have tried to put my thoughts together in a logical sequence. It all
begins with God, who he is, what his nature is and what his purposes
are in making men and women. False concepts of God are the root of many
hurtful teachings. From understanding God's true nature and his ways
correctly, everything else follows. Certainly, we can't expect to understand
fully all there is to know about him. But that doesn't mean that he
is altogether beyond knowing. We can know and understand much about
God. In fact, he wants us to know him and has sent Jesus in order to
reveal himself and his nature and purposes to us.
knowing his intentions towards us we can come to understand why there
is so much suffering on earth. It isn't without purpose and the purpose
is supremely good! In many ways, understanding why God allows suffering
on the earth is central to understanding so many other things. Human
suffering is so great, so awful, so humanly-speaking unnecessary in
many cases that people rightly ask "If there is a God and he's
a God of love, why does he allow such horrific suffering?" More
than that, "If he's an all-powerful God, He must actually be ultimately
responsible for all the suffering mustn't he?"
are just two of many questions that religious people refuse to answer
honestly. The answers are simple. "Yes he is responsible for everything.
He has made everything in all creation and nothing - but nothing has
happened or ever will happen that he is not totally in control of and
ultimately carries responsibility for. Yes, human suffering is terrible
but it will result in something that far outweighs the pain. I believe
that God will ultimately redress every imbalance and wipe away every
tear from every eye and ultimately we will all say "God has been
good to me and his purposes were higher and better than I ever imagined
they could be and I stand in awe of him and his love and grace to me."
want to demonstrate to anyone with an open mind that God has a timetable
that he is working to here on earth. Nothing has or could ever stop
him from fulfilling that purpose. It's the most incredible purpose for
us humans that anyone could imagine. It's so marvellous that it appears
blasphemous to some religious people to even suggest it.
want to suggest it.
I want to show you some plain scriptures that demonstrate that it is
compatible with the Bible.
God's purposes and his timetable begins to make sense of the world we
see around us. The good things and the bad. The joy and the sorrow.
The beauty and the ugliness. Obviously there are many things I just
can't explain. Why has God allowed any particular person to endure horrific
suffering, for example? Why did he allow Adolf Hitler to draw the world
into a war in the 20th Century? Why does he allow famines and disease
epidemics to ravage the nations?
Perhaps it's only because I have personally experienced him and his love that I am able to accept that all suffering is redemptive. (Yes, I do mean all. Mine and yours and that of every person who has ever been born.) In the end, it's a matter of faith. Because I have met him in an intimate way and know him myself, he has given me this faith. Deep down in my innermost being I know that I know that God is good and he will bring good from every situation and circumstance. The Bible says that:
|" In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."|
may not believe that at the moment, but please don't stop reading here.
Eventually he will make himself known to everyone who has ever lived.
He isn't dealing with everyone in the same way at the moment but he will
ultimately deal with us all fairly because he loves us all equally. Even
if you aren't sure that he's there, you can't lose a thing by saying this
I guarantee that he will hear you and answer your request. Those who are Christians now aren't God's favourites. Some who are total unbelievers today will ultimately be among the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
|"Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last."|
how wrong we Christians have got this!
It all begins with God. Who is He and what on earth is He doing and what is He really like?
God is love. God is a family and a growing one. The Biblical Hebrew word for "God" in the Old Testament is Elohim (Hebrew: ????????) and it is a grammatically plural noun for "gods" or "Deity". The common understanding today, though, of the word "God" is often singular despite the "-im" ending that denotes a plural masculine nouns in Hebrew. The point I'm making is that God is one but in community, or family. Father and Son and Holy Spirit are fully God. Their loving relationship is best understood by us as family.
The point I want to make is that I believe that God's purpose in creating the cosmos is to enlarge the God family. I would like to quote from Hebrews 2 in the NIV.
is mankind that you are mindful of them,
You made them a little[a] lower than the angels;
8 and put everything under their feet."
putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject
to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
So we are children of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus and we are destined to reign with Jesus forever.
God family is expanding
That may seem like a blasphemous statement to some people but it's the truth. Our destiny is to live and reign with Christ for eternity. To qualify for this we must receive the very nature of God ourselves which is LOVE personified. Can you imagine what chaos and evil would be unleashed if human beings without the love of God had godly powers?
To accomplish this God has created the cosmos which is a construct made of space, time and matter, all of which are interchangeable and all of which will perish. The world is made of limited resources and naturally speaking it is the fittest which survive at the expense of the weakest. Nature, red in tooth and claw was created to be this way - a way that is contrary to love, so that we, God's children can choose the way of love. Jesus came to demonstrate that love overcomes selfishness and hate, even to the point of sacrificing one's life for others. It's not humanly sensible but God's ways are far above ours.
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