Essay on Does God Protect Us

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TH101 Introduction to Theology Tutorial Essay: Does God protect us? Christians believe that by faith God protects them during their mortal life, moreover after their time on this earth comes to an end, with being promised salvation and an eternal dwelling in the Kingdom of God (Plantinga 2000). This protection is stated in many verses through out the bible, “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go your way; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mk. 10:52) Taking scripture readings for face value can sometimes lead to misinterpretations of the protection that God provides. The tutorial reading “Does God protect us? Security check.” by Scott Bader-Saye, responds to the way God protects us…show more content…
Furthermore to believe in a God that provided instant healing from suffering would mean that God had a bias toward the faithful, that granted their every wish. This belief contradicts the universal love of God as shown in the scriptures, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim. 1:12). Bader-Saye also points out that Jesus made his view quite clear that suffering and tragedies did not result in a lack of faith, the victims did not deserve their death or affliction anymore than anyone else (Bader-Saye 2007). The protection that God provides us with is the assurance of provision and the promise of redemption. This is often not easy to comprehend when one is suffering or has witnessed terrible atrocities. The author points out how one should respond to the circumstances of one’s life, by using an acting analogy. The reaction to events that happen in one’s life or possibly God’s providence can be taken three ways, by accepting, blocking or overaccepting. To accept is simply to accept the situation. Blocking is the refusal to co-operate with the situation, either to reject or to begrudge the confronting
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