Brother Ron Barnes
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Is God Really In Control?
Dear Brother Ron
I'm getting confused. I keep hearing two things from religious people,
usually Christians: one is that God is omnipotent, has a plan for us all,
and that everything happens for a reason. The other is that God gave us free
will and won't intervene in our lives (why there is so much evil in the
world), and that there are some things out of God's power. I sometimes hear
these ideas coming from the same person. Please explain how these ideas can
coexist, or if one is wrong or one is right.
God is omnipotent. He has a plan for the universe and we are all part of
that plan. Explaining how free will fits into the equation gets a little
tricky so bear with me.
You and I may make individual choices about how we conduct our lives. But
God's plan is so perfectly constructed that our actions can not dismantle
it. Let's say you throw a big rock into a lake. It makes a big splash and
sends ripples to all parts of the lake. But eventually the ripples die down
and the lake is the same as it was before.
I am often amazed that we humans think we are powerful enough to subvert the
will of God. Hitler killed millions in an attempt to wipe out the Jews. I
believe his actions led directly to the formation of the state of Israel.
The Catholic Church killed thousands in an attempt to eliminate other
religions. Today we have a wider religious diversity than ever, thanks to
the First Amendment, which was inspired by the abuses of the churches.
So go ahead and live your life as you see fit. Your ripples will not drain