In his book, How Long, O Lord, Reflections on Suffering and Evil, D.A. Carson touches upon social evils, poverty of different kinds, and war and natural disasters. When we think about such things, we often turn and ask ‘why’ such things exist. We don’t, however, see this particular question raised anywhere in the Bible. God is not shocked, and neither should we be, by the presence of wars and natural disasters, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
INVISIBLE: unable to be seen; not visible to the eye.
In centuries past, things like bacteria, the amount of 'life' in a drop of water, and yeast plants were 'invisible.' No one could see them or even knew of their existence. It wasn't until the late 17th century that a man invented a microscope that allowed us 'to see.' Apart from the microscope, these things are invisible to our eyes. We know when we're affected by bacteria, but we can't see it being passed along to us. We see water as transparent, not seeing all of the 'minerals added for taste.'
THE FAMILY OF GOD THE FATHER
Why do we come to church?
When you ask someone what "Reformed" means, you could get a whole host of responses. Some think that it is a defined liturgy (prayers, readings, saying, etc.), others think it's simply a name on the church, still others might simply tell you they have no idea. While there are several distinctive themes of Reformed theology, the first one which stands out is the centrality of the Word of God. In all matters of faith and life, we are to subject our thoughts and beliefs to Scripture. Yes, our experiences, traditions, and reason all play a part in interpretation.