Ask Yourself This Very (Last) Question

11-29-17

3 men conversing in Deception by Randy Alcorn:

“And think about Jesus,” Jake said. “How would we know the extent of His love and grace if there’d never been evil and suffering?”

. . .

Ollie: “When people maim and kill each other, it throws a switch inside me. I do what I can to bring justice now. God seems to wait around a lot.”

Replies Jake, “He says He waits and withholds judgment to give us time to repent and get our lives right with Him. Justice has been restrained. What you’re mad at God about – that He’s been withholding judgment – is what’s kept us all alive, giving us opportunity to repent and accept His grace.”

“Isaiah says,” Clarence added, “that God will bring justice ‘like a pent-up flood.’ He’s not going to wait forever.”

Ollie: “That time should have come by now.”

Jake stopped . . . and said, “And if it would have, where would you be?

 

Why does God allow Good AND Bad to occur?

2 men in Randy Alcorn’s Deception discuss the blog title’s question: Why does God allow Good AND Bad to occur?

Ollie: “Okay, if this God of yours is really good and He’s really in control, why does all this bad stuff happen? Murders and rapes and starvation and professors taking advantage of girls and child abuse in churches and all that?”

Jake: “That’s the oldest and most common argument people use for not believing in God.”

And in reply to that particular argument from Ollie, Jake responds: “Well, first I’d say it’s God who gave us a moral compass. It’s that sense of justice He put in you that causes you to raise this question in the first place.”

Further along in the conversation Ollie says, “That’s what bugs me. God doesn’t seem to be paying attention to what’s going on down here. . . If there’s a God, why doesn’t He just bring that final judgment now?”

Answers Jake, “Is that really what you want? God says He holds off judgment because He’s merciful to us. He gives us time to repent. Are you ready to face judgment?”

After having Ollie read in the Bible part of Psalm 10, Jake said, “. . . God’s saying He’s going to make it all right one day. . . The judgment is coming – and if you’re eager to see it come, you’d better remember that once it comes, it’ll be final. . . God’s the ultimate judge. Justice doesn’t always come here and now, but God promises it’ll come there and then.”

Finally, the 2 friends reached their destination and talk about justice.

Asked Jake: “Where do you get your sense of justice that makes you believe crime and suffering are so wrong?”

Ollie – “I guess I was born with it.”

Jake – “You were born with a sense of justice? Well, then it didn’t come from you, did it? It came from the One who made you. You believe evil is wrong because God knows it’s wrong and made you to know it too. Ironic, isn’t it? You’re using standards of justice that could only come from God in order to argue that there is no God.”

A THOROUGH Understanding of Why God gives us Free Choice

Characters, men, a journalist & a homicide detective, discussing the concept of

Free Choice:

 Ollie the Detective: “. . . But if God’s all-powerful, couldn’t He have made me do it right in the first place?”

 Jake the Journalist: “Made you do it right? What do you want, for God to make us all into Stepford wives?”

***Sidenote: Stepford wives were first written in a novel in 1972 as seemingly robot-like, submissive, beautiful & perfect.***

. . . Jake again: “If I were to offer to make things okay in your life, but to do it I had to take away your ability to choose, would you take me up on it? Ask me to make all your decisions for you?”

Detective Ollie: “Then it would be your life, not mine.”

Jake: “Exactly. So how can you expect God to give us free choice, then fault Him because He did?”

Wrapping up this post, but not the men’s exchange of dialogue in the novel, says Jake: “He went so far as to give His life on the cross and conquer death in His resurrection so that you and everybody who accepts His gift could be together forever.”

 

Cousin Craving

So 6 of us (inspired by the spectacular cuz behind the snap) trekked an hour to Toledo’s Chick-fil-A for lunch today for:

Food,

A play place for the trio of little ones while we feasted on fantastic fowl (yes, you could say outstanding actually because after my first chicken deluxe sandwich with fruit & apple juice I immediately ordered a second delicious chicken sandwich to devour on the spot, along with a chicken wrap to take home for dinner, not to mention my on-the-house huge tasty chocolate chip cookie)

& saving the best for last, the Simple Pleasure of Spending Terrific Time Together both during the extended car ride & magnificent meal.

Good deal! Noon tomorrow for round 2, girls? 😉

4-10-18 Chick-fil-A Toledo

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.V.M. =

Most Valuable Mindset:

Although referring to the weather of his state of Oregon, Detective Ollie Chandler says in this fictional novel lines applicable also to MI:

The good thing about winters is they’re always followed by spring.

You remember what it was two month ago, and you reassure yourself with what it will be like two months from now.

– Randy Alcorn’s Deception