WHICH ONE SINNED?
Luke 12:57 "Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is
Luke 12:58 "When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
Luke 12:59 "I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite."
Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
Luke 13:2 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?
Luke 13:3 "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Luke 13:4 "Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
Luke 13:5 "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
Luke 13:6 He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
Luke 13:7 "Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?'
Luke 13:8 "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
Luke 13:9 'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'"
Many things open the door to evil. As a nation, we have opened the door to evil in MANY ways, and forsaken the safety of God that we have had by the knowledge of the Holy One. We as a nation have sinned (collectively) and God is judging us because He is a God of Life.
Were the individuals who died in the World Trade Center building worse than the rest of us? No. But they died that the works of God might be seen.
God is not good only and at the same time blind to sin. He knows what it takes to make the Universe and earth function. He is an eternal Judge and could not rule if He allowed sin and evil and death to take over the earth.
God gave us choice. When we choose to honor and serve Him, having fear for Him - a reverent respect for who He is and His power to create and destroy - then we will be blessed and even go through tragedies with faith and compensations. Because He overcame the world, even death.
Below here, is a picture someone sent me of Jesus receiving the victims of that terrible explosion. I find it a very healing picture. Many lives were hurt and damaged and forever changed. But He is still the Light and Hope of the world.
Did He allow it? Yes, in His grief, He did. But the reason is because we are not just individuals but collective members of the human race and One Body in Him. His breath birthed us from the mud He created in a Universe He designed for us to live in.
We cannot truly love if we cannot truly choose. He chose to love us. He gave up Heaven and totally emptied Himself as the Son of God and Son of Man. But in faith, Jesus trusted the power of God to raise Him up again, and so for us, He died. We cannot do this in ourselves and overcome evil.
So yes, unless we repent, we will all likewise perish, but in Him is life everlasting and life abundantly, if we will choose to actively live for Him. Let us get back to our faith of appreciation and right living and the joys of worship.
He will not have a polluted Bride.