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So Where Does God Fit In?

September 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

I often meet up with people who are turned off by any mention of God.

Many of them are amazingly generous; willing to do anything for anybody; while some stand rigidly opposed to the idea that God could even exist.

The turn-off often revolves around personal pain or wider realities: like disasters or how innocent people continue to suffer.

When personal pain is caused by religious people, even well-intended words of healing can be tainted, for they either sound clichéd or they re-activate memories of the hurt. And when religious culprits deny their guilt, or try to claim deeper spiritual authority, they only underscore their lack of balance and integrity.

Natural or man-made disasters challenge everyone’s sense of justice, for they trigger sudden death or long-term misery for their innocent victims. So where does a so-called loving God fit in?

Words alone cannot answer these questions, even from this columnist.

Words weren’t enough for God either. That’s why He sent Jesus here as one of us; to reveal Himself in all our highs and lows; and even to face death from fearful religious people – despite being totally innocent!

But Jesus’ resurrection opens a door to attitude change; an attitude change that comes as we recognise and accept His power to sustain us in our best and our worst times. For then we may inspire others to also embrace His availability for them to outlast and overcome whatever pain they face.  

Without religion or cynicism blurring the picture.

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa On behalf of a church near you, Inviting you to explore God’s grace   Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996. Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs. He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren. His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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