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God Did Not Do This

1 John 3:1

1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are

1 John 4:9.10

9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

John 3:16, 17

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Corinthians 15:3,4

3 For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures,

Ephesians 2:4,5

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ[a]—by grace you have been saved—

Friends, I share these scriptures so that you might know the nature of God. God is love and he evidenced that love through his son, Jesus the Christ.  I am reminding you of this because in the midst of great tragedy, we tend to look for a scapegoat.  Somebody must be to blame. I have heard numerous times that Covid-19 is part of God’s plan according to God’s will.

It’s easy to blame God. When we blame God, we are enabled to focus on an external origin of pain and suffering.  We find comfort in looking outward because it shields us from the possibility that we might be part of the problem.

So let’s walk this back a little bit.  God blessed Adam and Eve with a perfect life.  When the serpent tempted them with the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the one thing God told them not to touch, they gave in to the serpent’s deception. And now sin has entered the world, and it is for that reason, we now live in a broken world.

So who is to blame? The prince of darkness, (Satan, the serpent) is to blame. How do we survive? We survive by knowing that we are loved, and allowing that love to see us through.

Pastor Jim

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