by Dr. Kenneth O. Peterman
Just a few days ago, 27 people were shot and killed (19 others were wounded) by a lone gunman in a small church in Texas. This catastrophe has been obviously blanketed by the media. One newsman asked this question to a Christian writer he was interviewing, How can this tragedy be explained in light of a loving God? Where was God when this terrible, terrible event happened? Even believers begin to wonder why God did not intervene or do something to stop the carnage.
While the Christian writer being interviewed did not have an answer — the Bible does. God was exactly where He was when his own dearly beloved son died on a cruel and rugged Roman cross. The suffering that God the Father experienced at that time far exceeded any suffering man can endure.
Why did Jesus Christ go to the cross? It certainly was not for anything he had done (very similar to those innocents who died at the hand of this crazy gunman) but to pay the price for the sins of his own, “Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree . . . “
Let’s not forget that God originally made Adam and Eve without sin – with untested holiness. God himself had fellowship with them in the garden until they fell from grace and became sinners by their own choice.
Man went from the high and lofty position of walking with God in the garden to being called a child of Satan by our Lord in the Gospels. You may remember in John 8:44 Jesus said to the unbelievers before Him, “You are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there was no truth in him. . . “
The events in Texas has more to do with an ungodly sinner who is a son of Satan (a murderer from the beginning) than it has to do with a loving God. We should not blame God for man’s sin, but blame the sinner. This man’s horrendous act is the consequence of his following the example of his father, the Devil. Such an ungodly and evil act should remind us of the sinful state of all unbelievers. Such evil acts must never diminish or reflect negatively upon the love of God but broadcast and demonstrate the sinfulness of man.