WHY THE WORLD HAS PAIN AND SORROW?
A FEAST OF JOY AND GOOD THINGS!
ONE OF THE OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS BY ATHEISTS IS: IF THERE IS A GOD, WHY ALL THIS DEATH, DESTRUCTION, PAIN, SORROW, AND....WELL ALL THE HEAR-ACHE IN THIS WORLD? WHY DOES GOD ALLOW IT? WHY DOES HE NOT STOP IT?
I CERTAINLY HAVE TO AGREE THERE IS MUCH SORROW AND HEART-ACHE IN THIS WORLD.
BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN GOD HAS BEEN INVISIBLE TO HUMANS. HE'S BEEN THERE FOR THE HUB OF THE WORLD, MAIN HUB OF CIVILIZATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN TIME.
BEFORE NOAH THERE WAS GOD TALKING TO ADAM AND EVE; THERE WAS ENOCH WHO WALKED WITH GOD. THERE WAS NOAH CALLED A RIGHTEOUS MAN. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS DEFINED IN PSALM 119: 172 - READ IT!
NOAH'S CHILDREN - SHEM, HAM, JAPHETH - THEY HAD ACCESS TO THE TRUE GOD AND HIS CORRECT WAY OF LIVING THROUGH THEIR FATHER.
THE WORLD AT THAT TIME COULD HAVE COME TO KNOW THE TRUE GOD, KNOW HIS LAWS AND COMMANDMENT......FOUND THE WAY TO PEACE, JOY, HAPPINESS, HEALTH, EVERYTHING THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE GOOD LIFE.
OBVIOUSLY ONLY THE FEW EVER ACCEPTED THE WAYS OF THE TRUE GOD.
ABRAHAM WAS CALLED OUT OF HIS HOME TO A LAND OF PROMISE; ABRAHAM WALKED WITH THE TRUE GOD; HE HAD SOME ENCOUNTER WITH A FEW LEADERS WHO ALSO BELIEVED THERE WAS A GOD; YOU'LL SEE IF YOU READ ABOUT ABRAHAM.
WE HAVE JACOB WHO PASSED ON TO HIS 12 CHILDREN THE PROMISES EACH WOULD HAVE IN THE LATTER DAYS. JOSEPH SURELY KNEW THE TRUE GOD.
MOSES CERTAINLY GAVE WITNESS TO ALL EGYPT, THAT THERE WAS A REAL AND POWERFUL GOD IN HEAVEN - READ ABOUT MOSES.
THE 13 TRIBES OF ISRAEL KNEW THE TRUE GOD AND HIS WAY OF LIFE. AND THEY WERE CHOSEN TO BE A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS AROUND THEM, SO OTHERS NATIONS WOULD SAY, "LOOK OVER AT THAT NATION SEE HOW WONDERFULLY THEY LIVE, WE NEED TO LEARN HOW THEY DO IT." FIRST CHAPTER OF DEUTERONOMY.
SOMETIMES ISRAEL WAS A LIGHT TO THE WORLD, AND SOMETIMES NOT, BUT SADLY THE VERY OPPOSITE.
A FEW LIKE DANIEL CAME INTO HIGH OFFICE IN THE KINGDOM THEY HAD BEEN TAKEN TO [REMEMBER JOSEPH BECAME SECOND IN CONTROL OF ALL EGYPT].
THERE WAS ESTHER WHO GAVE GREAT WITNESS ABOUT GOD TO A WORLD ENPIRE.
HENCE GOD HAS NOT BEEN INVISIBLE TO THE WORLD......THE TRUE GOD WAS GIVING WITNESS OF HIMSELF AND THE LAWS OF LIVING THAT WOULD BRING THE JOY AND HAPPINESS MOST WANT.
IN THE FIRST CENTURY A.D. DURING AND AFTER THE FIRST COMING OF THE MESSIAH, JESUS' APOSTLES WENT OUT IN SUCH POWER AND ZEAL, ONE SECULAR LEADER SAID, "IS IT THEY WHO TURN THE WORLD UP-SIDE DOWN."
THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL WENT FORTH MIGHTILY TO THE ROMAN EMPIRE, AS FAR AS BRITAIN; EVEN EAST TO INDIA.
IN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY THE BIBLE AND MISSIONARIES WENT ALL AROUND THE EARTH. TODAY THE GOSPEL AND THE BIBLE REACH ALL NATIONS VIA THE INTERNET WITH WEBSITES, THAT CAN REACH ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND THEN ALSO YOUTUBE, AS WELL AS TV.
SO GOD AND HIS WORD IS FAR FROM BEING SILENT AND HIDDEN.
IF PEOPLE, LEADERS, GOVERNMENTS, WANT TO HEAR WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY, ON JOY AND HAPPINESS AND "THE GOOD LIFE" - THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY THE WORD OF GOD; THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO KNOW THE TRUE GOD WHO MADE THE UNIVERSE.
BUT THE NATIONS, THE LEADERS, THE PRESIDENTS, THE PRIME MINISTERS, THE TOP GUYS AND GALS IN THE POLITICS OF THIS WORLD, JUST WILL NOT HAVE ANY SERIOUS LOOK INTO THE HANDBOOK OF "GOOD LIFE KEEPING" PUT OUT BY THE EVERY LAW GIVER TO MAKE THIS PHYSICAL WORLD TICK. THEY WILL NOT TAKE SERIOUS NOTE OF THIS BOOK - THE BIBLE - GOD'S MANUEL FOR A HEALTHY, JOYOUS, HAPPY, ABUNDANT, SAFE, PEACEFUL, LIFE THAT ALL NATIONS COULD HAVE, IF THEY ACKNOWLEDGED GOD AND HIS HANDBOOK OF CORRECT LIVING.
OH YES MANY NATIONS CAME INTO CONTACT, IN DIFFERENT WAYS WITH THIS TRUE GOD IN THEIR HISTORY. BUT THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO REJECT THE ONLY MANUEL, AND THE ONLY GOD, THAT CAN SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, BRING THEM HAPPINESS, PEASE, JOY, AND ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE RIGHT AND PROPER - HENCE AN ABUNDANT LIFE!
HERE IT IS IN ROMANS 1: 20-31
20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. The result was that their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people, or birds and animals and snakes. 24 So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. 25 Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved. 28 When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They are forever inventing new ways of sinning and are disobedient to their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving.
GOD DOES NOT FOR NOW, JUST STEP IN TO CONTROL MANKIND; OH HE'S PROMISED TO DO JUST THAT ONE DAY. JESUS WILL RETURN TO RULE ALL NATIONS WITH GOD'S WORD AND LAW. BUT FOR NOW HE IS IN THE MAIN, KEEPING HANDS OFF; HE'S LETTING MANKIND DO THEIR OWN THING.
HERE IS ONE REASON WHY HE'S DOING THIS…..
"DON'T YOU REALIZE HOW KIND, TOLERANT, AND PATIENT GOD IS WITH YOU? OR DON'T YOU CARE? CAN'T YOU SEE HOW KIND HE HAS BEEN IN GIVING YOU TIME TO TURN FROM YOUR SINS" (Romans 2:4).
THE ETERNAL GOD IS ALLOWING THE NATIONS TO COME TO REPENTANCE, FOR IT WOULD BE WAY WAY BETTER THEY DO THIS ON THEIR OWN, BECAUSE IF THEY DO NOT GOD WILL ONE DAY HAVE TO BRING ALL THE PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE, TO FULFILMENT; IT WILL BE A DISASTER THAT WILL ROCK THE EARTH, ALL THE BOOK OF REVELATION WILL COME TO PASS; IT WILL BE A TIME OF HORRIFIC DISASTER AS THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN IN ITS ENTIRE HISTORY.
GOD'S WORD TODAY IS GOING FORTH LIKE NEVER BEFORE; THE INTERNET IS GOING FORTH MORE AND MORE, IN EVERY CORNER OF THIS EARTH. IN ANOTHER 5 OR 10 YEARS THERE WILL BE JUST ABOUT NO FAMILY ON EARTH THAT WILL NOT HAVE INTERNET SERVICE…… THE TRUTHS OF GOD ON THIS WEBSITE IS GOING AROUND THE PLANET. GOD SAID HE WILL NOT BRING TO PASS HIS PROPHECIES WITHOUT WARNING THE WORLD FIRST.
JUST LOOK AT THE 10 COMMANDMENT - EXODUS 20.
AS A KID I HAD TO MEMORIZE THEM IN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL I WAS IN. I WOULD READ THEM, AND SAY TO MYSELF, IF ALL NATIONS AND PEOPLES WOULD LIVE BY THE 10 COMMANDMENT….WOW WHAT A WORLD WE WOULD HAVE. IT IS STILL TRUE TODAY, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD IT WOULD BE IF ALL NATIONS FOLLOWED THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. THERE THEY ARE FOR ALL TO SEE AND READ, PRETTY SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND COMMANDMENTS, A CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND THEM, I SURE DID.
THERE IS ANOTHER KEY TO ALL THIS RIGHT IN THE 10 COMMANDMENTS THEMSELVES.
NOTE EXODUS 20: 4-6
"You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make unto yourselves any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the waters under the earth: You shall not bow down yourselves to them, nor serve them: for I your Lord God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of them that hate me. And showing mercy unto thousands of generations to them that love me, and keep my commandments."
HOW DOES GOD VISIT THE INIQUITY UPON THE CHILDREN TO THE 3RD AND 4TH GENERATION?
NO HE DOES NOT SIT DOWN TO FIGURE OUR WHAT BAD THINGS HE CAN DO TO THEM. HE JUST LEAVES THEM ALONE. THEY DO NOT WANT HIM, SO HE STEPS TO ONE SIDE AND SAYS, "OKAY GO AT IT, HAVE IT YOUR WAY."
AND THE NATIONS HAVE BEEN DOING A GOOD JOB OF HAVING IT THEIR WAY.
SOME SINS, WRONG WAYS TO LIVE, CAN HAVE CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE ONE MAKING THE SINS. SOME SINS LIKE DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY CAN LEAD TO PROBLEMS FROM THE START OF BIRTH FOR THAT CHILD; SAME GOES FOR USING WILD "DRUGS" - LEAVING THE BABY IN WITHDRAWAL SYSTEMS AT BIRTH. YES SOME SINS CAN EFFECT 3 OR 4 GENERATIONS DOWN THE ROAD…..THINGS CAN MAKE THE DNA CHANGE LINKS, OR ADD LINKS, SIMPLE NOT WORK AS GOD INTENDED. WE ENDS UP WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS, SOMETIMES MORE DAMAGING THAN THE ORIGINAL THAT STARTED IT ALL. BANNED NEW DRUGS ARE BEING PRODUCED WAY WAY MORE SERIOUS THAN SOME OF THE OLD "HARD" DRUGS…..KILLING MANY ALONG THE WAY, ESPECIALLY IN THE YOUNGER PEOPLE, BUT THEY STILL DO IT. CHILDREN BEING BEATEN ALL THE TIME, TEND TO BEAT THEIR CHILDREN, AND THOSE CHILDREN GROW UP AND BEAT THEIR CHILDREN…..AND THE CIRCLE KEEPS GOWING AROUND AND AROUND.
SO WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE HOLY BOOK - THE BIBLE - YOU ARE STEPPING AWAY FROM THE DESIGNER WHO TEACHES YOU HOW TO LIVE THE BEST, DO THE BEST, ACT THE BEST, SPEAK THE BEST, WORK THE BEST YOU CAN, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN.
IN REJECTING GOD AND HIS WORD, THE NATIONS AND THEIR PEOPLE, GOING THEIR OWN WAYS, DOING THEIR OWN THING, END UP AS YOU SEE THE WORLD TODAY.
BUT THIS FEAST OF TABERNACLES IS ABOUT A TIME WHEN GOD WILL STEP IN; HE WILL SEND JESUS BACK TO STOP THE NATIONS FROM BLOWING ALL HUMAN LIFE OFF THE PLANET, AND WILL RULE ALL NATIONS BY THE WAYS AND LAWS OF GOD.
THE FEAST IS ABOUT A JOYFUL, HAPPY, PEACEFUL AGE THAT IS TO COME.
GOD'S CHILDREN NOW ARE ACTUALLY COMMANDED TO HAVE 7 DAYS OF PHYSICAL GOOD THINGS, WITH JOY AND PRAISE, AS WELL AS THE SPIRITUAL FOOD OF GOD'S WORD.