Bad things that happen
to us are from God?

Copyright © 2007
By Tim Roach


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I wonder how often God gets blamed for 'punishments' when in reality it is our own free will choices that caused the 'punishment' or pain.

For instance, when I was young I was playing on some wet concrete and running as kids do. My parents told me to stop or I could get hurt. And as any normal kid I stopped for a minute or two then went right back to running and playing. Shortly there after I slipped, hit some metal and got a rather large cut on my face. (well large to a little kid, now you can hardly see the scar.)

However, if we look at that event the way many religious groups teach about Our Creator, the fact that I fell and got hurt would be 'punishment' from my parents for me not doing what they told me to do. Obviously that was not the case, my parents did not make me fall as punishment, in fact, they had nothing to do with me falling at all. I slipped and fell all on my own. However, for some reason, when we include God in the discussion so many groups say He did it to us for not listening to what we were suppose to be doing and ignoring warnings He has given us. Yet just as me falling down, while it might be nice to put the blame for the pain or suffering on God, most of the time it seems to be our own fault as a result of our own free will actions.

Now granted there are a lot of exceptions where a person did nothing on their own to cause something to happen. For instance, a person parked at an intersection waiting for the light to change that gets injured by a drunk driver smashing into the back of their car. However, much as all the things that happened to Job, was it God that did that to us? Or is it The Devil using the other person's bad free will choice, to try to get us to turn our back on God?

For even in what seems like the worst of situations, Our Creator has a way of using those events to His Glory. If we just listen to Our Soul/Our Creator and not to all the temptations that Satan will always place before us when we are at our weakest.



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