Monday, January 23, 2012

Click above to listen to Pastor Dan's latest message called "Broken" or right click and choose "Save Link As..." to download the mp3.

If God is good, why do bad things happen? Why is there war, disaster, pain, tragedy? Why does Evil exist?

To an extent you can answer, people do stuff, people are messed up. But what about the things people don't do, like natural disasters, and diseases? If God is good, why does this stuff happen? The real question is, why doesn't the world work the way it should?
We all have an innate sense that the world isn't working right, we all know that the world isn't fair. We can sense that this isn't the way it's suppose to be, that's a real thing, we are sensing truth in that.

In Romans chapter 5:12 we see the cause of the troubles in this world, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” The world glitches, because the world is broken. Things don't happen the way that God wanted them to, because when Adam sinned, it didn't just effect Adam, it opened a barrier and let sin into the world, and everything was contaminated. This didn't just include humans, but all of creation.

In Romans 8:19-22 it says “For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. And we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.”

The world is bound, it's trapped in bondage to decay. The world doesn't work the way that God wanted it to, even though he created all these things. Everything he created was “very good” in the beginning. Unfortunately, people are dumb, and we did something stupid and broke the world. Things like cancer are not fair, it's one of those things that just doesn't make sense. Cancer is a glitch in the body, it's the result of our broken state. God didn't want the world to have cancer or tornadoes or hurricanes. He didn't make that, God made something different, but because of Adam, sin was allowed to contaminate the world, and now we are suffering from the glitches. Much like a healthy body when germs are allowed to enter the body we see the physical manifestation of that through our symptoms. The world is showing the contamination of sin through natural disasters.

There is however hope, for you, your friends and family, and the world. Even though sin has come and contaminated every aspect of our lives, our hearts and our relationships with families and friends. There is a hope, but you can't find it in Obama, or getting rich, or love. The are all places that we often turn, but none of them will bring healing to the situation. You can't fix this issue yourself, nor can other sinful people help you to fix the problem. Much like an oil covered animal cannot help to clean off another, we as broken humans cannot fix each other.

You can make a difference though, you can help to deal with the symptoms of sin, and make a difference in the world, but you can't fix the problem. Hope is found only in Christ, not in the church, or in other human beings.

In Romans 5:15-17 it's written “But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. If because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. “

Though the world is broken, there is hope in Christ. For by his grace there is life that overcomes the death that sin has cursed this world with. We shouldn't give up hope for this world, for by the death of Christ, there is a free gift of righteousness through Him.

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