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November, 2000

Neosho, MO

"One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. " Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:39-43). 

I really thought I had covered all my bases in the three previous journals, but another e-mail letter from the reader in Canada whom I mentioned in "God's Glory Road," made it clear that there's one part left to discuss. In his contemplations of free will, he was pondering the age old question of, "If God is in charge, then why do bad things happen to good people?" Here's a portion of his letter to us:  

"Hi, Jan,

"Of course you may quote whatever I have written you. I'm glad you are writing another journal and I look forward to reading it. {The one he refers to here is "God's Glory Road." See End Note "A"}. 

"I was planning on writing later today and telling you exactly that. I don't have quite enough information to make a determination on free will. I heard a Jew on Sunday on a Radio show. He is a highly respected scholar and writer, and he has written some things about free will. He said all that has been written about the holocaust and where was God when it happened, was nonsense, as far as he was concerned. Of course he lost most of his family in the holocaust, so it's personal with him.  

"I don't know if we have free will or if everything has been preordained since the beginning. You and John (Ed. Note: John Gavazzoni), make a powerful argument for the latter. One of my questions is, why do so many bad things happen to good people?

"I must admit, I am strongly leaning towards your viewpoint, but my entire life I have interfaced with people who thought just the opposite. I do need a little more data, and I'm sure you will provide it in the journal.

Happy Thanksgiving. You really do need a break.

Ray" (Not his real name). End Quote.

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My answer to him, which is the basis for my thoughts today is this: "Ray, Thanks for permission to use your e-mail, which I trust extends to this last one as well? Again, it is not my intention ever to amend your theology or change your mind, because that's not my job. It's the Holy Spirit's job. I only share what I do in order, as the Apostle Peter says, to give a reason for the hope that is in me (I Pet. 3:15). Regarding the holocaust, I didn't "go there" in this new journal, "God's Glory Road," because it would have made it way too long. I figure I'm pushing the envelope as it is by writing these 12 page journals. Most people can't hang in there that long, but then I suppose I don't write for "most people" anyway. After reading your e-mail last night, I did feel a stirring about a 4th writing on this subject of the sovereignty of God regarding your question of why do bad things happen to good people.

Coincidentally (?) we saw "60 Minutes II," recently, in which they had found a treasure trove of counterfeit British Pound Notes that Hitler had created to fund his war efforts and undermine Great Britain's economy. When Berlin was about to fall, he had taken boxes loaded with this "funny money" to a 250 foot deep lake high in the Alps and plunged them to the bottom. After 55 years or so, someone who knew about it, organized an expedition, funded by a Jewish group, to locate the treasure and recover it. There was a man on the show, who had survived 5 death camps because he was a printer by trade, and the Nazis had schlepped him from camp to camp with an elite group of other prisoners, tradesmen who had made the plates and printed the money. They had him there to identify the booty when they finally recovered it from the depths of the lake. They showed pictures of his skeletal body when he was in the camps, and as usual, that always gets to me big time. Holocaust survivors put a human face on the horror. When we were in Israel last March, our Israeli guide took us to the Holocaust museum and more or less compelled us to go through it, which I resented, actually. I know it happened, but I don't want to look at it too closely because a) I had nothing to do with it, and b) there's nothing I can do about it now, and c) I'm affected terribly by man's inhumanity to man. My niece was in tears, because like me, she's very sensitive. I said, "They can make us walk through, but they can't make us look. We'll just walk through quickly and get out again." So, that's what we did. 

God is in charge of everything. A great many Jews in Israel do NOT believe in God because they cannot understand why He allowed 6,000,000 Jews to be exterminated. I sat next to a very nice Jewish man on the plane coming back from Israel, who does not believe in God. He gave the holocaust as the reason why he and countless Israelis are not believers. Yet, you only have to read the Bible to find out that the Jews, often in rebellion to God, experienced His severe judgments. A few examples are the 400 years of slavery in Egypt, the wilderness wanderings, in which "The LORD's anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone" (Num. 32:13). Later, the Northern Kingdom was hauled off by the Assyrians (II Kings 18:10-11), never to be seen or heard of again, and shortly after that, those in Judah were hauled off to Babylon for 70 years after Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the temple and burned Jerusalem (II Kings 24:10-16; 25:8-11). The record states, "It was because of the LORD's anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence" (II Kings 24:20). Jeremiah is very clear that Nebuchadnezzar was acting as a servant of God in this undertaking. Listen to the language in this passage: "I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin" (Jer. 25:9). That's harsh! Then, during the holocaust of AD 70, it is estimated that the Roman General Titus killed 1,100,000 Jews in and around Jerusalem. More about that later. 

My conviction of the sovereignty of God is not affected at all by the holocaust, or any other terrible event that has happened to the children of men, from the flood until modern times. There have always been famines, earthquakes, plagues, wars and rumors of wars. I've been reading the Old Testament my whole life. God is tough, and those who choose to live by law will die by law. Yet, I really do hate to "go there," (holocaust) because of all the intense pain that so many experienced who are still alive today. I have a friend whose dad's entire family was wiped out in one of the death camps. That affected his every waking moment, and hers as well. It sort of got into the psychic DNA, if you will, and I feel hesitant to poke around in the scar tissue. However, I did feel a strong stirring when I read your e-mail, so whatever the Father's will is on it, is what I will do.  

Lenny pointed out one thing when I read "God's Glory Road," to him. When you live by law, then you exercise your supposed free will, for good or evil. The law was set up to give man exactly "tit for tat," an eye for an eye, a good reward for a good deed, and a curse for a bad one. Here was the two party, bilateral agreement God made with them, through Moses: "If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God" (Deut. 28:1-2). For as glorious as the blessings were, the curses were hideous. I would encourage you to read the entire chapter of Deut. 28, but in case you don't, here are a few of the consequences of not keeping the law:

"If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name, the LORD your God, the LORD will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. He will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The LORD will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the LORD your God. Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess. Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life" (Deut. 28:58-66). That really sounds like a description of holocaust conditions, but it actually describes several events in their long history with Yahweh.

Let me remind us all that God offered to make Israel, His covenant people. "Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites" (Ex. 19: 3-6). The setting for this statement was the desert of Sinai, where the host of Israel was camped beneath the mountain by the same name. When Moses came to them, they gave this brave answer to God's offer of a bilateral agreement: "The people all responded together, 'We will do everything the LORD has said."' So Moses brought their answer back to the LORD" (Ex. 19:8). Moses went up into the mountain where God gave him the commandments and the instructions for building the tabernacle. He was gone a long time. "When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him" (Ex. 32:1). So much for man's good intentions in exercising his free will. 

Since, no one could keep the law, I believe it is an inescapable conclusion that free will is a failed experiment. I say it that way because man needed to see that for himself. He needed to try and fail, try and fail and suffer the consequences thereof. God already knew it, of course, and the law was the perfect platform from which to launch grace, which is a result of His unilateral promise to Abraham. Did you ever read, "Letter to a Mormon Friend?" (End Note "B"). If you haven't, I encourage you to read it, because Harry is a master at explaining the two-party covenant (law) versus the unilateral or one-party agreement (grace) God made with Abraham. When you look at it that way, there can be no free will involved at all, because if righteousness could have come by the law (two party agreement involving man's free will) Paul concluded, "Christ died for nothing!" (Gal. 2:21). Paul asserts in Rom. 4:13, "It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith." But even though Moses had said, "And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness" (Deut. 6:25), it never worked, not ever. No single human being ever kept the law, except Jesus (Matt. 5:17), and this, by the way, is why God did not allow Moses to enter the promised land. He was the "horrible example" of someone who exercised his "free will" when he struck the rock after he had been instructed to speak to it. For that, God did not allow him to enter Canaan. That's pretty graphic to me, at least.

No question about it, Ray. You spark me to think, to ask God, and to write, write, write. Love and hugs, Jan and Lenny." End of my letter to Ray.

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In terms the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people," there's one more observation I would make here, and it is that other than Jesus, there are no "good people." Remember the young man who called Him "good teacher?" To him, Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. 'No one is good, except God alone'" (Mark 10:18). I fully understand the intent of the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people." The holocaust was a horrific event that goes beyond almost anything that we can actually understand. It turns my mind to mush just reading or hearing about it, which I try hard not to do. I began reading the book, "Exodus" when it was first published, but put it down when I got to the "scientific experiments" the Nazis were doing on the Jews and others. I can't even read the notes in my study bible that explain about the crucifixion and how it was done. I'm squeamish and very sensitive. I will not watch any program on TV or read any book about child abuse, or any other kind of human abuse. Perhaps that makes me a weak person, but I've noticed that many who dwell on these painful subjects do lose their sense of the glory of the Father God in our lives. I never want to lose hold on His sovereignty and His mercy and His love toward all His creation.

If death were the end of the story, then it would be a different thing, but death is not the final destination of God's Glory Road for anyone. Rather it is the beginning. One of our friends refers to death as "graduation." We graduate or move from one realm of being to a higher one. In spite of their disobedience and rejection of Christ, and no matter what may have happened to them in the flesh, Paul affirmed by the Spirit, "All Israel will be saved." (Rom. 11:26). It's there in black and white, folks, so don't fuss at me about it. There were some extremely wicked Jews whose lives are portrayed in the Bible, including Judas, who sold out the son of Glory to evil men who tortured and killed him. Judas did this with the complicity of the priests and scribes who hated Jesus (Jn. 15:25) for His message of love and forgiveness, and who hounded Him to a heinous death on a Roman cross that He most certainly had done nothing to deserve. When Pilate was squirming inside at the thought of crucifying an innocent man, he turned to the howling mob and literally washing his hands in front of them, said, "'I am innocent of this man's blood,' he said. 'It is your responsibility! 'All the people answered, 'Let his blood be on us and on our children!'" (Matt. 27:24-25). There are those who persecute Jews who use this verse as vindication. There are others who say that the Jews deserved to be murdered by Hitler for this reason. That's a horrible travesty of the truth, based on Jesus' prophecy about a great tribulation. What Jesus said about it was, "If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened" (Matt. 24:22). He also said, "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (Matt. 24:34). The question is, when was this prophecy fulfilled? Read on.

Jesus often spoke in parables, and in Luke 20: 9-16, he told the story about a man who planted a vineyard, which he then leased out to wicked men. These thugs beat his servants and killed his son, thinking they would steal his inheritance. Jesus asked, "'What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?' He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When the people heard this, they said, "May this never be!" (Vss. 15-16). There is compelling evidence that this prophecy and the ones in Matthew 24, were fulfilled in AD 70. At that time, the wrath of God was poured out on the men who with "evil hands" had crucified the son of Glory, but that's not the end of the story for them either. Remember that Jesus forgave the very ones nailing his hands and feet to the cross, because He said they didn't know what they were doing (Lk. 23:34). He forgave them on the spot, so to me, the point of the "Great and Terrible Day of the Lord" that happened when Titus sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and killed 1,100,000 Jews was to fulfill the promises of the law and the prophets. Remember the verse we looked at in Deut. 28:63, "Just as it pleased the LORD to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you."  

I was unaware of the horrors that happened in AD 70, as I suspect many of my readers are, but for that reason, I will quote from a very enlightening book that Gary Jessup sent us last year, entitled: LAST DAYS MADNESS, Obsession of the Modern Church, by Gary DeMar. (End Note "C"). The author quotes extensively from Josephus,' "The Wars of the Jews." Josephus was not a follower of Jesus, but a Jewish scholar whom the Roman General Titus employed to write down the events during the siege and his triumphal overthrow of Jerusalem. His multi volume works provide us an eye witness account of all that transpired during that significant time. At God's direction, Titus brought about the end of the Jewish age, which gave the infant Christian church the chance to flourish and not become just another splinter group of Judaism. DeMar includes the following paragraph about the horrors in AD 70:

"'The savagery, slaughter, disease, and famine (mothers eating their own children) were monstrous (cf. Jos. Wars V, 424-38), unequaled from the beginning of the world until now,' and according to Jesus, 'never to be equaled again.' There have been greater numbers of deaths, six million in the Nazi death camps, mostly Jews, and an estimated twenty million under Stalin, but never so high a percentage of a great city's population so thoroughly and painfully exterminated and enslaved as during the fall of Jerusalem." End Quote 

I include this to show that the holocaust is one event in the lives of the children of Israel, but not the only catastrophic judgment they experienced. They entered a covenant relationship with Yahweh on the plains beneath Sinai, summarily broke it, and remained in rebellion for most of their history with Him. Paul says this was necessary so that God's ultimate promise would be fulfilled, to bring the Gentiles into the kingdom, which was done by grace, not be obedience to law. The gospel came to us as the fulfillment of God's unconditional promise to Abraham, that in him, all nations of the earth would be blessed (Gen. 18:18: 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Ps. 72:17; Acts 3:25; Gal. 3:8). It was a unilateral (one party) agreement, not having anything to do with Abraham, which is why the gospel of Christ, Paul declares, "..is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile" (Rom. 1:16). Even though the Jews as the natural olive branch, were cut off, nevertheless, it was to be for a time only. He says of the Jews, "Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen" (Rom. 9:4-5). Paul makes it plain, that "God gave them (the Jews) a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day." (Rom. 11:8). He goes on to explain why God did this: "Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!" (11:11-12). He continues the thought with his glorious conclusion that "all Israel will be saved, as it is written: 'The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob'" (Rom. 11:26). So no matter how hard things get, or how bleak they look, dear ones, God has always had a plan.

Jesus often spoke in parables, and as often as not, they were thinly disguised rebukes against the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day. We already mentioned the parable of the Vineyard owner who leased out the vineyard to ungrateful and wicked men. Another of these stories with many levels of meaning is the parable of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke 10:30-37. Probably everyone over 10 years old knows this story well, so I won't repeat it here, but I want to share a lesson that Harry Fox teaches so well using this parable. (End Note "D"). He points out that most people read the story and come away thinking that Jesus was telling us to help those in need. And while, that can be one meaning, to me, it's not the most important point. Harry showed me some 25 years ago now that until we realize that we are the one in the ditch, and that God will send us whomever He will to help us, as often as not someone from whom we do not want to accept help, we often go without the help we so desperately need. As you recall, the man going down from Jerusalem to Jericho was attacked by robbers, wounded, and thrown into the ditch. Two of the "beautiful people" of that day (religious leaders), a priest and a Levite, passed by sometime later, and though they saw the wretched man in the ditch, they walked on the other side of the road. You know, it's kind of like how you drive down the road and see some one with a flat tire and keep on driving? The person who turned out to be the good neighbor was a despised Samaritan. Jews hated them, looked down their noses at them, and would rather do without than ask for help from one of them. You can probably substitute the word, Palestinian, in there and get the same idea about how they felt about these folks, whom they considered an inferior race of people, far from the covenant of Yahweh, and on and on. 

Yet, imagine the surprise of the man in the ditch when it was this inferior specimen, this slimy Samaritan who stopped, dressed his wounds with Iodine and Neosporin, (oil and wine), helped him up and onto his donkey, and took him to a Motel 6 (roadside inn), where he gave the Innkeeper $50 (two silver coins) and asked him to look after the wounded man. He said, "when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have" (Lk. 10:35). Jesus asked, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" (Vs. 36). The people listening to the story gave the right answer, but the point remains that until we realize that we are the one in the ditch, it matters not who the neighbor is. We'd all rather BE the good neighbor than need one, but God frequently arranges "ditches" along our journey in which we find ourselves from time to time. We would all rather a "beautiful person," or a well known person, or a person we crave attention from be the one who rescues us, but often, God sends along a low-life Samaritan, someone we'd almost rather die than accept help from. If we refuse to accept it, we're like the guy who went up on his roof to escape the raging flood waters. He prayed that God would arrange a miracle to save him, and he turned down all offers of help that didn't seem miraculous enough for him. Finally, he drowned. When he got to heaven, he reproached God about why He didn't send a miracle to save him. God said, "What do you want already? I sent a man in a rowboat, and a helicopter, but you refused them all." 

It seems to me that modern day Israel asked God for a miracle to save them from the holocaust, and when it didn't come, many of them concluded that there is no God. Yet, in 1948, the state of Israel was formed, helped along by a whole lot of inferior and despised Samaritans, or Gentiles, i.e. Great Britain and the United States and others. This perhaps did not look like a miracle to them, but it was a miracle, big time, for Israel was never an independent state from the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC until 1948. They have been war torn, decimated by other governments, kings and empires, one ruling dynasty after another taking their toll on that beautiful land. Jerusalem is being rebuilt, but you can still see the incredible damage caused by one warlord after another, and as the violence heats up over there again, the damage to souls and biblical sites continues. Yet, God brought good out of the chaos and the horror, as He always has and always will until the time for the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21).  

Jesus never promised us a rose garden. He said, "Take up your cross and follow me" (Matt. 10:38; 16:24; Mk. 8:34; Lk. 9:23; 14:27). Nor did He say that if we were "good" then only good things would come our way. In fact, we are told, "If we suffer, we will also reign with him" (II. Tim. 2:12). We don't live under law with its "tit for tat" and "an eye for an eye" kind of system. We live under grace, which means that God is in charge of all things, and when bad things come to us, He holds our hand as we walk through it. We are promised that "neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:38-39). And as Jesus pointed out to the man who asked Him how to obtain eternal life, "there is no one good, no not one, except God." In contemplating this journal, I considered the title, "When bad things happen to good people," which is the title of a book written about 30 years ago now, by a Jewish Rabbi whose name escapes me, but I didn't want to be guilty of plagiarism. As I was pondering it, the Lord tapped me on the shoulder and the title of this journal popped out: "When good things happen to bad people." The thief on the cross, a bad person, went to Paradise the day Jesus died. I believe the other one did as well. When you consider the fact that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God," (Rom. 3:23) we're all "bad people," theologically speaking, every one of us. Because of the indwelling Christ, good happens to us "bad people" every second of our lives, which not one of us deserves. I was talking to my cousin about this journal earlier and she said something about someone being good, then said, "Well, I guess no one is, but what we mean by that is someone who doesn't lie or steal, or murder," and I added, "someone who goes to church." The religious Jews in Jesus day considered themselves good, and righteous.

Here's another story He told to poke holes in their theories of righteousness: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, robbers, evildoers, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:10-14).

Jesus was VERY hard on the "religious right" of His day, rebuking them often for their hypocrisy. He was tender and merciful to the sinners, however, loving them into the kingdom. He understood full well God's plan of salvation by grace, rather than keeping the law. He understood that all mankind is in the ditch. That salvation should come as a result of a man being crucified on a Roman cross was heretical, offensive, and revolting to the righteous Jews. Jewish law decreed that "anyone who is hung on a tree is under God's curse" (Deut. 21:33). Paul explains that "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." (Gal. 3:13). For all of us in the ditch, and we all are, were saved by a man who used the curse of the law to deliver us all from its curse. He took us out of the ditch, bandaged our wounds, and caught us up to the throne of God where we will be transformed into the image of Christ. There can be no peace in the land of Israel until the Jews understand that they are in the ditch, and they will stay there until they accept the only One who can be to them, the "Good Samaritan," i.e., the Son of the Most High. Many in Israel today are still looking for the Messiah to come and there are a good many beliefs and theories about how this will happen. When we were there, Lenny asked our Israeli guide what he expected from the Messiah's appearing, and how they would recognize him. He said, "Well, who knows, maybe it will be Christ." We found that encouraging. But remember the good news: "All Israel will be saved." It will happen. How do I know? Because it is not based on anything man may do, but on what God promised Abraham, which is fulfilled in Christ, who was the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:16), in whom all nations will be blessed. That is my confession of faith, my hope that all mankind will be saved. What God will do for them, He has done for us all.

I will close with a comment from our dear friend Ray in Canada, which sums up the matter of free will in a way that I cannot improve on. He wrote, "Not having free will does not mean we are puppets, but it does mean that it is impossible for anyone to "go to hell," for the price for everyone's redemption has already been paid. So simple, so eloquent, and so sensible. But oh, how rare is this belief. But I have a feeling that as the twenty-first century unfolds, this belief will become the standard for those who believe. Many people who do not believe in anything, do so because they sense the falsity of current Church Doctrines. The churches teach free will because it is a road to power and authority. Because with free will, if you do not follow exactly the tenets of your birth Doctrine, you will be punished forever. What an awesome amount of power that gives Religious leaders. Educated folks disbelieve in a God who would horribly punish most of His creation forever, because they forgot to slavishly obey some man made law. That's free will? The concept of free will is a trap, designed to strip one of their money and their time and their personal creativity, and to give power to those who do not deserve it, who have never earned it." End Quote.

With Ray, we praise God that good things do happen to bad people, and for Paul's marvelous assurance that it was God who, "has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen." (Rom. 11:32-33,36). So let it be written, so let it be done in our lives. To read the earlier journals on this subject, see link's below. Jan Antonsson 

Jan and Lenny Antonsson

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"Growing Pains,

"The Trash Heap of all Human Fears"

End Note "A": "God's Glory Road"

End Note "B": "Letter to a Mormon Friend," by Harry Fox

End Note "C": LAST DAYS MADNESS, Obsession of the Modern Church, by Gary DeMar, Published by American Vision, Inc., 2512 Cobb Pkwy, Smyrna, Georgia.

End Note "D": "The Good Samaritan, or Who is my Neighbor?" by Harry Fox

The Purpose of Evil by AP Adams

The Glory Road

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