Categories Questions Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Post author By Chris Tingom Post date July 10, 2006 55 Comments on Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Do you believe everything happens for a reason? By Chris Tingom Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy View Archive → ← Sweet’s Brand → Logo of the Month #10 55 replies on “Do you believe everything happens for a reason?” nothing happens for a reason. flip a coin, there is only probability and chance. My 5 cents worth: I’m a Christian and I believe that: (1)’everything happening for a reason’; (2) ‘God’s omniscience’; and (3) ‘free will’ have co-existed since before creation. Satan, God’s most beautiful and powerful angel (all angels were created by God), chose (free will) a life of ‘sin’ and influenced many other angels to follow him. God created humankind because it was the only way he could send his Son to atone for sin (Everything happens for a reason). Humankind was necessary because if God sent his Son as an angel, he would not be able to take sin upon Himself and go to the grave with it. Angels cannot die but humans all die. The scripture below speaks of this and of those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord & Saviour and who go to be with Him when our earthly bodies die: “But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:35-36) God knew, before our creation, that He would be sending His son to save Heaven and Earth from sin, as per the following scripture: 2 Timothy 1:9 “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” God gave humankind the same free will that he gave His angels. Some of us and some of them abused that gift. God will not let sin exist and destroy His perfect plan but His timing is not our timing. Time means nothing to God because He always has been, is and always will be. Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega–the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come–the Almighty One.” He is not bragging, He is stating a fact. He also doesn’t make puppets – neither human nor angel – and He is immensely saddened each time one of them decides that there might be something better than what He can provide. God is omnipotent but, like any good father, He also cares deeply about His ‘children’ and their choices. He has emotions. There are instances throughout the Bible where He has expressed anger, hurt, joy and, especially, love: 1 John 4:10-11 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” God hasn’t made it difficult for us to join Him in heaven when our earthly life is over – but it has to be our choice – no one is pulling any strings for us. We have to decide to leave behind our ‘old life’ and be ‘born again’: John 3:4-5 Nicodemus said, “But if a person is already old, how can he be born again? A person cannot enter his mother’s body again! So a person cannot be born a second time!” But Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth. A person must be born from water and the Spirit. If a person is not born from water and the Spirit, then he cannot enter God’s kingdom.” This is referring to water baptism and the baptism of The Holy Spirit. Water baptism symbolizes the death and resurrection of Jesus and the baptism of The Holy Spirit gives a person much greater spiritual power and boldness and the ability to live a more victorious Christian life accompanied by gifts such as speaking in tongues. Before Water baptism, comes a person’s initial decision to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour before God and, often, the baptism of The Holy Spirit will happen at this time: Romans 10:9-10. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Here is a sample ‘Salvation Prayer’: Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness. I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin. You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved. Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore, Lord Jesus, transform my life so that I may bring glory and honour to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. Amen. For those of you who just said this prayer and if you meant it with all your heart, you just got saved. You may ask, “Now that I am saved, what’s next?”. First of all, you need to get into a bible-based church and study God’s Word. Once you have found a church home, it would be a good idea to join a Bible Study or find a Christian friend with whom you can go through the Bible in depth. You will want to become water-baptized and most Bible-based churches will have classes you must take beforehand. By accepting Christ you are usually baptized in The Holy Spirit – but it is through water baptism that you show your obedience to the Lord. Water baptism is a symbol of your salvation from the dead. You were dead but now you live, for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross. May God Bless You! Nothing happens for a reason. And the fact that that may be alarming or frightening to some doesn’t make it any less true. If everything happens for a reason, give me the reason my little brother had half his body blown off and killed? What the reason for that? Everything happens for a reason only in the physical sense of cause and effect. Anything other than that is superstition / religion. Both of which do not exist. If “coincidences” and “anomolies” “happen for a reason” to either reward or punish people, it means those incidences were created by some mystical force equipped with the ability to reason and judge. Believing that “everything happens for a reason” especially in moments of your own life is extremely egocentric and it demonstrates a serious lack of respect and understanding of how the world really works. It is potentially dangerous and life-threatening to live this way. Saying “everything happens for a reason” requires that any given event has meaning. But events only have meaning when we assign meaning to them. How an individual assigns meaning to events is relative to each individual person. Events in life do not actually have any meaning at all. We as humans just give them meaning. These events continue to happen regardless of how we assign meaning. The laws of physics and the forces of nature are neither good or bad. We just individually interpret them a such. That statement alone is enough to realize nothing happens for a reason. ← Older Comments 1 … 3 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.