Question 2 (Part 3 of 5): Why does God do nothing when tragedy strikes a young child?

***DISCLAIMER*** This article contains followup answers to statements from part 2 of this “Question 2” article (please read part 1 here and part 2 here if you have not done so already). These statements did come as they are shown in a big paragraph. For the sake of clarity, I have separated them into individual segments. I have also edited the statements for grammar. These answers are not exhaustive. Instead, they simply make a “best effort” in sufficiently answering the questions. I have added notes after each answer as needed.

  1. I do apologize for questioning your beliefs, but all of your answers regarding Tommy’s death seem to still point to it being because of someone else’s sin.

This is correct; Adam’s sin brought death and condemnation to all men (Genesis 2-3; Romans 5:12-21). As mentioned, Tommy did not inherit a sin per se; instead, he inherited a sin nature, thus preventing him from being entirely innocent (Psalm 51:5).

NOTE: After reviewing this answer as part of this post, I should have also added that Adam’s sin resulted in this world’s being fallen. Tragedies happen in this fallen world. Unfortunately, a tragedy claimed the life of young Tommy Jones. That might have addressed the questioner’s statement better.

  1. Tommy didn’t sin and it’s simply unfair and unjust that God wouldn’t help him.

To say that Tommy did not sin is pure speculation. At five, he may have had the mental capacity to sin. Then again, he may not have had such a thing. What is definitely clear is that he inherited a sin nature. To say that God is unfair and unjust in not helping him is to completely ignore the fact He is a merciful and just God based on what the Scriptures say. You may need to re-read the section from my first reply on how God is merciful.

NOTE: By “first reply”, I mean what I explained to him in part one of this article (hyperlink for said article is at the beginning of this post).

  1. I used to be a Christian until I read deep into the Bible. It just simply isn’t the Word of God at all, writings and scribes from people thousands of years ago who simply had no idea how the world works.

I see you state often that you used to be a Christian. I would like to submit this to you: real Christians do not lose their salvation, especially after reading the truth of God’s Word (see John 10:22-30; 6:37, 44; 17:6, 9, 12, 15, 19; 18:9; Romans 8:1-39; 3:28; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2-3; 1 John 2:1; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22). A real Christian is the opposite of natural man. The apostle Paul had something to say about natural man in 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB):

“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to them; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”

A true Christian would accept the things of the Spirit of God. There is no such thing as a Christian who no longer became a Christian after reading “deep into” God’s Word, which is all true and all powerful, among many other great things (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 4:12, 13:8; John 10:35). Those who claim to be Christians but supposedly no longer are them after reading God’s Word prove that they were never Christians from the start.

I see you also state that the Bible is “writings and scribes from people thousands of years ago who simply had no idea how the world works.” Given that you never lived in that time period (and neither did I), what makes you think you know for a fact that the people thousands of years ago had no idea how the world works? Do you personally know any of those people from thousands of years ago? Furthermore, how do you use such a viewpoint to state that the Bible is not the word of God at all?

NOTE: If you have read the first two parts of this “Question 2” article, you’ll see often that the questioner states often that he used to be a Christian. Based on my understanding of the Scriptures, this questioner could never have been a Christian if he continuously claims he used to be one. Real Christians do not lose their salvation. Please see this article here that explains why.

4. Unless you can come up with an answer without quoting over and over from that book, I am still stuck with my own awful conclusion.

Even if I was not to use the Bible, part of my answer technically did not need a Scripture quotation. After all, the reasons behind God’s not saving Tommy from physical death do amount to pure speculation. One could perhaps use a biblical text to support that reasoning. However, it is not necessarily mandatory in that aspect.

  1. The reason God didn’t help Tommy Jones that night is because He simply doesn’t exist. Therefore, He could not help. If I am wrong, however, then God has a lot of explaining to do with many sincere apologies!

God certainly does exist. However, He does not owe mankind an apology. Instead, mankind owes God an apology for breaking His holy law (Romans 3:23). Thankfully, God demonstrated His love to us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ (the infinite God-man and only way by which mankind may be saved), to die on the cross and rise from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase a place in heaven for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8; John 1:1, 14, 29; 1 Timothy 1:15; Isaiah 53:6; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Isaiah 43:11). Those who call on His name alone for salvation receive this free gift of eternal life (Romans 10:8-17; Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Acts 16:31). If anyone owes mankind an apology, it certainly is not God.

FINAL NOTE/PRAYER REQUEST

At this point, it has become apparent to me that this questioner was never a believer from the start. I am troubled by the fact this individual has rejected the truth of God’s Word and exchanged it for a lie (Romans 1). He did respond to my above answers (future post to follow). It seems he has embraced his rejection of God. This saddens me.

Please pray for this individual, whoever this person is. God does not wish for any to perish; He wishes for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). That includes this fellow who remains obviously deeply troubled by the tragic death of Tommy Jones. It appears he refuses to see the fact God is merciful and loving. Please pray his heart would soften to the truth of God’s Word and that he may repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

 

 

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