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When some people view God's punishment or condemnation of people as unjust, they are mistaking God's actions due to mistaken views of sin. Why is this true?

God never condemns innocent people; He condemns sinners. The following story illustrates a common misunderstanding of this truth.

    In 1985, thousands of people died in a terrible disaster in Columbia. An erupting volcano caused a huge mudslide which killed and buried alive thousands of people.

    After reading of this awful catastrophe in the newspaper, a certain man said to a Christian person with whom he worked, "How can you believe in a loving and caring God? Read what happened in Columbia! Thousands of innocent people, buried alive - is that love and care? "

    What was this man overlooking in his outburst against God's dealings? Since our fall, are there any "innocent" people? Were these people living innocently? If God would destroy all the cities in the world today by disasters like this one, would He be acting unjustly? God's sparing of thousands of cities from such disasters everyday speaks of God's wonderful love, care, and patience. In the light of these questions, how would you answer this man's remarks?

    When we view the execution of God's sovereign predestination, what truth taught in this example must we keep in mind? Does God condemn "innocent" people?

    2. "Predestination takes away human freedom. I must do everything I do because it is in God's unchangeable decree. I have no choice. "

A person will perform all which God has decreed concerning his life. That this, however, removes a person's freedom of choice is not true.

Freedom means to be free from outside persuasion or force; free to do that which one desires. God never persuades or forces a person to sin. God is perfectly holy and cannot think or do anything sinful.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man:

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

James 1:13-14

Therefore, while all things are in God's decree, yet God's decree is executed in such a way that no person is persuaded or forced to do evil.


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