The myth: if we follow God by placing trust in Jesus Christ, everything physically will be as we like IN THIS LIFE. The CERTAIN WAY to health or wealth is to let God in Christ pull us to our physical dreams. The gospel is all about ME and WHAT I WANT.
The reality: godly people endure and suffer the physically undesirables. Godly people have accidents, wear out, get sick, have diseases, encounter injustices, suffer reverses they did not cause, and physically die.
The why: In this world good and evil are at war. In some way, all that occurs is related to that war. Events are not so simply understood as undesirable things are caused by evil and desirable things are caused by good. Much that occurs in life is beyond our grasp. Blaming God for the highly subjective I do not like or want involves a too simplistic understanding of God, power, or Satan.
The understanding: While this world is centered on the war between good and evil, Gods world is centered on good in the complete absence of evil. Thus, life is a choice and an investment that leads to existence in Gods world. By learning Gods priorities, values, characteristics, and human behaviors consistent with Jesus, we are prepared for existence in Gods world. By understanding that Gods purposes are bigger than us, we are strengthened and sustained by His mercy and grace.
... If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17
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