Sample Audiobook Transcript: Do Tragedies Prove That God Does Not Exist?

The Bible states that “it is impossible for God to lie”, meaning that he does not renege on his own covenants/promises. He was obligated to honor man’s choice to allow evil, a temporary reign on the earth. You may hear some people who witness a tragedy of any kind, ask the question of “why didn’t God stop it?” The answer specifically is not easy to discern in many cases however, the basic answer to the question is the fact that God allows evils and tragedies because mankind first allowed them entrance into the earth (Genesis 3:17). When insurance companies are covering damages from earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis or another natural disaster, they should not categorize them as “acts of God” (even with the chance that they possibly could be) but more properly as “acts of nature” that occur in a fallen, broken, out-of-whack world.
There are, have been and will be instances of God’s wrath being executed in the world (i.e. Noah’s day flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and the future “Great Tribulation”). There are however, spiritual forces at work on the earth that man and his world domain (Genesis 1:26), came under the authority of, as reflected in The Holy Scriptures in places like Ephesians 6, 2-Corinthians 4:4, etc…). These forces are called by many names within the scriptures (i.e. principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness, devils, demons and evil spirits) but can be summed up within the term “Satan”. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16) “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) Some tragedies are averted through supernatural intervention, while others are not.
Some people receive supernatural healings, while others do not. We know our spiritual enemy desires to cause and to inspire these types of tragic things to occur (a fact that the scriptures quoted above attest to). Does he succeed in some cases because there are not enough people praying for God to rebuke the enemy? Is there a certain degree of tragedy that God has to allow, as a reminder to men and women of the fact that we live in a fallen world and that sin is utterly evil? We can never claim to know the answers for why each evil and tragic event happens – sometimes even to the innocent and to the righteous but we do know that we will continue to experience and witness these type things, until God takes back all authority in the world. “For he must reign {the future reign of Jesus Christ our redeemer}, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:25-26).

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