Class Notes: 5/27/2020
The doctrine of evil part 24
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1Chron 21:14-15; So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel; 70,000 men of Israel died.
15 And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, the Lord saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, "It is enough; stop now."
Heb 2:14-15; Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Prov 28:1;The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
We are presently in a study of the doctrine of evil that is the product of believing the false narrative of the public lie that satan, the god of this world, fabricates and asserts in his war against truth and righteousness. Eph 6:12; 2Cor 10:5;
Last time we noted Eccles 8:8; as being especially relevant to our present circumstances. Flattening the curve does not necessarily reduce deaths in a pandemic in fact flattening the curve may actually increase deaths and cause more lasting destruction from unintended consequences that the mitigation process creates.
We also noted that It is better to let God determine the outcome and let the chips fall where they may but evil people can't do that because they are enslaved by their fear of death. Heb 2:15; Eccles 8:13; This is the situation we face in our country at this time.
With the exception of suicide no one has any control over the time, place or manner of their death because it is a matter of God's sovereignty, wisdom and integrity. Until the Lord is ready to take us home, we are going to continue to live on this earth. Mankind has no authority or choice over when or how he will die.
The dying stage of a Christian's life may be short or it may be prolonged, it may be a period of suffering or it may be pain free. Whatever it is, it is perfect because God is perfect and all of God's decisions are perfect. He is never wrong, unfair or unjust.
It is evil to become critical or upset, and blame God for a decision that He makes concerning physical death. We must take a step back and remember that He is never wrong before we accuse God like satan did.
God never makes a mistake, and everything that He has placed in His Divine Decree is perfect and right. Since the omniscience of God knows all of the facts in each individual case, the matter of the time, manner and place of physical death is always the best decision for every believer involved.
Rom 8:28; We know that for those who love God and called according to His purpose everything works together as Divine good.
This tells us that God is even causing all evil that is directed toward us in the devil's world to work to accomplish His ultimate Divine good purpose in and through us. Eph 2:10;
The laws of divine establishment are designed to protect the citizens of a nation from criminality. Rom 13:3-4; "Do you desire not to fear the authority? Therefore, keep on doing the good and you will have recognition from it. For it (the government) is a minister of God to you for the purpose of good. But if you do evil, be afraid. For he does not wear the sword for nothing."
All crime is evil. Societies that function in the evil of passive arrogance reject personal volitional responsibility, and justify and tolerate crime.
Criminals must be tried and punished quickly and in specific egregious cases, for the protection of society, capital punishment is required.
Under the aegis of the laws of divine establishment the nation is protected from criminality, freedom and prosperity are established and opportunities for evangelism and for the teaching of Bible doctrine are maximized.
The domination of good in the client nation determines historical up trends and prosperity, while the domination of evil determines historical downtrends and judgment. Psa 34:11-22; Prov 12:1- 28;
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