Sadly, there are some that still believe that God is the author of calamity. The persistence of this belief results in some seriously schizophrenic Christianity. The truth is, God not only is not the author of sickness, pain, suffering, and calamity, He does not control every minutia of human life.
If God simply controls everything, then there was no point in giving mankind dominion and free will. The Lord wishes that none perish, but that all come to repentance – yet hundreds of thousands die unsaved daily. If God simply controls everything, there is no point in doing anything. That reduces the Christian walk to a fatalistic – dare I say – Calvinistic, religious ritual. I think a lot of Scripture is abused for the purpose of perpetuating religious bondage.
What we need to do is look at the person of Jesus. He said if we see Him, we see the Father:
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? (John 14:9).
He said He only does what He sees the Father do:
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (John 5:19).
The author of Hebrews says Jesus is the express image of the Father:
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:3).
In this context, whom did Jesus make sick – or for that matter, allow to remain sick? None. And Jesus did not cause calamity, He calmed storms:
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39).
He healed the sick, cleansed lepers, raised the dead, and preached Good News to the poor!
Indeed, when two of His disciples wanted to bring fire from heaven on to folks who rejected Jesus, He rebuked them
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. (Luke 9:54-55)
Now, if God is causing these things (sickness, suffering, and calamity) and Jesus is providing the cure, then Jesus would be acting against the will of the Father, right?
Jesus is the focal point of all Scripture. All Scripture points to him and he is the living revelation of all Scripture. In order to truly understand the nature and character of God, we must center our studies on the Gospels.
It becomes clear that since Jesus did not bring about any of these things during His earthly ministry, and since the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, God isn’t bringing about calamity, either.
You’d have to pay someone to help you misunderstand this!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)