Not ducking. You said God put evil incarnate with little babies.In the garden of Eden with newly created physically as adults Adam and Eve but mentally innocent as new born babies. Why are you ducking the issue?
The very first thing God told Adam.......Would you put innocents who have no experience whatsoever especially of good and evil, have just popped into existence like new born babies in the presence of the most evil, deceptive and manipulative person in the entire universe. I certainly hope not. Why did God do it?
Millions of people have been asking that same question since the beginning......Nope - i have been waiting for a long time for Jesus to come back and sort out the world. He promised to come back in His generation 2 000 years ago, then when he did not, it was supposed to be in the generation after 1948. Well still waiting.
Millions of people have been asking that same question since the beginning......
2Pe 3:3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
2Pe 3:4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
2Pe 3:5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,
2Pe 3:6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
People that ask this same question are totally ignorant of the fact that all things are NOT continuing as they have from the beginning. God destroyed the world with a flood because of man's wickedness. The Lord God is actively operating on the behalf of those who ask him to by faith!
You are greatly mistaken in that in Matt 16:27-28, and Mark 9:1 is NOT referring to the "rapture" of the Church or the "second coming" of Jesus, it is referring to Jesus being "Transfigured" upon the Mount of transfiguration. Peter, James, and John were there to witness it first hand.Been waiting since 1969 which is a very long time after our Lord ascended to heaven. He said he would return in His generation but did not and that is why people were mocking when is He coming back at that time and even now two millennia later! Matthew 16:27-28, Mark 9:1, Matthew 24:33-34
I see you quote the pseudonymous author of 2 Peter - writing decades after the crucifixion, who was obviously acutely aware of the problem of Jesus not fulfilling prophecy and returning in His generation like He said He would, so he helpfully offered an explanation:
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”… But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9
Notice he meant in his time when he referenced the last days. He did not mean 2000 years into the future. How could he have? No one goes around currently talking about what will happen in the year 4019AD.
Not ducking. You said God put evil incarnate with little babies.
Now you have shown you know it was with ''adults''. I am sure that if you think further on it you will grasp that if evil incarnate is with them and they are not .....dead.....God is protecting them / limiting evil incarnate from having free reign.
I am also glad to hear you acknowledge that God created them mentally innocent. What you are not grasping / ignoring perhaps is that an adult has a will and intelligence that does not want to be in slavery of any sought. If God never put the devil there, it was just a matter of time before Adam and Eve would rebel to His will / sin. God put the devil there to speed up an inevitable fall. God created mankind intelligent and just beneath the angels.
It is God's will that mankind have this free will. That is why He created earth and all there is for mankind. Wolves with big teeth lay with lambs.
If we are going to judge God, let's do so properly and try grasp the bigger picture.
God gave us brains. When He did that, He gave us the ability to judge Him. You are not incorrect in saying we cannot fully judge God. As we cannot fully grasp God. But this does not mean we cannot judge what we can grasp. Especially when there is so much evidence of God dealing with us on our level and where He can, taking us to His level. As Gen 3:22 clearly states '''we know what is good and evil just as He does''.So -- you feel we Should be judging God?! That would be putting either God on our level or us on His level. Neither of which is true.
God limits His omniscience on knowing something if knowing it is evil. Partiality is evil. It is a truth that has to come to us as it did to Peter in Acts 10:34 ''Of a truth I perceive, God is no respecter of persons''.Quantrill,
re: "God, on the other hand has free will. Nothing comes to Him that is not already known to Him."
Does that include knowing before He creates a person whether or not He will eventually be casting the person into the lake of fire?
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