This is something I have on my heart to share in this difficult time we have in our world right now.
Is God Judging This World?
In connection with the Corona Virus that is currently sweeping this world, I have heard people quote scriptures and say that this is God who is angry and it is his punishment for the world and its sin. Not everyone says this directly, but some still believe that it is God who sent it and stands behind it. If the corona virus is a punishment or as a result of God’s wrath, Jesus would have died in vain.
We as Christians say that we are those who have the Good News, because the Gospel means that, but is this the reality for most Christians? Do we experience that it is good news for us? Many focus on avoiding hell and get to heaven one day, and that is Good News, but is it good news for us here and now, in the life we live right now?
Is the news that we are just some wicked sinners who hope to come to heaven one day if we do not sin too much or have remembered to confess every single little sin we have done since you were three years old, good news?
What about the news that you are a new creation, but you still have a dirty, dark part of your soul that you must try to crucify and suppress daily. Is this the good news?
How about the news that you have become righteous and holy, but you must constantly fight a fight to stay in it. Is this the good news? You are righteous and holy as a state, not in your identity. Is this good news?
You have become righteous in your spirit, but your soul and body are still partly or completely evil. Is this the good news?
Jesus has forgiven you all your sins, but if you do not daily confess your sins, or have forgotten to confess one, you are suddenly no longer forgiven. Is this the good news?
How about the truth that we are sons and daughters of God but that we may lose our salvation if we do something that God does not like, or something we say or a repeated sin we do. Is this the good news?