Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"Steven J. said...If God has intervened in the past to punish or prevent evil, why does it seem that He no longer does so? Jesus noted in the gospels that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, but then, that is pretty much what we'd expect from a purely natural phenomenon with no interest in our moral choices....However strongly you subjectively feel that God has revealed Himself to you, Ray, you could be a false convert. You're not infallible; your finite mind could be deluded into thinking it had absolute truth when all it had was unfounded emotional certainty."

Conceded. I may be a false convert, or I may be a false teacher. That's why you should always check out what I am saying against God's Word. Be as the Bereans who "searched the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." You say that God doesn't intervene to punish or prevent evil. How do you know that? I notice that you are careful to ask "Why does it seem that He no longer does so?" The use of the word "seem" is applicable. You don't know. You too speak from subjectivity.

Tell me, where would you expect to hear of God intervening--CNN, ABC, NBC, or maybe on some atheist blog? Don't hold your breath. The Bible makes it clear that the world suppresses the truth about God (see Romans 1:18). Nature program after nature program shows the genius of God's incredible handiwork, without one ounce of praise being given to Him. Instead, it is heaped on the creation itself via evolution. Creation created itself (see Romans 1:21-22).

So if you are waiting for the world to report "Today, God prevented evil in Europe, when a wicked man suddenly dropped dead," (again) don't hold your breath. The reason we don't get reports like that is because we have no idea when God punishes or prevents evil. Our (and your) ignorance of His judgments are clearly addressed in Scripture: "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).

Or are you saying you want God to treat you as you want others to be treated? Do you want Him to punish or prevent evil in your life? If you want that, then you are saying that death should come to you today. That's your "wages." That's what you have earned. That would be God intervening to punish you and prevent you from doing any more evil.

Every time you lust, lie, steal, fail to love God with all of your heart, fail to love your neighbor as yourself, covet, refuse to trust God (therefore calling Him a "liar"--see 1 John 5:10), remain willfully ignorant of the truth, mock the Word of God, etc., you are doing evil things in God's eyes. So today you have a choice. You can remain willfully ignorant of the truth, or you can repent and trust the Savior, know the truth (see John 8:31-32) and pass from death to life.