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13. If God exists and is so powerful – as you claim – why doesn’t He intervene to settle this world so corrupt and depraved, to put an end to every iniquity and injustice?

 

 

 

The reason why God does not intervene to put an end to every iniquity and injustice existing in this world is that the time has not yet come for this.

Even though I could stop here, I want to tell you something else.

Now, everybody can see that this world is full of wickedness. When and how did wickedness come into being on the earth? It came into being thousands of years ago in the Garden of Eden (which was located in the East near the Euphrates river), and it came into being in this way. After God, the Creator of all things, created man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and to take care of it, He said to him: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). Afterward, He formed a woman (Eve) to be a helper suitable for the man and gave her to him. However, the old serpent deceived Eve into eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Here is the biblical account of the fall of man: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:1-7). Therefore, the first man disobeyed to God, he did not keep His commandment, and as a result of his disobedience all Adam’s descendants have been born sinners, that is to say, are inclined by nature to do evil things and addicted to evil things. This is confirmed by what God said in His heart after He punished (through the flood) the world of the ungodly in the days of Noah: “I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination [every inclination] of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:21-22). Therefore, in the light of the Bible, God allowed sin to enter into the world, or rather, sin entered into the world by God’s will. Obviously we know that this was the will of God because God decreed to send His Son into the world to redeem man from sin before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20). For had He not decided to allow sin to enter into the world, how could He have predestined His Son to be offered for our sins, that is, to make atonement for our sins? However, the Good News is that God in the fullness of the time sent His Son to redeem man from sin so that he might be reconciled to God. Nevertheless, the fact is that even though the Son of God came into the world to put away sin, sin continues to exist in the world and we all can see everywhere its bitter fruits. However, the existence of sin will come to an end, for sin will no longer exist when God causes sin to vanish from the face of the earth. Only in that day will wickedness cease to exist. When will this happen? According to the Scripture, this will happen after the Millennial reign (during which the saints will reign with Christ on the earth); it will not happen during the Millennial Reign because even though during that period of time (the thousand years reign) the devil will be into the bottomless pit (in that immediately before the beginning of the thousand years an angel of the Lord will bound the devil for a thousand years and cast him into the bottomless pit and will lock and seal it over him) and thus he will not be able to deceive the nations (which will be living peacefully upon the earth). When the thousand years are expired, Satan will be allowed to deceive the nations, as it is written: “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10). Therefore, if at the time the devil will deceive the nations which will try to destroy the saints who are upon the earth, that means that wickedness will continue to exist till that time. However, those nations will be destroyed and the devil will be cast into the everlasting fire, and afterward the day of judgement will come and all sinners will rise again and will be judged according to their works (Revelation 20:11-15). Then God will create a new heaven and a new earth where righteousness will dwell (2 Peter 3:13). The New Jerusalem will descend upon the new earth (where there will be no more sea), God will dwell with men, “and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4), and “there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-5).

That’s when God will put an end to every form of wickedness.

To Him be the glory now and forever. Amen.

 

 

 

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