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Why do people that are not saved put others down?
On The Up And Up
Dear On The Up And Up,
People do things for a lot of different reasons, some legitimate, some not. Especially when people are living their lives outside of Christ, they are enslaved to sin, and they make all sorts of unhealthy decisions (Rom 6:17-18). It isn’t our job to judge or condemn those outside of Christ – God says that they will be judged by the Word (Jhn 12:48). It is our job to look past whatever harm or personal injury we may have suffered and strive to bring the truth of Christ to them. Don’t worry about what those who are lost do to you; worry for them and be a light (Matt 10:28).
In the Old Testament, God tells groups of people to go and completely wipe out another group. How can this be just? I believe I remember there was an instance where He did it to prove to the Israelites that He would be with them if they followed His directions. How can this be explained as an acceptable thing?
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Looking To Justify
Dear Looking To Justify,
God has to make complex decisions that allow individuals the freedom to choose while still keeping the rest of mankind safe. Every time that God has destroyed a nation, He has done it for the safety of other nations and because that nation had become so corrupt that it was unsalvageable (Gen 15:16, Gen 6:5). God knows that infants will be safe in His arms when that nation is destroyed, and it is important to remember that there is a difference between God taking someone’s life and a human making that decision. God is our Creator, and He is intimately aware of where we will go when we die – after all, He is the Judge (Heb 12:23).
When wicked nations are allowed to continue, they inhibit the possibility of future generations obeying God, and they are destructive influences on the rest of mankind. Thankfully, we have a God who knows where to draw the line – not too soon, and not too late.
I was in supervision. My job was high-pressured, and I was forced to step down. Now, I feel alone, embarrassed, and I truly feel others were undermining me and disrespecting me. How do I get my confidence back and feel better about working there? God had to break me in order to get my attention.
Dear Feeling Demoted,
A righteous man may fall seven times, but he gets back up again (Pr 24:16). We are defined more by how we accept failures than anything else. The greatest athletes are those that can regroup and rally after a bad game or difficult quarter. Humility is one of the most important traits in life (Jas 4:10). The humble improve. Think of this setback as a chance to focus on what really matters, and count your blessings. We count them blessed who endured hardship when we read about them in the Bible (Jas 5:11). Learn from your mistakes, forgive those who have harmed you, and be a shining light for Christ. As a Christian, your worth is so much more than your job. Christians have their hope of heaven as an anchor for their souls (Heb 6:19).
How long does God expect for you to help someone who is doing very little to help himself? This person also puts a huge guilt trip on me… saying that he will commit suicide, be homeless, and get on drugs if I make him take care of himself. What does God expect of me? I want to do right by my Savior.
Dear Feeling Conned,
The Bible says that there is a balance between helping people and enabling laziness and other sinful behavior. For example, God says that if someone won’t work, the cure is that they shouldn’t eat either (2 Thess 3:10). God commands us to not let people “mooch” off of us because that is just helping them to continue to sin.
Don’t get us wrong; God also says that it is very important that we help carry one another’s burdens in Gal 6:2. However, just three verses down in Gal 6:5, it says that everyone must also be ready to carry their own burdens. The point is this – we should ALWAYS help those who want to succeed, but when someone is unwilling to even try and carry their own weight… you can’t drag them to success.
I have a friend who is constantly asking why God didn't make us perfect in the first place since He knew we would fall. I've tried to explain His love in giving us free will, but she can't accept or understand that.
I've always known He created us for His glory, and giving us free will allows us an opportunity to do that by choosing His will for our lives. I just don't know how to relate to my friend in a way that she understands and accepts. Got any suggestions?
Dear Fumbling Friend,
You might try talking about the definition of ‘perfect’ with your friend. ‘Perfect’ means ‘complete’ or ‘having all the desirable and required elements’. Perfect doesn’t mean that something can’t be broken or fail. A car engine can be in perfect condition, and yet, if you don’t put oil in it – it will break. A house can be perfectly constructed and still be destroyed by an earthquake. When God made Adam and Eve, He made them without defect (Gen 1:31). They were made exactly as He intended them – in His image (Gen 1:26). Adam and Eve were designed with eternal souls and the ability to choose their own destiny. They were perfectly designed with the free will to choose to love God or to choose to rebel against Him. In fact, if mankind were designed so that it would be impossible for them to sin – they wouldn’t have free will. God has given us the great gift of choice, and it is up to us what we do with it (Deut 30:19). God could have made us without the freedom to choose, but then we wouldn’t be “in His image”… we would be automatons. If every parent had the choice between having a child that may break their heart or purchasing a robot that would obey their every command… well, the choice is obvious. A robot is no replacement for a child.