C h r i s t i a n s are very weird.

We have a double standard. When there is an earthquake in Haiti, we say: "It was divine judgment for all your witchcraft" and when a church burns we say "We have to resist Satanic attack."

When the Twin Towers were attacked, people said, "That’s what happens to America for taking God out of the schools," but when a Christian loses his health, we began to rebuke the enemy's work. 

We assume that if something bad happens to someone good, it’s a Satanic attack and if something bad happens to someone bad, they are getting what they deserve.

Do not forget that we all deserve the bad, and if at any point in time something good happens, it is solely a work of grace and not something that we have produced or deserve.

How about when things happen and affect not only one nation or continent, but the whole world? Things like AIDS, Ebola, or the H1N1 virus? Is this the way that God is "judging the world?"  Or is this something that God doesn’t want to happen and is actually a Satanic work?

There are two extremes and the goal is to find a biblical balance. One extreme is that God is sovereign, everything that happens is what God WANTS to happen. The other extreme says that God has nothing to do with the bad things that happen and it is from the devil.

What is the Biblical view? God is Sovereign.

This is another way of expressing what the Bible says from cover to cover:  God is almighty and there is no power that can oppose him. He has dominion over absolutely everything. This does not mean that everything that happens is what God wants, but it does mean that whatever happens, He has allowed it.

Satan gives accounts to God.

If God is almighty, that means that Satan is not an autonomous entity. Satan has to submit to the power of God. Therefore, before Satan could take Job’s health, he needed God’s permission. Jesus said that hell was prepared for Satan and his angels and it says in Revelation that they will be tormented in the presence of the Lamb. This means that Jesus has authority over Satan in hell, and in a few words, in everything. There is nothing that operates outside the power of God. 

God created a perfect world.

We see that the Bible does not attribute evil to God, but it is human sin that has produced futility in the world, and Satan who is reigning in the air. What seems to be is that although God is sovereign, He has given man space to spoil the world so that He can be the redeeming hero.

God will perfect the world

God has allowed Ebola, but the reality is we as humans and Satan as the prince of the air, are responsible for any negative element in the world. God's desire is to renew the world. The end of the world is not its destruction, it will be renewed and purified by fire and the results will be a perfect world without sin, injustice, or evil.

The reality is that everything bad that happens is the result of the sins we have produced, but God works supernaturally on behalf of our bad choices to produce something that brings Him glory.

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