Is God good all the time?

18 04 2007

question.jpgA popular saying goes, “God is good all the time – all the time God is good.”

I wonder what people mean when they say that. Do you say it?

Many question the goodness of God when something horrific happens. Was God good when Cho Seung-Hui opened fire at Virginia Tech University Monday, killing 32 people?

How could a good God let that happen? It’s the classic problem of evil.

Every generation of believers must struggle with this issue. Those who are Christ-followers must prepare to answer those who will inevitably ask.   How will you answer this difficult question?       

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18 04 2007
ummadam

No I don’t say God is God. I say, God is The Greatest!
As far as God allowing bad things to happen, it is part of my faith that I believe in the divine decree, the good and the bad thereof. Everything happens for a reason and God is Most Wise.

20 04 2007
abyssalleviathin

A popular saying goes, “God is good all the time – all the time God is good.”

I wonder what people mean when they say that. Do you say it?

Hmm… I’ve never heard that phrase before.

Every generation of believers must struggle with this issue. Those who are Christ-followers must prepare to answer those who will inevitably ask. How will you answer this difficult question?

I honestly don’t know. Better minds than me have wrestled with this one and it doesn’t seem that we have a full staisfactory answer.

Was God good when Cho Seung-Hui opened fire at Virginia Tech University Monday, killing 32 people?

On the surface I’d say yes, he was just letting Cho have his own free will. But, couldn’t God have allowed Cho to attempt to go through with it but then made his gun jam? Cho would have freely exercised his will, but nobody would have died… and what about natural disasters where free will isn’t even part of the equation? I just don’t know. The problem of evil confounds me. 😦

20 04 2007
ummadam

Good and evil are both ordained by God. You know that patince and perseverance in the face of trials and tribulations is a part of faith. These tragedies could be used as a test for the survivors, loved one’s, and the general society. Maybe like a wake up call, so that you can reflect and make some changes.

I’d like to share with you one of the sayings of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him):

It is reported on the authority of `Ubadah Ibn As-Samit (ra ) that he said to his son: “Oh, son! You will never taste true faith until you know that whatever afflicts you would not have missed you, and whatever has missed you would never have come to you. I heard the Messenger of God say: “The first thing God created was the pen; He commanded it to write. It said: “My Lord! What shall I write?” He said: “Write down what has been ordained for all things until the establishment of the Hour.”

Death is the decree of God upon every human being. It can’t be stopped. Whatever way it comes, death will approach every person.

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