Why Does God Hate Me? (Part 2)
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
Why Does God Hate Me?
We have all seen, in recent time, the natural disasters, human hate, animal attacks and even stellar bodies creeping ever closer to our planet. This has lead many people to ask the question that is our title. Conducting an interview and holding polls to only people that either deny the existence of God or actively rebel against Him we discovered:
- God is not fair because He hates people
- If God loves everyone then why does He allow people to endure horrible things?
- Why does God allow bad people to thrive while good people suffer?
- How can God just sit there and NOT intervene in bad things like: murders, rapes, robberies and people dying before their time in such things as accidents?
- Why does God force us to worship Him or die? If He really loved us, why don’t He just let us live and acknowledge Him in our own way?
- If God is really God, why doesn’t He destroy the false religions and kill the devil once and for all so that we can see Him for who He is?
There are obviously a lot of questions that people ask but what it all boils down to is this:
“Everyone has their own interpretation or idea of how God is supposed to act or perform. So when God does NOT act or display His power or authority in a way that people think that He should, they quote the aforementioned question.”
So let’s address some of the concerns of people about how they feel God should act and how he should behave as we address the question. Why Does God Hate Me?
II. IF GOD LOVES EVERYONE THEN WHY DOES HE ALLOW PEOPLE TO ENDURE HORRIBLE THINGS?
To answer this question, we have to go back to the book of beginnings and see what the scripture says about God and His desire for mankind upon planet earth.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
In this text we see that God gave mankind five things:
- “and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea” Control over sea creatures.
- “and over the fowl of the air” Control over creatures of flight.
- “and over the cattle” Control over land animals.
- “and over all the earth” Control over the land and sea.
- “and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” Control over everything else that was created before mankind.
The common things is “Control”. However you do NOT see where God gave mankind the permission to control other members of his own race. When we seek to control mankind as we would another creature that God gave us permission; we will begin to see the consequences of this behavior manifest itself in bad ways. Even in the old testament, when the kings went out to war they asked God if the enemy would be delivered into their hands. Could it have been that they knew only God controls men and they needed to gain permission of God before they could lay a hand against these men? You decide.
Now we also see that when we go against God laws and His ordinances we will and can actually bring judgement upon those around us. This can be seen in the life oh Jonah:
“Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not. And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.
Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous. And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them. Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.”
The things we see in this scripture is that Jonah’s bad decision actually influenced others in a negative way insomuch as they saw no other choice than to take action that they would never normally consider. What does this mean? Well before we ask this question, let’s look at another verse of scripture.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
So what does this mean to me? How does it answer the question? I believe it can be answered in three points.
A. People Have Free Choice & They Make Bad Decisions – These decisions can and often hurt others.
B. People Can Choose Their Actions But Are Not Free To Choose The Consequences – When one does something that is obviously sinful they loose the ability to choose what will happen to them in the future.
C. People Will See Bad Things Happen To Good People As A Result Of The Bad People’s Choices – There could have been good people that were destroyed in the flood during Noah’s time because of the behavior of the ones that were continually evil. Same could be said about the people that die in floods or shootings that have nothing to do with it because of the poor decisions o the others.
In short, people endure bad things because of three reasons: 1. God will get the glory for Himself and have men see His power and know that He is God. 2. God is punishing those that have done disobedient acts or evil works and the innocents are a part of that numbers. God gives them peace to endure or go through it. 3. God is trying get the attention of a person or people. When we begin to see God move in this way, we will understand that our creator has a purpose and that He is still in control. One can either question God or know that He has the answer. Do you see God working? In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about the success of the bad and the struggle of the good. Join us again we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.