Evangelist Billy Graham has answered the timeless question “Where is God when terrorism happens” in a Charisma News article.
The world-renown pastor wrote, “If we only look at the bad things in the world, we might conclude God doesn't care about us. But what do these wars and other tragedies point to? They point us to another reality: the reality of human sin.”
He continued, “They tell us something is radically wrong with the world and that ‘something’ was caused by our rebellion against God.”
Graham said that God is loving and “all-powerful,” though acts of terrorism would lead us to believe that He is not in control.
“How do I know God loves us? I know it because Jesus Christ demonstrated God's love by coming down from heaven to defeat sin,” he wrote. “By His death and resurrection, Christ defeated Satan and someday the final battle will be won and sin will be destroyed forever. The Bible says, ‘The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work’ (1 John 3:8).”
He also said that the question has been debated by theologians for years, but we cannot understand God’s plan as humans.
“Remember: God is far greater than we are, and we'll never fully understand some things about Him until we get to heaven. The apostle Paul said, ‘Now I know in part; then I shall know fully’ (1 Cor. 13:12).”
Publication date: November 23, 2015