Why Should We Suffer For Adam and Eve’s Screwup!

Greetings!

Let’s face it….humanly speaking, if God was really fair He would have given each of us our own chance to be tested in the Garden of Eden. As it is, we have to SORELY suffer for what our FIRST PARENTS did. That is, inherit these decaying, mortal bodies that are PROGRAMMED  to lean toward sinning in every way possible (Romans 7:18-20), not to mention also inheriting a heart (the very center and controlling factor of our actions) “that is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). GOOD GRIEF: thanks first mom, thanks first dad for such a nice inheritance!!

If the truth be known, God PURPOSELY set Adam and Eve up to fall for that forbidden fruit routine, and EXPECTEDLY sinned.  He did this to introduce sin and death to the creation for His Divine Purpose. Actually, God could have set any one of us up, also….and ultimately gotten each of us to sin, as well. Of course,He can justify doing this because He is going to use it ALL for the GLORIOUS BENEFIT of us ALL….eventually!

Quite simply, God and Christ Jesus INVOLUNTARILY subjected the creation to the vanity and pain of this life (Romans 8:20) so that ALL of creation might EVENTUALLY ENJOY and appreciate the UNIMAGINABLE  GLORY that will be revealed when God is ALL in ALL! (Romans 8:21; Corinthians 15:28)….each coming to enjoy this in their own order. Believers are the  first fruits (James 1:18) of ALL who will be saved; thereafter, the rest of creation at the “end” (of the ages) when Christ has subjected ALL under His authority. (1 Corinthians 15:22-24)

This will eventually lead to ALL of creation coming to the APPRECIATE, to HONOR and to LOVE God and Christ Jesus for Who They are as well as for what the creation will come to experience in its final and glorious state….because of Them. The experiences of this life are to teach us how horrible life is apart from Them and what happens when we do anything apart from Them. Some will learn this lesson when they are “chastised” after the Great White Throne Judgment. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible puts it nicely in Matthew  25:46: ” And these shall go away into age-abiding correction”. (NOT “eternal punishment” or “eternal torment” as many translations have it….THIS IS A TOTAL MISTRANSLATION!)

What we are going through now is NOT worthy to be compared with what ALL of us will experience then. (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17….this applies to believers as well as to the ENTIRE creation).

Please refer to the Posts on “All Will Be Saved”  and “Eon vs Forever” for more details concerning this WONDERFUL and TRIUMPH truth.

Later, in Christ,
Fred

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Suffering

Hello!

There is so much suffering today and quite a lot of it is readily seen via the multiple newscasts on television. Sometimes, it can be  difficult even for a believer  to justify a God of total Love allowing this to exist, especially where children and ‘the innocent’ are concerned. Individual and unnoticed cases of suffering abound daily, as well.

First of all, God invented ‘tough love’…. if there was a better way for us (believers and non-believers) to learn the lessons God has appointed us to benefit from then He would use it. So, in His wisdom, He has designated it (pain and suffering) the best way to go.

He required His only begotten Son to suffer (pain) beyond human imagination, all for the sake of the good of ALL mankind. His Son has been gloriously rewarded for His sacrifice (pain and suffering). As Paul wrote, the suffering of this present life is NOT WORTHY to be compared with what God has prepared for us (and, eventually, even sinners and non-believers).

Keep in mind, each trial or episode of  suffering is tailor-made for the individual….each person  is specially  ‘equipped’ to handle his or her particular hardship….no one is ever pushed beyond her or his limits (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament).

As with Job, God will place LIMITS on what Satan’s actions or any trial can be (Job 1:12).  What might be quite difficult for me may be  easy for you, so we cannot completely and accurately comprehend what another is going through, merely based  on our own life’s experience and limitations.

God , in His mercy and love, even programs our brains to be able to shut down the acceptance of pain at certain times, depending on the situation. And the body is capable of releasing pain killers far more powerful than morphine. At other times, when we can handle it, He allows us to experience quite a bit of real, harsh pain. Each person  is created and programmed uniquely different to cope with her or his sufferings in life.

With the children and the ‘innocent’ suffering as they do, I can again reiterate,  we can rest assured that none will be asked to endure any ‘trial’ more than each is capable of handling (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament). And when our hearts break and are torn asunder when we see this, you can bet God’s and Christ Jesus’ hearts ache a zillion times more for what They see the  creation going through….however, it is just something that God has determined they have to go through for their eventual good and glory.

In fact, it is just something that we ALL must experience to enable ALL of us to attain to and appreciate fully the GLORIOUS life for which we ALL are destined, each in our own order. (Please reference the Posts on “All Creation Will Be Saved” and “Misunderstanding About The Salvation of All Creation”)

Regarding the the suffering we saints go through while here on earth, I give you an excerpt from “Abandonment To Divine Providence” which can be found , along with the entire book, at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.ii_1.ii.iii.v.html (just click the web address with your mouse pointer) :

“This (our present sufferings) is not to be wondered at. What else could be expected? It is natural to this state. God has His plans for souls, and under this disguise He carries them out very successfully. Under the name of “disguise” I include ill-success, corporal infirmities, and spiritual weakness. All succeeds, and turns to good in the hands of God. ”

End of excerpt.

The bottom line is that God can allow limitedindividually prescribed suffering because He can and will turn it into the highest good for EVERYONE  in the end when He  is ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:22-24,28….Young’s Literal Translation)

As well, remember Romans 8:18:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”  This is true for the ENTIRE creation (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”!.

Going further, in Colossians 1:24 Paul said he was able to REJOICE in his sufferings and in 2 Corinthians 7:4 he writes “….I am filled with all comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all of our suffering.”  The Post on “Supernatural Joy” illustrates that the HOLY joy given by the Holy Spirit can defy circumstances  when we are learning from our sufferings.

When we suffer from life’s experiences it also serves to HUMBLE us, especially in FAILURE. (please reference the Post by this title). If we do not faint and remain faithful, this can be one of our greatest blessings!! Oswald Chambers writes in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the same title) that when our Father and Jesus allow this ‘darkness’ of suffering to affect us the resulting “gift of humiliation” we experience (as a result of it revealing our human frailty and subsequent TOTAL NEED of God and Christ Jesus) “brings softness of the heart that will always listen to God”.

GOD and CHRIST JESUS ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING IN TOTAL, HOLY LOVE….concerning ALL our needed trials and sufferings as believers….and this ‘tough love’ ALWAYS works together for our glorious good (Romans 8:28).

All the best in Him,

Fred