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10/15/14 ­ Your Life: God¹s Will Versus Man¹s Happiness ­ Part 2

Published: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And the Word of God says,

"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”  John 9:1-2

Last week, I introduced the story of the man who had been blind from birth.  The disciples asked Jesus if the man’s blindness was caused by someone’s sin: the man while a baby in the womb or the parents?   Several questions were raised regarding sins and God.  Does God use sin to give someone a physical or mental defect?  Is it fair for God to allow suffering so that He can explain His Will to us?  Is God’s Number One priority to make people happy regardless of sins?  These are some tough questions with answers that will not sit too well with many Christians. 

 

The disciples were sure that a person’s misfortune was because of sin.  Many Christians today have a similar misunderstanding of sin and the role that God plays in their sins.  As human beings, we should not be creating our own philosophy of sin.  The Bible is clear that sin is disobedience to God.  God hates sin because it separates people from Him.  Christ died as payment for the judgment of your sins.  It was God’s perfect will that had Jesus die on the cross for our sins.  For a human being to add something to the forgiveness of sins that requires any action on their part is to make useless the death of Christ on the cross.

Jesus told his disciples that neither the man nor his parents had sinned.  Jesus plainly told them that they were wrong!  It is so easy for human beings to attach an “action-reaction” theology to their sins.  If we sin, we believe God will punish us.  If we are hurting, then we must have committed some sin, and God is getting back at us.  I cannot find anywhere in the Bible that the “action-reaction” applies to sin and God.  There is no punitive action by God regarding sin.  All the sins of everyone who has ever lived were forgiven on that cross through the blood of Christ.  To add anything to that fact is to blaspheme the work of Christ on the cross.

This implies that there is only one unpardonable sin – not accepting God’s will to reconcile man’s sins through the blood of Christ shed on the cross.   Another way of putting this is not accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  People without Christ do not commit sins other than not believing God’s perfect will of Christ on the cross and making Jesus Lord and Savior of their eternal life.  We are so quick to put our own happiness and creature comforts ahead of God’s will.  I say this because it is heresy to believe that God wants you happy while you are living in sin.  Let me say this loud and clear, “God’s Will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”   His Love is the highest form of a relationship that can exist, and it’s between God and Believers.

Christians, on the other hand, commit thousands upon thousands of sins and need to understand how God deals with those sins (forgiven and forgotten.) Please don’t confuse “consequences” of our sins with the judgment of our sins.  These are two totally different thoughts.   When the Bible says that the sins of the fathers are visited on their children and their children’s children, I believe it is talking about the circumstances of sins.  A baby born to a drug-addicted mother suffers the damage done by the drugs taken by the mother.  God does not hold that baby accountable for those sins.  In addition, God can use this situation for His glory.  This is the same truth we find with this man born blind.

God would prefer that we see how much He LOVES us because of Christ taking on the judgment for our sins.  For some reason or other, Christians want to manage their sins.  Christians erroneously think that some sins are not as bad as others.  An extremely damaging error about sin is when a Christian thinks, “If I am committing a sin that makes me happy, it’s OK because God wants me happy.”  All of these thoughts about sin are straight from Satan’s lies, and too many Christians have adopted them as their philosophy of sin.

Finally, Jesus told his disciples that the man was born blind to demonstrate the works of God.  The entire life of the blind man was for the glory of God.  Can you accept that in your life?  Can you continue to trust and love a God that will use suffering for His will to be done?  All I can say to you is that God places different values on things that we would have a hard time accepting. 

God works in His Kingdom.  We live in the kingdom of this world.  In God’s Kingdom, God does not see any problem with a man who was born blind and lived for 20+ years not being able to see anything.  God’s works are more important than 20+ years of eyesight to a man.  Think about that!  It is this point that God talks about rejoicing in our sufferings.  As Christians, our feelings toward our sufferings are probably the most frequently misunderstood aspect of our living in God’s Kingdom.  Jesus was living in God’s Kingdom when He suffered and died in this world.  Jesus knew that this was God’s perfect will.  He even prayed for the agony and suffering of the cross be removed from His life.  BUT, He prayed to God, “Not my will, but your will be done.”  As Christians, we need to have this same attitude toward all of our suffering. 

This is some difficult teaching, but I ask you to consider this story from God’s point of view.   Ponder in your mind how you deal with sin and compare it to the way God deals with your sin.  It’s about time that all Christians got on the same page as God when it comes to sin, suffering, and their personal happiness.  He loves you so much that He sacrificed His own Son because of your sins.  Your obedience to God is not from trying to obey a set of rules (that we create), but rather your obedience is strongly motivated by the LOVE that God has for you.  All God wants from you about your sin is to agree with God that you have sinned (see 1 John 1:9).  Agreement means that you acknowledge to Him your specific sin and know that He has already forgiven and forgotten your sin.  The next time you are confronted with the temptation to sin, think of His Love and His perfect will, and not your strength to overcome the temptation.  Always live in God’s Kingdom and not the kingdom of this world.

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