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I occasionally hear people recount some tragedy, or some terrible injustice, only to follow up with, "How could there be a God with all this evil in the world?" -- as if God should always intervene before bad things can happen.  While this is often recited by those who don't believe in God, or those who want to poke Him in the eye, it isn't too terribly difficult to understand if we are being intellectually honest.  Consider this: If we blame God for not stopping people from doing bad things, then shouldn't we expect the same for ourselves?  When we lie, steal, commit adultery, act out in anger or vengeance, commit any number of other sins, or act contrary to God's nature, are we expecting God to forcibly stop us from doing so?  More importantly, would we want Him to?  We may believe we aren’t as bad as other people, but to God, there is no difference between them and us.  (Romans 2:11)  So when we decry God for not stopping someone else, we are actually advocating for God to remove our freedom of choice as well.  I don't think any of us wants that, including God.  The bottom line is, God isn't responsible for the poor choices people make.  And actually, He does intervene, but the primary way He intervenes is to impress upon all of us to do what is right.  However, regrettably, not everyone listens, and many pay the price for it.  Choose to do what is right according to God's ways.  (Joshua 1:8, Galatians 5:22-23)  We may believe our actions are inconsequential, or that the ends justify the means, but there are many today who are behaving emotionally, immorally, even dogmatically, whom are causing far more damage to themselves and others than they realize.  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 (NIV) See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  ...  Now choose life...




















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