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Published May 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

There are no good people

In response to Bertha Burbeck’s letter, “When Abortion is the best response” (May 9):

By: Rev. Howard Fleury, INFORUM

In response to Bertha Burbeck’s letter, “When Abortion is the best response” (May 9):

Abortion is murder in God’s eye, as it should be in the eyes of the world. Burbeck asks the question, “Where was God?” The answer is – this society, our nation and indeed the world has kicked God out. That’s were God is.

Actually, this all began with the fall of Adam and Eve. When Adam and Eve sinned, they brought evil, sickness, disease and death into the world. God’s intent for creation was never to have death and suffering. For thousands of years, God has offered help to a lost and dying world, only to have his creation “spit” in his face. He even sent his only son to die on the cross for the sins of the world, and for nearly 2,000 years now, he has also been rejected by most.

Some would even ask: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The answer is simple: There are no good people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the nonexistence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one” … “All have turned away, they have together become worthless” … “There is no one who does good, not even one” … “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment.

Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire. Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for his reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand.

However, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust him (Proverbs 3:5-6). So, where is God? He is in the same place he has always been. It’s mankind who has moved, and we have moved far away from anything that God desires. People need to repent and turn to Jesus Christ before it’s too late. Jesus promises that he’s coming quickly, and this time he’s coming in judgment.

Fleury is pastor of Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Moorhead.