Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
I think we need to remember that God also allow the devil to exist and cause havoc in our lives. Also that God works everything for good. That doesn't mean that we can always see the good in the situation now or ever. There are things in my world where frankly I can't see a good outcome in myself or others. Think we agree that the loss of badies is tragic and appears to us useless. What if God is working on some big something that is way beyond or limited time frame, vision, and understanding? What if that something results in something so hugely good that it makes all those useless deaths valuable? I can also point to some bad things in my life and how they have worked to humble me or teach me resulting in the somewhat changed person I am today. Without those bad things I'd have never grown or gained understanding in these areas. I have also learned that God can get me through it because He has gotten me through it!!!
God's Word is known to be inerrant and infallible, meaning all that has been printed in the pages of each of our Bibles. Yes, there are many translations but it is mainly so they can help us to understand the meaning of the text better than what we could before. Therefore, God's Word says that He is all knowing, He is all powerful and that He is everywhere(Isa. 46:9-10 Psa. 139 7-12). Even though God is all knowing, I believe that He knows what is going to happen if we make this decision or if we make that decision. He knows the consequences and the benefits; but, because we have a free will, it is up to us what we finally do. As far as saying that if God knew what was going to happen, then He would not allow it? That right there I am going to have to disagree because all of these bad and evil things happen as a result to sin. You see, Adam had rights to this earth but forfeited them when he sinned against God(1 John 5:19); this is why the Apostle Paul calls satan the god of this world(2 Cor.4:4). Until Jesus comes back, there will be sin and then after Jesus' thousand year reign, satan will be let out of his cage for a season then will be tossed into the fiery pit forever(Rev. 20:7-10. Yes, with God, all things are possible(Mat. 19:26), but he cannot go back on His Word and the choices we make are our own. I am not putting God in a box and saying what He can do and what He cannot do, but I am just saying what the Bible says. I do not pretend to know everything but I do know this that if God was able to jump in and take control completely, do you not think that He would have snapped His fingers and make us all saved a long time ago?