|Q: Why did God have to make Sunday laws before he comes if he knows that some of us might get killed during that time and he loves us all very much?
|A: Dear Anneliese,
|Thanks so much for such a thoughtful question! First of all, God doesn’t make laws that go against His law. The Bible tells us that at the end of time, Satan will urge men to make laws that force people to go against God’s law. This is because Satan knows that those who love God keep His commandments. Jesus said “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). John wrote “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3). Satan hates when people keep God’s commandments, because it shows that they love God and that they love Jesus. This is why Satan will get people to make Sunday laws.
Satan has done the same thing in the past. You might remember that in the book of Daniel, a law was made that everyone should bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image (see Daniel chapter 3). This was breaking the second of the ten commandments. The king said he would kill anyone who disobeyed. Daniel’s friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, refused to bow down to the image, choosing to keep God’s commandments. This made the king furious, and he tried to kill them by throwing them into a fiery furnace and burn them up. But the Bible tells us that God intervened and saved them.
Daniel also tells of a law that was made that said nobody could pray to anyone but the king (see Daniel chapter 6). This was breaking the first of the ten commandments. Daniel always obeyed man’s laws when he could, except when they forced him to break God’s law. Then Daniel refused to obey those laws, choosing to obey God’s law instead. Daniel was thrown into a den of hungry lions, but God sent His angel and delivered Daniel.But sometimes, God doesn’t deliver His people from death. The Bible tells us that Stephen was stoned to death (see Acts chapter 7).
But it also tells us that God let Him see into heaven and see Jesus standing with God, and that gave Stephen superhuman strength and courage. More importantly, Stephen’s death is the thing that helped Saul the persecutor to become Paul the apostle. So sometimes, God allows death to come to his followers because perhaps someone’s death will help someone else be saved. Did God love His Son Jesus? Of course He did. But Jesus still died on the cross. In fact, the Bible tells us that Jesus died because “God so loved the world”
Jesus was with Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah in the fiery furnace; Jesus was with Daniel in the lion’s den. Jesus was with Stephen when He was stoned. Jesus may deliver us like He did Daniel and his friends; he may permit some to die like Stephen, and will give them special strength. But as followers of Jesus, we don’t need to be afraid of death, because Jesus said “I have the keys of death” (Revelation 1:18). All those who have died for Jesus will live again. We need to remember that God promises us that we will never be tempted more than we can bear (see 1 Corinthians 10:13), and Jesus said “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). We need to put our trust in Jesus and His promises.
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