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Why Does God Withhold Information From Us?

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Here’s a baffling question for those who read the Bible. Why didn't God tell Jacob that his son, Joseph was still alive? Jacob languished for years in mourning for what he thought was a dead son. At any time during his faithful service to a God, God could have spoken to his servant, Jacob, and told him the truth. Why didn’t he?


Now, I can think of a number of reasons why God remained silent on this issue. If God told Jacob then he would have likely discovered the truth of what his other 10 sons had done in selling a Joseph into slavery. There’s no telling what Jacob might have done.


Second, Jacob could have prematurely gone to Egypt, which would have blown the family’s need for time to work repentance in the hearts of Joseph’s brothers.


Third, before he was sold into slavery, Joseph had a prophetic dream that he would rule over his family. That fate might have been put in jeopardy if Jacob had discovered the truth.


But I think there’s a more important reason, which I’ll reveal in a moment.


Here’s an equally baffling question. Why didn't Joseph send word to his father that he was alive and ruling in Egypt? I find this question to be harder than the first. Once Joseph had solidified his hold on power, what prevented him from sending a messenger to his father with the good news that he was alive and well? But he didn’t do this. In fact, Joseph believed he would never see his family again. Remember what Joseph said at the birth of his son, Manasseh, “God has made me forget all my troubles and everyone in my father's family” (Genesis 41:51).


Of course, all of this brings up a much deeper question. Why does God allow people to believe anything that isn't true at all? After all, most people on the earth who die, die never knowing the truth about Jesus. Why does God permit this? I’d like present seven possible reasons why this may be so.

You Lost Me

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Someone sent me this article recently by blogger Beth Woosley (http://bit.ly/2weq5EI) and I thought I'd share it here. It's a sad story of a woman who after growing up in a Christian home decided to abandon her faith in the Jesus she was brought up with for something different. Maybe you can identify with this? I hope not.

Now, clearly, she had experiences with other Christians that were problematic that may have helped drive her in the direction she ultimately went. She signifies this by saying, "You lost me," 29 times. She uses this turn of phrase to pass responsibility for abandoning Jesus onto the church instead of herself, where the blame belongs. Saying things like, "You lost me," is an attempt at blame-shifting. It shifts the blame for unbelief from self, where it belongs, to others.

Reaching Out To Jesus When You’re Not Supposed To

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Every time you reach out in prayer to touch Jesus you are doing a bold and remarkable thing. Think for a moment. Who are you to come to the throne of the Almighty, sinless God of the universe?

There is someone in scripture who did just that, knowing that if she reached out to Jesus her life would be changed forever. We know her only at the woman with the "Issue of blood."

"There was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, 'If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.' And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, 'Who touched my garments?' And his disciples said to him, 'You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’' And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease'” (Mark 525-34).

Why was the way she reached out to Jesus so remarkable? It has to do with her condition and the society she lived in.

When He Is Master

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How often have you prayed to God about something and it seems like your prayers just hit the ceiling, never to be answered? God does indeed hear our prayers. But very often God does not give an immediate answer, or his answer is no. Sometimes God will say no several times before he says yes. Here's one such example from scripture:

Is Hugh Hefner In Hell?

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The recent death of Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder, saw multiple posts on social media remarking about the eternal destiny of the man, that Hefner, having never repented of his sin, died and went to hell. At the same time, there were those who remarked that you don't really know if Hefner went to hell because anything could have happened at the last moment. Perhaps he asked the Lord to save him and we'll see him in heaven?

The RPs of Broadcast Ministry

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I've been in broadcast ministry for over 30 years. Recently, I was involved in consulting a radio station in a foreign country and one of things we addressed was what I call the RPs of broadcast ministry. Interested in using media in your ministry? Then pay attention. You need four things, and here they are.

Blaming God For Suffering

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A news story of a terribly abused boy once again brought up the issue on social media about whether God exists and if so, how does he allow suffering and remain good?

I've never know anyone to give an emotionally satisfying answer to the question of why God allows or uses suffering. But, this assumes that assuaging our feelings is the goal of such an answer. It's as if we expect an answer during suffering that results in, "The pain is terrible but I feel good about it now." That's just silly.

There's a difference between the experience and emotion of suffering and what we know, intellectually, about suffering and God's role in it. So, allow me to make a few sweeping observations about what we know, not what we feel.

The Unbiblical Practice of Waiting on the Lord

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I bet more than a few Christians clicked on this article after reading the title, possibly incensed. After all, doesn't the scripture say in Psalm 27:14 and elsewhere to, "Wait on the Lord?" Yes, it does. But now that I have you in my web let me clarify what I mean. I don't mean the fully biblical practice of waiting on the Lord to act. Rather, I'm referring to the modern practice of waiting in silence during prayer for the Lord to speak. I'm willing to bet that most people who have tried this have been met with one thing.


Eagle News Has Lost It's Way

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This will be my last word on the controversy regarding Eagle TV's abandonment of neutrality and fairness in its political reporting.

Eagle news өөрийн замаа алджээ. Гэхдээ найдвар байна.

I have been reminded that most TV stations in Mongolia report with great bias. But I am not concerned with most stations. I am only concerned with Eagle News. I was the co-founder of Eagle Broadcasting Company in 2003 and served as President of the company until April 2011. I love Eagle TV. I gave Eagle 9 years of my heart and soul. The staff at Eagle TV were like my family. And I still love Eagle TV today.