James 3:8-11 –
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude (image) of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Several years ago the President was giving a speech when one of the teleprompters stopped working. Someone asked, “Why does the President need two teleprompters?” The reply was, “So that he can speak out of both sides of his mouth.”.
As critical and possibly true as that sounds, I believe that the opening statement can truly be stated as a fact for most Christians. (Listen to people sometimes.) It’s not just a blessing that we speak sometimes (God loves you, cares about you, is your Healer, etc.) but also we speak a cursing (God is using this sickness or disease [or whatever] to teach you something; it has a purpose, etc.).
If we take literally what James says, then, people, THESE THINGS SHOULD NOT BE SO!
GOSPEL: GOOD NEWS OR NOT-SO GOOD NEWS?
Why is it called the ‘Gospel’? Because it’s GOOD NEWS!!! Jesus came to declare (Greek – unfold) or show us the good news about the Good Father. (John 1:14, 18)
What did Jesus tell us about the Good Father?
1.) He IS Light and in Him is NO darkness AT ALL. 1 John 1:5 (Also John 1:9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35-36)
2.) He IS good. (Psalm 34:8; James 1:16-17 (Do not be misled!); Acts 10:38; Romans 12:2- His GOOD will; a Good Shepherd – John 10:11; “Peace on earth, GOOD WILL toward men.”)
3.) God does not tempt anyone. James 1:13
4.) God does NO EVIL! (John 10:10 – The enemy does this. Jesus destroyed the works of the enemy. – 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15)
Now, whatever you think that evil is, remember this: GOD DID NOT DO IT! NEVER HAS! NEVER WILL! Doesn’t allow it!
(Richard Murray – Points from VOYAGING INTO GOD’S GOODNESS – Outskirts Press) (Other Scriptures and comments mine.)
The culprit is the Scripture below. This verse is a main one. (I urge you to read the whole chapter. The Israelites lusted after evil things.)
1 Corinthians 10:13 – (Translated from Greek)
There has no test, trial, or discipline (that has) got a hold of you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not leave you alone to be tested, tried, or disciplined above, over or beyond any [evil or demonic] power or force; but will with [your] test, trial, or discipline also (too) make a way to exit out of or from, that you may be above, over or beyond any [evil or demonic] power or force to undergo hardship. (Also 2 Peter 2:9; Psalm 34:17)
Everyone uses this verse out of context to support the idea that even if God doesn’t do evil He ALLOWS it. (Review the points above on what Jesus showed us about the Good Father.)
“God doesn’t create or do evil if He can rescue you. That’s like the fireman (God) sets the fire and then turns around and rescues you from the fire. THAT’S NOT GOD!!!” (Richard Murray – VOYAGING INTO GOD’S GOODNESS – Outskirts Press)
You will not find ANY Scripture where Jesus returned evil for evil. (1 Peter 2:21-24 – Jesus’ example; Acts 10:38 – He went about doing GOOD.)
What do you think that we are doing when we blame God for allowing evil to happen to us? This is blessing God and cursing God with the same tongue! This SHOULD NOT BE SO!
MISGUIDED FACEBOOK POSTERS
Here’s a poster from Facebook that says the same thing:
“God has a reason for allowing things to happen. We may never understand His wisdom, but we simply have to trust His will.” (Is this God’s good will or His bad will? – Romans 12:2; James 1:17)
“Even though we call God good, we still tragically believe God creates, causes or allows evil.” (Richard Murray – GOD vs. EVIL – Outskirts Press)
What do you think insurance companies call tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.? “Acts of God.”
“If evil happenings are ‘acts of God’, then we have labeled God as the author of evil. If we say that God doesn’t actively cause evil, but He certainly allows it for His own purposes, then we paint God as a callous or indifferent bystander who refuses to save those in need.” (Richard Murray – GOD vs. EVIL – Outskirts Press)
Hence the Facebook saying above. God uses evil to train and discipline His children. To teach us something. “If God uses sickness and disease to train us, then we should all be spiritual giants by now.” (Cal Pierce)
“The sad irony in all of this is that God is the only party who is innocent.”
(Richard Murray – GOD vs. EVIL – Outskirts Press)
I heard that. I heard you say, “But the devil said that God knows good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) Jesus said that the “devil is a liar from the beginning.” (John 8:44) The devil lied to Eve. The devil caused Adam and Eve to “mistrust God’s character.” (Oswald Chambers) Let me reiterate again: God does NO EVIL! GOD DID NOT DO IT! NEVER HAS! NEVER WILL! Doesn’t allow it!
Here’s another Facebook poster:
“God has a purpose for your pain and a reason for your struggles.”
[Of course, we are quick to use Romans 8:28 (taken out of context). When we don’t have a doctrine or theological answer for bad things happening to us, we just blame it on the Good Father. Isaiah 55:8 is another verse used to point the finger back at God (also taken out of context).]
Do you know why we struggle? (As I’ve said before, struggling is a sin.) Because our flesh doesn’t want to give in to God’s GOODNESS. (Romans 2:4) It wants pain and hurt. So, God has to quietly speak to us in “our” pain.
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. (C. S. Lewis – The Problem With Pain)
Notice that Lewis says, “our” pleasures, “our” conscience, “our ” pains. They are “ours” not His. Something that “we” caused by our agreement with evil (James 1:14-15), whether by using our tongue (Proverbs 18:20-21) or our thoughts. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
It’s His megaphone to tell us that He didn’t cause it or allow it but He will rescue you. (2 Peter 2:9; Psalm 34:17)
What a GOOD FATHER!
“The only sense in which God is involved in the allowance of evil is that He disallows Satan’s temptations to rise above our ability to overcome them (1 Corinthians 10:13 -listed above). However, God does not create, aid or abet in any temptation.” James 1:13-17 (Richard Murray – VOYAGING INTO GOD’S GOODNESS – Outskirts Press)
Please be aware of speaking out of both sides of your mouth. (Proverbs 18:20-21 -read it again in as many versions as you want)