Evil vs Sin

Hello!  Some think these 2 are the same but there is a major difference between them.

Evil is obviously the opposite of good and it can also include sin, which of course is not good. There are 2 kinds of evil….that from non-human sources (hurricanes, etc) and that from humans who are sinning. Hurricanes and the like  always bring bad news as does sinning, in one form or another.

Sin can ONLY involve human actions. A hurricane cannot “sin”, only be “evil” by its nature. Literally, “sin” means to “miss the mark”, make a mistake, fail of the ideal (Concordant Literal New Testament Concordance). This could never apply to non-human sources (hurricanes) as they have no choice in the matter. Only humans can sin.

As for why God can allow both of these to exist and cause great suffering in the world (please see the Post on “Suffering”), it is because He uses BOTH to bring about the BEST for all mankind….EVENTUALLY. At the end of the ages, it will all come to a glorious end for the ENTIRE CREATION when God will be “All in All” (1 Corinthians 15:28). Eventually, the ENTIRE creation will benefit and come into its glory when God is finally ALL IN ALL! This will take place in  different stages as set forth in the Chapter “God’s Eonian Plan and the Present Secret Administration”.

Here is an example of how God can use sin and/or evil for the most glorious good. The crucifixion of our Lord was the GREATEST  sin and evil EVER committed…..the creation murdered its Creator. Yet, God, turns it around and uses it as the creation’s GREATEST BLESSING!!   Because God allowed this  greatest of all sins and evil  to happen, Christ Jesus will now be able draw ALL unto Himself: ” I, if I be lifted up out of the earth will draw ALL (things) unto Myself”.  John 12:32….Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible. (“things” is a footnote rendering….the emphasis is mine) Please reference the Chapters on “All Creation Will Be Saved” and “God’s Eonian Plan and the Present Secret Administration” for further explanation and crystal clear verification of this.

If God can bring about the GREATEST BLESSING from the MOST SUPREME and GREATEST  sin and evil, using all the lesser sins and evil to bring about blessings and good are a “piece of cake” for Him!

Hope to see you later.

Fred

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Failure Part I

Hey, there!

There are 2 prominent types of “failure” illustrated in the Scriptures. And guess what, God brings them both to the most glorious conclusions!   That is why He is God……nothing, nothing, NOTHING exists that He will not and cannot use to bring about the utmost good for ALL. That is why He can allow evil and sin, as well as suffering (please reference the Post on “Suffering”), to exist in the world. Now, to the first….the “apparent failure”.

The best example of the “apparent failure” is the crucifixion of our Lord….it made His ministry look like a total, absolute failure.  OOPS, but wait….God does it again! He actually takes this “apparent failure” and turns it into the GREATEST SUCCESS story ever!  Because of this apparent  “failed” ministry, ALL mankind, yes ALL!, will be saved: “and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL (emphasis mine) men unto myself.” (Young’s Literal New Testament, New American Standard, and others….John 12:32). (Please refer to the Post on “All Creation Will Be Saved”.)

The next “failure” is a real, bona fide failure, where we screw up big time or little time, even continuously…..real sin!  Not only are we fortunate that God and Jesus prefer mercy to judgment but ANY failures can wind up being  one of our most benefical blessings….if we do not faint and remain faithful. Quite simply, THE FAILURES ARE LESSONS TO SHOW HOW WEAK AND FRAIL WE ARE and, in turn, how much we truly need God and Christ to dominate our lives…..period! Let’s face it, most of us don’t HEARTILY turn to God and Jesus until we desperately need Them….our failures should be that motivation.

Oswald Chambers wrote in his book “My Utmost For His Greatest” (please reference the Post by the same title) that our “darkness” of suffering and failure can be God’s “gift of humiliation” to us because it “brings the softness of heart that will always listen to God”….as it (the “darkness”) will reveal how utterly human (as opposed to Holy) we truly are, and in DESPERATE need of our Father and our Savior.

I remember reading from one of William Law’s books (forgot which one as I have read so many of his writings) in which he very much emphasized that we should never, never, NEVER  give up trying after we fail.  As believers, we are under “grace”, not law (Romans 6:14, 8:2), and God and Christ Jesus will NEVER give up on us….if there is true, heartfelt  repentance and a seeking of forgiveness.

All the best in Him….later.

Fred