For what I suppose has been the bulk of my life, there have been things I have never understood regarding God, his son Jesus Christ, and being a Christian that I have never understood – and still don’t.
At least not completely.
Which even though I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior has always hindered me somewhat in my life, trying to follow God, living a good Christian life, and in my faith in Him.
For the past few years I have watched evangelist Joyce Meyer’s “Enjoying Everyday Life” on television – as well as studying the Bible since the beginning of this year – in which she has said that one should not try to figure everything out with regards to God, his plan, and why things are the way they are, but rather to have a faith so strong that one would not need to know everything, but to simply trust God in absolutely all things.
I had heard that message before, and I couldn’t help but think this in response, a question that, though not as prominent as in the past, remains in my head:
* If God doesn’t like us to try and figure everything out, does that mean He wants us to be stupid and ignorant?
I can’t believe that God wants us to be dumb, but sometimes it seems that way judging from what I have heard and what people have told me.
There are quite a few other things that I have always questioned as far as the Lord was concerned, going back to when I was (I guess) in my late teens and throughout my twenties and thirties.
Now being in my about-to-be late forties, these questions are still swimming in my head.
I’m not going to waste any more time; here are those questions, which if anyone had any answers, insights or speculations to them I would appreciate:
As we all know, God knew about everything that was going to happen before it happened, or before He made it happen.
So if that were the case…
* Why did God create the Earth, if He knew all the bad things that would come to pass on that planet?
* Why did God create people, if He knew that Satan was going to influence them to commit that original sin in that Garden of Eden?
And speaking of Satan, it’s commonly known that his original name was Lucifer, who God created to be his right-hand angel/second in command in Heaven.
So if God knew that Lucifer was going to stage a massive rebellion against God, take a third of the angels in Heaven with him and become master of all that’s evil and woeful in Hell…
* Why did God create Lucifer in the first place?
* And why didn’t God just blast him and his followers, wipe them out of existence with one big stroke, when they staged their big rebellion?
I am convinced that if God had done that, it would saved the Earth and all of His creations, especially people, so much turmoil, suffering, and just plain bad times over thousands of years.
There certainly would have been no snake to tempt Eve with that apple in that Tree of Good and Evil as was described in the beginning of the Book of Genesis, and the Earth would have a perfect paradise, an extension of Heaven, today.
We would even be walking around naked like Eve and her man Adam.
I hope folks don’t misunderstand – it’s not my intention to commit any blasphemy by asking these questions, and I dearly hope that no one thinks that I am, or anything else negative.
I want to make clear that I accept the Lord as my savior. I want to get close to him, or closer than I am, but these are questions that have, well…
I won’t say that I have been tortured by them, but they have been in my mind for some time.
I also fully understand that according to God, from what I’ve heard there are some things that, as a Christian, one shouldn’t try to understand. If these questions are among them, so be it. I won’t abandon my faith in the Lord.
I know that He loves me, wants good things for me, and has a great plan for my life, which I’ll always be most grateful for.
But if anyone has any answers to these questions I have asked here, even in speculation, that would be fine, too.
Somebody’s rendition of what Heaven looks like…