“Why did God allow this to happen?”

Yeah, it’s a dreaded question for me, or at least has been. That is a tough question to answer when talking with a friend who is suffering.

While hunting recently I had a long opportunity to ponder. One of the things I like about hunting is that it gives me a lot of time to think and reflect on God while in nature. (For the record, I was bow hunting.) Sitting there, still, my thoughts returned to above question and ideas about God seemed to fall into place for my answer.

God allows everything to happen. God allows your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe. God allows children to laugh and grow. God allows life He created to exist. God also, through infinite love, allows sin. This sin, the separation from God, is what causes the pain, the suffering, the loss.

So yes, God does allow our situations, but did not intend for us to experience pain – that was and is our own choice. 

One Response to “Allowances”

  1. Ken Coffee Says:

    There has always been a dichotomy between what God allows and what God causes. I believe God CAUSES your heart to beat (no one has ever yet seen the heart’s pacemaker…that which causes it to beat). God CAUSES your lungs to breathe. Same for all bodily functions. When one of those functions becomes dysfunctional, God ALLOWS that dysfunction. We usually ask, “Why?” He and He alone understands all about our bodies. As He ALLOWS us to better understand them, He teaches us what to do about the dysfunction. In this balance between causing and allowing God has permitted unbelievable medical advances. Do you realize that a new born baby born in 1900 had a life-expectancy of somewhere around 40 years, and a new born baby born today has a life expectancy of 100 years? Alll because of what God has allowed us to learn about how these bodies work. Amazing, isn’t it?

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