IF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS GOOD AND SOVEREIGN, WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EVIL IN THE WORLD?
Even the most faithful mind can doubt and do sometimes question how the True Lord God Almighty runs the world. Is God Almighty really in charge of the world? If He is in charge as organized religions tell us, why is the world in turmoil? Why are billions of people living in abject poverty and squalor? Why is evil so omnibus? Why is there so much injustice from man to man? Why is hatred so widespread and evil stalks the human race? If truly the Lord God Almighty is in control, why are the “bad guys” and evil people gaining strength from strength and are in control? Does the Sovereign Lord God Almighty not know what the world is turning into and why isn't He doing something about it? Religion is one of the most destructive tools that Satan has used and continues to use to destroy the human race. Religion is attempt by human beings to understand God and it has always been a futile exercise for finite and mortal human beings to understand an infinitely wise and immortal God. Only the Sovereign Lord God Almighty can reveal Himself to us and this He has done in our Lord Jesus Christ. In John 14: 9, the Lord Jesus Christ told one of his disciples: “Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?” This was the reason He was crucified by the Israeli establishment in connivance with the Roman overlords because, as the Pharisees and Sadducees accused Jesus Christ; “…"but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God."(John 10: 33). It is incredible till today that the Almighty God Who created the heavens and the earth and all that are in them once came to this earth in bodily form and lived with us for 33 years. This is the Eternal Truth that religion and tradition do not allow to sink into the hearts of the human race. No one living or dead has ever and will ever utter these life-defining sentences such as “I and the Father are one." (John 10:31); “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” (John 14: 6); “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins."(John 8: 24). These and many more utterances by the Lord Jesus Christ proved His Deity and Eternity. Again, it's either this Jewish Rabbi born of the Virgin Mary and brought up in the village of Nazareth is indeed the Lord God Almighty as He claimed or is the greatest historical jerk that has ever lived. He can't be both. . To answer the myriad of questions gnawing at the hearts of all souls as sketched above would require us to ask from the Lord God Almighty Himself directly. Since He has revealed Himself to us in bodily form in Jesus Christ, then we have no authority to turn to but the Only Book He left with us to consult-that is, the Holy Bible-in answering the different complexities of life's problems and puzzles.
First, the Bible never told us that the Lord God Almighty controls all events on earth and that He is in control of every minute event and activity in the world. There are many sayings and clichés on earth invented by us human beings that are religiously sensible but Biblically untrue. We think we belittle the Lord God Almighty if we say He is not in control of all events on earth; we even fear being labeled as blasphemous. But we can't “help” God or defend His honor on His behalf because He is an Awesome and all-powerful God who can adequately defend His honor. The issue here is that, if the Holy Bible is the grundnorm of the Christian faith, it means whatever we know of God Almighty must be limited to His revelation in His book. We should not make anything up or assume certain things based on our feelings and ideas of Who God is. In the Book of Beginnings, the Sovereign Lord God Almighty stated the reason for creating the human race thus: “Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Genesis 1: 26). He repeated this again for emphasis in Genesis 1: 28: “God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Before the Almighty God handed all of creation on earth to the human race, the expression; “and it was good” was used seven times, thus the earth that God created and which He handed over to the human race was indeed good. Thousands of years later, David the King underscored this perfect creation and good earth that God gave to Adam and Eve who were the representatives of the human race in Psalm 8: 1-9: “LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth...what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
The moment the Lord God Almighty handed over power, authority and dominion of the earth to our First Parents; Adam and Eve, it was up to the Twain what they did with that power, authority and dominion. We knew how it went; the Stupid Twain and Foolish Duo traded those powers, authority and dominion for beguilement and deception from the arch-enemy of God and the human race; Satan. Read the Book of Genesis Chapter 3 thoroughly and ask the Spirit of God to minister to you. When you have understood the great fall of Adam and Eve and by extension you and me, then you will understand and get answers to all the myriad of problems confronting the human race today. Adam and Eve gave the earth to Satan and Satan stole it by deception as he told our Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 4: 5-7: “The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.” Did you read that again? Pay particular attention to the phrase “…it has been given to me…” uttered by Satan. Who gave the power to Satan? Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when Satan deceived them in Genesis 3. Since then, Satan and his demons have been in charge of the world, albeit illegally. The Lord God Almighty wasn't obligated to listen to our weeping and crying after Adam and Eve disobeyed Him. As a matter of fact, He was annoyed with the entire human race. But being a Loving and Caring Father, He decided to fix Satan. From Adam till Jesus Christ, the whole world, as 1 John 5: 19 aptly pointed out “has been under the sway or control of the evil one-Satan-“ The reason why Jesus Christ came therefore “…was to destroy the devil's work,” (1 John 3: 8).
What are the works of the devil in the world from the time Adam and Eve sinned and till today? The Holy Bible classifies the devil's works into three broad categories: steal, kill and destroy? Poverty indeed kills, injustice destroys, corruption and maladministration steal people's joy, wars and armed conflicts kill souls, squalor destroys and all the works of Satan are inimical to human progress. But why can't God do something about these works of the devil? He already did two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ did three things on behalf of you and me; (a) He suffered the punishment meant for Adam and Eve and by extension you and me for our disobedience. This is what is called sin. Adam and Eve should have been whipped thoroughly in Genesis 3 for disobeying God but instead, Jesus Christ was whipped on our behalf. That was why John the Baptist looked at Jesus Christ and said: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1: 29). Jesus became the sacrificial lamb for Adam and Eve and by extension, you and me, and all the rest human beings. He took our shame and suffered in our stead, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5: 21). Now after Jesus was punished for the disobedience of Adam and Eve, your disobedience and mine were also included two thousand years ago. How? It was one man that sinned; Adam who through his wife, Eve disobeyed God. As Paul disclosed in Romans 5: 12:“…sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—“The only logical and most sensible way to remove sin then is through also one man, but that man must suffer first the punishment of disobedience and then death, which Jesus Christ did. That was why He said; “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world,” (John 6: 51). Since we sinned corporately, (through Adam and Eve); we can only be forgiven corporately as well (through Jesus Christ). We do not need to die for the sin that our First Parents Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden. Since the Foolish Duo-Adam and Eve-were the architects of our predicament on earth, God Almighty in His sense of justice and love decided to pay the price of the disobedience of Adam and Eve so that you and I will not be forever be burdened by such disobedience. All God requires from every human being today for us to get it right with Him is to accept and receive this favor of God freely given which is known as Grace, period!
(B) The second thing Jesus did was to give us-the children of Adam and Eve-power to overcome the sources of our disobedience namely: Satan, Sin and Self. These were the three ammunitions by Satan to beguile Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and if we can't overpower those three sources, we will fall like them as well. Satan enticed the woman and had her under his grips the moment Eve said in Genesis 3: 2-3: “The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” Eve tweaked and embellished the Lord's command; she distorted the Lord's command to give vent to her curiosity and Satan exploited her curiosity. The Self occurred in Genesis 3:6: “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom…” (the selfish needs of her flesh and stomach, the pride of life and over-ambition). At this point, Eve hadn't sinned but was being tempted. The sin committed occurred in Genesis 3: 6b shortly after Satan and Self coalesced in evil kin and Eve “…took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (C) The third and final thing Jesus Christ did which is the essence of the Good News is that, not only did He liberate us from Satan's pernicious grips and evil chokehold, but He put us in good relationship with God, and He showed us our future two thousand years ago by dying and coming back to life. That was why He declared in John 11: 25: “Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die…” To prove that He meant what He just said, He went ahead and resurrected Lazarus. Not only that, He gave a public example to all the world by dying and resurrecting three day later to prove that He has power to raise up those who believe in Him even though they may die He would resurrect them. Then the greatest promise which no religious leader or founder of any man-made religion has ever made in human history: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In My Father's house are many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14: 1-4).
Now you see the full picture! If you do not accept and believe that the Lord God Almighty had accomplished all that needed to be done to remove poverty, injustice, disease, wars and all of life's miseries from the earth through our Lord Jesus Christ two thousand years ago, the reality would elude you. It is Satan you should blame for all of life's miseries and misfortunes. But more importantly, you also have yourself to blame too because “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 15). But are you telling me that followers of Jesus Christ are immune from poverty, injustice, penury, squalor and all other miseries of life? Certainly not! As a matter of fact, we suffer more of life's misfortunes and miseries but you know the good news, we know why we're suffering compared with those who have no clues what life is throwing at them. This is very, very important. If someone suffers for a claim or cause he/she knows to be true, that is a man/woman of integrity. But it is a pity for one to suffer out of ignorance and one cannot give a reason for the suffering. To suffer ignorantly and has no hope for today and the future is even worse. But sadder still is to suffer ignorantly and hopelessly and has no one to call upon. This is the lot of the unbelievers. The Sovereign Lord God Almighty has no right to intervene in the lives of those in poverty, penury, squalor, who are being oppressed, and are victims of injustice, maladministration and other life's miseries if they have shunned His laws, disobey Him and haven't acknowledged Him as Lord and Savior. He said as much Himself in Proverbs 1: 22-33: “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
If you're poor in whatever ways and in every material sense and refuse to call on the Name of God to cure you of the poverty and penury, He would not lift a finger. Only a fool lost on the high sea and about to drown will refuse a life jacket from his/her rescuers. If you're a victim of injustice and think you can handle it on your own and in your way, the Lord God Almighty will be looking at you. If your life is being threatened and you are about to be killed, but think you can protect yourself, though God created you, but He is not obligated to rescue and save you. No prisoner ever has the power to bail him/herself out of prison; it requires a free person to come to the prison to pay the bail bond. No matter your situation in life, if you do not call on the Saving Grace of God Almighty, He's not obligated to poke His nose into your life's affairs. It is the extent to which you want Him to be involved in your life's affairs that He would be involved, no more no less. Now on the other hand, if you're the one perpetrating injustice against fellow human beings, making others to suffer and be poor, beheading and killing others, and committing all kinds of evil and miseries on earth, you're a child of Satan. Even though God Almighty created you, but you are not His child. You may have cast your lot with Satan your father and are living it up now, but a time is coming and very soon, you will be judged by the Almighty God. It is this final judgment of God Almighty that the Holy Bible means that He- God Almighty- is in control. He said so Himself in Romans 14: 11 "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'"
THE SATANIC DEATHS AT SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN CHURCH IN NIGERIA
At the beginning of the year 2014, the Holy Spirit disclosed to us in 2013 that Mr. Temitope Joshua is not a true man of God but a high Satanist using the powers of darkness to beguile and deceive the unwary and the ignorant. Here was the prophecy: “PASTOR TEMITOPE JOSHUA AND HIS MINISTRY: The Holy Spirit of the Most High Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that are in them, Who is enthroned in the highest of heavens with power, authority and dominion subject to Him say, "Tell, Joshua, I know ye not." He said He didn't send Pastor Temitope Joshua but he and his followers "…are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews (born again Christians) though they are not, but are liars…."(Revelation 3: 9). The Spirit of the Lord says, remind my faithful worshippers and those who desire to seek the Truth that I warned them in 2 Thessalonians 2: 9: "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie…"(See the link to the full prophecy in this link: http://nigeriaworld.com/feature/publication/fayemiwo/010214.html ).
The Word of Life says we should mourn with those who are mourning and rejoice with those who rejoice ( Romans 12: 15) so we mourn with those who lost their loved ones at the Tower of Synagogue of Satan in Lagos, Nigeria last week. But the truth must be told; as long as human beings of today are after miracles, especially the counterfeit and satanic ones instead of searching for the Truth and the real Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Lord of lords and King of kings, these unavoidable and unfortunate senseless deaths will continue. But why are people surprised that the Tower of Synagogue of Satan fell? Are people so spiritually obtuse and unable to tear apart what is of the True Lord God Almighty and that of Satan in the spiritual rubbish going on at the Synagogue of Satan? Why is Mr. Temitope Joshua behaving as if he didn't know the real cause of the Synagogue Collapse? Who is he deceiving that Boko Haram was responsible for the collapse of his house of horror in Lagos? He knows that he obtained his spiritual powers from Satan and part of the agreement he had with the demons in charge of his charade at the Synagogue is that, once in a while blood of worshipers must be spilled to appease the demonic agents keeping vigil at his synagogue. Mr. Temitope Joshua even had the temerity the other day to invoke the Name of the True Lord God Almighty as the One who knows why the tragedy occurred. Haba, Mr. Joshua, why are you lying and pulling wools over the faces of people? Here is a man who has made a mockery of the Holy Spirit which is not present in that place called Synagogue by predicting the outcome of football matches and yet he is pretending he didn't know why over 100 lives have been lost so far in his house of lies? What a clap trap? Hear and read it here now and for the first time; the deaths of over 100 worshipers that had just been lost at the Towers of Synagogue of Satan last week will soon be a child's play compared with the calamity that is coming soon on that house of lies, deceptions, and demonism going on at that Satanic enclave known and called the Synagogue of Satan in Lagos, Nigeria. Hear what the Holy Spirit of God is saying to you-Mr. Temitope Joshua- and your deceived worshipers: “I will expose you and put an end to your deceptions. I didn't send you and you're leading my people astray by your deceptive miracles. I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 23: 32). Hear Mr. Temitope Joshua what the Sovereign Lord God Almighty, the Holy One of Israel and the Jehovah Elohim of the Holy Bible said I should tell you and your friend, Chris Oyakhilome: “This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, they proclaim 'peace' if they have something to eat, but prepare to wage war against anyone who refuses to feed them. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.” (Micah 3: 5-7).
LETTER OF THE WEEK
Good day to you Dr Fayemiwo. Your past three articles have been a blessing; especially the last two that really answered some questions I have been dying to know. God bless you and your family tremendously. My question of the day is how would you address a situation that finds a woman and her daughter having a lesbian relationship together? Some people are claiming that it's nothing wrong marrying within your family as that was going on in Genesis but anyone who knows better would say it's an abomination of the highest order. Can the Leviticus 18:6-23 verses be used to curb this argument even though it does not specifically talk about a mother and daughter sexually involved in a relationship but with discernment, wouldn't one see with common sense that it is a sexual immorality sin as you are approaching a blood relative to uncover his or her nakedness? Apart from their weak argument, isn't lesbianism alone an abomination unto God? Thank you-----Brother Oluwaseun Akinrolabu, Waynesville, Missouri, USA.
Yes, you have answered your questions yourself. God blessed you my brother.
*Dr. Fayemiwo is quondam professor of Biblical Exegesis at Kingdom Bible College and Seminary, Tucson, AZ and CEO, Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA Chicago. He is the co-author of the latest book: “Coming to America,” and also member, board of directors/ director of administration, The Millennium Stem Academy Charter School of Chicago, Illinois. Visit his company's website at www.allternativecommunication.net. Please all private email for urgent attention should be sent to this email address: [email protected]