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April 12, 2010

Where Was God?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Reverend Andrew Greeley, a priest and college professor, asked the question concerning September 11, 2001,  “Where was God?”  The tragedy of 9-11 was not the first event in history or individual lives when such a question has been asked.

In a follow-up to the previous blog on The Death of God, this title is a question to ask.  Many have asked at a time of dismay why an event occurred.  All of us want God to step in and prevent death, an accident, or any situation that causes pain.  Too many people want God to be like a jack-in-the-box where we can push a button and He jumps out.  And because God did not act as we felt He should, there could be the temptation to deny His existence.

When some Catholic monks asked Dr. Altizer about God not being there at these desperate times, he replied, “There was no God to intervene.”  Of course, in the previous blog we dispelled that myth of his, hopefully.

Those who align themselves with The Death of God use tragic events as a waving flag to support their misconception that God is dead.  The Nazis killed over 6 million Jews, and they asked, “Where was God?”  Even when Christ died on the cross, some have gone to the extreme and asked, “Where was God?”  Others have asked about an accident when a child was killed, “Where was God?” 

Remember the story of Robert Ingersoll?  He placed a watch on the table and said, “If there is a God, let Him strike me dead in 15 minutes.”  When God did not play this game with him, he concluded this as evidence that there is no God.  Those who supported him, said to others, “If there is a God, where was He?”

Unless God intervenes like a thunderbolt, many people announce that God is dead or that there is no God.  People really want a voice or evidence that there is a God and that He is still alive.  The neighbor of Job said, “If God would just speak . . . .”  (Job 11:5)

Let me give you some printable data.  I know God, and the God I know is alive and active.  I do not visibly see Him, but I have evidence within myself of His presence and existence.  I see all about me everyday the God of Everything!  I confess there are many question why God did not work in a certain way, or why He allowed certain things to happen . . .  but for me, I trust Him by faith!

Dogmatism is needed sometimes.  It is needed when we face the question of the death or existence of God.  About this question, a man should be sure, or else keep quiet.    Since I am sure, let me speak.  God is!  Now and forevermore!  I am not being bold, but biblical.  The world says, “Show me God.”  Jesus said, “If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father, How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”   (John 14;7,9)

Today, I take a risk.  I will risk losing readers, but I have no alternative but to make an emphatic, statement: If you have any doubt about the existence of God because He has not been there when you thought He should have, dear friend, by faith you need to know the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  When you know Him, you will know the God of the universe.  And you will know Him as a God of love and compassion.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  (John 14:6)   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)



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