Only With God Can Events Have Meaning

Only in a universe created and governed by a personal, sovereign, and rational God; can events have meaning. To believe that any event in our lives happened for a reason while denying such a God is a serious flaw in reasoning.

8 thoughts on “Only With God Can Events Have Meaning

  1. I guess my short answer to your question would be, I don’t know what God’s purpose for every single event of suffering, injustice, and evil, but it is important to remember that just because I don’t have the answer to that question, it does not mean that the supposed problem of evil has now been proven to show a logical inconsistency in the theistic set.

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  2. I’m mainly questioning you on stressing the word “rational” when describing God and the universe which God created. “I don’t know what God’s purpose for every single event of suffering, injustice, and evil” is either. And no “it does not mean that the supposed problem of evil has now been proven to show a logical inconsistency in the theistic set.” It just means that God’s creation may not be entirely comprehensible through logic or a rational theistic set.

    In a world seemingly filled with suffering, injustice, and evil, I feel the need for a faith and a belief that goes beyond reason because I can’t understand God’s purpose in creating such a world. Maybe I’m asking for too much.

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  3. God is Spirit, and although Jesus showed us the father, the Holy Spirit will show us the work of the father and the Son. Father, Son and Holy Spirit these three, in them there is life,liberty and happiness, what else matters or what else is left to find out? Proverbs:3 verses 5 and 6.

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  4. Jmykellcollinz,

    There is a difference between us having full knowledge of God’s reasons for things and God not being fully logical or rational because of things he allows. It is true that there are many things we don’t know and won’t until we stand with God and he (hopefully) reveals them. That doesn’t make those things irrational. We just don’t have all the information. If God has a reason for allowing these things (such as Paul’s thorn in his flesh that caused Paul to depend on God all the more), then it is up to him if he tells us those reasons or not. On the other hand, if he is completely irrational and has no purpose behind the things that he allows in this world, then he isn’t really the God that scripture describes, and he isn’t any better than the gods of the Greeks who seemed so petty and flawed.

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  5. I appreciate the replies. I’m not trying to be argumentative or to comment off topic. So I’ll make it short. “Only in a universe created and governed by a personal, sovereign, and rational God; can events have meaning.” I don’t see the world as being that neat and tidy. I’m happy for you, sincerely.

    Many people today, like myself, are attempting to reconcile their belief in God with the existence of evil events which have no apparent rational meaning, finding it difficult to justify the behaviour of God insofar as God allows such meaningless, evil events to occur.

    I’m not saying God is irrational, no. My only conclusion is, God is asking us to follow, on faith alone, if necessary.

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    1. jmykellcollinz

      I think the book of Job sheds some light on these things. Job had some horrific things happen to him, he was visited and afflicted by Satan himself, and Job along with his friends begin to assess what has happened to him and why. In Chapter 38, God begins His questioning of Job and demands of Job answers to things that only God can know. Job responds, in Chapter 40 verse 4 & 5
      “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

      The God questioning Job is certainly rational and has a purpose for the afflictions He ordained to visit upon Job, and yet in the end Job is left with only trusting that His sovereign Lord is Faithful. God’s questioning, it seems , given the things that God has done, prove that He is faithful. I agree, faith alone in a sovereign, good and trustworthy God is Job’s only comfort, but that is the greatest comfort of all.

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