January 6, 2011

Evil & Suffering XIX: Glory To God

Potential Reasons For Existence of Evil & Suffering IV:

This will be a short post but Scripturally dense. You really should get your Bibles out for this one and read surrounding passages of these verses so that you fully understand the context that these verse sit in. It is the reason I have not included them here. Bible study time! I could've included this portion in the last post but chose to break it out due to the verse references.

As Christians, when we discuss the issues of evil, suffering, illness and pain we understand that God is inevitably going to be glorified and we accept this because many Christians have a better concept of who and what God is as compared to the secular non-believing world. Many view this as a morbid and downright uncompassionate view of the Almighty but we need again recheck ourselves and our views and realize that we would not even be here if it wasn’t for God and he put us here for His glory (1 Pet. 4:11, Gen 1:27). Everything we do should be done to the glory of God (l Cor. 10:31) and the best way to do this is to do as He has commanded us (John 14:15). If he was anything less than perfect, even I would view Him as egotistical and a megalomaniac, but He IS perfect and being perfect He is deserving of all our praise (Ps 18:3, Psalm 34:1, Isaiah 43:21, Philippians 2:9-11, Ephesians 1:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, etc) and anything we can do to glorify Him, even if it means submitting our lives. We must die to self to live in Him. It’s the least we can do considering His Son has already laid down His life on our behalf.

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