Why Did God Let This Happen?

September 11, 2011

“For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one the many will be righteous.” – Romans 5:19

This very day, September 11, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. And even now, after ten years, one of the most common questions I hear is, “How could a loving God allow so much suffering and evil in the world? How could He have allowed this horrible thing happen to us?”

Those are tough to answer. Philosophers and theologians have struggled with this forever. There is no completely adequate answer, but it’s important to remember that God is blamed for a lot of things that man does wrong on his own.

When God created man, He gave us all a free will. He didn’t program us as robots to always do what’s right or what He wants. Robots have no choice, but humans do. We can choose to trust and obey God, or we can do things our own way.

From the first man and woman, each person has chosen to go his or her own way, rather than God’s way. The result of man’s sin is disease, suffering, and death.

God did something pretty dramatic to confront the problem: He humbled Himself to become one of us in the person of Jesus Christ, to show us how to live. Even more, Christ came to die for us. Through faith in Him, one person at a time, maybe we, as a nation, can begin to reverse this cycle of evil and suffering.