¿DONDÉ ESTABA DIOS CUANDO LLEGÓ EL DESASTRE?

¿DONDÉ ESTABA DIOS CUANDO LLEGÓ EL DESASTRE?

            La respuesta a esa pregunta es tan simple. Dios estaba en el mismo lugar de siempre, sentado en su trono siendo el soberano del universo. Hace algún tiempo algunos hermanos resultaron un tanto molestos al escuchar que los desastres naturalez pueden ayudarnos para bien. Recientemente (hace 4 años) el huracán Otto había terminado con la vida de ocho personas y practicamente había desaparecido la ciudad de Upala en Costa Rica. Todo un país se unío para ayudar a quienes lo habían perdido todo. Muchas personas buscaban ( la gran mayoria de veces) en lugares equivocados a Dios, el ser supremo del universo y por supuesto más de una docena de personas al saber que soy ministro cristiano aprovechaban para hacer la pregunta: ¿Dónde estába Dios cuando llegó el desastre?

DESASTRE

¿DONDÉ ESTABA DIOS CUANDO LLEGÓ EL DESASTRE?

            Los desastres son parte de nuestro mundo como el sol, la lluvia, las plantas (Auque necesitamos realmente abordar esto más adelante). Más allá de simple curiosidad, la pregunta envuelve la idea de querer culpar a Dios por todas las personas que sufren y mueren a causa de los desastres. Entonces se formula otra pregunta, dicho sea de paso bastante validad: ¿Si Dios es todopoderoso, porqué no hace algo para prevenir los desastres o al menos que la gente no muera a causa de ellos?. En una ocación un niño preguntó algo similiar a su papá. ¿Papá, porqué Dios no detiene las guerras donde muere tanta gente inocente?- El padre le respondió: Hijo mio, porque Dios no las inició.

            Está claro que muchos desastres naturalez son producidos a consecuencia de la misma contaminación del ser humano y de la falta de respeto a la naturaleza, todavia nos intriga; ¿Porqué Dios no hace algo, auque él no esté provocando el desastre?. Aquí es donde deseamos pasar el resto de nuestro tiempo para esta oportunidad.

            Hay por lo menos 3 falacias lógicas detrás de la idea en la pregunta, conocidas como:

1.     Falacia en el planteamiento de la pregunta.

2.     Confusión incesaria entre verdad y precisión. 

3.     Confusión de cosmovición.[1]

La pregunta está mal formula, puede que Dios esté haciendo algo y simplemente no se lo está informando al hombre. La número dos“…he aquí yo estoy con vosotros todos los días hasta el fin del mundo.” (Mt.28:20) (y los libraré de todos los desastres que ocurran siempre) aquí es donde se confunde una verdad con la presición. Las frases son tan ciertas pero no igualmente precisas, el Señor no establece el grado de presición pero si ratifica la verdad. Aún en medio del desastre, Dios está con sus hijos. Y por último la confusión de la cosmovisión es una falacia que consiste en pensar que la experiencia indiviual de alguien y la interpretación de la realidad son marcos adecuados para sacar conclusiones e interpretar textos Biblicos.

Por ejemplo. En Amós 4, el Señor usa cuatro elementos de la naturaleza para traer a su Pueblo Israel al arrepentimiento, observe: 1Hambre (4:6), 2) Escases (4:7), 3) Pobreza (4:9), 4) Muerte (4:10). Permitanos aclarar que estas calamidades  no eran castigo, como afirmaban los amigos de Job al venirle todos esos males (Job 5:17), eso es confusión de la cosmovisión. En Amós Dios ofrece una oportunidad a Israel para arrepentirse antes de que viniera el verdadero castigo (el cautiverio). De hecho es muy probable que Amós alla escrito estas profecias despúes del terromoto.  Coinsido con las palabras del hermano Hommer Hailey quien escribe en su comentario al respecto: Si la toma de la ciudad fue a causa del terrmoto y este es el de 1:1, esto significa que Amós escribió estas profecias despúes del terrmoto e incluye este incidente en su libro. [2] Dios está siendo tan paciente que les está concediendo oportunidades o “cachetadas” para que despierten y se arrepientan antes de que venga el castigo. Babilonia llegó con todas sus fuerzas y ellos tristemente no escucharon a Dios. Estimado lector Dios trata de hacernos despertar tantas vces en nuestras vidas, para que nos volvamos a él antes de que la condenación final sea pronunciada sobre nosotros. El infierno es sin duda un lugar espantoso donde el gusano de ellos no muere, y el fuego nunca se apaga.” (Mr.9:44). Cualquier desastre natural que pueda ocurrir en nuestros días simplemnete debe de “reubicar” nuestra mirada al cielo y entender que por esta tierra solo estamos de visita (1Pe.2:11). De acuerdo a las estadisticas 153000 personas mueren cada día en el mundo. Si Dios deja morir a una persona en un desastre natural es porque de todas formas esa persona tenía que morir, por el principio establecido en Hebreos 9:27. El asunto no es; ¿Dónde estaba Dios cuando llegó el desastre? El asunto real es que ya Dios hizo todo lo que estuvo a su alzance al mandar a su hijo para evitar que usted y yo pasemos por el verdadero desastre “Y esta es la voluntad del Padre, el que me envió: Que de todo lo que me diere, no pierda yo nada, sino que lo resucite en el día postrero.”  

El hermano Wayne Jakson escribe:

 Del mismo modo, las condiciones arruinadas del mundo de hoy, que son el resultado de la rebelión de nuestro antepasado contra Dios, son el precio que hemos recogido debido al pecado humano, porque la humanidad continúa el legado de la corrupción característica de nuestros ancestros antiguos (Génesis 6 : 5,11; cf. Romanos 8: 20-22; 2 Pedro 3: 5-7). (Wayne Jackson. “Why Do Natural Disasters Happen?” ChristianCourier.com. Access date: April 28, 2020).

Dios es bueno y no desea que nosotros suframos por toda una eternidad. ¿Dónde estaba Dios? Sentado en su trono, reinando. En el mismo lugar como cuando murió su hijo,  y fue; escupido, traicionado, burlado, desfigurado por amor suyo y mio. En vez de criticar a Dios, por los desastres naturales más bien el hombre necesita ser humillado acercarse a su creador y decir como la gran multitud de Apocalipsis 7:10 “…La salvación pertenece a nuestro Dios que está sentado en el trono y al cordero.” 

REFERENCIAS

 

Carson, D.A. “Falacias exegéticas, falacias lógicas” (Baker Academy, Barcelona España;

Editorial Clie, 2013) pg. 110.

Hailey, Homer. “A commentary on the minor prophets” (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Barker 

Book House, 1972) pg. 105. 

 

Jackson, Wayne. “Why Do Natural Disasters Happen?” ChristianCourier.com. Access 

date: April 28, 2020. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/939-why-do-natural-

disasters-happen


[1] Carson, D.A. “Falacias exegéticas, falacias lógicas” (Editorial Clie; 2013)pg. 110.

[2] Hailey, Homer. “A commentary on the minor prophets” (Baker book house, 1972) pg.105         

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Spiritual Loneliness

Loneliness

Well, another separated, segregated, socially-distanced and ‘virtually realized’ Lord’s Day has now come and gone. Although many of us enjoyed the sacred privilege of spirit and truth worship on Sunday, we still continue to experience a certain level of sadness and spiritual loneliness due to the sustained lack of personal fellowship with our brothers and sisters that we are having to suffer through.

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Feeling a bit of loneliness?

The Bible tells us that Jesus was made like us in all things, and tempted like us in all things, so that He could sympathize with and help us in all things (Heb. 2:17-18, 4:14-16). As this life-altering, self-quarantining, and social distancing chaos continues to drone on and seeks to drag us all down on a daily basis, we may be tempted to think, “Well, I don’t recall reading where Jesus ever went through anything like this. How can He possibly sympathize with what I’m going through right now?” May I suggest that He did, He does, and because He did and does so strongly, that He is still the only source of the real strength we need in order to get us all through this.

Life-altering:Neither the life-changing sacrifices that so many of us have been forced to make in this fight against the Coronavirus, or even all of them taken together world-wide, can begin to compare with the infinitely life-altering changes that Jesus chose to make, in order to come and win our battle against the far deadlier and more widespread virus of sin.Having been with God the Father and at home with Him in heaven since before time began, Jesus sacrificed the glories of heaven, for the sufferings of earth (Jn. 1:1-3; Phil. 2:5-8).

Self-quarantining:When Jesus left the glories of heaven and equality with God behind in order to come to earth and die for our sins, He voluntarily quarantined Himself in a lowly body of human flesh (Jn. 1:14); being made like His brethren in all things so that he could experience– and conquer – death for everyone (Hebs. 2:14-18). Thus, His became a situation that would not only temporarily cost Him the closeness of His nearest and dearest of earthly friends (Matt. 26:56b; Jn. 16:32), but also that of His heavenly Father (Matt. 27:46).

Social Distancing:There were a number of times during Jesus’ earthly life when He and/or His family had to suddenly distance themselves from others, and for a variety of different reasons (Matt. 2:13-15; Mk. 5:14-21; Jn. 11:1-15, 54, 13:36, 14:1-3,18:1-8).

The point of this, is simply this: Jesus knows; Jesus cares; and Jesus definitely understands. In days to come, whenever this starts to wear on you again and you are tempted to lose heart, just remember: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:14-16).

God bless. God be thanked. To God be the glory; always and in all ways.

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The Blessing of Jacob

The Blessing of Jacob

The ancient practice of an elderly father pronouncing a blessing upon his children is vividly seen when Jacob’s children assembled before him in Genesis 49. He called his sons together to “….tell them what shall befall you in the last days” (verse 1). He revealed what lay ahead for them. The Divine record of Jewish history shows God gave Jacob such insight. “And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.”

His words to Joseph are filled with lessons which can help us today. He first talked about Joseph being like a fruitful bough, planted beside a well with branches spreading in every direction. This happened, for when the Jews left Egypt the number of his descendants outnumbered any other tribe.

The spiritual lessons from this blessing come as Jacob looked at all that had happened in Joseph’s past. “The archers have bitterly grieved him. Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength.” As Joseph heard these words, he could no doubt recall that day when his own brothers “shot their arrows of hate” as they decided to kill him. That hate was seen again when they sold him for twenty pieces of silver. There were those arrows of hate which came his way when Potiphar’s wife lied about him. They continued as he spent more than a decade in an Egyptian prison.

However, his bow remained in strength. We read the text, but Joseph lived the text. As God described Joseph’s life, He said, “The Lord was with him” and made whatever he did to prosper (Gen. 39:3, 23). Herein lies the strength for our faithful service to our Master. God is with us!

Look again at the text. “The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.” The power in his life to overcome trials that came his way was not from his own inward strength. It was from God. Joseph was strong as a teen in Egypt and was strong as he watched his father die. We must learn the lesson that any strength that we have does not come from us but from the Almighty.

Jacob reminded Joseph his help came from the Lord when he further described God. He was the Mighty God of Jacob, the Shepherd and the Stone of Israel (Gen. 49:44). The twenty-third psalm would not be written until a thousand years later, but Jacob and Joseph knew God was the Shepherd. He was the source of strength and comfort. Read Jacob’s words and make them part of your soul.

God is the Stone of Israel and He is the Stone of Christians. God help us to be wise enough to build our house on the Rock and not on shifting sand.

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No New Articles Until June

Due to the death of a dear friend, mentor, and brother in Christ, no new articles will be posted for the remainder of May as I travel and spend time with his friends and family.  Johnny Hicks has played a large part in my life and helping me to grow into the type of man God wants me to be.  Please pray for his family in their loss, but know he was a faithful man of God and has left this world to a far better place.

Johnny

Waiting to see you again.

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Ezekiel 9

Ezekiel 9

Ezekiel 9 is a vision of God’s servants’ cleansing Israel. God tells a servant with an ink horn to put a mark on the forehead of all of those who “sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within [the temple]” (Ezekiel 9:4). These are spared. He tells his servants with battle-axes to kill the rest and to “begin at My sanctuary.” Ezekiel laments the loss of God’s people, but God responds, “My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head” (Ezekiel 9:10).

ezekiel 9

God will judge the wicked.

The interpretation of this vision is in Ezekiel 11:14-21. God explains that He will gather His people from where they have been scattered and give Israel to them. God says, “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God” (Ezekiel 11:19-20).  What will be the fate of the rest? “But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” (Ezekiel 11:21-22).

Peter alludes to Ezekiel’s prophecy in 1 Peter 4:17: “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” For the wicked, who will not change their hearts and turn to God, their deeds are on their own heads. David understood. He wrote, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts….” (Psalm 51:6).

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