Summary: Part 6 of 10 in a series dedicated to debunking commonly held myths that we think are in the Bible but really aren't, myths that can and often do have devastating effects on our faith.
INTRODUCTION: “Everything happens for a reason” – that statement hanging on our wall, when taken at face value is 100% correct. Life is a cause=effect existence, every action has a reaction…
Event; Burning of Academic Hall (MU) in 1892 – Reason; First electric light bulb west of the Mississippi
Event; My friend Jake was killed in an automobile accident – Reason; he was intoxicated
Event; In the 8th grade I broke my wrist – Reason; I tripped while playing basketball
With moments like these, some carry huge implications, others not so much so. They indeed happened for a reason, however they were every day events, and the reasons for them were mundane not divine.
BACKGROUND: The distinction between the two is something that gets Christians and non-Christians into trouble, and transforms a “truth” into a “myth” one that negatively impacts our faith…
WE WANT TO KNOW THERE’S A REASON
• When things happen, especially “bad” things, we want to know that there is a reason for it, that it’s all part of God’s plan (or from week #3 “blueprint”) and that there was ultimately a “good” reason
• Now God does indeed have a plan, no matter what happens, God is in control, He is the King of the Universe, and above all else He is GOOD! (3 words to always remember)
• But that doesn’t mean that He’s the direct cause of everything that happens, or that everything that happens is something He wanted to happen, nor does it mean that everything He “allows” is “good”
• For instance; God didn’t cause – Lucifer and his buddies to rebel, Adam and Eve to eat that darned fruit, David to sleep with Bathsheba, Cain to kill Able, the crowd to cry out “Barabbas” instead of “Jesus,” or the Romans to nail Him to the cross…
• Those who carried out these deeds, bear full responsibility for their actions, it’s the same with us they can’t blame God, and neither can we. Adam tried (Genesis 3:12) and look where it got him!
SO WHERE DO WE GET THIS IDEA?
• Like all of the myth’s we’ve looked at so far, this one comes from a passage of scripture that doesn’t say what we think it says, and doesn’t mean what we think it means (Romans 8:28)
• This is the proof-text for the “everything-is-good-if-you-wait-long-enough” crowd
• Now it appears to say that, given enough time, everything, that happens will prove to have been, “good,” “necessary,” and “God ordained”
• At the heart of our confusion is a minor issue of translation from the Greek into the English
• Compare the translation of this verse KJV & NIV – they look almost identical, and they should!
• But do we notice the difference? It doesn’t say that all things are good, but that “IN” all things God is at work – in other words even the enemies best shot can’t thwart God’s ultimate plan