No Ted Turner is not correct as God did not send the oil spill, but his thinking illustrates that most people blame God for everything. God gets such a bad rap in the world today, as He gets blamed for every evil thing that happens. God gets blamed for disasters that kill people such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. God gets blamed for sicknesses and diseases that ravage people’s bodies. God gets blamed for nearly every death, as people state that it was God’s will that a person died. God gets blamed for poverty and oppression. God has been blamed for every imaginable form of human suffering.
There is no doubt that unspeakable evil and suffering permeate and saturate every level of our society. All you have to do is to pick up a newspaper or watch the daily news on television, and it sounds like scenes from the worst horror flick. Our senses are bombarded with death, war, famine, murder, accidents, disasters, and destruction. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize there is something dreadfully wrong going on in the world. Horrible things have been going on in the world since the beginning of history. People have no answers or explanation, so God gets repeatedly blamed for this evil. But God does not have one drop, one atom, or one sliver of evil in Him. Absolutely no evil dwells in God, and He is not responsible for all the evil and suffering in the world.
How would you feel if you were wrongly accused of committing a heinous act that hurt or killed someone? It would not feel too good, would it? How do you think the heart of God feels when he is blamed for evil, disease, death, and disasters when He had nothing to do with them? Religion, philosophy, and human reasoning have distorted the image of God and the essence of His character. God is far above all evil, and evil is absolutely foreign to God’s nature. Evil cannot mix, pollute, or exist in God as He is not contaminated with any kind of evil.
Job 34:10,11,13 (Message Bible):
You’re veterans in dealing with these matters;
matters; certainly we are one mind on this.
It’s impossible for God to do anything evil; no
way can the Mighty One do anything wrong.
It’s impossible for God to do anything wicked,
for the Mighty One to subvert justice.
I John 1:5 (Amplified):
And this is the message [the message of promise]
which we have heard from Him and are now
reporting to you: God is light and there is no
darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].
Can it be any clearer? God is not responsible for the evil in this world. God is not the source of all the calamity and darkness of this world. God wants us never to forget this important truth from His Word-that He is light and in Him resides no evil, no darkness, no wickedness, and no iniquity in any way, shape, or form. God is pure. God is holy. God is just. God is righteous. God is good. God is love. God is not contaminated with evil. Most of the world does not believe this fact, but this is the true message of His Word about the goodness of God.
Isaiah 5:20 (NIV):
Woe to those who call evil good and good
evil, who put darkness for light and light for
darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet
This verse could be a fifty word essay on the history of civilization or even more appropriately, the history of religion. Every day, God, who is good, is blamed for evil. God, who is light, is blamed for darkness. God, who is sweet, is made into something that tastes bitter. God warns us not to engage in such behavior.
There is a raging spiritual battle going on behind the scenes between God who is good and the devil who is evil. Adam and Eve transferred to the devil the authority they had originally to rule as kings and queens on the earth in the Garden of Eden and the devil become the god of this age through this act of high treason.
II Corinthians 4:4 (NIV):
The god of this age has blinded the minds
of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light
of the gospel of Christ, who is the image of
“The god of this age” is not just some figurative term of language or some label or slogan. It describes a real, spiritual being who has the authority and control of this age. It is not an earthly ruler, or some man or woman reigning as a king or queen. It is a wicked spirit being who is the supreme head and ruler of the kingdom of darkness. The god of this age is the devil, and he is responsible for all the evil that permeates our society. Don’t be fooled. The devil is as a real as the hand in front of your face, and he is the sworn enemy of the goodness of God. The devil hates God and everything associated with Him, and sets up the systems of evil in every age of history to oppose God and His good purposes. This god of this age seems so fashionable, so cool, and so hip, but he blinds the minds of millions from the light of the good news of Christ. He distorts the good image and name of God and deceives people into believing that it is the true God who is really evil and causing all the darkness in the world. It is a masterful deception, as the devil does not want you to know or understand anything about the goodness of God.
I John 5:19: (NIV):
We know that we are the children of God
and that the whole world is under the control
of the evil one.
The whole world is under the control and authority of the evil one, the devil. The devil is called the evil one in the Scripture, as he is the embodiment of everything evil. He is the one who actively seeks to harm, injure, and destroy and deliberately seeks the destruction of every man, woman, and child on Earth. He is the arch-enemy of God and desires for people to worship him. His systems of evil are diametrically opposed to God and His goodness. He has authority and dominion on the earth, and has set up an entire kingdom of wicked spirit beings to wreak havoc against God in every nation and every culture. There is an intense spiritual war going on between the forces of God and the forces of the devil. It is the classic battle of the goodness of God against the evil of the devil. It is being waged every second of the day in every city, every country, and every continent. The goodness of God is under vicious attack daily from the forces of the evil one.
Without Christ and the deliverance in the new birth, the entire world lies helplessly subject to this system and its arrangement of evil. The devil has the authority, dominion, command, and power of this world system over the entire earth.
Also the oil spill is a great example of the sin nature of a person and how if we let it control our actions they will be rooted in selfishness. Laziness, greed, selfishness, love of money and hardness of heart are all attitudes of heart of the top level people at BP that flows out of the sin nature that was left unchecked and unbridled and the oil spill is the consequences of this condition of the heart. Yet God gets blamed. God does not have to kill off the oceans to get people’s attention. God does not have to use evil to accomplish his purposes.
Also there was an incredible lack of wisdom and foolishness that caused the oil spill with a total lack of concern for the consequences. The devil is the god of this age who steals, kills and destroys everything he can and his influence is seen in the oil spill along with men and women acting out of the dictates of their sin nature instead of out of the new nature available in Christ and the law of love.