Why Blame God?

As a minister I often encounter those who tell me that they are angry with God. There seems to be a misconception that if God is all knowing, all powerful, all good then why do bad things happen to people.

Most of us, if completely honest, have wrestled with this concept of thinking. I would like to begin by saying, God is good and that there is no evil in him and his intentions from the beginning are good and pure. It’s only natural because we are in the flesh. Being in the flesh causes us to have a lot of emotions like when something really hurts us, like losing a loved one, battling a serious illness and sometimes it may be something even less than that. It may be that we lost a material possession, maybe a house fire, or maybe a tornado destroyed our property, there is a lot of things that can happen to us in this life that might cause us to question God.

Sometimes people who never acknowledge that there is a God, point their finger at God when something bad happens in their life and say look what God has done to me. This has always been a problem, but is very unfair to God, never glorifying God, never acknowledging God, never serving God, but only using him as punching bag when we’re hurting. Unfortunately, even Christians sometimes blame God when something befalls them that they would rather not have to deal with. There are a lot of different emotions that we experience when we lose our loved ones, we go through different stages of grief, sadness, anger, loneliness. Anytime emotions are running high we are subject to cast blame.

Let’s establish that God is good and in him is no darkness. Genesis 1:31 tells us, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Evil does not come from God. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is variableness, neither shadow of turning.” 1 John 1:5 also says, “This same message which we have heard from of Him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”

Evil came from another source, the devil, he brought death and destruction through Adam and Eve. This can be seen in Genesis 3:4-5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely die: 5For God does know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Romans 5:14 tells us that death reigned from Adam to Moses, so because Adam transgression or disobedience to God all of us must die a physical death. VS 15 – 21 Explains that through Christ we have been granted the ability to access forgiveness of sins and be reconciled to God thus given us eternal life. So, if we know that bad things came through Satan and good things come from God, maybe Satan should get the credit for all the bad things that we have to deal with on this side of eternity!

Robby Cable

Providence Church of Christ

(606) 305-8452