God itself sets some very poor examples when it comes to parenting. What does this teach us? If our children do not turn out how we wished, then, we can follow the example of the perfectly just Christian Godand destroy them.
The prophet, on behalf of the Lord, wrote: I will gird you, though you have not known me; that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me: I am Jehovah, and there is none else.
I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. Beginning in the previous chapter, and continuing into the present one, the Lord had argued the case for his sovereignty over the nations — particularly his right to deal with his chosen people, the nation of Israel.
Jehovah had blessed the nation wonderfully, but his people had rejected him time and time again, giving themselves over to the worship of idols — dumb idols that had no power to bless.
In this vain worship, the Hebrews had evinced an incredible lack of understanding. As a result, the kingdom of Judah would have to be punished in the period of Babylonian captivity.
Eventually, though, the Lord would forgive his people, and bring them back into their land again. The providential instrument in accomplishing this momentous task would be a Persian king, Cyrus by name, whose presence upon the earth was yet a century and a half in the future.
In was in connection with the role of Cyrus in the divine plan, that the dramatic declaration of In this announcement several important truths are stated: The Lord God is unique; no idol can begin to compare with him. He would equip him for the task that he was to accomplish.
It was in association with this final declaration that God said: Jehovah is absolutely holy Isa. Moral evil cannot be attributed to the Creator in any way Hab. The Flexible Nature of Words Any serious student of language is aware of the fact that words are flexible vehicles of communication.
This principle is no less true of the Bible than it is of any piece of literature.
Examples of this nature are almost endless. A word is defined, in great measure, by how it is used in a certain setting — in its context.
This is a fundamental principle of language interpretation. Ezekiel rebuked Israel for her worship of idols Western Concepts of God.
Western concepts of God have ranged from the detached transcendent demiurge of Aristotle to the pantheism of Spinoza.
Nevertheless, much of western thought about God has fallen within some broad form of theism. The problem of evil refers to the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with an omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omniscient God (see theism). An argument from evil claims that because evil exists, either God does not exist or does not have all three of those properties.
Attempts to show the contrary have traditionally been discussed under the heading of theodicy. Why Did God Create Angels? by Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D. Read the accompanying Newsletter for November There is a question that we must first ask that will help clear the air in regard to the study of angels — to realize what are their responsibilities and characteristics.
After the Interview: Mark Taylor says, “Right now, God wants to stress unity, unity and unity among Christians. All Christians should be thinking with one heart, one mind, in accord and in unity.”. “If God is only good, how is it that the Bible says that he created ‘evil’ (Isaiah )?” In order to get the feel of Isaiah , at least a slightly larger portion of the immediate context needs to be surveyed.
God created the conditions for evil to exist but did so to allow a greater good which is the free love that is experienced between the Lover (God), the beloved (us), and the spirit of love between the two.