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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....EVIL IN THE WORLD?

What's Wrong With This World?

Everywhere in this world we find heartache, strife, sickness, poverty, injustice and a host of other ills. Why can't men live in peace and enjoy the good things in this earth? The Bible (God's book to mankind) gives us the answer to these questions and tells us how to be born again and what that means. He tells us in His Book that all the troubles in the world are due to either my sin or someone else's. All of mankind is sinful, thus separated from the holiness of God.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

What exactly is sin? If you asked ten different people, you might get ten different answers. Some might say that sin is "doing something wrong or breaking the law", while others might say that sin is "hurting another person or taking an innocent life." Still others might deny the very existence of sin, saying that there is no such thing as right or wrong-- in short, that there are no real absolutes in this world. However, most people agree (regardless of culture) that there are certain actions that are wrong, and should be punishable by fines, imprisonment or even death.

Even the person who "doesn't believe in right or wrong" would have a hard time observing a maniac rape and murder a small child, and say that what happened to them was not a crime.

Sin is a terminal disease that eats away at the very heart of this planet. It destroys individual people, families, cultures, even the earth itself. Our world is defiled by it, yet most people cannot even give a definition of the word, or grasp the true gravity of the situation. What is sin? Surely sin is more that ten different opinions from ten different people. Is there any final authority on this subject?

The Bible says that sin is a heart condition. It is a condition of rebellion against God, which stems from pride. The Bible even refers to pride as "original sin." The Hebrew definition of the word sin means "to miss the mark." God created us to be like Him, but our pride and rebellion make us fall far short of that purpose. Our actions, though they may be "sinful" are really only the fruit of our rebellion against God. Our outward actions merely mirror our true inner condition. It is our true inner condition that God is concerned with. He knows the "real you" better than you yourself do, because he sees "the inner man" and all your secret thoughts and motives.

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8

Though one may lead a "good life" on the outside, God looks on the heart. It is the nature of man to look on the outward, but outward appearances can be deceiving.

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matt. 23:27-28

We cannot deal with our sin by "cleaning ourselves up" the outside, when our problem is a heart condition. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." John 8:34We are all slaves to our sinful nature, and we can only be cleansed from within.

Since sin is the root cause of all our troubles, we must deal with our sin first if we want less troubles in our lives. How do we get rid of sin? God tells us in His Word that by nature we are "...dead in trespasses and sin;" (Ephesians 2:1) and that we are "...alienated from the life of God..." ( Ephesians 4:18 ). Just as a body without physical life is declared physically dead, so anyone who is separated from God is described in the Bible as spiritually dead. As long as we remain spiritually dead, we cannot know God.

We all need a new life. We need to be cleansed from sin and it's penalty (which is death) and restored to fellowship with God who made us all. That is what Jesus Christ (God's Son) meant when He said we "must be born again" (John 3:7). "...Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Without the experience of the "new birth" we have no hope of enjoying the glories of heaven nor escaping the terrors of hell. Have you been born again?

The "new birth" is not a religion, not living up to a creed, not a set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination. It's a transformation. Our old nature is changed and we receive a new one. Old things pass away and all things become new in Christ. We receive a new heart, new desires, new ideas, and a new direction because of this new nature. A birth is the coming into being of a new life which has the nature of its parents. When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker of the nature of natural man. When you are born again, you become a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4). God can become your heavenly Father.

The greatest attribute of God is that He is a God of love. He loves you and me. He loves all sinners and wants to save every one of us from hell and the terrible results of our sin. His Word tells us, "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" ( Romans 5:8 ). "For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). God hates sin because of what it produces-- war, sickness, poverty, etc., but God loves the sinner.

God sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, so that we might have new, everlasting life. The Bible tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). By His death and resurrection, Jesus paid for our salvation. He broke the power of sin and death, making it possible for us to have everlasting life. The life of God raised Jesus from the dead and He was the first born Son into the kingdom of God.

"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" ( Colossians 1:12-18 ).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was nailed to a cross by ungodly men for no sin of His own. He was an innocent man-- the only man who was ever perfect and sinless. He never sinned, yet He took your sins and mine by taking an unjust death. Because He did this willingly, He was raised from the dead by His Father and given life and authority over the powers of darkness. God now imparts that same life and authority to all those who come receiving His provision for their sin. "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7)

We must accept God's Word that says we all are sinners and know that it is sin that separates us from God and repent or "turn away" from that sin. Until we each acknowledge, and ask forgiveness for our own guilt, we will never be free from it. It will eventually lead us right into hell.

"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9)

God wants to give us His power over sin. We cannot conquer sin without that power. God wants to give us life for death, beauty for ashes, health for sickness, joy for grief, peace for strife, love for hate. God's Word says, "...I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). Do you want abundant life? This abundant life comes only as we are born again and as we follow on and receive all that God promises us.

It isn't always easy following God, but nothing worthwhile ever was. You may be ridiculed and persecuted. You will face many temptations to fall back into your old nature. But you can be assured that God is with you, and He will give you power to overcome every one of them.

"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Phil 3:7-9


You can pray right now and ask God to come into your heart and receive the new birth. Simply talk to Him as you would talk to another person. You might pray a prayer similar to this:

God, I do not know you personally, but I want to know you. I believe that
Your Word, the Bible is true. I repent for hardening my heart toward you,
and delighting myself in things you hate. I don't want to go to hell; I really want to be free of my sin. Come into my heart and cleanse me of the guilt of my sins and give me the power to overcome those sins. I want to be Your child and learn of Your ways. Keep me from evil and save my soul. Amen

If you said that prayer and meant it from your heart, you are now a child of God. You will need to do four things faithfully every day so you will grow in God.

1. Read God's Word daily.

You need to read and study God's Word (the Bible) every day. This is how you will learn about God's ways and how to overcome your problems and troubles. His Word brings strength to your spiritual nature. If you do not have a Bible, make your first prayer request to God to supply you with one.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2:15).

"But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:10-17).

2. Pray to God daily.

We must fellowship and talk to God if we are to hear His guidance and learn of His nature. We are promised that all of our needs shall be met if we will only ask the Father in the name of Jesus.

"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John 14: 13-15)

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

3. Fellowship with like believers daily.

Ask the Lord to show you the people you are to pray and fellowship with. He does not want you to be alone in your Christian walk. We need one another's prayers, encouragement, and love to grow in God.

"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

4. Keep your heart pure before the Lord daily.

Ask God to cleanse you of all sin and impure thoughts and motives. Satan, our enemy, will try to break our fellowship with God by getting us back into sin or trying to get us angry at God. Guard against this by resisting the devil daily.

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

"Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
 
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The short version is:

The only reason, real reason why its evil in this world is because of adam and eve and satan. That really is the bible line, even tho alot of people fail to understand this.

I aint shocked about nothing i hear or see in this world, and once someone gets a better understanding of this, nothing shouldnt really bother them anymore.

Just like when 9/11 happen, i cried for a few secs after seening it on tv, it got to me for a week, but i got over it in a few hours, meaning i was like ok, "Everything is man's fault, 9/11 is man's fault"

I just sit back laughing into tears, everytime i hear something bad that happens in this world i just laugh. I think everything is funny, but not in a funny type of way.
 
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I don't not think it is funny or can a disaster cause me to start laughing. The towers coming down left me in shock, the pain was astronomical for the people who lost lives. The pain of seeing the tsunami did not cause me to laugh, the devistation was unbelieveable.
I feel pain when people are hurt or dying not laughter. I am sure my Father in heaven grieves too, I do not see Him laughing as His created being die.
 
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I just sit back laughing into tears, everytime i hear something bad that happens in this world i just laugh. I think everything is funny, but not in a funny type of way.
I don't find your views funny but sad. Perhaps you wouldn't mind someone sitting back and laughing into tears if you were crushed under stones in masses? You have serious issues in your heart that I do not know how to laugh at.

Regarding the the world being evil, every one has freedom to choose right or wrong. That's the short version that some people fail to understand.
 
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Quote LU2K:

" I just sit back Laughing into tears "

" I think everything is funny, but not in a funny type of way "

Try understanding that first ok, then understand this:

Quote U2K from another board:

" How hard is it, for man to learn peace "

" Everything is man's Fault "

Get back to me, when you understand what i'm saying.
 
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I agree strypes. Why laugh if its not funny?

I think everything is funny, but not in a funny type of way
That's something a teenager would say
 
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Legendary ... You seem to think you have the upper hand on everything posted . The more I read you're post , the more I doubt you're mental stability . I am not saying this in a bad way as you would say . My own mother suffered from mental illness , and she also talked about God the way you do . I am concerned for you ! I will pray for you . Brother
 
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Isaiah 45:5-10 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)


5 I am the LORD , and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.

I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me,

6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting

men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD , and there is no other.

7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD , do all these things.

8 "You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD , have created it.

9 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?

10 Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?'

or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'



Matthew Henry Classic Commentary:

There is no God beside Jehovah. There is nothing done without him. He makes peace, put here for all good; and creates evil, not the evil of sin, but the evil of punishment. He is the Author of all that is true, holy, good, or happy; and evil, error, and misery, came into the world by his permission, through the wilful apostacy of his creatures, but are restrained and overruled to his righteous purpose. This doctrine is applied, for the comfort of those that earnestly longed, yet quietly waited, for the redemption of Israel.

The redemption of sinners by the Son of God, and the pouring out the Spirit, to give success to the gospel, are chiefly here intended. We must not expect salvation without righteousness; together the Lord hath created them. Let not oppressors oppose God's designs for his people. Let not the poor oppressed murmur, as if God dealt unkindly with them. Men are but earthen pots; they are broken potsherds, and are very much made so by mutual contentions. To contend with Him is as senseless as for clay to find fault with the potter. Let us turn God's promises into prayers, beseeching him that salvation may abound among us, and let us rest assured that the Judge of all the earth will do right.
 
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whoooooa hold up, i aint laughing at nobody. When i say laughing into tears, i am talking about:

Laughing at the wicked and crying for the those who suffer by the hands of satan. So when 9/11 happen or when i hear of things like how hilter murder millions of jews, i start to laugh at the wicked and those who commit murder and do wickedness, and then i laugh into tears for those who have died since the beginning of time and so on.

Thats my way of seening this world, i am laughing at all those who commit wickedness and cry for those who have died. Laughing into tears

Nobody shouldnt be shocked at what you see in this world, better days are coming, just gonna hold your faith and be patient for The New Heaven and The New Earth = 2 Peter Chapter 3 Verse 13, The home of the righteousness, everlasting life in the Holy City.:thumbs_up
 
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Legendary ... has openly stated that he ,she , or whatever it is , is not a christian , misinterperates the scriptures , and wants to serve god by itself ! Why are you even comming to this site ? Legendary did not answer my questions because they do not have a clue about walking with the Lord , fellowshiping with the body , and learning not even one thing from anyone on talkjesus ! Legendary ... you are only 23 years old , not a christian , unteachable about everything , and have no interest , or respect for anyone here . My patience has run out because you prove yourself to be a fool ! No doubt , God loves you , but you fail to love him ! You laugh at the horrors in the world ! So does satan ! You are not of God , and you prove it more with each response ! You have no respect for authority here , or anywhere else by you're own words ! You openly disrespect Chad , and all the leaders at this site . You mock God and make a fool of yourself every time you write something . Take this rebuke , and try to learn from it !
 
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Legendary, Jesus told us to pray for our enemeies, not laugh at them. Remember to humble yourself and remember that YOU too were were/are wicked and were an enemy of GOD before you gave your life to Christ (if you did)
 
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Ok strypes ... He's all yours . Thanks for you're rebuke ! I'll take and learn to be more nice to the devil !
 
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Oh My how sad it is to see what is happening here. Laughing at peoples pain is not good but I don't think that was what Legendary meant to say. While I don't think laughing at any evil is good or healthy. I do understand what legandary is saying and please if I misunderstood Legandary let me know.

He is saying that we should not be surprised by the evils of the world for we are told what is to come.

And I got some news for you guys if you think what you see now is bad hold onto your seats because from what I understand it will get worse.

I have said this before and I will say it again. " Don't let a distraction distract you."

God Bless and I love you all!
 
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Jesuslovesu said:
He is saying that we should not be surprised by the evils of the world for we are told what is to come.

And I got some news for you guys if you think what you see now is bad hold onto your seats because from what I understand it will get worse.
Yup, thats what i was saying all along, i just added the laughing part , because i sit back when alone in my house and laugh at the world because of all the foolishness that i see and then a few mins later, i would laugh into tears and cry like a little baby. I aint surprised about nothing that i see or hear about, and you are right Jesuslovesu, things will get worse before the end of this world. But i aint worry and neither should the rest of the world be worry.
 
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Maybe what you should laugh at is how you dress you're animals up in clothes , and how stupid that probably looks ! Don't appoligize for me strypes ! I know what I am doing .
 
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strypes said:
I do have a favor to ask of you Legendary. Will you please post the references to the scriptures you quote? That way we can review and study and learn and grow sharper in the Word!
What scripture? You talking about when i said,

" By The Glory and authority of GOD The Father, all power is given to The Son of Man"

You talking about that? If so, i didnt quote that from the bible. I just thought of it when the question was rise. And believe it or not, its true. All Power was given to Jesus from GOD. Again we all have different views on things, but i dont see how Jesus christ is GOD, when the scriptures says clearly that God has given Jesus Christ Power

If LegendaryU2K had the power to build a new earth right, and i had a son right, and if i would give him the power to create a new earth, this would show that Legendaryu2k and my son are not the same.

Its really the same thing when GOD and Jesus Christ. Some believe that Jesus is GOD and some dont, aint really no big deal, just a difference of one's opinion.
 
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Legendary,

Though I do not totally agree with your views of the world, you do have the right to your opinions. All that I ask is that you express your opinions openly and be open to constructive criticisim. I ask others not to cast a stone at your brother. How can you remove a speck from you brothers eye when you have a plank in your own eye. Please be considerate of others. I know that you are going to hardcore bible thump anyone who does not see the way the Bible sees. Please brothers and sisters do not do this. Show God's love through compassion and not ridicule but pray for your brother. I know that you all want to take a person and shake him into reality, I know I do, but all that does is push someone away and harden thier hearts. Many Christians are guilty of this, I know from time to time that I am guilty of this also, but it is not the right way. Be a lampost of hope not a burning fire of biblical rage. Let God do the judging, let us be the deciples.

Thank you and God bless,
JMDuncan
 
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I'm Glad JESUS came to save us and I'm Glad the Father sent him to do just that but as we share in his life we should also share in his life's work. It is written that we share in his death.

In :love: of JESUS the Christ, Our LORD.
:love: Yeshua
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Quote LU2K:

" I just sit back Laughing into tears "

" I think everything is funny, but not in a funny type of way "

Try understanding that first ok, then understand this:

Quote U2K from another board:

" How hard is it, for man to learn peace "

" Everything is man's Fault "

Get back to me, when you understand what i'm saying.
Are you hysterical? Yes man has certainly messed up and many things are caused by the evil in his heart. However, human beings need prayer, not laughter. Man will never learn peace until he meets the Prince of Peace. God has done all he can for man - Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind. Please pray for more compassion for a lost and fallen world.
 

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