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How do you explain why a God, who is good and righteous, would allow innocent babies and little children to suffer or die: from injuries and sickness, or in accidents and natural disasters? Since God if he is all powerful and therefore nothing is impossible for Him surely He can prevent the innocent from being harmed or killed. If He does not protect the innocent when He can, how then can He claim that He is righteous and good? Question concept – Why Do The Innocents Suffer If GOD is Just And Righteous?
The question insinuates one of two things: that there is either no all powerful God, or that God (the Creator of everything) is far from loving, kind and just. This is a typical loaded question that seeks to achieve one of two things, to force a conclusion that there is no God (i.e. no all powerful Creator of all things) or that if there is then this all powerful God is far from being kind, loving and merciful is actually totally uncaring or is extremely sadistically cruel (i.e. a pathological vindictive self glorying psycho). The latter by the way is what the major so called Abrahamic religions implicitly advance in their dogma, doctrines and teachings (i.e. in all that they proclaim, pronounce, assert and acclaim) since they (i.e. the three main so called Abrahamic religions) were established by their founders ( i.e. the first of which was established between 30 to 70 C.E.; the second around 325 C.E.; and the third around after 600 C.E. )
This is regardless of whether those who pose this questions are sincere (really want to know the answer) or insincere (don’t really care for whatever answer but just want to ridicule theocratic religions in general and the true CREATOR GOD in particular.
The Answers in four installments    :
The issue of evil is the most crucial of issues to not just mankind made in the image and likeness of GOD, but also to all intelligent personages who have been granted the power to make decisions and choices in the process of their lives. Our world today is overflowing with information and knowledge about almost everything about ourselves, our earth and even the universe; knowledge which have been beyond our five senses to detect but made possible by advances in technology aided by the knowledge science have gained, accumulated progressively through the centuries until this day. Even as this post started to be written in 2012 C.E., knowledge of all kinds are growing at an unprecedented ever increasing pace. Yet for all these knowledge, all the authorities and defining experts of all fields of knowledge still have not even understood the very simple issue of evil and yet they have all been unceasingly advancing and asserting all manner of ridiculous things so that evil in the human social cannot be understood by any and everyone who seeks for answers from them, these proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of whatever, to understand what evil actually is.
[PART 1] There is Evil
Everyone who is sane or rational will from looking at the social order of man be able to see (i.e. perceive and understand) that there is much evil in it. These may not all agree (because mankind can never all fully agree on anything, hardly) on the extent of this evil but none (i.e. among those who are still fairly sane) can deny that there is indeed evil causing much misery, suffering, violent trauma and harm to the families of man (not to mention to the planet earth itself; to the global ecosystem supporting life on earth as a whole).
But of course in this world of ours where everybody has their own personal take on reality, there will always be those who will deny that there is indeed any evil at work at all in the social order of man, and that everything is just the Absolute Nothing One Dimensional Singularity ordained process of the ‘creationary’ forces of evolution by mutation expressing natural selection and the survival of the fittest through violent carnage, traumatizing debilitating diseases and horrific mutative degeneration to determine who gets to pass on their genetic material for the continued progress and prosperity of life on this planet. (Please note that the creation of the universe by Absolute Nothing and life on earth by Evolutionary Mutationism is the most widely accepted scientific dogma at the time of this writing in 2012 C.E., which might change with the passage of time as has been the case with the ever changing tide of the scientific belief system).
From Where Came This Evil?
For those very, very few of us who believed (as opposed to, pretended to believe) what the Christian Holy Scriptures recorded, we would (or should anyway) understand just when and how evil started (i.e. was first conceived) in the creation. Evil started first in the Spiritual realm, then much, much later (billions of earth years) in the social order of mankind a very short time after the first family of man created in the image and likeness of GOD was finally placed on a renewed planet earth that had been destroyed of all life by a rebellion of Spirit Angelic personages some six thousand years ago. All these have been explicitly recorded and testified to by the Christian Holy Scriptures such that the only way anyone reading and studying these Scriptures (as one complete, consistent, coherent record) would not understand is because they deliberately adamantly refused to because they lusted to believe something more lust worthy of their ego.
Evil in the creation started with a creature personage not too different from us in facility of mind power: in the ability to reason, think, contemplate, feel emotions even as this personage is probably more than a billion times more powerful from the context of having the capability (i.e. power) to do things and carry out what ‘he’ contemplates, intends and plans. This Spirit personage was created endowed with the full facility of a self conscious awareness complete in knowledge and intelligent understanding coupled with great splendor and beauty, and then (at the time of his creation) assigned a privilege and high authoritative position over the governance (the running of the affairs) of the Angelic Spirit realm which also in this Current Age (the Age of Man), have oversight authority over the affairs of mankind (Daniel 4:17, 13, 23, 26; Hebrews 2:5).
He didn’t start out evil (no creature personage ever does just as no newly born baby ever does). The Holy Christian Scripture did not directly (i.e. explicitly) record how long, though it was implicit that is was very long from our perspective), that it took billions of earth years, before he began to change from being an extremely intelligent, knowledgeable and loyal leader among the Spirit Angelic leadership administrating both the Spiritual realm (the Third Heaven where GOD has HIS seat of government or Kingdom) and the secondary Physical realm (our physical material universe).
At this point, some “rocket scientists” or some rule-based hair-splitters might ask, ‘Why has GOD created personages that are capable of choosing to do evil? Surely nothing is impossible for GOD that he should be able to create in an ‘instant by fiat’ a freewill intelligent personage empowered by an independent mind but yet cannot choose to do evil?’
And that would be a legitimate question coming from “rocket scientist” and rule-based hair-splitters. But for the rest of sufficiently intelligent mankind who are really fully sane and understand the basic concepts of contradiction and negation (and also invalidity and nullification), that would be the most insanely ridiculous question anyone can ask.
To have free will (i.e. a conscious knowing awareness of the self) and an independent thinking and reasoning intelligent mind means simply just that; that you are free to decide on whatever you want to decide on.
Whether you can (i.e. have enough power capability to and enough power impunity to dare to) carry out what you decided on, well that is another matter all together.
If you are unable (meaning not having any ability to), to make a choice to do or not to do evil, then you just don’t have free will and an independent intelligent mind. You would have an incapacitated mind (irregardless of how intelligently intelligent). Your mind would be just a robotic brain build to a purpose and restricted or limited in functionality no matter how broad that functionality. You would not even be a personage in the strictest sense at all.
It should not be so difficult to understand. For GOD to create a personages endowed with self conscious self awareness and intelligence, these personages must have the power and faculty to freely make decision (through intelligent reasoning and thinking, empowered by knowledge, whether little or much), to make a choice of what they want to do, how to conduct themselves in life, in the process of their functional living. And these choices and decisions must include choosing to do evil, because basically evil is just a conscious choice or decision to do something that will cause harm or bring about some form of undesirable andor non conducive damage or destruction (whether immediate or eventual to any timescale). A damage or destruction that is not conducive to the collective welfare and well being of all and sundry (the evil doers not necessarily included or excluded). How is it this simple concept cannot be understood by the bulk of the supremely mega brilliantly intelligent geniuses among mankind, all those who have been the shakers, shifters, movers and shapers of the human social order?
Monotheistic religions hold that GOD is omnipotent and omniscience (all powerful and all knowing). But evil religions, because their doctrines have been specifically engineered to frightened as well as forced (those who will not be frightened) all mankind to give them their derived power so they can achieve their objective to rule supreme over all mankind that they will be able to do all the evils they lusted to do, are unable to rationally and adequately address the issue why there is so much evil in the world if indeed their gods being merciful, wise and good are all powerful and all knowing.
These religions’ claims as expressed through their proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives, that their gods commanded and required them to torture and murder others who won’t completely surrender to totally submit to their will, obviously doesn’t sync with their ridiculous claims about their gods and religions being merciful, good, peace loving, etc., so they must present (i.e. twist and spin the concept of) evil as something illogical and irrational, so they can continue to do evil (claiming the evil they do is for good, carried out to enforce their gods’ sadistic murderous will) while forbidding others to do anything that they would arbitrary choose to and may want to forbid others from doing (to have an excuse to torture and murder them if anyone should refuse to totally obey and submit to them to let them do all that they lusted to do).
The Christmas religion, in particular, have this ridiculous ludicrous doctrine that while the first human family were in the Garden of Eden Satan the Devil ‘disguised as a serpent’ was able to sneak in without GOD’s knowledge to trick Adam and Eve into having sex thus committing sin in that act. This then supposedly resulted in the so called “fall of man” or “fall from grace” that led to their eviction from the Garden of Eden. Now I shan’t again discuss this ridiculous and very brazenly evil blasphemous doctrine as I have covered it quite sufficiently in several earlier posts (see the following URL links):
The Tree Of Knowledge
The Holy Bible Expounded – Repentance Is Required
The Holy Christian Scripture in its records documented several cases in several separate occasions in the past where GOD had directly or indirectly intervened to totally or partially stop evil whether these evils were expressed through one man, one family, one city, a whole nation or a whole generation of mankind, and even by a group of Spirit Angelic personages who had directly rebelled. But not only that, the same Scriptures also revealed in its advance records (i.e. prophecies) similarly of GOD declaring HIS actions to stop evil (future to the time when the revelations were given) which would then be carried out at the appointed time, with some of these as yet future to this current time (the time of the first publishing of this post in 2012 C.E.).
Even as there are other ways and manner by which GOD can stop evil at each, any and every single incidence and situation, GOD has mostly chosen to do so only after evil has been grossly magnified in each of those situations, GOD abiding the time patiently for evil to reach a certain stage before acting either directly or indirectly to destroy those who were complicit.
The Antediluvian Age of Noah’s time was completely destroyed except for the immediate family of Noah by a worldwide flood. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with fire from heaven after the Angels of the LORD GOD had led Lot and his immediate family to safety, not even sparing Lot’s wife who chose to disobey and to look back. The destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah was a Type to the fulfillment to the soon coming prophesied destruction of ninety percent of the world’s human population during the time period leading to the Second Advent.
The lustfully greedy Balaam, no less a Prophet of GOD, was indirectly destroyed. GOD used the ancient Israelite to kill him after allowing him time to repent and he wouldn’t. The reprobate King Saul of the ancient United Kingdom of Israel was finally killed by his enemies, the heathen Palestine’s armies. Both the ancient Divided Kingdoms of Israel (after the unfaithfulness of King Solomon) and Judah were eventually destroyed, their survivors carried off as prisoners and slaves and their nations ceased to exist and ceased to occupy the Promised Land after years of repeated rebellion through their breaking of their Ten Commandment covenant with the LORD GOD in refusing to faithfully obey HIM through refusing to honor and perform the commandments and requirements of their covenant with GOD. GOD had use pagan idol worshiping nations and empires to destroy these disobedient Elect nations, carrying off most of the rest who survived into bondage.
Closer to today, some twenty years ago (from 2012 C.E.), a converted (meaning one who had under gone baptism supposedly in repentance and had partaken of the BLOOD and body of the LAMB of GOD as their Covenant with GOD) Christian, a member of GOD‘s Elect, who through deceit and a pretense faith rose suddenly to become the Pastor General over the last era of GOD’s Church was stricken and killed (i.e. died from being disease stricken) within the very same year when he had refused to repent after he had instituted changes in order to lead the people of GOD into embracing the doctrines of the Christmas religion to commit Spiritual adultery. That Pastor General had acted in evil cohort with the Son of Perdition (2 Thessalonian 2:3), working progressively to first declare the seventh day Sabbath, then and consequently also the Ten Commandments of Love and eventually all the things that GOD have commanded through HIS recorded Holy Words by the testimonies of the Holy Prophets and Apostles in the Scripture of Truth, to be not required to be honored, obeyed and kept (performed) but instead the Creed of Nicene was to be obeyed and honored.
Even as GOD can instantly stop evil in any manner and any number of ways at any and all times absolutely, HE has, in HIS great wisdom, according to HIS overall purpose and plan to fulfill (that is to carry out or perform) HIS will and good pleasure (what HE is pleased to do), chosen to stop evil here and there in the various ways of destroying the wicked. This is commonly after they have been proven to be unrepentant and after they had wreck great evils on others while sowing and perpetuating evil in their society and the human social order.
But for the most part GOD has left the world order of man to its own devices, allowing all the evil doers to continue their evil schemes and works. Where it had become necessary (so that GOD‘s will and purpose will stand and will continue to be worked out) to slow the pace of evil in the current world order, GOD would intervene, most often indirectly to destroy those who are wicked and evil. These are often at the hands of their fellow men.
Why Doesn’t or Why Won’t GOD Stop Evil Immediately, Is It Because HE Isn’t Able To?
All those who have understood what have been discuss thus far (especially the last point in the previous paragraph) would not need to ponder this question of why GOD doesn’t and won’t stop evil immediately. But for the sake of those who have not, let us now consider this third question.
For all those who are effectively intelligent, knowledgeable and enlightened, and have not become incompletely sane, blinded by their own brazen arrogance and conceit, being near totally driven by some or all manner of lust, they would appreciate the fact that in human civilizations going as far back as when some records were maintained, those who exercise power and authority, have always tried to enforce their power and authority through force and some sort of manipulation to control those that they rule over. And up to today this is no different, every human authority whether of religion, belief system, nation, tribe, family or organization, they all never fail to seek to subject all those they exercise authority over or rule over, to their dictates, degrees, rules, views, biases andor lust seeded beliefs. Sometimes (though very rarely) this have been done mainly for the overall well being, but most often it has been done firstly andor solely to serve or pander to the leaders or rulers personal self expediencies and egos, and any residual well being to others generally is because it is of advantage or is conducive for the leaders or rulers to do so in order to retain their positions andor for other personal advantages and gains.
For those few of us who are still mostly sane, we would appreciate that such efforts to totally control others whether well intended or otherwise do not fully work even as some measure of control can be temporarily (at most for a few generations over the majority) exerted, they can never be fully effective to totally regulate the self expedient behaviors of free will minds that are empowered to be able to think independently. This is because such control cannot be all seeing and all pervasive all the time due to the limitations and capabilities (i.e limited power) of those who exercised them.
In the doctrines of many pagan religions which include all of the Antichrist religions, there is this concept of the immortality of the human soul. For those who are unfamiliar, this concept basically says that when human beings dies, they do really die (meaning they have a soul that cannot die). This doctrine is then the basis of the scary doctrines (doctrines advanced to scare the wits off lust driven mankind) of these religions that if anyone did not embrace these religions (which is to be subservient to the personal versions, the versions of religious beliefs of the ruling proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives or their acceptable affiliates) the soul of those who died would be sent to a hell or some place (whether immediately on death or at some other appointed time after death) of unbearable torment whether this is a series of endless horrific sadistic brutal tortures, or of being in continuous agony from being burned alive, all without being able to really die (as in ceasing to have a consciousness or ceasing to exist as a freewill personage) forever.
Truth is these doctrines are primarily responsible for frightening the bulk of those in these religions into becoming members or followers of these religions. The believers or followers of these religions were scared out of their wits (meaning by irrational phobias of the unknown and therefore willingly and easily frightened into believing all manner of ridiculous things proclaimed by every Chicken Little aka Licken who turns up) of what will happen to them when they die so they dared not reject these doctrines and dare not refuse to become one of them, joining and converting to these religions as a lust driven believed insurance that they will not end up forever in the hell of horrors when they die.
But if we are intelligent and rational, we would (or should anyway) have noted that many of the practitioners of these religions especially those who are in the leadership are among some of the most evil mega ego supergorging people in the human social order. And while most of those who are in the lay membership (and also some in the leadership) may appear to be seemingly pious, decent and “good” people, this is mostly a facade, a put on face or appearance.
This is not to say that there are no fairly decent people frightened into embracing these religions, a fairly large percentage probably are. However a large percentage of such fairly decent people frightened into embracing these religions actually, over time (from immediately to over a period years), become more evil than they would have normally become over the course of their lifetime had they not being scared witless into embracing these religions. This (of them becoming more evil than if they had not converted or were not the disciples of these religions) is fully proven when they give expressions to murderous rages and savage rampages against those of other religions or those who are unbelievers (those who do not subscribe to their beliefs), especially when they feel incensed validly or otherwise, that their religions have been in any way slighted, hindered, threatened, opposed, maligned or subverted. Here I am speaking about people who are fairly decent of course and not about everyone, especially not the majority of humanity living in this last generation of the Age of Man.
While we can see that people can be easily scared witless into embracing and stirring up (i.e. to feint) zeal and piousness (and even murderous rages) for some idiotic, insane and irrational religions or even non religions, it does not really solve the problem of evil but instead actually propagate and perpetuate it. In fact one of the main reasons atheists and many self perceived better “enlightened” non ‘religious’ people railed and reviled religions as being evil is because of the blatantly evil acts of the disciples and leadership of all these religions. This is not to say that many of these religions in themselves are not also a front for perpetuating evil, nearly all are. Nor is this to say that atheists and the many so called better ‘enlightened’ non ‘religious’ people are not also themselves sowing and perpetuating evil, most of them are, even if it is indeed nothing more than through their arrogance and deceitful doublespeak alone.
From this we should know that it is very possible to scare or traumatize people witless (and thus to manipulate them) through outright terror to do something or not to do something. This is indeed the tool used by many religions (through those who used these religions to wield power authority) to manipulate and coerce their followers into compliance (feint or otherwise) to their dictates and tyranny. Therefore consequently we would (or should anyway) know that an omnipotent GOD can very easily frightened, scaring witless, every single free willed independent minded creature personage from doing evil both continuously and perpetually.
But if we are really rational and intelligent we would (or should anyway) very easily see that as a non viable option (not to mention a ridiculously stupid one) as a tool to stop evil in minds granted to be able to exercise free will and think independently. And GOD is far from being stupid, contrary to all the lies implicit in the evil blasphemous doctrines of all the various expressions of the Christmas religions, other Antichrists and anti GOD religions which hold sway over nearly all of so called religious mankind.
If freewill independent minds personages have to be forced or coerced through fear or some other manipulative means to behave, it would totally defeat the purpose of granting or empowering them with the free will or independent minds in the first place. And at the risk of repeating myself repeatedly, let me say again that GOD is NOT contradictory, contrary (Psalm 32:9) to the evil lies of the Christmas religions and all the other evil religions which deceitfully pretend to fear andor love GOD. In as much as GOD specifically and intentionally created us (as well as the Spirit Angel personages) with freewill, self awareness and intelligence, HE also specifically and intentionally created us to be able to choose to do evil. This however does not mean that GOD wants us to do evil. On the contrary the fact that we have a choice or can choose should tell us (if we are indeed intelligent) that GOD desire us, wants us, exhorts us and implores us to without being forced or coerced to exercise our freewill and intelligence to wisely choose good over evil as has been HIS consistent message to us in the records of HIS Holy Words, the Scripture of Truth.
All these do not imply that it is not a good thing to have a healthy fearful respect for GOD as the ultimate authority and power over all things, in that HE will at the appointed time punish and destroy all those who are wicked who will seek to do evil at any opportunity they can when it becomes expedient for them to do so wherever they perceived that they can get away with it (even if just momentarily).
This healthy mitigating fearful respect for GOD is not too different from us having a healthy rational cautionary fear when we are in a dangerous situation or when we deal with dangerous elements. As unwise (because of lust), severely limited creature personages, incomplete in wisdom and self control, near totally driven by our carnal animal nature and emotional impulses, we all need a certain measure of rational fear of harm and destruction to mitigate us from continually without ceasing contemplating and seeking to do evil in every moment of our conscious wakefulness (which is not to say that many of those who are the parasites of the social order of mankind and are predatory on others members of mankind are not continually seeking to doing this). This is especially so when we do not immediately experience the consequences of such actions allowing ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of impunity to totally give ourselves over to our continual momentary lust.
Rational fear is a mitigating tool to help us remain rational. It acts as a check (within limitations) on our lust. It is the reason we (while still sufficiently rational and sane) don’t jump in front of a speeding car, walk into a roaring fire and we exercise caution against dangerous elements and in situations where we can be harmed. Irrational fears are lust seeded and serve to propagate and enhance lust leading us to embrace insanity though giving up (not exercising or not putting to use) our intelligence to completely give in to lust.
But of course rational fear is only applicable while we are still sufficiently rational and sane, and thus cannot mitigated against extreme lust (of addiction, obsession and fixation, to and for any thing or situation) driven insanity that increasingly we are witnessing more and more in the social order of mankind. The rightful rational mitigating fear of GOD is the knowledge that GOD can and will ultimately destroy forever, once and for all, at the appointed time, all those who refused to cease doing evil.
While fear, especially traumatic fear, can be a very effective tool to control the behavior of sufficiently sane and still fairly rational man (includes women and children) and other such intelligent creatures, it is by no means the only tool by which behaviors can be control or manipulated. There are indeed numerous ways and means which GOD can use to stop evil in freewill personages. But exactly like the tool of fear it would run contradictory to GOD purpose in creating creature personages with free will and having a mind capable of independent contemplation to then manipulate them (Psalm 32:9) through any means that would check or thwart or prevent them from being able to exercise the free will and the freedom to think, contemplate and decide freely how they want to order their lives.
The whole thrust of GOD purpose, if we are still sane and rational enough to see it revealed in the disclosures recorded in the Holy Christian Scriptures, is to give HIS creatures personages whether mankind or Angels, a process through the passage of time to learn the lesson of evil and freely decide for ourselves through these hard knock experiences to come to the full understanding of life and our conducts, that we, those who sincerely seek for good to truly love everyone and desire the well being of all, will never ever choose the way of wickedness and evil. When this lesson is finally learned then and only then will GOD destroy (i.e. exterminate as one would exterminate a destroying or destructive disease, parasite or pest) all the unrepentant wicked forever that the creation will no longer be, and will never ever be plagued by evil ever again, forever. This is the ultimate future GOD had planned from before the Beginning for everyone who sincerely loves peace and good, who really care for all others not just only themselves.
This is specifically why GOD allowed evil to enter into and to continue unabated (but not completely unchecked) until now in HIS creation when HE could always and forever, easily and totally preempt it from happening whether in the minds of Angels or of man. This is also the reason why we see so much evil in the social order of mankind today and why GOD allowed it grow and be so pandemic in these last days leading to the end of the Age of Man exactly as HE had allowed it to happen in the Antediluvian world of Noah.
For those of us who have the eyes to see it and still have a mind sane enough to understand we would (or should anyway) know that the End of this Age of evil is fast approaching when GOD will again directly intervene to destroy all the wicked. But before that happened, greater and more prevalent evil are soon going (to be allowed) to overtake the social order of mankind as GOD progressively loosen the checks on evil both in the heavenly and the earthly realm.
In not too many years from now, a great persecution will begin among the nations against the true disciples of JESUS who will still be honoring and keeping the Holy Covenant that JESUS instituted through HIS death as the LAMB of GOD, the New Covenant, that is made in the very BLOOD (Luke 22:20; Hebrews 10:19, 29; 1 Corinthians 11:25) that JESUS shed as HE bled to dead nailed to the cross. This persecution will begin among the nations (Matthew 10:23) where the modern day descendants of Jacob, the Biblical Patriarch, are currently residing, as well as among the nations under the strong influence of the Great Harlot (Revelation 13:11; 17:1. 5, 15 – 16; 19:2) and those under the direct authority of the Beast (Revelation 13:1 – 4, 12 – 15; 11:7) recorded in the book of Revelation.
Is Everyone Evil?
With the exception of a very, very small minority, most people do not think of themselves as evil. Truth is the vast majority of the human race thinks that they are good and decent people whether they are ‘religious’ or ‘not’ religious.
This vast majority of the human race believed themselves to be good and decent people even when they are actively seeking to exploit, take unfair advantage of, cheat, defraud, steal, rob, manipulate and deceive, abuse, molest, rape, harm and murder others; even when these others are very close to them, caring and providing for them. Almost every member of the mankind who are old enough to know the difference between good and evil, are actively carrying out these acts of evil in their lives’ conduct everyday.
It is true that the majority of these people who consider themselves to be good and decent never really take time to fully (and sincerely) examine their lives, to seriously ‘take stock of’ what are the intents in their hearts and minds leading to their daily deeds in speech and acts; and how their conducts relate to the very real issue of the human social order being impacted and ravaged by all the evil that they themselves see and also rail against especially when it affects them and their lives’ pursuit negatively (in an undesirable and unwanted manner).
But their not bothering to examine themselves, their lives motivations and consequential actions in words and acts, however do not render them blameless for all the harm they have done and are doing in all these evil acts and words that proceed forth from their hearts and minds. This is in that when the same evil whether in words spoken or acts are done to and are carried out against them, they felt it, railed and raged against it, they therefore have totally convicted themselves as being complicit directly or indirectly in sowing and perpetuating evil in the human social order.
All these very definitely don’t speak well for the small percentage among the human social order who consider themselves the best of the best among their peers as the brilliant super–enlightened and educated elite, the pinnacle resultant achievement and advancement of thousands, hundred of thousand or millions of years (depending on which view of human history you subscribe to) of human civilization, who are the ‘shakers’, ‘shifters’, ‘movers’ and ‘shapers’ of the human social order. With their brilliant minds, high IQ, superior intellect and a privileged position in the human social order, they instead of sincerely examining the issue of evil in the human social order, chose instead in the super feeding of their egos to point their mocking fingers of blame on the CREATOR GOD whom they refused to believe in, saying, ‘If there is a God who is good and all powerful then why is there evil in the world?’
The issue of evil in the human social order and societies is not such a complex and complicated one which defies human understanding such that it would leave these ultra mega brilliant super-enlightened and super intelligent genius minds of our time baffled and perplexed. These men and women rather than choosing to address and redress the issues of evil, firstly in themselves and then to device a system of education, regulation and governance to eradicate it from the human social order and societies, have instead chosen to pretend that they themselves are not evil in all their evil pursuits and intents and then deceitfully pretend to find such evil an abhorrence when it is being expressed and perpetuated in the human social order and societies.
While it should be clear from what has been discussed so far that every single man (includes woman), each one in their own pursuit of life have embarked on a way that practices (and thus embraces) evil to some degree even as there are the greater majority of mankind who believed themselves to good and decent people with nothing really that evil about their conduct of life. This however does not include those who are too young to either be able to do or say anything such as newly born babies and even those who are in gestation in the wombs of their mothers. Neither does it include those who are too young to know the basic difference between good and evil as their minds have not reached the matured cognitive level to be able to fully discern and be aware of their motivations and intents. The growth process of mankind, from fetus to babies to adulthood is ordained by GOD as one of the educational mechanisms to make us understand progression and process, that those who are sincere to seek for truth, may learn about evil, what it is and how it develops and grows in the minds of HIS creature personages. This aspect of human growth as a process to teach the creature personages about evil is discussed in greater detail in the chapter, ‘Angels, Demons And Men’ of ‘Bible 101 – The Holy Bible Expounded’. A similar discussion approaching this issue from a different context can be found in the blog, ‘The Holy Bible Expounded’, in the multi installment discussion, ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’.
To be culpable for evil, the personage must have knowledge of, or understand either consciously or subconsciously, the resultant effect or consequence of their actions whether in words or deeds. This knowledge or understanding is manifested in how the personages view or consider such similar actions carried out by other parties on the effect (directly or indirectly) on them either physically, psychologically, mentally, emotionally or intellectually on all matters that relate to them personally or in the greater context of their extended self (i.e. ego/identity connection or proxy identity/self or what I have termed as self ‘proxy–fication’) on all that they have established some sort of bonding or identifying ownership.
That is the reason, other than babies who can neither act or speak articulately, little children below a certain mental age, are not capable thus not culpable of choosing to do evil because their mental development has not reached the stage where they are able to fully understand the concept of extended cause and effect of actions and their negative extended consequence on others except for the most rudimentary of the concept of fear of pain (emotional or physical) in punishments for actions that are forbidden or displeasing. These little children can be compared (as a similitude from the context of being able to understand what they do) to some lower self-aware animals which are aware enough to flee from harm and danger but do not have the cognitive ability to understand the extended consequence of their primal (hormonal and chemical seeded) drive and (genetically coded) instinct.
So indeed these young children and babies are innocent of evil perpetuated by the human social order and it is indeed unjust if they were to indeed be punished (or caused to suffer harm) by GOD. The basic error in this question is the assumption that GOD is now and has been punishing human beings individually or collectively from the time the human family was evicted from the Garden of Eden, which is an explicitly evil doctrine from all evil anti GOD religions which laid claims that they are of GOD, that they are the religions of the CREATOR GOD. And from that erroneous assumption we get the extended erroneous assumption in this question that GOD has a direct hand in the suffering (in illness, injuries, death and other miseries) of young children and babies. This is from the lies advanced by all the evil so called Abrahamic religions that everything that happens must be GOD‘s will.
The same erroneous lies are advanced (so as to mock the concept of a God Creator of everything) by all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of ultra mega supreme knowledge “enlightenment” that presumed that if an all powerful and all knowing God exist then therefore everything that happens must be because it is His will that they happen. Fact is, aside from denying that there is God, all these also deny that there is free will andor there is such a thing called evil (see the beginning of this post, the section under the heading ‘There Is Evil’).
This they, all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of knowledge “enlightenment” of religions and non religions, do by deliberately pretending to be stupid so they can refuse to understand the simple concepts of free will and evil. While it is true that absolutely nothing at all can happen unless GOD allows it but to equate ‘allow‘ as ‘intent’ in deliberated stupidity is where all these proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of knowledge “enlightenment” of religions and non religions are all explicitly seeking in explicit blasphemies to malign GOD as being both totally unjust and extremely sadistic.
‘Allow‘ is a concession not an ‘intention’, therefore what is allowed by GOD to happen does not mean that GOD wanted them to happen, but in giving power for HIS creature personages to freely think and to be able to act to the measure they are able, all the consequences that result must be allowed otherwise GOD would be contradicting HIMSELF to negate HIS own purpose in giving them these powers in the first place. At the risk of repeatedly repeating myself, GOD contrary to the evil lies of all the evil so called Abrahamic religions is not self contradictory as the evil doctrines of all these evil so called Abrahamic religions implicitly teach, advance and proclaim.
The other erroneous assumption is that GOD (if HE is to be good, righteous and just) must or is obligated to protect all those who are innocent of evil in the current human social order. This erroneous assumption comes from another evil deliberately pretend stupidity presumption that the world’s major religions, religious faiths and practices of religion either one of them, some of them or all of them is/are from GOD.
The truth is all the major religions or system of beliefs that the vast majority of the human social order subscribed to, which claimed to believe in the CREATOR GOD (i.e. the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) in our current world order, are all totally opposed to GOD and their sole existence as the so called religions of the God of Abraham are to prevent mankind from seeking and learning about the ONE true GOD to be able to have a true, sincere, faith and trust based relationship with HIM. Also of all the other minor or marginal religions or system of beliefs, nearly all of them are also totally opposed to GOD in the same way as all the major religions, all just using varying degree of the same set of strategies to malign and slander the ONE CREATOR GOD to the maximum.
For the discussion of true Christianity how at no time since after the Antediluvian Age, has ever constituted even close to one percent of the total population of mankind at every corresponding period, please read the sub discussion ‘Not Yet A Worldwide Conversion’ to understand that GOD is not and has not yet been reaching out to the vast majority of mankind to educate them about HIM and HIS purpose for creating them. After reading that, if you so choose, you can read the discussion on the true Christianity, ‘Christianity – Know The Basics’ and why it is not and never was ever a religion in the strict sense of the word as understood by nearly all mankind and especially by all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of whatever there is to be a proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of in the human social order.
Further, if you could believe the records of the Holy Christian Scriptures, in these very last days leading to the End of the Age, even the very, one and only Church of GOD and all the other members of the Elect of GOD (those called into the New Covenant relationship with GOD but are no longer in the membership of the Church of GOD), nearly every single one of them, especially those who are leaders and elders whether appointed (that is anointed) or have appointed themselves to lead or head these Elect are more interested in promoting themselves – their ego image and self expedient agenda – than to be faithful to their Everlasting Holy Covenant with the GOD whom they all claimed to served.
That is the reason there will be a great martyrdom during the days of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9 – 14) as these self expedient Christians will have to prove their repentance and faithfulness to GOD by the Everlasting Holy Covenant (Hebrews 13:30; Revelation 7:14) they had entered into, through being cleansed through trials and baptisms of fire in physical afflictions and martyrdom. GOD have always consistently let HIS Elect, the people who have entered into covenant with HIM to accept HIM as their GOD fall into the hands of their enemies and those who hate them, when they refused to repent from being unfaithful and from breaking (through not honoring the requirement of) their covenant by which they have accepted HIM as their GOD.
The greater number that would suffer horrendous torture and martyrdom in this coming trial by fire at the hands of the Beast power are all those that GOD has been calling at this time (from after 1987 C.E.) but who out of the same self expedient fully self advancing agenda chose not to response even as they have been convicted by (i.e. fully understood and thus are knowledgeable of) the truth having received and understood the testimony of the Gospel of the Kingdom. These either gave no urgency or pretended to be unconvinced as they chose to focus on themselves in the pursuit of their lives what they may gain for themselves in the abundance of material and sensory titillation that this very last days abound with great abundance. All these counted the pleasure and titillation that this world has to offer of greater value than the forever Glory and reward of immortality that is GOD‘s will and good pleasure to award (Matthew 16:27; Revelations 22:12; Colossians 3:24; 2 John 1:8) to all those who will be faithful to HIM. Many of these will be disgraced and shamed (Daniel 12:1 – 3; 1 Corinthians 3:8, 12 – 15) in the day when JESUS is revealed from the heavens at HIS coming. Anyone who thinks they can willfully act insincerely towards GOD surely must know there are eternal consequences for doing so.
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