Sometimes I wonder why tragic things happen and if it’s a part of God’s plan. My faith teaches me that God wants us to be in good health, even as our soul prospers in 3 John 2, (KJV, 1994). When I see events like 911, Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami and the Haiti Earthquake I sometimes wonder why these things have to happen. I know that I can not blame God because some things are man made. Everyone suffers at some point in our lives, whether it’s a divorce, cancer, an accident, a disability or a homicide we all have pain.
The bible tells us God causes all things to work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose in Romans 8:28 (KJV, 1994). That suggests that some of the tragic events must happen to fulfill his purpose. God also allowed evil to come into the world and perhaps that is to help us with our choices. God gave us the liberty of making our own choices on whether to follow him or live a life filled with evil. He also wants us to live in love but people sometimes live with hatred (Hank Hanergraaff, 2011).
There have been many speculations about why the Haitian people suffered the earthquake and other bad things since January 12, 2010. Television evangelist Pat Robertson thinks that the people of Haiti are suffering because of a pact that they made with the devil when Napoleon was reigning (Ryan Smith, 2010). In Exodus 34:14 it says “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”. This clearly says that anything can happen if you replace him with other gods. It could be his wrath or the evil influence of worshipping another god that will affect you (KJV, 1994).
I remember losing friends and loved ones, especially my grandmother and could not help but to wonder why it had to happen. It seemed as if my heart was never going to stop hurting and I did not know how to move forward. My grandmother was the rock of our family and she kept everyone together with our folklore and old remedies. She taught me how to pray and communicate with God and after she died I thought that I had lost my connection with God. The thing that got me going was remembering her voice saying “Nete” you have to develop your own personal relationship with God. So I began my personal and intimate relationship with him and over the years things began to get a little easier, even though I still miss her and wish she was here (Elnita Thacker, 2011).
During the ugliest times in this country’s history slaves had to cling to their religion and prayer to make it through. Africans had a great faith in God and believed that he would see them through all the rapes, beatings, drowning, hangings, murders and any other inhumane acts of cruelty. Fredrick Douglas spoke about how slaves were to depend on God who sent a “Redeemer” to set the captive free as it says in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent...