Category: Human Condition


One of the hardest facts to wrap our heads around about God is that nothing happens without Him. Isaiah tells us “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7 NIV). However, we like to compartmentalize things. We see hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and we place them over here in their own category. War, famine, starvation, and disease are put into their own category. We take everything that we think is “evil” and we assign it to the Devil and everything that is good we assign to God.

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So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord’

Ezekiel 20:25-26 (NIV)

Whenever we read or listen to the Bible we need to do so attentively. If we don’t then we risk misunderstanding what we’ve just taken in, and if we misunderstand something from the Bible then we might also misapply it. This is one reason to use a highlighter when you study your Bible. This is also why, in this season, I listen to the word first and then read it later. Another reason why we need to be attentive is that the Bible is one way that God speaks to us. If we’re not listening then how will we hear what He’s saying to us? Jesus tells us that His sheep know His voice and we get to know His voice by taking in His word (John 10:27).

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Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:23 (NIV)

I’ve never really given hell much thought. Before I was saved I remember reading books about hell that portrayed it as a place where all of the “cool” people went. When I read the Bible I see it as a dark hot place with a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth with everyone there suffering eternal punishment. There are various interpretations of what hell looks likes but the one thing that I do believe is very clear about it is that God isn’t there.

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Have you ever touched a hot stove and burnt yourself? This well-known trope is often used to describe a learning process. When someone, usually a child, touches a hot stove they are burnt and learn not to touch the stove. If you’ve lived for any amount of time then there are probably many “hot stoves” in your life that you know not to touch again. It’s one way that we learn, from our mistakes. At least, we hope to learn from our mistakes, don’t we?

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