Epicurus’ Problem of Evil

In the philosophy of religion, an ancient discipline, being found in the earliest known manuscripts concerning philosophy, the problem of evil is the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a deity who is, in either absolute or relative terms, omnipotent, having the quality of having unlimited power with the capacity to know everything and this even in a state of omniscience or ubiquity, the property of being present everywhere, and omnibenevolent (from Latin omni– meaning “all”, and benevolent, meaning “good”) (see theism).

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of people have already spend lots of words and time to discussions about the existence in this world and the position of or no position of a deity in this matter.

We may have logic, reason or moral intuition, not derived from purported supernatural revelation or guidance (which is the source of religious ethics), seeing what happens in the world every day. Strangely enough as long as everything goes all right people do not need a god or say they do not believe in God. But as soon as something bad happens they all seem to blame that God Which they say does not exist.

They overlook the fact that through logic and reason, human beings are capable of deriving normative principles of behaviour.

For humanists it is clear that we do have a universal morality based on the commonality of human nature, and that knowledge of right and wrong is based on our best understanding of our individual and joint interests, rather than stemming from a transcendental or arbitrarily local source, therefore rejecting faith completely as a basis for action. When there is some wrong in the world this does not have to come from any supernatural power. No god or not the God has to be called responsible for the wrong-going in this world. Most humanists look for viable individual, social and political principles of conduct.

People who do not believe in God do not exclude our secular ethics, secular beliefs as a matter of influence on good and bad in our environment. Most thinkers are aware that lots of evil that comes over man comes over the human beings by their own fault.

Though lots of people do ask if there is a God willing to prevent evil, but not able? In case, they think, this god is not omnipotent. That is also what the Greek philosopher Epicurus thought. He wrote a riddle which turns out to be loaded with a couple of erroneous presuppositions.

He also questioned:

Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

The problem with a lot of thinkers is that they assume that God must do so in exactly the way we think he ought to, and if he doesn’t, we’re going to get all uppity and tell him that he doesn’t exist.

Portrait of Epicurus, founder of the Epicurean...

Portrait of Epicurus, founder of the Epicurean school. Roman copy after a lost Hellenistic original. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Epicurus we do have a a mental perception of our nature which is usually ridiculous. Man having created gods who live eternal lives of contentment in the void of the universe and have no concern with men. There are no rewards or punishments after death; death is extinction, according to him. Dying might reasonably — though mistakenly, he feels — seem a cause for fear; to fear death itself, however, is absurd, since it brings nothing in its wake.

Because we are confronted with elements and with problems we can not cope with, we consider that God to be responsible that He has not given us enough power to avoid such problems and all that suffering it brings with it. We take such an attitude that we blame Him to be responsible for all the badness that comes over this earth. We consider Him responsible and point our finger at Him, finding that He ought to deal with evil. Funny thing is also that most people give the impression that they know just how He ought to do deal with it.

Epicurus continues:

If God exists, then God is omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect.
If God is omnipotent, then God has the power to eliminate all evil.
If God is omniscient, then God knows when evil exists.
If God is morally perfect, then God has the desire to eliminate all evil.
Evil exists.
If evil exists and God exists, then either God doesn’t have the power to eliminate all evil, or doesn’t know when evil exists, or doesn’t have the desire to eliminate all evil.
Therefore, God doesn’t exist.

Epicurus does seem to forget that The God can really eliminate all evil, but Epicurus does not question why He allows it to exist. He also in several of his texts gives the impression that God would not know that evil exists, but the Word of God, given to us with the Holy Scriptures let us know very well that God is conscious about the existing evil, but also how evil is in man.

When we look in the Bible, we can get a good impression of what evil is, how it came into being and why there is still evil in this world. All the answers are in the Scriptures. Evil is defined by God as being that which is opposite to him. The “Satan” is any adversary or any person working against the Divine Creator. In every person there is a satan, or a character of opposition or adversary, against the “I am” the own personality and against the “I Am Who I Am” the Divine Superior God in Whose image we are created.

Most people when they look at evil in this world want God to solve it because they have come aware that human is worthless in solving it all. They hope that God can deal with all the problems in this world, the evil the suffering, in such a way that will give them a problem-less world, with no bad things in it. But they themselves would not like to be changed. Because God offers them a world with less problems. He does give the world advice to avoid problems and suffering.But the world does not want to know.

Blaming God is all-right but listening to Him?

Epicureanism afforded a role to gods, they were not thought to be involved in the universe in any way, and it rejected outright the idea of an afterlife. That last bit made it not so loved by many people who loved to have something to look forward to after they had to endure this life full of misery.

English: Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, d...

Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus, depicted in the Nuremberg Chronicle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The disdain with which Epicureanism was treated has led to it being misconceived to this day. Epicureanism is still thought of as a commitment to sensual pleasure, to fast living. Though Epicurus did conceive of pleasure as the highest good, his conception of pleasure was far from hedonistic: all that Epicurus sought was a peaceful life free from discomfort and distress. Though for many religious people it seemed so wrong to enjoy life. They all forgot that this is also something God would love His people, to have joy of this world and to live nicely. But for God the nice living does not come undeserved or without any action of man himself. We all have to grow up, have to learn, have to think about matters, have to make decisions, have to act and to react, and by the actions we do take we shall have to bear the consequences of our actions.

Many do think if God is omnipotent He would not allow evil to be, but why not?

There have been many attempts to defend God‘s goodness in view of the existence of evil. They are common to monotheistic religions based on the Abrahamic tradition, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as these all suffer from the problem of evil.

In short, the problem of evil occurs when specific attributes are ascribed to God:

David Hume argued:

“Why is there any misery at all in the world? Not by chance surely. From some cause then. Is it from the intention of the Deity? But he is perfectly benevolent. Is it contrary to his intention? But he is almighty. Nothing can shake the solidity of this reasoning, so short, so clear, so decisive; except we assert, that these subjects exceed all human capacity”

We would not say that “Free will is assumed to be a greater good than the evil that it causes”, but with free will or free choice human beings have most in their hands. We also would not say that free will is needed by God to serve some purpose. It is a free gift from God, which can be used by people like they want. But they also can leave it for what it is, and God cannot be called responsible for that.

It is true God could have created humans such that they would always freely choose the good. This He did not do and therefore many call Him ultimately responsible and blameworthy for any evil act which humans perform. This gives the indication that they preferred the God having created human beings who only would follow His Will and only could do what He wanted.

Humans must be free to commit actions which would qualify as “evil” as well as “good” in our argument, in order to have free will. When they only would be made to have restriction, only doing the Will of God, they would be like robots or machines not able to think and act for themselves. Those who want God having to have created beings which only could do good, should wonder if such a being uberhaut has any free will or free choice to do something. In this case, all humans born without this capability, possess no free will. Should then all human beings all be the same? Because what is going to determine that one person is going to do this or an other job, having an advantage of strength, size, or skill. This are factors now determined by the choices being made by that person. The development of a human being depends on how he or she wants to use his or her free will. Are then the potentially smaller, weaker, or less skilled persons than victims? Would a difference in capability also not be part of evil or part of the good?

In case all would do the same job and would be totally the same that would place God in a worse light than now. This would put God in the position of denying free will to someone regardless of God’s position on an action, whether God intervenes, or not.

People limiting God by not allowing Him to let nature develop and have what we call natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and earthquakes, do not want to see the necessity of certain developments in nature, or they would not want nature to evolve. Natural disasters are not to be defined as evil. The fact that they occur, and that God does not prevent them or the deaths and suffering they cause, people should question if those people were living at areas provided by God to live. Often people do want to take parts from nature to house themselves, whilst they were provided for the animals or as natural buffer. A lot of people just think they are master of nature and can decide where they may live and where animals may not live. Now lots of people do not take enough account of nature and ignore the laws of nature. By not showing any respect for nature and its laws they do have to bear the consequences of their bad behaviour against the universe.

God is not unaware of people’s suffering, but He has given them on their demand, what too many do forget, the right to decide for themselves what they want to do, which way to go and how to behave. He is not therefore not omniscient; or He is therefore not unable to do anything, and therefore not omnipotent. Some may find it not right that He does not want to intervene. Because He is unwilling to intervene they do find Him not omnibenevolent. The latter word being primarily used as a technical term within academic literature on the philosophy of religion, mainly in context of the problem of evil and theodical responses to such. Although even in said contexts the phrases “perfect goodness” or “moral perfection” are often preferred because of the difficulties in defining what exactly constitutes ‘infinite benevolence’.

For many God not showing directly infinitely compassion makes Him not worthy to be called a Omnibenevolent Deity. But is it not like any parent who has his children doing things and when something did something wrong and therefore got himself or herself in problems tells them that if they did not want to listen had to learn from what happened to them because they were not willing to listen to what the father said beforehand.

Belief in a God’s omnibenevolence is an essential foundation in traditional Christianity; this can be seen in Scriptures such as Psalms 18:30:

“(18:31) “as for god, his way is perfect, the word of ADONAI has been tested by fire; he shields all who take refuge in him.” (Psalms 18:30 CJB)

According to the Bible Jehovah, the Elohim is The Rock Whose work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. (Deuteronomy 32:4) Too many people are forgetting that This God of faithfulness and without iniquity is Just and right, having a perfect law which restores the soul. The people should remember they are nothing without God and that His testimony is sure, making wise the simple.

“(19:8) the torah of ADONAI is perfect, restoring the inner person. the instruction of ADONAI is sure, making wise the thoughtless.” (Psalms 19:7 CJB)

Jehovah is righteous in all His ways, and gracious in all His works (Psalms 145:17). It is not because we do not understand why certain things happen in nature, earthquakes, flows of water, etc. that they do not have the right purpose or are meant for the better, because we do not see straight ahead the good results.

Too many people do believe their way of thinking is the best. Often they consider others their idea less good than their own. And most people consider it impossible that there could be a Supreme Being which nobody can see or feel, would be even better and more knowledgeable than they. For them it is difficult to accept that great and marvellous would the works of that One God, the Almighty and that His ways would be righteous and true (Revelation 15:3 )

Many ancient authorities read nations:

“who would not fear you, king of the nations? for it is your due! —since among all the wise of the nations and among all their royalty, there is no one like you.” (Jeremiah 10:7 CJB)

This understanding is evident in the following statement by the First Vatican Council

The Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church believes and acknowledges that there is one true and living God, Creator and Lord of Heaven and earth, almighty, eternal, immeasurable, incomprehensible, infinite in will, understanding and every perfection. Since He is one, singular, completely simple and unchangeable spiritual substance, He must be declared to be in reality and in essence, distinct from the world, supremely happy in Himself and from Himself, and inexpressibly loftier than anything besides Himself which either exists or can be imagined. {“First Vatican Council”. dailycatholic.org. Retrieved 2008-05-02.}

Notice how also the Catholic Church agrees that The God of gods “is one, singular”, but also an “unchangeable spiritual substance”. According to the Bible God is a Spirit, Who was, is and ever shall be the same. so He did not became one moment a man who could be seen and be tempted, because God can not be seen and can not be tempted. God His divine qualities are consistent.It is only those who want to believe in the human doctrine of the trinity who can see inconsistency, which would be normal because God and Jesus are two totally different characters.

God contains within himself the cause of himself. Being self-sufficient, having within Himself the sufficient reason for His own existence, He also has given others, His creation, the ability to be and to have cause for existence. It is not that God would be without emotion or is “impassible”, because in the Bible lots of times is given an indication how God feels and is given an idea of His emotions.

All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being. The aorist tense implies that everything that exists (other than God) came into being at some time in the past. This verse carries the weighty metaphysical implication that there are no eternal entities apart from God, eternal either in the sense of existing atemporally or of existing sempiternally. Rather everything that exists, with the exception of God Himself, is the product of temporal becoming.

We also should come to understand that everything is as such also temporarily. The badness we see now can turn out something good in the future. And in the end we do know that God shall provide the best for every creature, man, animal, plant, in His Kingdom.

Human beings should know that there is nothing God needs from us and that there is nothing we can do to improve on God. God is sufficient unto Himself. Human Beings should know that the “end purpose of all things” is God. God loves mankind but like any father who loves his children it does not have to mean he does not allow bad things to come over them. Lots of people do not seem to notice how He His caring for those who suffer, His desire to be in communion with us. The “grand object” of Scripture is God’s saving purpose worked out in human history.

We should come to understand that every journey is a process, from beginning to end, by which we have choices and can have faith in some things some ones and/or in Some One, whereby the energy in the beginning can be matter and be the product of Faith. When there is faith in the One God matters can become clear, and than we can understand cause of pain and how we can live wit it.

All those who are willing to find the one, and Only True God, by seeking Him, shall find assurance, even when they do suffer, that God shall be prepared to listen to them and to be near to them. When you seek, the One and Only True God, with an honest, open heart, and with humility, you shall be able to come to understand lots of things. God wants to enter your life. He shall give you insight.

Many may say

“Where is God when a child cries from hunger, fear, loneliness?”
“Where is God when a young mother dies of breast cancer?”
“Where is God when we cry out in the night?” {Where Is God?}

People may not forget that always God is here waiting for us to reach out, to invite Him into our lives. He has given us the world to live in and to develop. He has given us the taks to name the animals and the plants, but he did not ask us to destroy His creation by our selfishness and by polluting “our Earth”. God is love. God does not hate. God does not kill. God does not make war, God has never given any man the authority to kill another man in his name.  That is man again, doing the evil that men do for their own evil reasons.
God is waiting for us “in our hearts, if only we would call.”

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Preceding articles:

  1. Does God stands behind all evil on earth
  2. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  3. I Can’t Believe That … (2) God would allow children to suffer
  4. Why God permits evil
  5. Evil Never Ceases
  6. Pain, sanctification and salvation
  7. From Despair to Victory

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Additional reading:

  1. Epicurus and the problem of evil
  2. Satan the evil within
  3. It is a free will choice
  4. National Natural Disaster and Bible Prophecy
  5. Tragic coach crash in the Swiss Alps
  6. Facing disaster fatigue
  7. Profitable disasters
  8. Reacting to Disasters
  9. From pain to purpose
  10. Bad things no punishment from God
  11. Doubting the reality, genuineness and effectiveness of God’s love
  12. We are ourselves responsible
  13. I said God it hurts
  14. Dealing with worries in our lives
  15. I Only hope we find God again before it is too late !
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  17. Faith Over Fear
  18. Faith because of the questions
  19. Trust God to shelter, safety and security
  20. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust

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Evil Never Ceases

Jesus was born to bring more insight about the Plan of God, to show God’s love to humankind, and to restore the bad relation between man and God.
By giving his life no end came unto evil, but an end came to the consequences of evil for the people who choose for God.

Jeshua also gave a task for his followers. Those who call themselves Christian should take up that task and go out into the world telling about the Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.

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The article looks at:

  • evil such as I’SIS which requires resolve.lots of people looking at evil in the world as being not their problem”not mine/not ours” attitude.
  • Jesus stated forcefully: “The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy…”
  • What are we going to do about: Evil which hunts daily/nightly + does not stop.
  • the blindness > to put down evil + silence + consequences if good men, good women and good nations do nothing.
  • Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White,refugee from Baghdad
  • our values, our society, free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all.

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The world should know the reason why to invest in education and giving insight and knowledge:

Education is the very key which will defeat extremist organizations

The Holy Books [Torah, Nebim (Prophets), Kethubim Aleph (or Writings from the Old Testament), Kethubim Bet (Messianic Writings or New Testament) and Quoran] all give indication that people should investigate and study daily.

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  2. People Seeking for God 2 Human interpretations
  3. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  4. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  5. The Third Word: Scripture twisting is blasphemy
  6. Our relationship with God, Jesus and eachother
  7. Self inflicted misery #5 A prophet without a hedge around him
  8. Who are you going to reach out to today
  9. Do not be afraid. Good news because a Saviour has been born
  10. Bringing Good News into the world
  11. Bloggers for Christ and Bloggers for Peace
  12. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  13. Words to push and pull
  14. Preparedness to change
  15. Belonging to or being judged by
  16. Frank risks taking
  17. The work I do, let it be done good
  18. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  19. Together tasting a great promisse
  20. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  21. Hello America and atheists
  22. 8 fears caused by the fear of Man
  23. Not true or True Catholicism and True Islam
  24. ISIL will find no safe haven
  25. Caliphs and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government
  26. Is Turkey attempting to resurrect the Ottoman Empire
  27. Turkey witnessing a surge in xenophobia
  28. Islamic State forcing the West to provide means for Kurdistan
  29. To freeze the fighting in Aleppo

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    Christmas should be a time of great joy, but oftentimes it isn’t. Perhaps the joy is lost in the season’s gaudy and frantic commercialization that has turned a great holy day into a secular holiday. There is also the loud revelry of winter parties present that tends to suffocate the memories of calm Christmases past. Whatever the cause, the fact remains that the merry is often taken out of our Christmases.
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    Christmas cannot just be a jumble of fuzzy feelings. It asks more of us than simply gathering together with family and friends or putting in a shallow appearance at church. The feast does not lend itself to mediocrity. It refuses to be reduced to ornaments, holly and folly. When we turn Christmas into a social occasion, it loses its meaning and becomes empty.
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    On this Christmas Eve of 2014 we must acknowledge the many examples of the presence of evil in this world we live in. It is everywhere! Evil is defined as morally bad or causing harm or injury to someone; arising from actual or imputed bad character or conduct, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. Every fire that takes lives, every murder, every abduction, assault, robbery, attack, etc. depicts the  continual onslaught of evil exposing the consistent pattern of the father of lies – Satan – having a field day in this world. There is something inherent about the holiday season where he turns up his displays of evil as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Uncle Ralph has something to say about this that exposes us to the person of Christ as “The Truth” and the person of Satan as “The Lie.”  These evil events require a spiritual outlook comprised of truth relative to the Word of God, not more human opinions, outlooks and explanations. Be enlightened, be blessed, be more than a conqueror through Him that loved us.
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    Earlier Bao Anwar was gunned down by unidentified armed men riding on motorcycle in Sialkot, at Shahabpura road on Wednesday.
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    Once in Canada, Mohammad got a crash course in Victoria politics when invited here by mayoral candidate Stephen Andrew’s campaign manager, Kit Spence, with whom he had worked in Afghanistan. Mohammad loved the civility of our civic elections (no ethnic divisions, no fear of criticizing candidates, no bodyguards, no guns) but was puzzled by voter apathy.

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The Good News

The put down of an evil such as I’SIS requires resolve.   I see less resolve to fight evil in this world.  I sense in America a “it is someone else’s problem, not mine/not ours” attitude.

This is not an ordinary Christmas message but I see so much evil I feel I must say something.  Jesus came to put down evil.  He stated forcefully: “The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy…”

Evil hunts daily/nightly.  Evil does not stop.  What are we going to do about it?

Edmund Burke in his day understood and so do some in our day.   But, to be honest, most of us are blind to what it takes to put down evil and what are the consequences if good men, good women and good nations do nothing.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke

The Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, who is himself a refugeeAndrew White from Baghdad, explains the evil…

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Why God permits evil

On September 16, 2010 was published “Why God permits evil ” on Bijbelvorsers, vereniging voor Bijbelstudie, the Bible scholars, Association for Biblestudy. It got 128 views from its day of apparition until 2014, December 23.
Because of the ending of the association it is published here before dis-abandoning the website.

In the beginning, when the World was created man was not made perfect but was given the free will to make his own choices and either to follow God’s path and do good or to get to know good and bad by going against God’s Law.

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though God does not love any bad thing or evil He permitted men to have a temporarily experience with evil so that people could learn to live with the knowledge and the contrast between living in obedience or in selfishness. But we should always be aware that God takes no pleasure in wrong doing and that there is no evil with Him.

“For you are not a God taking delight in wickedness; No one bad may reside for any time with you.” Psalm 5:4.

Man’s distressed mind affected his physical health. Because he wanted more than that was given to him he brought a burden onto him. Men lost his dominion over himself. Nature would become stronger than men. The calamities in nature are the result of disobedience. God told Adam that because he gave ear to the voice of his wife and took of the fruit of the tree which He said they were not to take, the earth would be cursed on their account and in pain they and those after them will get their food from it all their life.

“17 And to Adam he said: “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and took to eating from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. 18 And thorns and thistles it will grow for you, and you must eat the vegetation of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.” “ (Ge 3:17)

Get to know more in your personal study: “The Permission of Evil”

How can a God of love allow evil to exist?  Is He not concerned with the welfare of His creation?  What is the purpose of evil?  How does the plan of God allow man to choose for himself what is good and proper?  Please click below to watch a 13.5 minute video on why God permits evil.

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  5. Christendom Astray The Devil Not A Personal Super-Natural Being
  6. Men as God
  7. Facing disaster fatigue
  8. Is God behind all suffering here on earth
  9. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  10. What IF you’re only driven by stress?
  11. When discouraged facing opposition
  12. Cancerous Black Holes
  13. Cancer and Life Lessons
  14. It is a free will choice
  15. Bad things no punishment from God
  16. God’s measure not our measure
  17. How we think shows through in how we act
  18. Angry but not sinning
  19. A love not exempting us from trials
  20. Positive – Negative being positive, negative or positive
  21. The World framed by the Word of God
  22. Be holy
  23. 112314 – A Peculiar People
  24. Wishing to do the will of God
  25. Golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters obedience
  26. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
  27. Let us become nothing, and Christ everything
  28. Love the Whole Person
  29. Love envieth not
  30. The Greatest of These is Love
  31. Challenging claim
  32. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  33. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  34. Not to speak is to speak
  35. Silencing Women – Of God or Men ?
  36. Getting fate in your change to positiveness
  37. Looking at three “I am” s
  38. Cleanliness and worrying or not about purity
  39. Relapse plan
  40. Run for the Everlasting Cure
  41. Being religious has benefits even in this life
  42. Count your blessings
  43. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  44. Looking forward to the return of Jesus
  45. Psalm 66 OJB
  46. God’s promises to us in our suffering

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  • Advent Midweek 2 – Psalm 8 – The Humility and Exaltation of the Son of Man (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    The angels are not subject to man.  Even the creation is no longer subject to man.  Nor has God crowned fallen man with glory and honor.  These verses show that the psalm has in mind a specific man—the one who would tread on the head of the serpent and would be crowned with glory and honor forever.
  • Thought for Today (j2w7.wordpress.com)
    You rescued me. / You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
  • Vales and Valleys (a poem by Virginia) (rosesintherubble.com)
    Oh heart, my Heart, / why are you so downcast within me?
  • Angels and healing (csmonitor.com)
    because God loved me – and everyone – we were all included in that safe refuge, a place of shelter or protection from danger or trouble. And “evil” applied to anything challenging, frightening, or erroneous – large or small. This psalm reminds us of our perpetual refuge from evil of any kind, our safety as we turn to God for guidance and protection.
  • Jesus – The Wonderful (thepauls.wordpress.com)
    Because of man’s willful disobedience against God, as the sons of the first Adam, the Psalmist reiterates that in sin we are conceived (Psalm 51:5), which means that from our very birth we are marred and imperfect, needing a Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6) Savior (Matthew 1:21), The last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45-49) to make us perfect and admirable i.e., wonderful. When we believe in Jesus Christ, we are remade into the image of God, a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) – wonderful just as he is, for by our rebirth (being born again), we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).
  • Azmon recites Psalms 20, 35 (trinidadexpress.com)
    False witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about. They repay me evil for good; and leave me like one bereaved.
  • Open Hevens Daily Devotional Monday 15 December 2014 Fear, Not A Christian Virtue (princeadetokunboolaoye.wordpress.com)
    You have nothing to fear if you have given your life to Jesus. Those of us who have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ can say with all boldness that we shall not be afraid.

Oorzaak lijden en dood

Als nawoord tot de eerste publicatie van “Waarom God lijden toe laat” op Bijbelvorsers Webs gaf Marcus Ampe een aanvullende verwijzing naar zijn Hoop tot Leven site, op 20 september 2010. Onderstaand kan u dit bericht hier vinden, zodat het niet verloren gaat bij het beëindigen van de website van de Vereniging voor Bijbelstudie.

Op Hoop tot leven wordt er dieper ingegaan op het ontstaan van al de huidige problemen omtrent pijn, lijden en sterven.

De oorzaak van de dood wordt er toegelicht en er wordt duidelijk gemaakt hoe enkel twee mensen in het begin der tijden er verantwoordelijk voor waren dat over hen en hun nageslacht de dood zou komen. Omdat zij zelf ook het verschil tussen ‘goed‘ en ‘kwaad‘ wilden weten en van de vrucht van de boom van goed en kwaad aten,  alhoewel God hen verzocht had er niet van te eten.

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Opname van verminkte handen van personen die aan lepra lijden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Het was hun eigen keuze van ongehoorzaamheid die zo over de gehele mensheid de gebreken bracht welke maken dat een mens geconfronteerd word met pijn, lijden en dood.

Lees hier meer over in:

Suffering – Lijden > Wat is de reden voor het lijden hier : met in posting 1: Oorzaak en gevolg; posting 2-4 : Nuttigheid

God heeft een straf uitgesproken over de verantwoordelijken van het kwaad.  De tegenstand (satan) is er gekomen door verlangen naar ‘meer’, maar wij kunnen voor ons eigen nu ook reeds verandering brengen in vele facetten in ons leven. ook in de mogelijkheid om met die pijn, dat lijden en met die dood om te gaan.

Buiten het geestelijke is er ook de mogelijkheid onze kennis te gebruiken om pijnen te verlichten en zo kunnen wij mensen opzoeken die de vaardigheden van God hebben gekregen om anderen te helpen. Alsook kunnen wij aan ons eigen lichaam werken om het sterker en weerbaarder te maken.

Lees hier meer over in:

Suffering – Lijden > Oefenen tegen pijn

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Vindt aanvullende lectuur:

  1. Omgaan met zorgen in ons leven
  2. Bij het heengaan van een geliefde
  3. Een prins en de dood
  4. Leed
  5. Paniek en pijn
  6. Fysische en emotionele Pijn + Pijn onderuit geraken
  7. Verdriet
  8. Neerslachtigheid
  9. Emotioneel op slot zitten
  10. Leeg en alleen
  11. Ik en de anderen
  12. Al of niet onsterfelijkheid
  13. Sterven & Dood
  14. Decomposition, decay – vergaan, afsterven, ontbinding
  15. Dag CRPS!
  16. Zit je in de put? Stop dan met graven!
  17. Kracht uit Gods Woord
  18. Hoop bereikbaar via Boek
  19. Oorsprong van het kwaad
  20. Het scheuren van de hemelkleren
  21. Wat is de reden voor het lijden hier
  22. Pijn en lijden is onvermijdelijk, maar Miserie is optioneel
  23. Doemdenkers en ons lijden (ow art) + Doemdenkers en ons lijden (eccl art)
  24. Dood
  25. Kijken in de dood voor uw ogen
  26. Verscheurend bloedbad
  27. Euthanasie debat geopend in 2005
  28. Schrijf verwondingen in zand
  29. Bepaal de aandrijving
  30. Het begin van Jezus #2 Aller Begin
  31. Diegene die maakt zoals wij zijn
  32. Twee soorten mensen
  33. Bestaat er een God die zich om ons bekommert?
  34. Bekommerende God
  35. Staat God achter al het kwaad hier op aarde
  36. Waarom God lijden toe laat
  37. Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap
  38. In de hand #3 Vertrouwen in de Juiste
  39. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #1 Bedekking Lijden
  40. Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 2 Hoe te vinden
  41. Uitdagende vordering 1 Wiens Woord
  42. Schepper en Blogger God 3 Les en oplossing
  43. Schepper en Blogger God 12 Het Oude en Nieuwe Blog 2 Blog voor elke dagKroniekschrijvers en profeten #2 De WetFragiliteit en actie #1 Ongehoorzaamheid van Geschapene
  44. Fragiliteit en actie #7 Gebeurtenissen en Prioriteiten
  45. Fragiliteit en actie #8 Eerste Wetsvoorziening
  46. Dagboekfragmenten op Marcus’ Site tussen oktober 2008 en nu
  47. Gebed werkt
  48. Wat verzet bergen? Vertrouwen!
  49. Materialisme, “would be” leven en aspiraties #5
  50. Materialisme, “would be” leven en aspiraties #6
  51. Hij zal geen goede dingen weerhouden
  52. Nooit te laat om te beginnen met te gaan naar het juiste einde
  53. Laat u niet overwinnen door het kwade
  54. Woede en wrok
  55. Ruzie
  56. Pesters op het werk
  57. Vallen en opstaan
  58. Juist falen
  59. Het woord van waarheid rechtuit spreken en doortastend zijn
  60. Doe al het goede dat u kunt doen
  61. Overwin het kwade door het goede
  62. Christelijke Hoop op Eeuwig Leven
  63. Pracht Toekomst
  64. Een welvaardig man in de vroege geschiedenis
  65. Iemand verantwoordelijk voor het lijden hier
  66. Oefenen tegen pijn
  67. Houd uw gedachten positief
  68. Gelovig of niet

 

Waarom God lijden toe laat

Op Bijbelvorsers Webs, de site van de Vereniging voor Bijbelstudie behaalde onderstaande artikel slecht 265 bezichtigingen, tussen haar publikatie op 16 september 2010 en 22 december 2014. Om het na het beëindigen van de Vereniging van Bijbelvorsers te bewaren plaatsen wij het hier op nieuw.

 

God liet de mensen toe om een tijdelijke ervaring te hebben met het slechte, maar indien de mens zelf niet de keuze had gemaakt om die ervaring te ondergaan dan zou God het hem niet toebedeeld hebben, want God is geen God die er plezier in schept dat de mens zou lijden. God houdt niet van slechte dingen. Hij verwerpt het kwade.

“(5:5) U bent een God die zich niet verheugt in het kwaad, bij u is de misdaad niet welkom.” (Ps 5:4 NBV)

DCTC-Mens-Soccer

DCTC-Mens-Soccer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God liet de mens toe om met het kwade te ervaren wat het verschil maakt om in gehoorzaamheid te leven of in eigenzinnigheid met de gepaarde zelfzucht en gevolgen daarvan. Het was de onder druk gekomen geest die zijn lichamelijke toestand schade toe bracht. Zijn wil om meer te hebben dan hij al had bracht hem al de moeilijkheden over hem. De mens verloor zeggenschap over zichzelf. Hij zou door anderen overheerst worden en zou ook meer onderworpen worden aan de aarde. De natuur zou sterker zijn dan hem. De natuurrampen kwamen ook over de mens wegens zijn keuze van ongehoorzaamheid aan God. Doordat Adam oor had gegeven aan zijn vrouw, die op haar beurt slachtoffer was geworden van de slechte gedachten die in haar opkwamen. Door het toegeven aan die gedachten zouden zij en hun nakomelingen de gevolgen van die ongehoorzaamheid moeten dragen.

“17 En tot Adam zei hij: „Omdat gij naar de stem van uw vrouw hebt geluisterd en van de boom zijt gaan eten waaromtrent ik u geboden had: ’Gij moogt daarvan niet eten’, is de aardbodem om uwentwil vervloekt. Met smart zult gij de opbrengst ervan eten al de dagen van uw leven. 18 En doornen en distels zal hij u voortbrengen, en gij moet de plantengroei van het veld eten. 19 In het zweet van uw aangezicht zult gij brood eten, totdat gij tot de aardbodem terugkeert, want daaruit werd gij genomen. Want stof zijt gij en tot stof zult gij terugkeren.”” (Genesis 3:17-19)

Kom er meer over te weten in de Engelstalige studie : “The Permission of Evil

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How can a God of love allow evil to exist?  Is He not concerned with the welfare of His creation?  What is the purpose of evil?  How does the plan of God allow man to choose for himself what is good and proper?  Please click below to watch a 13.5 minute video on why God permits evil.

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Aanvullende artikelen:

  1. Leed
  2. Pijn en lijden is onvermijdelijk, maar Miserie is optioneel
  3. God en het kwaad
  4. Staat God achter al het kwaad hier op aarde
  5. Stemt de Bijbel overeen met de wetenschap
  6. Wat betreft Waarom geloven in God?
  7. Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #15 Expositie voor de Schepper
  8. God meester van goed en kwaad
  9. Wie brengt het Kwaad over ons
  10. Oorsprong van het kwaad
  11. Waarom is er zo veel kwaad in de wereld?
  12. Macht van het verkeerdlopende
  13. Waarom laat God het kwade toe (Bijbelstudenten artikel)
  14. Waarom laat God het kwade toe (Broeders in Christus artikel)
  15. Satan het kwaad in ons
  16. Woede en vertrouwen
  17. Kan men kwaad afwenden door te bidden
  18. Overwin het kwade door het goede
  19. Laat u niet overwinnen door het kwade
  20. Doemdenkers en ons lijden
  21. Lijden goegemaakt door Jezus’ loskoopoffer voor zonde
  22. God zal ons niet meer laten lijden dan we aankunnen
  23. Bepaal de aandrijving
  24. Heb het goede voor met alle mensen
  25. Neem afstand van het kwade
  26. Een prins en de dood
  27. Zij die distels zaait zal stekels plukken
  28. Deelgenoten van lijden
  29. Ellende leidt tot volharding
  30. Het begin van Jezus #2 Aller Begin
  31. Redding, vertrouwen en actie in Jezus #1 Bedekking Lijden
  32. In de hand #3 Vertrouwen in de Juiste
  33. Fragiliteit en actie #1 Ongehoorzaamheid van Geschapene
  34. Fragiliteit en actie #7 Gebeurtenissen en Prioriteiten
  35. Fragiliteit en actie #8 Eerste Wetsvoorziening
  36. Materialisme, “would be” leven en aspiraties #5
  37. Materialisme, “would be” leven en aspiraties #6
  38. Marx, het Volk, Religie, Christendom en verwrongen ideeën
  39. Kroniekschrijvers en profeten #2 De Wet
  40. Warren onder vuur na steun voor geweld
  41. Wat verzet bergen? Vertrouwen!
  42. Zet het gehele pantser op van God
  43. De nacht is ver gevorderd 1 Voorwoord
  44. De nacht is ver gevorderd 2 Studie 1 Zijn het de laatste dagen? 1 Intro

Is God behind all suffering here on earth

At Bijbelvorsers, vereniging voor Bijbelstudie – Bible Scholars, Association for Bible study on June 29, 2011 at 9:42 am was written by Bible scholar Marcus Ampe. Until 2014, December 22 it got 400 viewings

Often we do find people saying it is a vengeance of God when people suffer. By earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters they like to warn people that it is a penalty from God and that they should change their way of life.

The central character of the Book of Job, Job (Arabic: أيّوب, Ayyūb‎), as portrayed by Bonnat

In the ancient Hebrew writing The Book of Job we can find a story of the suffering Job and the attempted explanation of these events by his friends. But at the end we also do get to know God’s answer. This is so much different from what lots of people do want us to believe.

In some Christian denomination the preachers even do focus on the terror. They proclaim that it is God who punishes the evil doers. And because the people do such wrong they and their environment has to undergo all the suffering.

If that was not enough they even tell those people that after all the suffering on this earth it shall not be finished. God shall punish them even more. (That is what they tell them.) Those preachers say that those evildoers are going to be tortured for ever after they die. They present them a picture of a hell, which is going to be a torture room full of fire for all those people who sinned veraciously. They want to give the others, who did some little sins, some hope, and present that they also have to face some extra punishment, but that will only happen for a short time in the purgatory.

But as you shall see when you read the Book of Books,  the Bible, you shall be able to come to the conclusion that this is not the truth they are telling. They do the same thing as the friends of Job and try to mislead the people who have trust in them.

In the world around us we are able to find believers and non-believers. People who do good and people who do wrong. Those who do bad things have mostly the opportunity to be confronted with more problems than those who do good. But do not make the mistake, that the ones who do good shall have it always good. No, also they can become confronted with a lot of badness and have to suffer a lot. Their doing good is no free way to have a life without problems.

Perhaps you think it being righteous that everything goes well with such people who do good. But you’ll notice that the world does not turn like that. Everywhere you look you shall be able to find good an bad things.

Throughout the history of humankind we found a lot of troubles coming over people who had nothing to do with it. Wars seem to be insurmountable. History books have pages over battles between different people. Those battles brought a lot of pain to many people. But it are not only such big events which can bring pain to humans or animals. Even the flora world came and still comes into problems many times

Job's Evil Dreams (illustration)

Job’s Evil Dreams (illustration) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Book of Books, the Bible, we can find a Guide Book to Life and a Guide to our Suffering. Each of those Books in that Library can give us the the power to change. We can find the history of humankind but especially also the history of the chosen people, who wanted to stay under the wings of their Creator, the Only One God.

It is normal that when we live that we wonder what on earth we are doing here. It is not so weird to question the reason of us being here and to think about what we have to do or to think about what is expected and by whom here on earth.
Would there be a reason to be here, and to go through all those problems to grow up, to get a job, a way of living, etcetera.

Do you know there is a Higher Being who took care that we can find the answers to many life questions? His Words are written down by patient scriptors who opened up a world of knowledge which had first to be brought over verbally, then written on tablets, later scrolls and at last found a better way to got multiplied so that They could become available to as many interested persons as possible. Thanks to Gutenberg and many Biblestudents the Words of God became spread over the whole world and were put against the human teachings of several persons and institutions which proclaimed being spokesmen of God.

But be careful, as you shall be able to see in the book of Job, those so called friends can bring misleading messages and even can tell you things which are not according the Truth. Therefore we always have to listen carefully but also look at their sayings and compare them with other sayings or with reactions on their words.

Also in the book of Job we get to hear at first many things about God, which seem to be very acceptable. Some denominations use those words of the friends quite often to tell their story of the picture. But they forget to bring into attention the lost chapter of that Book, when God gives His reply to Job and his three friends. For some people that chapter does not give them the satisfying answers, but their at least we get the real answer from God who we do have to believe.

The bible is full of examples of difficulties people had to encounter. But the Book of Job is in a certain special, because it treats the subject of Suffering in particular.

We can find a more than blessed man who had at first nothing to complain of. But at a finger click everything can change quickly. Such a wealthy man got pulled down under until he did not see any light any more. Though he considered himself as a man of God he did not see any use any more to live longer. He just wanted that his life would come to an end soon, because he had enough of all those problems.

As in the other stories of the assemblage of scriptures we can find an example of a person in need who can not be helped by his friends. We get to see that man is not always the right guide nor able to help sufficiently. Perhaps people can give us wrong advice. But we may find that there are also others who sincerely try to help us but who are also not always able to bring the right solution.

In the Holy Scriptures we do find on several places One Helper who always came back into the picture. Several people were helped by Him and it is not because we do not seem to get any answers or signs from Him this day that He would not be around us. Job also thought that God had abounded Him. Do you think at certain moments that God has left you? Do you think God would leave you on your own?

Look very carefully around you and you shall be able to see the Hand of God. He is there at places where you would not expect Him.

Today we can have the opportunity to find God His Words at our coffee-table. The only thing is that we do have to take the Book and have to open it and read it. Without reading it we are not going to get as much answers as God is willing to give to us. Also in our time of affliction He is there to guide us, but we do have to want to see His stretched out arm. Let Him carry you through the storms.

The Bible is not just a book from and for the old days. It still can be very very useful. Also today we find a lot of people who are wrongly accused of something. More and more we can find people being bullied. This often because they dare to be different or to do good. It is as if today the world does not like people who want to be goodhearted. Working hard and doing what is expected from you by the higher ones is being looked at as being week. The world today does not like to have people who want to live according to rules, morals and ethics, and they prefer to scum them.

In case we have to face problems it can be good to look at the problems of some one else like Job.

Let us be aware that everything we have to undergo in this life can be a learning experience. Even from the moments we do not like we can learn. We also can learn from suffering. The experience of the pain, having to face problems can bring us to moments to look for solutions and give us the chance to grow stronger.

I do agree than we have to make a big shift in our attitude how to look at that suffering. But we should be able to manage.

The Book of Job can be a very good teaching tool for us to make a new start or to find new ways to dope with our suffering and with all the problems which seem to be too much for us.

Therefore I would like to advice you to take that Old Book at hand and to read it. Perhaps my Bible Study I wrote on our ecclesia site can help you to go through it and to see solutions to your own situation.

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Please do find out in the Bible Study at the Christadelphian Ecclesia Brussel-Leuven.

  1. Bad things no punishment from God
  2. Profitable disasters
  3. Facing disaster fatigue
  4. Fragments from the Book of Job #1: chapters 1-12
  5. Fragments from the Book of Job #2: chapters 12-20
  6. Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26
  7. Fragments from the Book of Job #4: chapters 27-31
  8. Fragments from the Book of Job #5: chapters 32-37
  9. Fragments from the Book of Job #6: chapters 38-42
  10. Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue
  11. Let us recognise how great God is

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Additional reading:

  1. A world in denial
  2. Why Think There Is a God? (3): Why Is It Wrong?
  3. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  4. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  5. A risk taking society
  6. Securing risks
  7. God does not change
  8. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  9. Bad things no punishment from God
  10. I Can’t Believe That … (2) God would allow children to suffer
  11. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2
  12. Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26
  13. Newsweek asks: How ignorant are you?
  14. We are ourselves responsible
  15. Weekly World Watch 24th – 30th Oct 2010‏
  16. Reacting to Disasters
  17. Certainty in a troubled world
  18. Tragic coach crash in the Swiss Alps
  19. If there is bitterness in the heart
  20. A great man does not lose his self-possession when he is afflicted
  21. The blessing of a broken leg
  22. Signs of the Last Days
  23. National Natural Disaster and Bible Prophecy
  24. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  25. Just be yourself…
  26. What happens when we die?
  27. All Souls’ Day
  28. Fear and protection
  29. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  30. Finish each day and be done with it

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  • The Secret Book of Job (npr.org)
    the tornado went away. Wait, wait – the things the tornado said came to pass. My harvest was bountiful. My flock stretched out like the sea. My wife, she gave me more children, 10 sons. And once again, she held her head high in the marketplace, servants trailing after her. And only I heard her sobs at night.
  • ‘The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume II’ (rss.nytimes.com)
    the selected Jewish writings show that contrary to some popular assumptions, religion does not offer unsustainable certainty. The biblical story of the binding of Isaac leaves us with hard questions about Abraham’s God, and later, when Moses asks this baffling deity for his name, he simply answers: “Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh”, which can be roughly translated: “Never mind who I am!” The Book of Job finds no answer to the problem of human suffering, and Ecclesiastes dismisses human life as “utter futility.” This bleak honesty finds its ultimate expression in Elie Wiesel’s proclamation of the death of God in Auschwitz.
  • The Norton Anthology of World Religions (3quarksdaily.com)
    At a time when religious faith is coming under intense scrutiny, “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” is presenting a documentary history of six major faiths with sufficient editorial explanation to make their major texts intelligible across the barriers of time and space. – See more at: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2014/12/the-norton-anthology-of-world-religions.html#sthash.msely1Oh.dpuf

     

  • Leviathan wins best film award at IFFI in Goa (in.rbth.com)
    The film is a modern reworking of the biblical book of Job. It is set on a Barents Sea peninsula and tells the story of a man who struggles against a corrupt mayor who wants his piece of land. 
  • In One of William Blake’s Final Works, the Engraved Trials of an Unfortunate Soul (hyperallergic.com)
    When his younger brother died of tuberculosis in 1787, the Metropolitan Museum of Art explains, Blake “reported discovering his wholly original method of ‘relief etching’ — which creates a single, raised printing surface for both text and image — in a vision of Robert soon after his death.” This technique also meant he had total control over his books, even if it involved incredible patience, including writing backwards onto the plates for the types of dense borders that are part of the Illustrations of the Book of Job.
  • Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? (the-american-interest.com)
    dam Garfinkle, the editor of The American Interest, asked me this question. He told me that he had met a Saudi who claimed to be an atheist: What does this mean? We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God. What would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context?
  • Russian film Leviathan nominated for Golden Globe awards (tass.ru)
    A 2014 Russian drama film Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev has been nominated for the Golden Globe’s Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Wrestling with the Big Questions: A Day In Job at LICC (bibleandmission.redcliffe.org)
    The book of Job speaks a compelling word of honesty and hope into the deepest and most difficult of human experiences. Job’s story of suffering and the process he goes through with his comforters and with God is just as relevant for Christians and local churches today as we wrestle with our own questions and the questions of those around us.

Hidden Treasures

Each human being has instinct like any animal. Each person is created in the image of God and does hear the inner Voice of God. That is the Treasure in us which we do have to look for and to uncover.

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Additional reading:

  1. What is life?
  2. Creator and Blogger God 2 Image and likeness
  3. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  4. Creator and Blogger God 5 Things to tell
  5. Looking at three “I am” s
  6. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  7. Not bounded by labels but liberated in Christ
  8. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  9. Faith antithesis of rationality

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  • Dna (meredithlbl.com)
    God created us in such a complex way, I’ve never understood how anyone could doubt that he’s the creator. I look at the string of beautiful chromosomes and know divine design is truly a miracle.
  • God doesn’t need human sacrifices (houseofthedread.wordpress.com)
    God doesn’t ask you to kill people. God doesn’t demand that you kill people. God doesn’t want you to kill people.Stop invoking the name or cause of God in your decision to destroy people created in his image.
  • Mother Nature is Being Threatened (postanyarticle.com)
    mother nature is being threatened by our modern lifestyles. Because of our neglect, certain species of plants and animals have disappeared. Because of our uncontrolled development, even the mineral deposits under the earth are no longer as abundant as before.
  • “I recalled another golden rule:” (insideacrowdedmind.wordpress.com)
    What is far more difficult is to love fellow human beings with all their imperfections and defect
  • God is a Lover (ryandueck.com)
    God as a punitive, implacable father, hovering menacingly over our every thought and action, waiting for us to make a mistake.
  • Move The World (jsb10711.wordpress.com)
    The more human beings that we can band together in unity… the longer the lever.Unity is brought about by knowing that God is our real strength… our boundless support.
  • Two Types of Human (newheavenonearth.wordpress.com)
  • together (judikruis.wordpress.com)
  • The Liberating LORD of Peace, Part 3: the Revealer #TheNewPacifism (politicaljesus.com)
  • Ferguson: One Christian’s View (anotherchristianblog.org)

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Psalm 17:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

The Lord has given men whom He has called hidden treasures in their belly. These hidden treasures are to be used for the Glory of God. These treasures will set men apart so that the people will know that God has given them favor.  The treasures are waiting to be discovered by you, so God can use you greatly. Are you ready to discover the treasure within you?

Be Blessed!

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