on my blog. One of the first steps is knowing without a doubt that God is good all the time. All the time God is good.
I’d love to read your comments below. Share some truths you’ve discovered about God’s goodness to you.