September 15, 2009

Near Misses: Another Reason for God


How many times have you been in a near-miss car accident where you say "If I had been there two seconds earlier, I would have been killed!!!"

Now, how many times have you been killed in a car accident?

6 comments:

LizM said...

Absolutely. Only He knows the time and place.

Bobby Teenager said...

So then along that line of reasoningdo you beleive God is actually preventing some fatal car accidents and allowing others to happen?

Eric Olsen said...

that's a great point. i actually removed an end state point from the post I originally had, hoping to avoid that logic :)

My big-picture answer is that God obviously allows bad things to happen, because He has the control to stop things from happening. But, I do not fully understand the fine-line between free will and sovereignty.

I do feel that in a non-God world, more accidents would happen than currently do, for whatever that's worth.

LizM said...

Eric, you tackled the free will issue a whole lot better than I could. Does God put the drunk in the car on purpose? No, I don't believe he does. We can't possibly begin to understand the whys and wherefores of God's giving us free will. I I do believe, as the Bible says, that God designs our lives from the time he weaves us in our wombs. LOL, so many questions to ask when we finally meet Him. But I'm sure at that point, we won't really care about those questions anymore!

Bobby Catechist said...

not neccessarily challenging but honestly curious where in the bible it says that he "designs" our lives for us.

Eric Olsen said...

Jeremiah 1:5 speaks of the verse your mom pointed out, but Psalm 139 is one of the more significant passages that speaks of God's sovereign knowledge of our futures. Again, I'm comfortable with the consistency of God's foreknowledge and our free will. Some are not.

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