The Spiritual Journey

Kenneth Davis

This response is from Kenneth Davis, a Protestant minister, although they are not necessarily “Protestant” answers.

Why did God allow this to happen to me?

When people are confronted with the reality of cancer, they are accosted with many questions. We know it is a part of life, but the shock of discovering it has attacked us personally is overwhelming. One question that people struggle with, and may even hesitate to voice, is why would God allow something so terrible to be in my life? How can a loving God allow people to get sick with such a devastating disease? The first thing we need to understand is that God does not give anyone cancer. Disease and death are not from God. God created man to live forever.

When the first man, Adam, committed sin, death entered into the world (Romans 5:12–21). The precursor to death is disease and aging. The medical horrors we see in the world were not caused by God, but came into the world because of sin. I don’t mean by that, that when someone is sick it is attributable to their specific sin. Rather, disease is in the world generally because of the entrance of sin into the world. We live in a fallen world where people get sick, tragedy occurs and people die. That is not their fault and it is not God’s fault.

The one who tempted Adam and Eve to sin was Satan. His desire is to rob, kill and destroy (John 10:10). If anyone is to blame for sickness, it is him, not God. Jesus came into the world to deal with this terrible plight (Isaiah 53:4–5). By dying on the cross, He took the sins of the world on His shoulders, and thus the curse of sickness and death (2 Corinthians 5:21). God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to bear the sins of the world on behalf of the human race (John 3:16).

As a result, even if we die physically, those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ are promised a future resurrection (1 Corinthians 15). The moment a follower of Christ dies, their spirit is taken into the presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:8). Therefore, the sting of death is removed. We have the promise to live forever through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us we have to repent of our sin, trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. When we do that, God will save us from ultimate death and give us eternal life (Romans 10:9–10).

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