"I tell you, no, but unless you repent,
you will all likewise perish." Luke 13:5
In the beginning of Genesis there is a dramatic narration of creation of the universe. God created everything and assigned roles for each one. He made everything in order, God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Genesis 1:31.
After that in selecting Abraham and forming a nation for his name God was very keen to act in favour of his people. Then what happened to God in present day? Why he is not acting against the brutality and the war happening on the earth?
We can find that God is acting in history for a purpose. There are certain rules for the nature created by God. The weather, moving of planets etc. So the natural laws cause a man to drown to death, a lion kill a deer etc. God is not intercepting in all these matters. The law of nature prevails. But still, why God is not helping the people in Iraq, Syria, Palestine etc.? There are too many questions we find hard to answer like a death of a child. To find the answer we have to know the reason behind many happenings on earth.
Jacob deceived his brother and stole the birth right. He escaped to another nation and fell in love with a girl. He was asked to work for the father of his love for seven years. On the wedding day his father deceived him in law by consuming the sister of his love. He forced to work another seven years to get his girl. Jacob suffered in a foreign country because he deceived his father and brother.
The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is interesting. Judgment by God was then passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighbouring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. The reason was a crime against nature.
Jonah’s prophesy fulfilled by destruction of Nineveh. The reason is the people continue their evil life.
But in some examples we cant find the reason. There is no reason why eighteen people die when tower in Siloam fell. Luke 13:4. Jesus questions the people around him, whether they were the worst culprits. Jesus words are worth to remember. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:5
If you are a believer you have to understand that there are a lot of things we cant find answer with. So there are only two choices: either deny the God and be an atheist or trust in him and swallow these happenings without any question.
But the important matter for a believer in these instances and days, especially, is not that all, but it is repent. We have to repent not only for the sin for our sin but for the sin of the world. Understand that when we choose a surrogate mother and when we bless a gay marriage we are choosing God’s curse on earth.
In Indian Mythology there is a story of a thief. He leave home everyday and rob people and thus earn living for his family. One day he confronted a monk and the monk asked him to go and ask his wife and children whether they will share the punishment for his robbery. He went back to his home and asked the same to his wife and children, but they refused. That changed his mind and he became a famous monk. Catholic Church teaches the social aspect of sin. Every sin is against God, against the society and against us.
So it is meaningless to debate on God’s inactiveness in Iraq and Syria. We have to think only why God is inactive on our own sins. So repent, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matthew 4:17. And produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8 .