Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Why God made us like He did; Why Chaos. Part 7.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
1. Knowing the angelic conflict.
2. Knowing the glorification of God.
3. Knowing no man after the flesh.
5. Bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
a. Why the creation of man.
b. Why God allowed sin.
c. Why is chaos allowed.
Why God allows human suffering.
It is inevitable that we all come under the law of volitional responsibility, which explains most of the human suffering in the world.
a. The most obvious reason why we suffer is because we have a free will and God allows us to make our own decisions and also allows the consequences of those decisions to prevail.
Because we still sin after salvation, it is inevitable that we will come under the power and influence of Satan’s cosmic system--the world system with all of its’ evil and injustice and unfairness, etc.
Therefore, we suffer from both immoral and moral evil.
Self-righteousness is a moral evil.
TLJC and the early church went through a lot more suffering from self-righteous individuals who were involved in moral evil than from immoral people.
Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.
A lot of people think that because they are moral that they are right but many times morality is nothing more than a facade for self-righteousness and legalism.
(1) Under the law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline, suffering is designed to orient us to the reality of sin nature control and failure, and the need for rebound and recovery.
Self-induced misery and a tremendous amount of suffering comes from the law of volitional responsibility or reaping what we sow.
JER 2:19, ”Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the Lord your God, And the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord God of hosts.
And, it is because we have made such a series of negative decisions to the point where we have become a danger to ourselves and to other members of the human race.
b. On the other hand, there is a category of suffering that does glorify God.
The believer is challenged to use the problem solving devices, like the faith-rest drill, virtue-love, spiritual self-esteem, and spiritual autonomy, in order to grow in grace, to orient to the plan of God, and to advance to spiritual maturity where we can glorify God in the angelic conflict.
(1) First of all, there is what we call preventative suffering which is added to the first stage of spiritual adulthood, to strengthen it to the point of spiritual autonomy or independence. Preventative suffering is defined as short-termed suffering from the sovereignty of God for the benefit of the believer.
We can learn a lot about God’s word and the power of it as we apply it in situations of adversity and affliction.
Prin - When we go through adversity, if we would only consider it as part of “the work of God”, then we would submit to it knowing that it is for our own benefit.
Often the purpose of preventative suffering is to learn obedience, self-discipline, and therefore enforced and genuine humility.
This is a form of suffering designed to make the individual stronger within and increase his personal love for God.
This is designed to push you from spiritual confidence with your relationship with God to total independence from mankind.
It is called preventative suffering because it is designed to prevent us from becoming arrogant.
In S.S.E., you have a certain amount of doctrine and doctrinal understanding that sets you apart from the majority.
However there’s a danger = arrogance.
So, God brings in some undeserved suffering which inevitably takes away your strength, your reputation or your so-called status, to prevent you from becoming proud and having people look up to you because of your accomplishments.
The word given is an aor-pass-ind, the verb is edothe
in the passive voice it means that this was given for a blessing and benefit.