Title: WHY DOES GOD PERMIT WICKEDNESS & SUFFERING ? (Part 2)
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WHY DOES GOD PERMIT WICKEDNESS & SUFFERING ? (Part 2)
By Arthur Zulu
Wickedness has a long history. As old as history of man on this planet -- 6,000 years.
So, in a sense there is nothing happening now that has not happened before. Long before Twin Towers collapsed, long before war on terrorists, and long before Israelis and Palestinians began to send each other to untimely graves, history of man right from Bible times has been a tale of misery and woes.
Consider our first parents, Adam and Eve. Their suffering knew no bounds. Adam was to till and plough ground before he could eat. (0nly God knows how he made his farm implements). And Eve was to suffer terrible pains during child birth. That was not enough. They would have to die!
Murder also was present in beginning. Cain killed his brother Abel. His offence? God accepted his sacrifice. David, King murdered Uriah and took his only beautiful wife, Bathsheba. And this, despite all many wives of David! Add to this killing of Christian martyrs like Stephen, and Godís prophets to make homicide scenes complete.
Also violence is not new. Nimrod great hunter was a violent man who opposed God. He even initiated construction of a mighty tower in Babel. And then came Nephilims. These were violent giant offsprings resulting from marriage between angels from heaven and beautiful women on earth. In fact wickedness was so rife in those days that God regretted making man in first place.
What of rape? When you hear about a serial rapist, that one may be borrowing a leaf from Lotís daughters. These beautiful girls had their father, Lot, drunk with wine, raped him and had children for him (what a shame!) And beautiful easy-going Dinah, too, was raped by Schechem. And her brothers went on a killing spree!
Even oppression and injustice are not new. The Egyptians made Israelites slaves in land of Egypt. They were makers of bricks and builders of cities. And in order to suppress Israeli population, their male children were killed at child birth! Naboth, a property owner in Israel also experienced oppression and injustice when King Ahab and his wicked wife, Jezebel had him killed, and seized his vineyard.