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What about hatred? Is it a new phenomenon? No. Two fleshly brothers, Esau and Jacob hated each other to death. And do you know origin of hatred? Jacob buying Esau’s first born birthright with a pot of porridge. Ridiculous? Maybe.
Further down in this list, Joseph’s brothers hated him, sold him into slavery, and was taken to Egypt because of jealousy. King Saul hated David to death because he got more praises for war victories. And Haman plotted extermination of Jewish race in Persia during reign of Ahaseurus. Why? Because Mordecai, Jew refused to bow down to him.
Even war as one historian said, has been “a constant in history” . God himself destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha. The Israelites fought many wars against inhabitants of Canaan and occupied their lands under God’s direction. Even God allowed nation of Israel to be later destroyed by Babylon, and Babylon itself was later destroyed by Persians. Again, when church Holy Fathers abuse children, newsmen go to town. But do you know that sons of high priest Eli -- Holpni and Phinehas, who also were officiating priests, were having sexual intercourse with women right before temple? The Israeli men abused, maltreated and divorced their wives on flimsy excuses in Bible times. Even some burnt their children in sacrifice to idols, while others killed and ate theirs!
What is more? Of course list is endless: Delilah betrayed Samson, her husband to Philistines; Achan stole dedicated spoils of war in Jericho; sons of Korah rebelled against leadership of Moses; Gibeonites tricked Israelites, and Ananias thief and Peter Apostle, lied.
Now God has permitted and is still allowing these bad things to happen in our time. Why does he permit it? But before we answer that question, let us first find out if God exists. (To be continued)
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