It may be difficult to accept that your circumstances
might be a result of your decisions.
There is a great distinction between personal faith and the law. Biblical law carries with it blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.
Galatians 3:11-14, 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. 13 Christ hath re- deemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
What we might interpret as evil is actually a manifestation of the curse of disobedience to the law. The responsibility for that manifestation rests on the one who is disobedient, not the one who established the law.
This concept is extremely important to understand. It is not a matter of semantics. It is a matter of personal responsibility. The order of the universe is one of cause and effect. There is no effect without a cause. Subsequently, when an effect is observed, there must be a cause. Identification of the cause can be extremely difficult or very painful in many situations. Effects follow causes (actions or decisions on the part of individuals). An entirely different view of one’s life and surroundings ensues from a full realization of the truth of this principle. Suddenly, things are actually fair and just, even though they are not always so pleasant to accept or fully understand!
Some of the biggest problems of humankind come when we try to protect ourselves from a cause and effect relationship. We may not have any concerns with being the cause of something, but we don’t want to suffer any of the effects. While trying to obscure the truth that may reveal that our own actions caused a situation that hurt us or someone else, we have a tendency to deflect our responsibility and condemn or blame others. This is called lying! In no place is this more evident than the world of politics, whether it be in public office or the corporate business world. When discovered, these deflections, or cover-ups, manifest in very public ways as they come to light.
Companies, employees, and even entire populations can suffer from the consequences of the lies of one or a few individuals trying to protect themselves from something they caused. It is much the same in our own personal and private lives.
For many, it is difficult to accept that circumstances of life, health, economics, and even death are subject to and dependent upon the decisions we make. The things that occur in our lives have causes.
However, it is much more convenient and emotionally comfortable to place blame and responsibility on someone else rather than ourselves. It is even politically correct to affix blame for actions away from individuals. And who better to blame than an ethereal, unseen, can-do-anything-He-wants sovereign God!
However, was it God that caused your grandfather to destroy his body with alcohol and drugs, potentially altering the genetics of his sperm? Did God force your grandmother to smoke and drink causing damage during her pregnancy with your parent? Did God cause those genetic or health mutations to occur which manifested as a disease in your body in your generation? Did God instill hatred, bigotry, racism, or rejection of Him into you or your ancestry?
NO, to all of them!
Jesus will set you free if you let Him !
I hope my blog posts help you grow in your faith and Biblical understanding. I would like to invite you on a journey of further spiritual growth by purchasing the Ideolatry Book and Study Guide. Together, these tools will give you a strong Biblical foundation when life is difficult to understand.
May the Lord bless you and keep you... Dr. Rich Masek
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