Move To Assurance (published 9-15, 2001)
11, 2001 - Attack on America
What would Jesus do?
What can I do?
Why did God allow something
like this to happen?
Why does God let bad
things happen to innocent people?
Why does God let bad
things happen to good people? (more
First background thoughts:
By asking this question you are stating that you believe God exists.
You are stating that God has the power to be in control. You are
stating that you believe in a God who loves us. You are asking the
question, "How can a loving God allow such a tragedy to
We can say for sure that
even a disaster such as this happened because God allowed it, and
He allowed it in order to accomplish His purposes.
What do we know about
God that would help us know His purpose? That will answer the question,
why did He let this happen?
The Bible is the only
authoritative source we have that has information about the nature
the Bible we learn that God brings disaster and destruction to people
as a form of discipline. When God's people have drifted away from
doing what God wants us to do, God's
judgment has fallen on those people. At times God's judgment has
resulted in inconvenience. Sometimes enslavement. And sometimes
total destruction (for example, Sodom and Gomorrah).
Is this what God did
on September 11th? We can't know the mind of God. But if we look
at history, it does not appear likely that this is a judgment. God
does not impose his judgment without telling us.
God sent two angels to
the city of Sodom. They were invited into Lot's home. All the men
of the city "from every quarter" came to Lot's
home and showed their scorn for God by trying to "have relations
with" the angels. And the city was destroyed. (Genesis
The city of Nineveh was
a city filled with wickedness. God sent Jonah to Nineveh. The people
of Nineveh listened to God's word, repented and the city of Nineveh
was spared. (The book of Jonah).
AROUSE? From the
Bible, and from history, we learn that when God's people are not
working to achieve God's purpose, something will happen to move
people in the direction God wants them to go.
In the beginning: Jesus
told the apostles to spread his message to the ends of the earth.
Instead they were content to stay in Jerusalem -- until the Jews
and then the Romans started persecuting Christians who were then
forced to flee -- resulting in the spread of Christianity.
The Roman Empire: The
barbarians (Visigoths, Ostrrogoth and Vandals) invaded the Roman
Empire, brought on the first dark ages. But they learned from the
people they conquered and became Christians.
Britain and Western Europe:
The Vikings brought terrible devastation, slavery and death to the
Celts and Western Europe. They were some of the most ruthless killers
the world has known. The women they captured as slaves were taken
home and those women taught the children of the Vikings -- who became
Christians, spreading Christianity further.
Throughout history the
cycle has been repeated. God finds ways for formerly unreachable
peoples to be touched by his grace, to stop the evil they were spreading
and become saved.
Maybe this is happening
now. Maybe God is arousing us to action.
The end times:
No one, not even Jesus knows when the end times will begin. We do
know what those times will be like. We do know they will be difficult
times. War, famine, disease and death will rule the world for a
time. Could this be the start of the end times? Could this be to
help prepare us for the end times?
Only time will reveal
God's purpose - in some cases God sends a prophet to reveal his
purpose. In some cases God's purpose may not be fully revealed for
several hundred years or longer. Today we can only guess. But we
do know that acts such as these are permitted by God and used to
accomplish His purposes.
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