Continuing to answer questions that we weren’t able to get to during our “Hot Seat” a few weeks back, beginning with this one from a 10-year old CLC’er who wants to know “why does God allow Lightning and Thunder?” (she’s frightened by both & doesn’t see any purpose for them)
Well, that’s a question I’ve never been asked before. And while the Bible doesn’t go into great detail on this subject, I can tell you that sometimes God uses lightning or thunder to accomplish His purposes. For example:
- Exodus 9:23-29 – lightning was used by God to show Pharaoh and the Egyptians that the earth belongs to the Lord, and frightened them into releasing Israel from slavery.
- Exodus 20:18-20 – God used the lightning & thunder to get His people’s attention, so they would hear His Word through Moses.
- 1 Sam. 7:10 – God used thunder to confuse Israel’s enemy, so they could defeat them.
- 1Sam. 12:17-18 – God used thunder so Israel would know He was speaking to them.
In fact, several times in Scripture it seems thunder is symbolic of God’s voice – and while several verses indicate that we don’t really understand, we know that God can speak! So the purpose of lightning & thunder is to demonstrate a little of God’s power.
Now, if you want a scientific explanation, this is a pretty good one.
Question 2 during the ‘Hot Seat’ was, “should believers follow the Democratic or Republican party?
My answer is, neither! Follow Jesus!
Finally, question 3 from the ‘Hot Seat’ was, “Has the antichrist been revealed? And will he be before the Rapture?
My answer is I don’t know, and possibly.
Hope these helped a bit. Feel free to weigh in if you have insight into any of these 3 questions, so we may all learn – just leave your comment below.
Who are you inviting to hear Talaat & Tai McNeely THIS Sunday at CLC-TP?