He meant well, he really did.
But when Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin offered his opinion on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson suffering a season-ending knee injury, he created a firestorm of the wrong kind of attention.
“I hated Jordy got hurt,” Quin was quoted as saying. “But in my beliefs, and the way I believe, it was — God meant for Jordy to get hurt.
“So if he wouldn’t have got hurt today, if he wouldn’t have played in that game, if he wouldn’t have practiced anymore, and the next time he walked on the field would have been opening day, I feel like he would have got hurt opening day.”
It was a touchy subject already to say the least, considering the Lions are one of the Packers biggest rivals. But when the discussion turned to the issue of God wanting the injury to take place, that automatically caused many ears to perk up.
The issue here was not the mere mention of God. It was the lack of understanding regarding his character. Quin, who is a Christian, got caught up in a issue that has plagued many for years.
It is a popular misconception that God is the source of all good and also misfortune. This goes directly against what the Bible states. In John 10:10, Jesus said: “The thief (or devil) comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
It’s abundantly clear in this scripture that God only wants to save and preserve life. He isn’t the author of evil, that is Satan, the Devil. In this situation, Quin noted Nelson and God but never mentioned the devil, who is always attempting to harm people in any way he can, even on the football field.
Because satan’s presence has often gone unnoticed in our society, even as it declines morally in new and unfathomable ways, the devil is not seen as our biggest problem.
Many people have often quoted Job 1:21 that says the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away without understanding that this statement was said in unbelief while Job was struggling with pressure surrounding him.
This statement of unbelief has been passed down and now many think God is responsible for evil. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
The lack of awareness on the issue has caused many more to ask : “Why would a good God want to hurt someone.” The truth is, He doesn’t now and has never wanted to see the only creation made in His image and likeness suffer harm.
But as long as we ignore the impact Satan has had in our lives and even in our favorite games, we will never understand cheating, corruption or why bad things happen. No one has ever seen the wind — only the result of it blowing. But no one would ever challenge its existence.
The same can be said for Satan, who is the enemy of the human race. You may have never seen him, but you have seen his works. He has done his best to divide people on nearly every issue. He has encouraged people to harm each other and now he hopes to assign blame for what he has done to God.
Don’t take the bait. God is the source of all good. Satan is the source of all evil. It’s as simple as that.
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