WHY DIDN’T GOD MAKE all of us on the SAME PLATFORM—with SAME RICHES, trials, tests, environment, etc?

  

                                                                           QUESTION 1

WHY HASN'T GOD MADE EVERYONE ON A SAME PLATFORM--ALL HAVING EQUAL RICHES, TRIALS, CHALLENGES, PRIVILEGES, OPPORTUNITIES, ETC.?

 

          There are some who are born rich and some who are born poor; some are more privileged and some are not. Some have better opportunities to excel and increase in wisdom and knowledge, but some don't. Now all this is because we are living in a sinful world where everything has gone topsy-turvy.

          There are some natural laws that take over. And God does not alter this law, because God is a God of order and sequence.

          If parents are brilliant, their children will most likely be brilliant too; the same is true when parents are not so brilliant. Similarly, when parents are rich, the riches are passed on to their children and they stand a better chance to do well in life than the child of a poor man.

          Whatever the background of anyone-rich or poor, brilliant or not, educated or uneducated, having opportunities or closed doors-does not matter in the sight of the Lord on the final Judgment Day. Only according to the light and opportunities one has received he will be judged. In one of the parables, Jesus said:

But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:48)

          Again the Lord said:

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. (Luke 16:10)

So the principle is clear. In the final reckoning God will take into account all things that pertain to our life. Our problem is not about what we don't have, but it's about what we possess and how we have utilized it. Our problem is not what we don't know, but it is what we do know and are not performing accordingly. We are held accountable only for what we have.

          If you cannot help someone because of your poor situation, God will not hold you responsible. But if it is in your power to help, and still you neglect a poor, helpless person, you stand guilty. God said:

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. (Proverbs 3:27, 28)

James the apostle added:

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

          It does not matter if we are not all that privileged in this world, as this is only a temporary world. All the advantages a "better off" person has are only a passing one. Paul wrote:

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

          Even our very lives in this world we are expected not to hold back if it needs to be sacrificed for truth's sake. Jesus who Himself laid down His life for us, said:

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 10:37)

Some are tested more, because they can bear more, and some are tested less as they can take only a lighter test.

          God is fair not to allow trials and temptations that will be beyond our capacity to bear. A beautiful text from Paul really comforts as we go through any hard time. The apostle wrote:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

          The truth is plain-whatever position we are in, it does not matter as far as eternal things are concerned. Whatever trials and temptations we face, we can bear it by the grace of God; He will not permit us to be tried more than we can bear. In the final Day of Judgment, God will consider everything that we had, and had not, and make a perfect judgment. Even where we were born, the background, advantages and disadvantages, are all written in the record book of Heaven. The Psalmist wrote:

The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. (Psalm 87:6)

          BUT ONE MIGHT SAY: If we are born rich in this world, we stand a better chance to be more positive, as there will not be this extra pressure of financial burdens that pulls us down! Well, that needn't be true. In fact riches can be a snare to get us on the wrong foot! Jesus warned about it. He said:

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:24)

That does not mean rich people will not be in Heaven-Abraham, David, Job were rich (See Genesis 13:2; 2 Samuel 3:1; Job 1:3). But riches could be a stumbling block for many, as "the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). It is not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of money. If God wants to make a person rich or poor, He can do it. The Bible declares:

The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. (1 Samuel 2:7)

          The Lord is the one who gives talents to man. To some He gives:

Five talents, to another two, and to another one. (Matthew 25:15)

          Even the various gifts of the Spirit are given to each one according to the decision of God. It is written:

But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. (1 Corinthians 12:11)

          Whatever we naturally possess at birth, and whatever talents and gifts God bestows, we have to make the best out of it and glorify God. A stronger brother has to support the weaker one; this is a moral duty God requires of each of us. It does not matter at all, as far as salvation is concerned, about the "advantages or disadvantages" one might have. In Christ there is no disadvantage. He said:

My grace is sufficient for thee, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

          One day, very soon, when sin, sinners and Satan are destroyed, he platform will be same for all, for all eternity. Praise God!