Tuesday, August 30, 2005

POE and Natural Disasters

How does God exercise His rule? Does He order all events by decree, or does He allow some evil acts by His mere permission? This much we know--we cannot speak of God's decree in a way that would imply Him to be the author of evil, and we cannot fall back to speak of His mere permission, as if this allows a denial of His sovereignty and active will.

A venerable confession of faith states it rightly: "God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures."

God is God, and God is good. As Paul affirms for the church, God's sovereignty is the ground of our hope, the assurance of God's justice as the last word, and God's loving rule in the very events of our lives: "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose." [Romans 8:28]

Consistent with my blog's statement of purpose I accept the title of clearinghouse for Dr. Mohler's blog/commentary. Today's commentary was particulary good. Let us not shirk from declaring God's sovereignty over all of creation.

Another good post on this is Dr. Moore's. Count on Dr. Moore to give us the "already/not yet" view of things. I like it.

Not Yet there,

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