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"How can a loving God do this to me?"
I've asked Him the question before, and He's never taken the time to
answer me. Others have asked me the question, and I've never known how
to answer them.
Whenever a controversy arose in the early church, the church fathers
got together and wrote a creed. The Gnostics couldn't believe that Jesus
was equally God and man so the early church fathers formulated THE NICENE
CREED in 325 A.D. that says "We believe in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And
in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the
Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very
God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father by whom
all things were made . . ."
Enough said. Jesus is fully God and Jesus was fully man. Though impossible
from a human standpoint, by faith, we know this as one of God's great mysteries
and accept it by faith.
If Christian theologians could agree to have a faith summit today, I'd
like them to answer the question, "How can a loving God do this to
me?" If we could get them together before the end of the year, we
could name it the Y2K CREED.
I've never considered myself a great theologian. Sure, I've had plenty
of schooling, after all, I've completed the 22nd grade, but
I've never been comfortable with the title. It elicits thoughts of larger-than-life,
bearded men, whose deep base voice reverberate profound spiritual truth.
Me? I'm just a country preacher with a tattered Bible and more questions
than answers. I'm not sure why trials come, but I do know that every time
they do, God makes those He created in His image, more like Him.