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THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD

September 23

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September 23

THE PURPOSE OF EVIL / PART 15

CONCLUSION

According to A. P. Adams:

-"We have seen that one of the purposes of evil is to develop in our characters attributes akin to God: pity, mercy, compassion, charity, gentleness, etc. Now suppose we lived in a world of absolute justice where no one suffered except what they strictly deserved to suffer, where the innocent never suffered, but only the guilty, and they suffered just so much - no more and no less - as was due to their transgression and as would be beneficial to the transgressor. Suppose we lived in such a world as that. At first thought it would seem as though it would be a very nice kind of world; but how could we in such a world develop the godlike attributes above referred to? There would be no room for heavenly compassion and sweet charity and pity in a world of absolute justice. We would not be likely to pity very much a person who we knew was receiving only the punishment due his fault and that in the end would be for his benefit and blessing. Is it not plain that just this kind of evil, i.e., the evil of injustice, is needed in order that those crowning attributes of God, the tender and loving qualities of our Father in heaven, may be developed and perfected in His human children?" ( The Purpose Of Evil, A. P. Adams )

-Evil, for the time being, is a thorn in our side. With that being said, though, evil is to be seen as part of the purpose and plan of God. Evil did not take God by surprise, but rather, GOD CREATED EVIL FOR A PURPOSE! It is used by God to TEACH His creation, bringing mankind to a desired end. Romans 12:21 tells us to NOT BE OVERCOME WITH EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD …

-God, in this present age, is dealing with, selecting out, and QUALIFYING a remnant of overcomers. These overcomers, by the Spirit of God, are learning to OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. This is necessary for God to produce overcomers. God has created and placed OPPOSITION ( evil ) in the path of those who are destined to be overcomers in this present age. THIS OPPOSITION WILL PROVE TO BE THE SALVATION OF THE ENTIRE CREATION! Romans 8:18 states, … the sufferings of this present time are NOT WORTHY to be compared with THE GLORY which shall be revealed in us … This same remnant is to be used to set the entire creation free in the ages to come! We must look at the BIG PICTURE, for God is teaching the creation to OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD! Now we can see …

-THE PURPOSE OF EVIL!-

September 23

And now abides faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.