Where Was God During the Rape?

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This post is in regard to a recent incident in the Indian capital, New Delhi where a young girl was gang raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus.

Someone forwarded to me a rant by Ram Gopal Varma (a prominent Indian filmmaker) about where was God while this gruesome incident was happening.

Here’s a screen shot of his comments.

ram-gopal-varma

Now I am least concerned about his convictions and imperfections, but I want to answer the questions that are being raised with respect to God, especially after this incident that has disturbed many believers and nonbelievers alike.

Whether it was the 9/11 or the 26/11 or any other shocking evil, the question has always been the same.

Where Was God? Did God Know About This or Was He Busy?

The Bible is clear that not only does God knows everything, but He also works everything according to His will. God is in sovereign over all things.

“This ‘all things’ includes the fall of sparrows (Matt 10:29), the rolling of dice (Prov 16:33), the slaughter of His people (Ps 44:11), the decisions of kings (Prov 21:1), the failing of sight (Exod 4:11), the sickness of children (2 Sam 12:15), the loss and gain of money (1 Sam 2:7), the suffering of saints (1 Pet 4:19), the completion of travel plans (Jas 4:15), the persecution of Christians (Heb 12:4–7), the repentance of souls (2 Tim 2:25), the gift of faith (Phil 1:29), the pursuit of holiness (Phil 3:12–13), the growth of believers (Heb 6:3), the giving of life and the taking in death (1 Sam 2:6), and the crucifixion of his Son (Acts 4:27–28).”

Source: John Piper, “Why I Do Not Say ‘God Did Not Cause This Calamity, But He Can Use It For Good.”

Why Does Evil Exist?

To understand this, we need to look through a wider lens.

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C. S. Lewis writes, “God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot.”

Remember, if a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible.

Why Then Did God Give a Free Will?

Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is the only thing that makes any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating.

And If He is God (All Knowing and Powerful) Why Does He Not Intervene?

Here is a great Facebook response to this question by Melissa Tan (edited):

“Bad things happen to good people. It saddens the world that an innocent girl falls victim to such vice. But isn’t it unfair for man to blame God for the wrong decisions that man himself makes. If God were to be held responsible for every decision that man made, it would have been a very scary life we would be leading. God would be throwing thunder bolts at almost all of us. We all make wrong decisions, we all sin. Let him who has not sin cast the first stone. Man should be responsible for our own decisions and we should be thankful that God is graceful enough to forgive us…”

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Yet, the truth is none of the wickedness and evil will miss God’s eyes.

The Difference in God’s Intervention

According to Ram Gopal Varma, God has not immediately intervened so must be criminal or busy.

Is it felt as a problem by the secular mindset – that God is kind to sinners?

It is true that a holy and righteous God makes the sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45)

God does not intervene the way a man does. It would in fact shock many if they were told that these six brutal men involved in the incident would be pardoned by God if they were to truly repent.

The secular mindset does not see the problem or the solution the way a biblical mindset does simply because we live in a society that wants “eye for an eye,” but does not conform to the standards of God.

The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All of us will be equally judged for all our sins, if we do not fall before God and seek His mercy and pardon.

Now when many like Ram Gopal Varma lose sleep over the unrighteousness of God’s kindness to sinners, it is God’s righteousness to man that we are not immediately judged.

The truth is that God’s patience does come to an end and He will destroy the unrepentant sinners to eternity in hell.

How About the Victims of Evil?

Now Jesus did not say there won’t be problems, but He promised us peace beyond understanding. The pain and the sorrow are real and the trials are hard to endure.

However as believers we know there is glory in the trials and sufferings we face. Peter comforted the Christians in Asia Minor by reminding them, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6–7).

Even Jesus is aware of and acquainted with the sufferings of man. He is acquainted with your pain. Jesus faced agony to the point of sweating blood (Luke 22:44).

Any trial or suffering we go through is a testing of the genuineness of our faith. As James1:2-4 say, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Romans 5:3-5 says, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit …

All that we go through in life as believers, the Lord will give us grace to overcome and to be victorious for the glory and honour of our Lord Jesus.

In Conclusion

We all have sinned and we all need forgiveness. We all have to go through different kinds and levels of pain and we need Jesus to help us through.

In this evil world, the only hope to both the perpetrator of evil and the victim is JESUS. [ClickToTweet]

The Bible says, “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).

Hebrews 9:26 says, “Christ appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” God still hates sin. This painful season as we ask these questions, let us also embrace the truth of Jesus our only hope who carries all our burdens.

In asking Him to come to our heart, Jesus will come into our heart and He will wash away our sins and give us the grace, hope and strength to live this life in this evil world! [Know more about Jesus here.]

What have you to add from your side? Please use the comment section below. Eager to hear from you.

 

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  • Zena

    Yes !! The peace of God is beyond understanding. I was a victim of evil that almost cost me my sanity. Glory to Jesus thru deep worship the lord releases me from all pain & sorrow. Jesus is the way, truth and life !!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Wow thanks for sharing. God bless u.

  • Zena

    Yes !! The peace of God is beyond understanding. I was a victim of evil that almost cost me my sanity. Glory to Jesus thru deep worship the lord releases me from all pain & sorrow. Jesus is the way, truth and life !!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Wow thanks for sharing. God bless u.

  • teena thomas

    let no man say when he is tested,i m tested by god for it is not possible for god to be tested by evil and he himself puts no man to such a test( james 1; 13). jesus identified satan the devil as the ruler of this world and one who is misleading the entire inhabited earth (john 12:31;rev 12:9). when gods kingdom comes there will be no suffering on earth just as there is no suffering in heaven (mathew6:9)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Great verses, great share!!

  • teena thomas

    let no man say when he is tested,i m tested by god for it is not possible for god to be tested by evil and he himself puts no man to such a test( james 1; 13). jesus identified satan the devil as the ruler of this world and one who is misleading the entire inhabited earth (john 12:31;rev 12:9). when gods kingdom comes there will be no suffering on earth just as there is no suffering in heaven (mathew6:9)

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Great verses, great share!!

  • ASWIN GEORGE

    JOB’S LIFE IS A GREAT MOTIVATION FOR US . HE WENT THROUGH MANY TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS YET HE DIDNT MOVED AWAY FROM GOD .TRIALS DRAW HIM MORE CLOSER TO GOD . LASTLY I THINK OUR SISTERS SHOULD BE MORE CAUTIOUS WHEN THEY TRAVEL ALONE AND TO USE THE HELPLINE NUMBER FOR WOMEN 181 . STILL GOD IS OUR SUPREME PROTECTOR JEREMIAH 33:3 – OUR ULTIMATE HELPLINE NUMBER MAY GOD BLESS U ALL

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Amen and amen!

  • ASWIN GEORGE

    JOB’S LIFE IS A GREAT MOTIVATION FOR US . HE WENT THROUGH MANY TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS YET HE DIDNT MOVED AWAY FROM GOD .TRIALS DRAW HIM MORE CLOSER TO GOD . LASTLY I THINK OUR SISTERS SHOULD BE MORE CAUTIOUS WHEN THEY TRAVEL ALONE AND TO USE THE HELPLINE NUMBER FOR WOMEN 181 . STILL GOD IS OUR SUPREME PROTECTOR JEREMIAH 33:3 – OUR ULTIMATE HELPLINE NUMBER MAY GOD BLESS U ALL

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Amen and amen!

  • Persis Kerena

    I didn’t blame God like Ram , but was wondering why is dese things happening to innocent lives… Thanks Bro for sharing diz with us!!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Glad to know that it helped Persis. Bless u.

    • SMills

      These things happen because of sin. Sin opens the door to evil and demonic oppression. God said that the wages of sin is death, therefore sin will always leave room for destruction and chaos. As the Body of Christ we are to put on the full armour of God and we must continue to intercede on the behalf of all lost souls and unbelievers. God provides protection and shelter from the wickedness in this world (Psalms 91), but you have to acknowledge Him and His Word. Every issue we deal with in life, God has given us the blueprint in how we address it and conquer through it. God Bless you all.

  • Persis Kerena

    I didn’t blame God like Ram , but was wondering why is dese things happening to innocent lives… Thanks Bro for sharing diz with us!!!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Glad to know that it helped Persis. Bless u.

    • SMills

      These things happen because of sin. Sin opens the door to evil and demonic oppression. God said that the wages of sin is death, therefore sin will always leave room for destruction and chaos. As the Body of Christ we are to put on the full armour of God and we must continue to intercede on the behalf of all lost souls and unbelievers. God provides protection and shelter from the wickedness in this world (Psalms 91), but you have to acknowledge Him and His Word. Every issue we deal with in life, God has given us the blueprint in how we address it and conquer through it. God Bless you all.

  • binsurobinson@gmail.com

    I wanted to respond to him direct on the same blogging site he had put up the Q but then i reined myself in . before i rant .. a God who is to Act against Suffering at the drop of a hat shoud or would React Against Sin at the drop of a hat .

    Now no guesses on where would that leave RGV for all the muck he is conjured up !!

    He wud have first Finished of RGV and then by the same token of Justice and Goodness would have killed the rapists. It shows the depth of Gods character that HE would see it and still abide by the Rules HE made. The Law of Free Will and Choice.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Excellent point!!!

  • binsurobinson@gmail.com

    I wanted to respond to him direct on the same blogging site he had put up the Q but then i reined myself in . before i rant .. a God who is to Act against Suffering at the drop of a hat shoud or would React Against Sin at the drop of a hat .

    Now no guesses on where would that leave RGV for all the muck he is conjured up !!

    He wud have first Finished of RGV and then by the same token of Justice and Goodness would have killed the rapists. It shows the depth of Gods character that HE would see it and still abide by the Rules HE made. The Law of Free Will and Choice.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Excellent point!!!

  • ImJustSaying

    People who have not accepted Christ or His work on the cross are quick to judge a God they don’t believe in, how hypocritical. You don’t believe in Him yet criticize Him for not working in your unbelief. If you don’t invite Him into your life, don’t expect Him to intrude in your tragedies

    Are there any gods that others worship who stop tragedies in the world? There is only one true and living God. Did anyone criticize allah or buddha for not intervening.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Let us pray that more people will know and put their faith in God through Jesus, that they might be saved!

      • ImJustSaying

        My point exactly, AMEN. Thank you.

  • ImJustSaying

    People who have not accepted Christ or His work on the cross are quick to judge a God they don’t believe in, how hypocritical. You don’t believe in Him yet criticize Him for not working in your unbelief. If you don’t invite Him into your life, don’t expect Him to intrude in your tragedies

    Are there any gods that others worship who stop tragedies in the world? There is only one true and living God. Did anyone criticize allah or buddha for not intervening.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Let us pray that more people will know and put their faith in God through Jesus, that they might be saved!

      • ImJustSaying

        My point exactly, AMEN. Thank you.

  • Moorthy

    http://escapetoreality.org/2013/01/04/is-god-sovereign/

    an article worth considering … though could be thought of as non mainstream thinking

  • noname

    What happened to the young girl in India is shocking and saddening to all those who read the news. Asking for God’s strength over the family. God of the Bible is a God of justice and through this His justice will be served, even to those young girls who suffer innocently as in the news later.

    For the person who questioned about God, the suggestion is to read through the last 4 chapters each from Mathew, Mark, Luke and John to see Jesus suffering and where God was when the world’s ever cruelest suffering happened.

    Jesus is the ONLY hope, anchor to every soul. We see even more the Jesus is the light and light shines in darkness, darkness has not been able to overcome it. Without Jesus the whole world is lost and in darkness – alcohol, addictions etc etc.
    People of God, Jesus light is shining on you, arise and shine.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Amen! Jesus is the only hope and the anchor to every soul.

  • noname

    What happened to the young girl in India is shocking and saddening to all those who read the news. Asking for God’s strength over the family. God of the Bible is a God of justice and through this His justice will be served, even to those young girls who suffer innocently as in the news later.

    For the person who questioned about God, the suggestion is to read through the last 4 chapters each from Mathew, Mark, Luke and John to see Jesus suffering and where God was when the world’s ever cruelest suffering happened.

    Jesus is the ONLY hope, anchor to every soul. We see even more the Jesus is the light and light shines in darkness, darkness has not been able to overcome it. Without Jesus the whole world is lost and in darkness – alcohol, addictions etc etc.
    People of God, Jesus light is shining on you, arise and shine.

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      Amen! Jesus is the only hope and the anchor to every soul.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

    Oh so god was testing the genuinnes of her faith by getin her raped and tortured by 6 men !I hope he is convinced now dat she is dead !

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      God’s heart weeps over mankind’s sin and its outcomes. That’s why He sent His only begotten son Jesus to die for our sins. Believe me God did not shut his eyes when His son was bled to death on the cross and neither has he shut eyes now over this young girl.
      And as Christians we believe we do not escape sufferings just because there is a God up there. There is pain and suffering in the world and through Jesus we can still overcome them.
      And sufferings even though caused by the evil can only turned for our stronger faith and character when we hold on to God. That’s what is meant by the verse you quote wrongly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

        firstly, you stress dat god works everything according to “his will” and
        then he go on to state that god has given man “free will” and this is
        the reason evil exists.There is no denial that watever hapened was
        god’s will,but at the same time,is blamed on the “free will” of man.regarding
        the reply to melisa tan,he says god doesnt intervene cause we’re humans
        not robots.well den i guess der is not point in prayin for good things
        to happen in our life as God doesnt intervene.or does dis logic only apply wen bad things happen
        ??

        • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

          God has given us the power to seek his intervention, and it is through prayer that such things can be attained. For eg: when a great prayer movement and revival sweeper over Wales in the 1900s the prisons were empty and the policemen were jobless at the absence of evil! That’s the power the church has in prayer!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

            Have you heard of Elisabeth Fritzl, the girl who was raped for 15 years in the basement of her house by her own father? Imagine how much she must have prayed to be saved from the gruesome torture.somehow,it took 15 years for god to intervene in her case.Or maybe he was just letting her father exercise his “free will”, the same way he let Hitler and Stalin do it.Dont you think Jyothi prayed to god to keep her alive?Well,she was obviously praying to the ‘wrong god’ due to the shear coincidence of being born into a different religion!.if he was a caring and loving god,he would have intervened n not wait for praises n prayers !

          • Anon

            It is better to ask where your life be if you die, as an animal or question to be answered till you die. And you should get an answer who the real God is. The real God always provide mankind and all creatures the natural needs and natural ability for His part and purpose whether it is Good or evil(for punishment) whether he knows or not. That is called providence. It includes safety also. The difference is the who to be worshiped. If one worship the real God that is where miracle comes it is only revealed for His glory and to show His love. That makes difference from others. Only Jesus the Way, Truth and Life. That doesn’t mean that God punished Her. This is the answer for you from the Bible which Jesus says. “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:1-3)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

            The verse you quoted does not answer the above concern,Perhaps this verse does :

            “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young
            woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.” (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

            So you mean to tell me that if the poor girl had believed in the so called “real God”, who wanted rape victims to marry their rapist, she had a better chance of getting saved ??Now dont tell me that its the Old Testment and its all changed now.Its still the same God who told it.

            “If one worship the real God that is where miracle comes it is only revealed for His glory and to show His love” – well your statement reminds me of a jealous, attention seeking, spoilt kid who derives a sadistic pleasure from the suffering of petty human beings and expects them to praise him inspite of the mere coincidence of being born into a diffrent community or inteligent enough to disbelieve in a talking snake or a 135 meter long boat carrying all the species of the world in pairs !

          • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

            “If the girl who was violated was not married or engaged, the penalty was not death but a fine and the loss of the right of divorce. Thus the law protected both the girl and the father (loss of bride price).
            This law was in place because in the olden days the girl’s loss of virginity would have made her virtually unmarriageable.
            In Exodus 22:16 the father could refuse to let the girl marry too.

            And yea befor man’s fall serpent did speak and Noah’s ark is also archaeologically proven to be located in Turkey on a mountain top!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

    Oh so god was testing the genuinnes of her faith by getin her raped and tortured by 6 men !I hope he is convinced now dat she is dead !

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      God’s heart weeps over mankind’s sin and its outcomes. That’s why He sent His only begotten son Jesus to die for our sins. Believe me God did not shut his eyes when His son was bled to death on the cross and neither has he shut eyes now over this young girl.
      And as Christians we believe we do not escape sufferings just because there is a God up there. There is pain and suffering in the world and through Jesus we can still overcome them.
      And sufferings even though caused by the evil can only turned for our stronger faith and character when we hold on to God. That’s what is meant by the verse you quote wrongly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

        firstly, you stress dat god works everything according to “his will” and
        then you go on to state that god has given man “free will” and this is
        the reason evil exists.There is no denial that watever hapened was
        god’s will,but at the same time,is blamed on the “free will” of man.regarding
        the reply to melisa tan,he says god doesnt intervene cause we’re humans
        not robots.well den i guess der is not point in prayin for good things
        to happen in our life as God doesnt intervene.or does dis logic only apply wen bad things happen
        ??

        • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

          God has given us the power to seek his intervention, and it is through prayer that such things can be attained. For eg: when a great prayer movement and revival sweeper over Wales in the 1900s the prisons were empty and the policemen were jobless at the absence of evil! That’s the power the church has in prayer!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

            Have you heard of Elisabeth Fritzl, the girl who was raped for 15 years in the basement of her house by her own father? Imagine how much she must have prayed to be saved from the gruesome torture.somehow,it took 15 years for god to intervene in her case.Or maybe he was just letting her father exercise his “free will”, the same way he let Hitler and Stalin do it.Dont you think Jyothi prayed to god to keep her alive?Well,she was obviously praying to the ‘wrong god’ due to the shear coincidence of being born into a different religion!.if he was a caring and loving god,he would have intervened no matter wat,n not wait for praises n prayers !

          • Anon

            It is better to ask where your life be if you die, as an animal or question to be answered till you die. And you should get an answer who the real God is. The real God always provide mankind and all creatures the natural needs and natural ability for His part and purpose whether it is Good or evil(for punishment) whether he knows or not. That is called providence. It includes safety also. The difference is the who to be worshiped. If one worship the real God that is where miracle comes it is only revealed for His glory and to show His love. That makes difference from others. Only Jesus the Way, Truth and Life. That doesn’t mean that God punished Her. This is the answer for you from the Bible which Jesus says. “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”” (Luke 13:1-4)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

            The verse you quoted does not answer the above concern,Perhaps this verse does :

            “If a man is caught in the act of raping a young
            woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father.Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.” (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

            So you mean to tell me that if the poor girl had believed in the so called “real God”, who wanted rape victims to marry their rapist, she had a better chance of getting saved ??Now dont tell me that its the Old Testment and its all changed now.Its still the same God who told it.

            “If one worship the real God that is where miracle comes it is only revealed for His glory and to show His love” – well your statement reminds me of a jealous, attention seeking, spoilt kid who derives a sadistic pleasure from the suffering of petty human beings and expects them to praise him inspite of the mere coincidence of being born into a diffrent community or inteligent enough to disbelieve in a talking snake or a 135 meter long boat carrying all the species of the world in pairs !

          • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

            “If the girl who was violated was not married or engaged, the penalty was not death but a fine and the loss of the right of divorce. Thus the law protected both the girl and the father (loss of bride price).
            This law was in place because in the olden days the girl’s loss of virginity would have made her virtually unmarriageable.
            In Exodus 22:16 the father could refuse to let the girl marry too.

            And yea befor man’s fall serpent did speak and Noah’s ark is also archaeologically proven to be located in Turkey on a mountain top!

          • Anon

            Noah’s ark discovery done by Ron wyatt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFyiT06pBi8

  • disqus_HCLMDPzmqX

    I agree that God cannot be held accountable for the actions of man. but if God wasn’t there to look after such a brutal case, is there hope? we do so many things with a prayer and believe that God will take care of us. How does God decide whose prayer to listen to and whose to ignore? How do I say thank u for all the good things I’ve had when there are people who’ve gone through so much.. it’s not fair to say that it’s cuz of their sins.. we all sin.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      When does God move? If the level of crime is what makes God move then there are terrible in justice being done by many dictators around the world.
      For God the smallest of injustice and the heinous of crime is both considered sin.
      We cannot then assume that because this was allowed, then that we are of no hope.
      Here’s a simple example of faith in action, a real life incident of a armed robber at a jewelry store in Texas, NY. > http://shyjumathew.com/blog/2011/07/30/lady-chased-robber/

  • disqus_HCLMDPzmqX

    I agree that God cannot be held accountable for the actions of man. but if God wasn’t there to look after such a brutal case, is there hope? we do so many things with a prayer and believe that God will take care of us. How does God decide whose prayer to listen to and whose to ignore? How do I say thank u for all the good things I’ve had when there are people who’ve gone through so much.. it’s not fair to say that it’s cuz of their sins.. we all sin.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      When does God move? If the level of crime is what makes God move then there are terrible in justice being done by many dictators around the world.
      For God the smallest of injustice and the heinous of crime is both considered sin.
      We cannot then assume that because this was allowed, then that we are of no hope.
      Here’s a simple example of faith in action, a real life incident of a armed robber at a jewelry store in Texas, NY. > http://shyjumathew.com/blog/2011/07/30/lady-chased-robber/

  • susan

    I was really blessed to read the blog. Pain only makes us stronger. I have a doubt if God’s will and man’s evil acts are the same or not?

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      No, they are not! God’s will is that we enjoy free will. It is the free will that we enjoy that allows us to either submit to God or be enslaved to the devil. Our actions will follow consequently!

      • susan

        Thank you for replying :)

  • susan

    I was really blessed to read the blog. Pain only makes us stronger. I have a doubt if God’s will and man’s evil acts are the same or not?

    • http://www.pastorpriji.com/ Priji

      No, they are not! God’s will is that we enjoy free will. It is the free will that we enjoy that allows us to either submit to God or be enslaved to the devil. Our actions will follow consequently!

      • susan

        Thank you for replying :)

  • http://twitter.com/LincySV Lincy George

    I am glad that Almighty God doesn’t use the same judgment method as we do else one and all would have been doomed.

    As a human being we set standards as one is a petite sin and another is a gigantic sin. However for the HOLY One there are no classifications of sin. Any divergence from HIS commandment is a sin; For Ex: Not loving your fellow brother in church with all sincerity which many overlook but God doesn’t.

    Jesus Christ took human form and went through everything that we have to go through in our lifetime and even worse than that. HE knows pain more than us because HE took it for us even before we were born.

    Bro. Shyju thanks for writing this article. There have been few youths who
    approached me with series of doubts and questions about this. And your article helped them to understand a lot about what we were speaking to them here in our church.

    God Bless!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I am so glad it is helping!

  • Lincy George

    I am glad that Almighty God doesn’t use the same judgment method as we do else one and all would have been doomed.

    As a human being we set standards as one is a petite sin and another is a gigantic sin. However for the HOLY One there are no classifications of sin. Any divergence from HIS commandment is a sin; For Ex: Not loving your fellow brother in church with all sincerity which many overlook but God doesn’t.

    Jesus Christ took human form and went through everything that we have to go through in our lifetime and even worse than that. HE knows pain more than us because HE took it for us even before we were born.

    Bro. Shyju thanks for writing this article. There have been few youths who
    approached me with series of doubts and questions about this. And your article helped them to understand a lot about what we were speaking to them here in our church.

    God Bless!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      I am so glad it is helping!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

    if ever she had escaped from the rapists,the very people who say that god does not interfere, would have said that it was a miracle from god or divine intervention that saved her !!

    • Anon

      Think about the situation that her will cannot escape the surroundings. Dont be a self judge. Ask God for answers of your question. He will guide you to the positive conclusion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

        “will canot escape surrounding” ? wt u say donot make any sense to me.n u hv not replied to the above concern n that still holds.

        “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

        Then he is not omnipotent.

        Is he able, but not willing?

        Then he is malevolent.

        Is he both able and willing?

        Then whence cometh evil?

        Is he neither able nor willing?

        Then why call him God?”

        ~ Epicurus

        • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

          Omnipotent does not mean he has to show u the power. Man’s disobedience has brought sin and suffering. Jesus died for the salvation of man’s soul. The sufferings, ageing and pain will be eternally removed at the second coming of Jesus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

    if ever she had escaped from the rapists,the very people who say that god does not interfere, would have said that it was a miracle from god or divine intervention that saved her !!

    • Anon

      Think about the situation that her will cannot escape the surroundings. Dont be a self judge. Ask God for answers of your question. He will guide you to the positive conclusion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

        “will canot escape surrounding” ? wt u say donot make any sense to me.n u hv not replied to the above concern n that still holds.

        “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?

        Then he is not omnipotent.

        Is he able, but not willing?

        Then he is malevolent.

        Is he both able and willing?

        Then whence cometh evil?

        Is he neither able nor willing?

        Then why call him God?”

        ~ Epicurus

        • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

          Omnipotent does not mean he has to show u the power. Man’s disobedience has brought sin and suffering. Jesus died for the salvation of man’s soul. The sufferings, ageing and pain will be eternally removed at the second coming of Jesus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarath-Mohanan/622166734 Sarath Mohanan

    lol ..u deleted my comments instead of giving a fair reply …didnt know dat only praises were accepted ..sorry

  • Anonymous

    Kudos! Classic example of political/material/religious mileage people make out of horrific incidents such as the Delhi gang rape! Our God against your God, our beliefs against your beliefs, our this over your that…wow! Keep this up and you will surely bring in ‘revival’ to this country.What kind of revival is the only question.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos! Classic example of political/material/religious mileage people make out of horrific incidents such as the Delhi gang rape! Our God against your God, our beliefs against your beliefs, our this over your that…wow! Keep this up and you will surely bring in ‘revival’ to this country.What kind of revival is the only question.

  • JOHNSON

    mr. ram babu. ur simple thinking is true. ur questioning our almighty god with ur simple mind which god gave u. see god gave us free mind to do good and bad. of course we have to face his judgment at the end. u can ask god in belief what ever doubts comes upon since GOD almighty is our loving father. ASK HIM HE WILL ANSWER

  • JOHNSON

    mr. ram babu. ur simple thinking is true. ur questioning our almighty god with ur simple mind which god gave u. see god gave us free mind to do good and bad. of course we have to face his judgment at the end. u can ask god in belief what ever doubts comes upon since GOD almighty is our loving father. ASK HIM HE WILL ANSWER

  • Faith.Lavina

    Dear Bro, Thanks for sharing the article above.
    I have genuine concern over this.
    Seeing the crimes like these and rapes of minor girls and in a case where a 5 year old girl was raped, it really fills even the belivers with grief. I am one of them. Constantly pray to God to bring a stop to such crimes, and heal His people. But such things, also start making us disturbed. The pain which such small children and innocent women are going through, adds grief to our heart. I believe completely in Jesus and His sacrifice, but one question always come to my mind. What will happen to the victims, like the delhi girl, who die before knowing Christ?
    Also how to overcome the pain which we feel, as Christian, when we see such crimes??

  • Faith.Lavina

    Dear Bro, Thanks for sharing the article above.
    I have genuine concern over this.
    Seeing the crimes like these and rapes of minor girls and in a case where a 5 year old girl was raped, it really fills even the belivers with grief. I am one of them. Constantly pray to God to bring a stop to such crimes, and heal His people. But such things, also start making us disturbed. The pain which such small children and innocent women are going through, adds grief to our heart. I believe completely in Jesus and His sacrifice, but one question always come to my mind. What will happen to the victims, like the delhi girl, who die before knowing Christ?
    Also how to overcome the pain which we feel, as Christian, when we see such crimes??

  • rani

    Jesus said in mathew 24:21 and 22,”For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
    We are living in the last days.Whether you believe in God or not,He is still there.Its your choice to blame Him or still trust Him that He is good.And your choice now will determine your life in eternity.
    It makes no sense when a person who doesn’t believe even in the existence of God,comes to blame God,when such a heinous thing happens.When you don’t even believe in God why then do you come to criticise Him,who is not at all present -according to you?
    But we believe in Him that He is righteous,He is just and that He will judge everyone with justice.

    The one who has never experienced God,never been with Him,never seen the depths of His heart has nothing to talk about His character.It makes no sense.
    Let everyone take shelter in the blood of Christ and be safe.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Wow great share sis! Blessed.

  • rani

    Jesus said in mathew 24:21 and 22,”For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
    We are living in the last days.Whether you believe in God or not,He is still there.Its your choice to blame Him or still trust Him that He is good.And your choice now will determine your life in eternity.
    It makes no sense when a person who doesn’t believe even in the existence of God,comes to blame God,when such a heinous thing happens.When you don’t even believe in God why then do you come to criticise Him,who is not at all present -according to you?
    But we believe in Him that He is righteous,He is just and that He will judge everyone with justice.

    The one who has never experienced God,never been with Him,never seen the depths of His heart has nothing to talk about His character.It makes no sense.
    Let everyone take shelter in the blood of Christ and be safe.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Wow great share sis! Blessed.

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