Can we blame God for the Boston bombings?

I have read a couple of posts regarding this issue and the information has been fairly positive. There are others, however, that want to “blame” God for the events that conspired in Boston on April 15. The answer to the question that has been raised has many answers but only one truth. You can get almost any answer you want if you ask the right person. I don’t pretend to be an expert or even have answers many of you would like but I do know one thing is for certain;

For his [Gods] dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”

 – Daniel 4:35

Does this solve the problem of the intentions in a wicked heart who seeks only to inflict pain and instill terror in people? Does the bible have answers beyond that of Daniel 4? This passage no doubt claims that God is sovereign over all and none can rightfully question his ways. We are finite human beings and cannot pretend to know the intentions God has wrought in the heavens and has brought them to pass on the earth. I stand behind the truth of the Word and proclaim that none can understand the Lords working. Some would want to direct misplaced “blame” on God by quoting verses like Amos 3:5-6 which says,

Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?

– Amos 3:5-6

Quoting verses like this can be dangerous and be taken out of context very smoothly and with the best intentions but verses like this do not answer the question fully. I don’ think we can ever answer a question which seeks to examine the intentions of a wicked heart. We can only stand behind the truth claimed in God’s word. I support the notion that God does have his hand over all things supremely and does direct the footsteps of a man. But I also confess that the heart, even at it’s best, is broken and filled with evil desires. We need the righteous obedience of Christ and Spirit wrought working of faith in us to the end that we are united with Christ. We need new hearts.

If you asked me why the events happened on Monday I wouldn’t be able to offer much in the way of how the bomb was made or placed there in the crowd, but I can certainly comment on the sovereignty of God and the wickedness of our hearts. Without the saving work of Christ on the cross being applied to anyone there would be no chance to have new hearts. We, on our own, can never make our hearts new. We who are Christians in this world should be acting with a more active faith in telling men and women the world over that they can have new hearts. There is a work that has been done by which they can be saved. Certainly there are some who will respond to this gospel with hatred and disdain but oh the many who will rejoice and delight in the mighty saving power of God.

So was God behind this act of terror? Ultimately it is the LORD who drives the steps of man but we live between two worlds. We live between the perfection of Eden and renewing of all things in Heaven. We live in a state of decreation and only a new act of creation can bring about the change the world so desperately longs for. What a privilege it is for us who have been entrusted with the gospel to be light to those who are stumbling in the darkness. How great a love God has poured out on us so that we may be called sons and daughters of God. That’s the message the world needs to hear at a time like this, that God makes new hearts.


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