Does God take Sides?
Yesterday, I watched the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxboro, MA. The contest was one-sided so how many Steeler fans prayed in the stands during the game? We hear of high school students praying before a game and ask God for the victory. Surely there are soldiers in the midst of a battle asking for victory against their foes. Then, I wonder how many people pray to God so they can win the lottery?
All of these scenarios beg the question, “Is God on my side?” Theologians and philosophers could spend eons discussing this very topic. With all of the evil in the world, we need to know if the Creator works for our benefit. The trials of the world are seen in sporting events. There are the good guys(our team) and the bad guys(the other side). During the contest, referees ensure teams obey the rules. However, they are not perfect and when we feel the things are not fair, we rebel against the call.
Does God Care Who Wins?
We love winners in the United States and look at successful people as self-made individuals. We give awards to winners but losers get nothing. We look at winners with envy and wish to be them. The famous West Virginia lottery winner Jack Whittaker faced unlucky events after he won. The winner of $315 million lost over $500,000 cash at a strip joint by thieves breaking into his car. His dead granddaughter, wrapped in a tarp, was found with illegal drugs in her body. His home burned down to the ground without insurance and was a total loss. He regretted winning the lottery a few years after winning at the death of his daughter. No matter how much he has, Jack Whittaker will one day die.
“I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.”
God Cares Who Lives
The fate of mankind is God’s great desire in the face of his greatest enemies. Our simple wishes of sports victories or lottery winnings pale in comparison to Death and Sin. His desire is so important his plan required complete faithfulness by his Son, Jesus Christ. During the prayer in the garden, Jesus asked the Father if the cup could pass but willingly accepted his Father’s plan.
All of God’s creation will cease to live according to Scriptures. The flowers and grasses will wither and die but God’s creation of the animals and mankind will return to the dust of the earth. However, man faces the chance of the Second Death–eternal separation from God. We have no understanding of what this means but God describes it in terrifying images. Death, Hell. and those who rebelled against God are cast in the lake of fire for eternity. Pain and agony encompass the lost but, a loving God wishes man will turn from their wicked ways and return to Him.
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