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What could God’s purpose be in allowing people to fall?? What could God’s purpose be in choosing not to prevent abuse?? Why doesn’t He answer the various desperate prayers from people who genuinely love Him and are desperate for healing of some aspect in their lives?? Why does He not help people who love Him and are desperate to avoid something?? Why does He allow the very thing they dread come to pass??


Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Today I present another post.

As of now, I am on vacation until further notice … probably about a week and a half. I’ll be posting very short posts during my time off. It’s not my usual content, but I hope I’ll give you something worth reading every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This is the second of my vacation posts for the summer. Not sure exactly how long these short posts will go on, but at least for the next week or so. There’s more than one reason I feel the need for a vacation. I had some stress built up, that’s for sure. But besides that, I’m also struggling with some questions in my Faith. It’s a strange time for me in my relationship with God.

I guess one way I could try to describe it would be that I want “a vacation from God.” Like in a human relationship, I want some time apart, I want some time to myself. Because I have questions about God that have kind of disturbed me and brought my Faith down (drained my Faith battery). So I want to be more relaxed in the labor of writing this blog while I take time to contemplate those questions.

That being said, I know it’s futile to take a vacation from God. God is always with us and there’s nothing we can do to avoid being under his gaze. But still, a vacation from God is the kind of attitude I have right now.

The first of the questions making me struggle right now I’ve written about in a recent post. It was entitled, “Why, God, Why??” and I encourage you to check it out.

I’ve been reading (and writing about) many stories of abuse and misconduct in the church. Besides what I’ve written about, I’ve also been looking at stories of bullying in the church, mental and emotional abuse, hatred and bigotry in the church, and all sorts of un-Christlike behavior in the church. And the incidents described in these stories, they usually result in the narrator leaving the church. Often times leaving Christianity and Jesus altogether. And it just makes me wonder, what could God’s purpose in this possibly be??

Nothing happens in this world without God either causing it or allowing it. So why does God allow bullying and abuse and so much more in His church?? Why does He allow people to be abused in His church, so they will (naturally and understandably) leave the church and the Faith?? And does God really judge the people who leave His church because of that?? Would He really do that?? Because it’s really not their fault!!

What could God’s purpose be in allowing people to fall?? What could God’s purpose be in choosing not to prevent abuse?? Why doesn’t He answer the various desperate prayers from people who genuinely love Him and are desperate for healing of some aspect in their lives?? Why does He not help people who love Him and are desperate to avoid something?? Why does He allow the very thing they dread come to pass??

These are common questions, so I know most of the common answers to them. Things like Isaiah 55:8, or that God will never override man’s free will (although He does do exactly that at a few points in the Bible). And the #1 most common is that “everything God does, He does for His Glory.” Meaning that everything that happens is meant to reveal God’s Glory somehow.

But, well, sometimes those stock answers fall a little flat. Sometimes I want more, though I understand that’s an attitude that shows weak Faith. But it’s because sometimes the problems of life are a little too Isaiah 55:8 for me. Sometimes I want more answers, better answers.

I have to be content to never get those answers on this side of eternity. That’s part of having Faith. The Bible never says having Faith is easy. Questions like these are an integral part of the Christian Walk. I know it, and I accept it. And I accept not having answers. But nothing in our Scriptures says I have to like it or enjoy it. Nor does it say anywhere that I can’t ask these questions to begin with.

These kinds of doubts we all have to answer for ourselves; we need to find our own answers because only those will mean anything to us. Nevertheless, I welcome all your responses in the comments below. What do you think about why God allows what He does?? Please let us all know.


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