What’s wrong with God? Why doesn’t He answer all our prayers? Even well-meaning, selfless prayers for other people? Why does He let innocent children across the world suffer and die? He has the power, after all. All He has to do is will it, and all pain and sadness will end! So why doesn’t the God of love do it?
Why didn’t He save 6 million of His people from the Holocaust? All He had to do was give Hitler a heart attack, and World War II would never have happened in the first place! How could that NOT be in the plans of a God of love?
Well, what if we could change the past by bugging God relentlessly and accusing Him of neglect? This is how it might turn out… (Inspired by the storyline of the Red Alert series)
ALTERNATE REALITY HISTORY OF EARTH:
God, we want You to stop Hitler before he ever brings suffering and misery to this world! Don’t You care about the millions who died? You can stop it from happening You know. So why don’t You? What an uncaring God!
1930s: Days before he would have taken power in Germany, Adolf Hitler dies from a mysterious heart attack. The Nazi Party never unites the nation, and World War II is not initiated by the Germans.
Wow! That was so cool, God! Looks like You do answer worthy prayers after all!
1940s: With no major rivals in Europe, Josef Stalin sees a ripe opportunity. Gathering an army of millions and building thousands of cheap but sturdy tanks, he launches a massive invasion. Europe, Asia and Africa fall beneath the heel of Soviet Russia and a long winter of inhuman suffering begins.
Adoi, God! What a huge mistake YOU made! Even more people are going to suffer and die from worldwide communist control! Some more, they are forced to not believe in You. Such a huge blunder!
1950s: Protected from immediate invasion by the vast Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Americas quickly prepare a counter-strike. While the UWSR (Union of World Socialist Republics) is busy trying to subdue dozens of newly intergrated nations, the USA develops futuristic new superweapons to even the odds.
When the time is right, an alliance of free nations (including the USA, Canada, Central and South Americas, Australia and New Zealand) launch a campaign to defeat the Commies. By 1960, they have won. The world is free to progress without the purges and inhumanity of the Communists.
Free trade and open flow of information brings unprecedented advancement to human civilization. Without a Cold War to fight and nuclear war to deter, nations focus on peaceful scientific research. Soon, all poverty, disease and hunger are eliminated. Humanity reaches a true worldwide Golden Age.
Woo-hoo! So You actually knew what You were doing, God! No hundreds of millions of deaths from Communist rule during the Cold War! God, You are the best!
2000s: Jealous and afraid of our great achievements, alien invaders blow up the entire Solar System.
The moral of this fanciful story? God’s wisdom is far greater, deeper and far-reaching than all our puny intellects combined. He is the infinite, so trust Him to make decisions that affect infinity. He knows best.
When something bad happens, we shouldn’t immediately pick up a bullhorn and curse God for not preventing it. He has something planned for the good. No matter how terrible something may seem, God will use it for the greatest good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
After all, isn’t that how one would describe Jesus’ death on the cross?
So whatever suffering we may see in our short lives on this earth, trust and have faith that when the time is right… He will make everything good.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
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