Paradoxes on God and the "Problem of Evil"
¶ gp9» We will use the Bible to ascertain the essence of God. But the Bible seems to be highly contradictory. How can God be love (1John 4:8), and also a killer? In scripture the Lord says, "I kill and I make alive; I wound, and I heal" (Deut 32:39; 1Sam 2:6). Yet the Bible says that the God is good to all (Pss 145:9). How can God be good to all and also a killer? How can God predestinate some to wrath and destruction ( ), and some to mercy and glory (Rom 9:21-23; Eph 1:4-5; etc.)? Not only is God love, but He is all powerful (Gen 17:1; Rev 1:8). In his all powerfulness He even created evil: "I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things" (Isa 45:7). These are some of the Biblical paradoxes of God. Just how can God be love and also a killer, or how or why has He created evil? According to the Biblical definition of love (1Cor 13:4-8), killing or evil isn't one of the qualities of love. Yet, according to the Bible, God is love and in someway has killed and in someway has created evil.
Most known attempts to negate these paradoxes of God have failed. Some call the problem of these paradoxes, the "problem of evil." But the only true description of the true God must explain these paradoxes. If one's explanation of God does not, then his god is not the God.
¶ gp53» God is almighty. With His great power God created all; God made all. But do you understand what all includes? "All" not only includes the good, but "all" also includes the wicked, their evil, and even the waster or spoiler and his destruction (It is impossible for the God to have created good without having created evil, for good and evil are comparative qualities. See GP7; see "Free Will" paper [NM9]). All power not only includes all the power of good, but also the power of evil. The true God would not have all the power if he did not in some way also have all the power of evil. This is "the problem of evil" that the theologians write about. The power of evil is somehow included in God's power as scripture indicates, for God in someway or somehow even kills and wounds (Deut 32:39, see below). We must become aware of all scripture concerning the true God. You cannot understand the real God without knowing all attributes concerning God.
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¶ gp55» Outside of the question of natural disasters, some of the evil God somehow brings upon mankind is because of mankind's evil (Deut chap 28; Josh 24:20; etc.). We are not saying here that the evil brought on each man is directly proportional to each man's sin (Luke 13:1-5).
¶ gp56» God somehow, through his great power, predestinates this evil of man, and predestinates those of evil to wrath and destruction. Contrariwise, God predestinates others for mercy and glory.
No one resists God's will. As we said this is very difficult to understand. But after you have read all of the God Papers, it will be easier for you to understand. Not only will it be easier for you to understand, but you may see WHY God has made this creation the way he has.
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