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The question above is the Big Twisted Question. It is not intended to ask a direct question and expect a direct answer. It is intentionally twisted to make you give the answer the questioner wants you to make. He wants you to believe God is not worthy to be trusted and that you need to trust in yourself.

We have already looked at six misunderstandings. Let’s look at more.

People may also ask the Big Twisted Question when they have Misunderstandings of Mankind

Misunderstanding #7  Mankind is inherently good!

If people were really good, then we would have half of an argument for suffering.

The Truth: Mankind is not inherently good. Jesus point blank says you are evil (Matthew 7:11). Elsewhere God says,

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it (Jeremiah 17:9)?

For all of us have become like one who is unclean,

And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;

And all of us wither like a leaf,

And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6).

Misunderstanding #8  No one deserves to be abused!

This misunderstanding is actually true. No one on earth deserves to be abused. So now we come to a truer question, “Would you rather receive what you really deserve from God?”

The Truth: We all deserve to be cast into a lake of fire and burn forever.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

For the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23)

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:10).

Misunderstanding #9  God is not fair!

Perhaps this is the belief of Job’s wife when she said, "Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!" But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips (Job 2:9-10).

The Truth: In the end God will be fair. When Simon Peter came to understand this truth he said, "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality (Acts 10:34).

People may also ask the Big Twisted Question when they have a Misunderstanding of Satan

Misunderstanding #10  Satan’s strongest weapons inflict physical pain!

The Truth: Satan’s strongest weapons inflict emotional and mental pain.

Would you allow someone to slap you in the face if you knew you would receive a million dollars for every slap? If your answer is yes, then you understand that your emotions are not based primarily on physical senses, but on what you believe.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

When you know the truth you know that every trial you experience produces in you a far greater glory.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9)

You can actually count it all joy when you fall into multi-colored trials (James 1:2).

People may also ask the Big Twisted Question when they have Misunderstandings of Purpose

Misunderstanding #11  God cannot allow me to suffer pain, because the world revolves around me!

Very few people would admit they believe this.

The Truth: For sure the world revolves according to God’s purpose and plan. Oddly when other people thousands of miles away suffer terribly, very little concern usually exists. But when trials come our way, we now get agitated. How come we don’t have the same concern for others? We must believe that somehow we are at the center of God’s universe and we should not receive severe trials.

God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4). For some people to see their need for the Lord, we might have to experience the real pain. Just think of all the people over the millennia who have been benefited because of the story of Job.

Misunderstanding #12  Our purpose in life is to achieve the great American dream!

This misunderstanding leads people to believe their lives should be filled with comfort and pleasure.

The Truth: God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. On an individual basis God desires every person to have a very close relationship with Him. If trials draw us closer to God, then God will allow them:

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29).

If losing a limb, or living in jail causes us to draw closer to God then that becomes a viable option in God’s overall plans. Job understood this truth, for he said, "But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

Misunderstanding #13  How come so many “good people” die and many of the “bad people” still live?

The Truth: God is in control of the big picture.

What is so bad about Christians dying? Isn’t our purpose in life to have a close relationship with God, and being in heaven will fulfill that purpose? Hasn’t God said, Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones (Psalm 116:15)?

Now for the opposite side of this misunderstanding: why do non-Christians get more time to live on earth? God answers this in 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. God loves non-Christians so much and wants so much to have a relationship with them that God gives them more time to make this all important decision.

Misunderstanding #14  Why did the child have to die so early? He/she was not able to live a full life?

The Truth: If the person was a Christian then life in heaven will be far better than any life here on earth. If the person was not a Christian then the truths to previous misunderstandings above will provide understanding.

People may also ask the Big Twisted Question when they have Misunderstandings of Responsibility

Misunderstanding #15  All your suffering comes from your sin!

Eliphaz, one of Job’s “friends,” believed the same thing. In Job 4:7-9 he said,

"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent?

Or where were the upright destroyed?

"According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity

And those who sow trouble harvest it.

"By the breath of God they perish,

And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.

Later in the book Eliphaz said, Yield now and be at peace with Him; thereby good will come to you (Job 22:21). Do you see it? In essence he said, “Get your act right and your problems will end!”

The truth: Suffering may be a result of sin, but sometimes it comes simply because it is a part of life. Jesus suffered, and He did not do anything wrong. Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

Why does God allow evil?
part 2

November 18, 2018

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