Everything Happens for a Reason (3 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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Everything Happens for a Reason (3 of 5)
Series: Stupid Things Even Christians Believe
Jeff Strite
Romans 8:17-28

OPEN: Over the past couple of weeks we've been talking about stupid things that even Christians believe. Of course, these things that people believe don't seem ''stupid'' to them at the time. In fact many of these things people believe seem perfectly reasonable… almost Biblical.

And that is particularly true of the statement we're going to be looking at today.
That statement is: ''Everything happens for a reason.''

Have you ever heard someone say that?
Have you ever said it?
I think I may have too.

It sounds almost Biblical… but it's not.
And we'll explain why in just a moment.

Now, when people say ''everything happens for a reason'' they mean well.
What they're meaning to say is: God takes care of everything in a believer's life. And since, God takes care of everything then nothing happens by chance. Thus, everything happens for a reason. Everything that happens in your life is ALL part of God's plan.

ILLUS: Someone who believed this kind of thinking once said to Dr. J. Vernon McGee,
''I have been studying the Bible, and I believe I am absolutely safe in God's hand. No matter what I do, or how dangerous it may be, he is going to protect me. If I stepped out into a busy street against a red light I would be perfectly safe if my time had not yet come.''
Dr. McGee replied, ''If you are foolish enough to step out into traffic against a red light at the rush hour, brother… your time has come!''

Some time ago I saw a sign on Facebook which said:
''Everything happens for a reason.
Sometimes it's because you're stupid and make bad decisions.''

ILLUS: Now, the phrase ''everything happens for a reason'' is relatively harmless until you run into someone who thinks it's a good thing to say a funeral.
There's a true story of a woman who was leaving an evening church service and fell down the flight of steps outside ...

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