Wait! Who asks questions like that? Is God “Sadistic”? Well, probably a lot of us have at certain times in our life and/or during the different topics that have come up in our Bible studies. One of the main reasons why, is because of some of the confusing texts we seemingly come across while reading the Word. Especially, when we look at a couple different passages in the Bible that I was asked about lately. But does God create bad things, so He can – at a later time- fix what was broken and then say it was part of His will for this to happen?
Wow, wow, wow! OK, before we go off the proverbial deep end. Let’s make for sure we are on the same page, together. “Sadistic”, is an adjective that refers to someone who finds pleasure in punishment, cruelty, aggression or the infliction of pain. This is according to the American Heritage Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language and Collins English Dictionary, [The Word Counter.com].
Let’s take a look at the two passages which were brought up to me in recent days. After that we will discuss them.
John 11:1-6 (KJV) Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Joh 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Joh 11:3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
Joh 11:4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Joh 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister [Mary], and Lazarus.
Joh 11:6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
Say what! Jesus is this how You treat a friend? Oh, he needs me! Fine, I’ll stay where I am for two more days!
Now that really sounds, “Sadistic” and at first glance I get where one might arrive at that conclusion. But trust me, when I show you, what this really says and means in the original language of the New Testament [which is mainly Greek]. You will understand the “Grace” of God even more.
Now passage number two…
John 9:1-3 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
So, from here take a look at the two passages of scripture; notice what they have in common, and see if you can identify where the “Grace” of God is on full display or any other thoughts you have.
Please feel free to post your findings in the comment section, but try and keep your responses to less than 400-500 words. You can also email them to us at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a blessed and wonderful day and time studying!
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