Is God involved in terrorist attacks?
The writer pastors the Church of God Big Sandy and is a regular columnist for The Journal.
By Dave Havir
BIG SANDY, Texas--Do you believe in the sovereignty of God? So do I.
In Deuteronomy 32:39 Moses wrote that God kills and makes alive and that God wounds and heals.
In Isaiah 45:7-9 Isaiah quoted God as saying that He forms the light and creates darkness and that He makes peace and creates evil. This phrase "create evil" in the King James Version is often described in other sources as meaning "to bring about calamity."
So I ask: How involved is the sovereign God in the terrorist attacks that keep occurring around the world?
As I share three theories with you, you will probably recognize your interpretation among the three.
Although other people may not believe your particular theory, they at least believe in the sovereignty of God.
Surely other people can acknowledge that you--even if you do not accept their theories--believe in the sovereignty of God as much as they do.
God plans and kills
Some people believe that God planned the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and He killed those people.
How does anyone come to such a conclusion?
A specific purpose
Other people believe that God allowed Satan and men to plan the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and to kill those people--for God's specific purpose.
How do these people come to such a conclusion?
Not a specific purpose
Yet other people believe that God allowed Satan and men to plan the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and to kill those people, even though God had no specific reason in mind for those specific incidents at those specific times.
In other words, they believe the basis of the second theory--with one major difference.
The second theory concludes that God used Satan and men to fulfill a specific purpose for the people involved.
This third theory concludes that God used Satan and men to fulfill a general purpose, but not a specific purpose for the people involved.
For the record, I hope people will be compassionate toward other people who believe an interpretation different from their own.
No matter which personal theory you believe, remember that God is sovereign.
Give honor and glory to our sovereign God.
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