If God Is In Control, Why Is The World Such A Mess?
Probably the most common question that people who don’t know God yet ask is, “If God is in control of the world, then why is it such a mess?” If you were raised in a cultural Christian environment, you are immediately stumped by this question because you’ve have been taught that God is in control. This is Dark Ages Mentality (DAM), which is wrong. (more on DAM here).
If you think about it, if God is in control of the world, then He has done a horrible job of managing it. We have famines, war, people being kidnapped or abducted, unjust legal systems, babies being ripped out of their mothers’ wombs for convenience’s sake, dictators in control of whole countries, children losing their parents, children born with birth defects, drug dealers fighting for territorial control… this list goes on and on. The world we live in can be a very nasty place. Is this God’s will? Absolutely not!
When you talk to religious people, they tell you that God is in control. They say that everything happening is under God’s direction. However, if you probe deeper you will find the whole “God is in control” logic is flawed. Why? God gave humankind authority over the earth in Genesis. In Genesis 1:28 we see that man was given dominion, that’s right “control” over the earth.
The fact is God is not in control of the earth. He has given dominion over the earth to human kind for a time. There are so many people that identify as Christians that teach this “God is in control” doctrine but don’t really think about it. We also see satan, the fallen created angel in the form of a ‘serpent’, come in and deceive Adam and Eve in the garden to steal their dominion over the earth in Genesis 3. When mankind fell, not only did we lose control, we lost control to the enemy satan (the devil).
God gave us control in Genesis. Jesus confirmed that in how He taught us. He taught us to pray in Matthew 6:9, “Our Father (God), who is in heaven, Holy is your Name. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. Jesus taught us to get God’s heavenly will done on Earth. Why? That is what God wants. He doesn’t want to chaos that we see happening in the world around us.
Many people are not doing God’s will on the earth. We are the hands and feet of God on this earth. If you are not praying, nothing is going to happen. When you pray things happen, because as a believer you have dominion over the earth and all God’s creation. God gave control, or dominion, to human-kind in Genesis. We lost control to satan and hell. Jesus came 2000 years ago and took the authority back for those who believe. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus speaks to those of us who follow Him telling us that He has given us all authority. We’re supposed to be using that authority to work miracles, live by strong faith, and make things happen for God’s Kingdom on this Earth.
If you have accepted Jesus, you have the right to take back authority. If you don’t know Jesus, you should. Find out how here
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