Monday, December 17, 2012

A Hard Question at Sandy Hook

After the Sandy Hook school shootings, on “Yahoo Answers,” one woman writes: “Why did God allow this sort of devastation? I don't believe in Him after this.” The ‘why’ question is as old as time. In the Bible, it was asked by Job and the Psalmists; and in our time, by those who witnessed two World Wars, the Holocaust, genocides, famines, AIDS, and senseless carnage of 9/11, Columbine, Virginia State, Aurora, and now, Sandy Hook.

Yes, indeed, the single most troubling question today is, “If God knows everything, why did He allow this tragedy in Sandy Hook to happen?” Though innumerable tomes have been written on the subject, the simple answer to this question is, “We don’t know.” But, then, what do we know?

First, we know that we “now we see things imperfectly... but some day we will see everything clearly. All that we know now is incomplete, but then we will know everything completely, just as God knows” (1 Cor 13:12). And second, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Ro 8:28). For those who do not know these things, it's not surprising they will be angry with God. But here's another hard question. Why does the same suffering that causes one person to reject God cause another to seek Him? Pray that those who are asking hard questions today will find Him.


  1. Good morning Dr. Greg,
    When I think of the horror and the tragedy, I think of a few things that may relate (lessons from Job and elsewhere in the bible):
    - Not all pain is punishment.
    - Sometimes the enemy gets to win one.
    - God is the great lover and He can take all of the invectives that the grieving can throw and still come back with a loving response.
    - Tears ought not be wasted but cried into the lap of God.
    - Because God has felt the pain of losing an only son at the hands of evil people.
    - God can bring good out of even this for those who love Him.

  2. Yes indeed, God knows what it's like to lose a child to senseless murder!!