Evil is a thing
the heart -Romans
14:20,22,23 ".....All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that
man who eateth with offence.....Happy is he that condemneth not himself
in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat,
because he eateth not of faith, for whatsoever is not of faith.(whatever
you don't have
complete confidence in, hold off doing till you acquire more information
on the subject; don't just freeze up, do nothing and shy away; but be eager
and open minded enough to seek for more information, until you can make
a solid decision; if you are having difficulty making a decision, maybe
it should't be made just yet).is
to be 'missing the mark' as the original has it.
involves things troublesome, injurious, pernicious,
destructive, baneful and of bad
greed, etc.), that which takes you down a step further and
hurts you and/or others and can often accompany the arrogance
some develop from a self imposed lifestyle of ease.
need the leisure time necessary
for them to carve their own pathways of living. Governments, along with
'greedco's', by their
burdensome tax schemes deprive
populaces of this.
Many must work
more than 24-30 hours weekly just to make ends meet, so they can continue
to work another day. This is cruelty..
More time working
leads to less time thinking, and perhaps that's what many rulers in governments
This is one
development of the individual toward greater contributions in society.
In past ages
when people had more leisure time we saw meticulous
work done on masterpieces in art. We saw great creativity, as in the beginning
of the Industrial Revolution.('revolution'
because it altered society outstandingly and swiftly). People
had time to think, to create, to contribute, as their families could easily
be looked after without the woman 'having to have a career' just to help
make ends meet. A man's mere 16-20
weeks of work a year would easily provide for a family of six. Today is
one of the worst ages in all history for lack of important leisure time.
Fewer and fewer people have the freedom necessary for thinking and creating.
is behind all evil. It's his job! And
God allows this. Evil is there so that
we have something to struggle against, something to overcome, developing
a character set in the process, all with a high reward
in mind – in God's mind, for you!
And so it is
hard, very difficult at times, but
forever! Life ain't easy baby, but it's possible!
glad He is a God of love -Romans 11:22.
Nothing is more powerful than God -Romans
11:34-36; Daniel 9:14; Psalms
His universe. He is in charge of everything -Revelation
1:18; Job 12:10,14,15,23;
9:1. He's in charge of His word reaching the world.(Amos
of the calamities.(Luke
have occurred and may yet occur on Earth.(verse
22), the calamities
which cause our trials and sufferings and as you'll soon see, even the
even had Jesus crucified! -Romans
8:32 "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.(Isaiah
53rd chapter), how shall he not with him also freely
give us all things?" If
God so lovingly gave His only son so we could eventually inherit all God
has, hey! What kind of love do you think this is?
Christ was in
on it all too – all part of the plan -Ephesians
3:9; Acts 15:18. He IS God – Almighty!
why He said...
and various strokes of affliction).into
one's life -Exodus 4:11; 2Samuel
12:11; Isaiah 45:7; 2Samuel
16:12; Proverbs 20:24; Jeremiah
And God turns
it all into good, eventually -1Corinthians
dwell with evil, but He controls all evilby
using he who was created
for that purpose.
why were told not to resist evil -Matthew
5:39. But, why not resist evil? -Proverbs
20:22; 24:29; Romans
1:6. All things are for learning to trust God implicitly.
But are we to stand up as a country
caused the evil you're now in? You may be like Derek was, needing
God's help in some particular area currently causing trouble.
here for us to deal lovingly and wisely with.(Matthew
5:44,45); learning from life's experiences and observations.
Learning what? That it's all of God, for our character development; to
develop love like He has -1John 4:8,16.
circumstances today as He has always done -Acts
is responsible for one's repentance.(changing
of heart -2Timothy 2:25;
the faith we need to be saved -Philippians
1:29; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians
sends rain, bountiful harvests and joy -Deuteronomy
11:13-28; Job 5:10; Jeremiah
5:24; Joel 2:23-25.
works behind the scenes determining outcomes of things -Acts
17:26; 2Chronicles 18:19-34;
4:11. In this He uses both good and
evil angels, as all are under His direction. What
is there that can resist His will? When God wants
something done, it gets done!
works with those who
don't know Him, has even caused you be in the
particular family you're in, even with the particular name of your
family, the location
you are in, and, God says there is none like Him -Isaiah
45:4,5,6; 46:9. In this, God
manipulated Pharaoh to show
finds God. He
'finds' you. When He wants to, He'll reveal Himself to you. Paul's
awakening came in such a dramatic
manner. Without God's grace one could never find salvation.
And grace is a gift
from God -Titus 2:11;
predetermines one's spiritual awakening to Him and other things, even
details -Isaiah 45:4,5; Romans
9:11-24; Luke 8:12; 1Peter
1:20; Acts 2:23; Isaiah
53:6,10; 1Samuel 17:46;
18:10,11; Jude 1:4; Acts
17:17; John 6:70; Luke
22:53; Ephesians 4:11. God keeps
His truth for those whose minds He has presently opened to receive it -Matthew
John 12:37-40. He
is definitively in charge of
gives us the will to follow certain paths important in becoming the strong
does not want clones).He
would have us be -Philippians 2:13.
In this He delivers us from the evil world only to the extent that He determines
-Galatians 1:4. Why?
-God has caused us to be physically
and spiritually born at this particular time in all eternity for His reasons
-John 1:12,13; Romans
11:33; Isaiah 44:24.
-God wants nothing
in His presence that's unlike Him -Philippians
2:5,6; 2Peter 2:4-9. That's why
Christ to appear. It's all part of His overall plan. We're made in
the image of God. We're the same, preferring to be around those who think
much like us.....continues