Hurricane

Easily one of the most disturbing theologies people believe about God today, is the thought that God sends disasters to teach us a lesson.

Every time I hear this talked about I feel sick.
It’s the most discussing perception of God I’ve ever heard of.

God does not send storms. God does not create cancer. God is a GOOD God.

A lot of this theology is rooted in a misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God.

While yes God is in fact sovereign- sovereignty and control are not the same thing.

God is sovereign, but He’s not in control.

To say that God is in control is to say that everything that ever happens is God’s will. This thought perverts the nature of a good God and turns Him into a God of punishment, wrath, and manipulation.

Plus if God was in control than why does the Holy Spirit give us “Self-control”? (Galatians 5:22-23)

Not everything that happens is Gods doing, or His will.

There are essentially three players on the chess board of existence:
God/His angels, the demonic/satan, and creation.

When we hear of natural disasters why is it that the first person we blame is God?
The one who’s very name comes from the Anglo Saxon word for “good”?

God is the ultimate benevolent one.

He’s the last person I would ever blame for this hurricane.

I’m not trying to rationalize this. I am also not trying to answer the question of why things like this happen.

I just want to make it extremely clear, that it was not God who sent this storm.

Let’s dive into this storm thing a little more:

In John 14:7 Jesus says this, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”

Jesus is the image of the Father.

Any belief I have about God that I can not find in the life of Jesus, must be questioned.

Bill Johnson says it this way, “Jesus is perfect theology”

So let me ask you this:

How many storms did Jesus send to judge people?
How many diseases did Jesus cause in order to teach people a lesson?

Just read through the life of Jesus and I promise you will not find a single time.

So if it’s Gods will to cause disasters, or sickness than wouldn’t Jesus be working against His Fathers will?

In John 5:19, Jesus says that “I only do what I see my Father doing”.

Jesus was doing His Fathers will at all times by healing the sick, and by calming storms.
He wasn’t working against His Father.

God’s will is never destruction, disease, or disaster.

The nature of God is found in Jesus, and Jesus alone.
Jesus calmed storms, and Jesus healed diseases.

Let’s get this straight:

God is not angry with America.
God is not sending this hurricane to judge us or to teach us a lesson.

He isn’t trying to add His commentary about the presidential election either.

God is a good father.

The roles haven’t changed: it’s still the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)

In order to believe that God sent this storm, you must first sacrifice an absolute about God’s nature- His goodness.

I don’t care what old testament verse you use to defend your theology.
It HAS to be held accountable to the life of Jesus.

Remember it’s the kindness of God that leads men to repentance, not the fear of judgement. (Romans 2:4)

God is still a good God.
He is still a loving God.

Jesus is the perfect picture of our God:

Our God is the God who forgives the adulterous woman.
Who welcomes home the prodigal with a celebration feast.
He’s the God who, while we deserve punishment, give us abundant grace.
We get the riches of His kindness, and His love lavished upon us- even when we don’t deserve it.

4 thoughts on “Hurricane

  1. Nice share. I know with Jesus you can get through any storm that comes. God does control the weather, I don’t think his desire is to harm anyone, it is just his pleasure. He already had this date set. Nothing is a surprise to him. I love it.

  2. I have learned through many years not to make up my mind about what God is doing until some time has passed. He could he impacting the election, He also could be angry with a country that has turned its back on God and His church.
    All I am saying is just don’t be so sure you know what The Lord is up to until you see the results.
    Yes it could be the enemy but don’t ever believe that God is not in control.
    He has fooled many in the past.

  3. You write with a lot of passion my friend. I can see that you love Jesus and want to make a difference. I can also see that you’ve whittled the revelation of God down to fit your own ideas of reality. This is such a danger to all of us. I am constantly tempted to do the same.

    “I don’t care what old testament verse you use to defend your theology.
    It HAS to be held accountable to the life of Jesus.”

    I totally get this. I mean it really makes sense to my natural mind. It takes away the difficulties and complexities in life and theology. I can reduce all biblical revelation to a few weeks of recorded history in the Gospels…. But listen to what you’ve just said. “I don’t care what old testament verse you use….” You’ve just discounted the authority of the Scriptures, and placed your reason above the Bible.

    This, by the way, is what the heretic Marcion did. He threw out the Old Testament and much of the new. Because he was sure that it was an inferior revelation that did not match what he believed he saw in Jesus alone. He let his own mind trump the authority of the Word of God.

    This is so very dangerous. Because the only Bible Jesus had, or Paul had, was the Old Testament. Every text they used was OT. And how about the Spirit of Jesus judging Ananias and Sapphira? Or how about Jesus threatening to kill children in Revelations 2:23:

    “And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.”

    Yes, these words are in the Bible. In the New Testament. Spoken by Jesus. Jesus is perfect theology, right? So Jesus threatens to kill children with pestilence. This is theology that you accept, right? No, you don’t. Your dogmatics on this post clearly show you don’t accept this. But this part Marcion also rejected. He threw out the book of Revelation entirely.

    You said, “Remember it’s the kindness of God that leads men to repentance, not the fear of judgement. (Romans 2:4)”.

    But have you carefully read the context of that passage in Romans? You will need to rewrite the last part of that statement if you do. Ask yourself this question when you read Romans Chpt. 2: “What does Paul seem to be suggesting about God’s judgment in this passage?”

    “And we know that the judgment of God falls rightly upon those who practice such things.” (v.2)
    “Or do you suppose that when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?” (v. 3)
    “But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” (v. 5)

    Again, what is Paul’s central idea about judgment in the context from which you lifted v. 4?

    The big picture is that judgment is immanent and much deserved…and everyone is guilty and deserves to get it big time. But there is a merciful window of opportunity, that a compassionate God is offering you. If you will repent, through the mercy of Jesus you will be spared certain judgment. God doesn’t owe you anything, but because He is so gracious and good, He is giving you time to repent. But don’t think that you can take His grace for granted. He will certainly judge you if you do.

    That’s the clear sense from Paul in this passage. It’s the threat of judgment that causes the opportunity to repent to be so amazing. Without the certainty of God’s wrath, goodness becomes cheap. You have not meant to do this, but you have cheapened God’s goodness by abusing His word in this passage.

    By the way, Marcion accepted the book of Romans, but cut out the portion from 1:19 thru 2:11! Yep. He cut out other large portions from Romans too (all the parts about God’s sovereignty in Chpts 9 and 11.) You seem to really struggle with the idea of sovereignty too. (As I certainly do. It’s difficult. But it’s there, right there in the Bible. Cliche doesn’t remove it.)

    I hope you’ll soberly rethink the Marcionite tendencies that you have embraced, my brother.

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