David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

God and Evil

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The 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the Asian Tsunami, more recently the earthquakes in Haiti, as well as our own personal challenges (such as my having cancer) can raise questions in peoples’ minds about the meaning of “life, the universe and everything.” Some hearts and minds are turned to God by these events . And all over the world many more peoples’ hearts and minds struggle with this issue: “Where is God?” “How can a God of love and power allow such things to happen?”.

An answer to this question requires a book-length response, which I may actually yet write if I get through the present trial and God grants me time. Meanwhile, here are some biblical truths that we must hold on to at a time like this:

1. God originally created the world and all that was in it “very good” (Gen. 1:31).

2. The crown and pinnacle of this good creation was humanity made in the image of God to be stewards over the earth, under him, on his behalf. To be capable of fulfilling this great calling humanity had to capable of exercising free will (Gen. 1:26-29).

3. The whole world is now fallen and bound over to sin (Gen. 3, Rom. 8:18-39). In less theological language, God’s appropriate responses to our wrong doing (in rare instances) and mostly the accumulated damage of all the bad choices all of us have made, since our first parents, has left this world in a mess that we can’t get ourselves out of.

4. God is working on making the world anew. For now it is one person or family at a time. But there is a whole new world coming, free from the curse, sin and death (Rev. 21:1 c.f. 2 Pet. 3:7-13). The true Christian view of salvation is not the salvation of individual “souls” to heaven when we die, but the resurrection to life of whole people to live forever in a renewed and perfected earth.

5. Meanwhile, the “trials” I have experienced in this life have made me a better person not just in this life but I will be  a better person in the next.

6. Looking back (or if we can learn to see things now from the perspective of eternity), even a life time of troubles becomes infinitely small in comparison to eternity. Someone once said that this life is like the title page of a book that is yet to be written. I don’t mean that nothing we do here counts for anything. Far from it. But everything has to be seen in the light of eternity: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” – Apostle Paul, 2Cor. 4:17.


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April 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

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  1. Thank you, Dave. You’re faith and attitude are so helpful.

    May Jesus be all over you today.

    – Tim

    Tim Fox

    April 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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