Most people in the world believe in God; equally most people do not trust in God. They are unanimous in blaming God for earthquakes, floods and plagues that would not happen if God cared for human life and the planet earth. They believe there is a God but he is not personal. They liken his creation to a machine, incredible and amazing but one that operates according to the laws of physics not persons. God has made it and leaves it to itself and human life to its vagaries and motions.
THE WAR MACHINE
The nature of human life is believed to be unpredictable, threatening and changeable, like the flying bombs that fell on our town during World War 2. I was a boy of four at that time. From the air raid shelters we heard them scream in the night sky and then explode wherever they fell to the earth. We had no idea where they would fall; neither did the Germans who sent them. The war was not personal but political. We knew, of course, that we were at war with Germany and that was the reason we might die. The reason for our fear and suffering was not personal: it was war and in a war anyone might die.
WAR WITH GOD
It is the same with earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, landslides, plagues and other fearful uncontrollable events. They occur because we are, as a human race, at war with God; and God is constantly reminding us of approaching death, God's justice on human wickedness. For we are sinners. We are the ones who have rejected God's Laws, who wage wars, who hoard riches whilst people die of starvation, who pollute the earth with our waste; who commit atrocities, abuse children and live reckless, licentious lives. We covet what is not our own and steal what belongs to others. Our world politics, which should be about love and justice, is corrupt and evil.
GOD'S PEACE TERMS
We continue to blame God for our woes and sorrows instead of accepting God's peace terms. The real enemy of human life is not God but man. God offers us peace terms unlike any other. He offers us eternal life, (John 3:16) the promise to provide for all our needs, (Matthew 6:28-31) to give us the Spirit of Truth who will guide us to all truth and lead us to heaven; (John 14:17) To heal all our diseases, (Isaiah 57:18) to comfort us in sorrow, to give us rest, (Matthew 11:28) and give us peace. (John 14:27) For Christ died for us that God's justice might be satisfied and he reconciled us to God, the Father. By his blood shed on the cross he took the blame for our sins and even while we are yet sinners, (Romans 5:8) he died for us to end this war with God. And he did this personally for all who believe. God's peace terms are simply these: 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.'