91. A loving yet Holy and just God (OR: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”)
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Many people have wondered “How can a God who is said to have agape (unconditional) love for all mankind toss anyone into the lake of fire?” That is an extremely unloving thing to do.
Isaiah 43:3 “For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Revelation 15:3 “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.”
Our God is not only Holy but, he is also just and he cannot allow sin to go unpunished because that would be unjust. God offers mankind a way to escape the wages of sin (Romans 6:23″For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Unfortunately many will not chose to believe God and confess Jesus as their Lord and savior. (Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”)
So then it is not God who is responsible for throwing people into the lake of fire but the free will choice of those who will not believe in Jesus. Those who confess Jesus as their Lord have their names written in the Book of Life and will live forever with God.
The next question most people ask is “Why does a loving God allow bad things to happen to good people?” God says no one is good so let us get that thought out there in the open from the start.
Romans 3:10-12 “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.””
By these words we see that all mankind are under the guilt of sin, as a burden; and under the government and dominion of sin, as enslaved to it, to work wickedness. Therefore there are no good people for evil to happen to.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
God has a plan for each and every person he creates (God never creates junk). Then he allows people free will to choose his plans or their own. Because of sin, people often choose their own plan above God’s and this hurts them as well as others around them. God would rather work all things to the good of those who love him and try to conform them into the image of his son Jesus.
Job 1:1, 6, 8, 10-12 “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.”
“One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.”
“Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.””
“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The LORD said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.”
Job 1:21 “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”
Job did not know why so many bad things had happened to him. Nevertheless he knew God was good and had given him everything he owned in the first place. Job said he came into the world with nothing and would leave with nothing. The same is true for us today. Blessed be the name of the Lord who gives to us good things while we are here on the earth and eventually he will give us eternal life. At the end of the story Job is restored and he prospers so much he ends up with twice as much of every cattle and good thing than he had before.
There remains then only one question: Will your name be found in the Book of Life or will you be cast into the Lake of Fire reserved for the devil and his angels?
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