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Commentary: God is more powerful than pastor claims

August 15, 2012|By Richard M. Roth

I am sending a letter of response to the On Faith column published by Pastor Mark Wiley on Aug. 2 titled "Thoughts on God, the shooting and love." Thankfully, God in this case was in caps. There are many areas of disagreement, but as a reformed Christian, I want to focus on what I believe is the most egregious error in this case when it comes to an attribute of God, on which, among true Christians, there should be no argument, and that relates to the Almighty God's omnipotence.

True, Christianity leaves no room for error in this regard. He is the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, which, in and of itself, should cast no doubt on His power over everything He has created, yes, even every one of His creatures, even man Himself. He can withhold His power if He chooses to do so, and the horror that took place in Aurora is one of many horrors throughout history where he apparently has done so. Why, we often ask, would a loving God not intervene? I have no argument with "God is love", not "If…," as was stated, but He "is" and will always be. The other side of the coin relates to God's righteousness, His holiness, which is too often not acknowledged in the "Christian" faith. Ignoring this side of God is what gets man in trouble, and with that can come the horror and immense tragedy seen recently in Aurora. God will judge all evil, according to His timetable worked out before His creation of the world, for He is also a just and righteous God. Has He not said and is it not written, "Vengeance is Mine"?

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The answer to "Why would a loving God allow bad things to happen?" is impossible to understand for anyone who does not know and understand who this God truly is as revealed in His Word, Holy Scripture, and through the Word Incarnate His only begotten Son, who was sent into the world to take away the sins of men, women and children who would put their faith and trust in Him as their Lord and Redeemer.

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