Scoffers today seem to delight in asking hard questions of Bible believers. If God is Almighty, why does He not exercise His power to stop evil, pain, and suffering? If God knows the end from the beginning, why does He allow all of this evil and suffering to take place? If we are predestined to be a vessel of honor and eternal glory, OR a vessel of dishonor and destruction, then who can resist God, and why be concerned about it? How do we as Christians deal with the question of Predestination and the problem of evil and human suffering?
Those are good tough questions, for which the child of God may find answers in the KJV Holy Bible which contains ALL things that pertain to life and godliness.
First, we do know that there are over 2000 PROPHECIES in the Holy Bible that have already been perfectly and exactly fulfilled. Those fulfilled prophecies have historical and archaeological verification. We can see by fulfilled prophecy, that God does know, and has told us, the end from the beginning. We also do know that God will bring about PERFECT Judgment and an end to evil and suffering, to His called, who WILL CHOOSE TO MAKE THEIR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. The sad truth is that many are called. Few are chosen.
So let us try to deal with this issue of predestination, for that is an issue which will greatly effect everyone. A wrong answer on that one, and a wrong understanding on that one, is something for which EVERYONE could pay eternal consequences, or find eternal reward.
Here is the answer regarding the issue of Predestination. Indeed God does know, and has to know, and has been proven to know, by those 2000 fulfilled Bible prophecies – God does KNOW from all eternity what will happen. God IS God.
THE FACT THAT GOD KNOWS SOMETHING WILL TAKE PLACE DOES NOT MEAN OR INDICATE THAT GOD MADE IT TAKE PLACE.
God created Lucifer, who became Satan the devil. Lucifer was created as a perfect angel. God gave Lucifer a free will. A free will is necessary in order to make choices, otherwise what you have, is a robot.
Here is the simple answer to the predestination question. 1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
The only way you can love is by FREE WILL. God knew when He created Lucifer and all of the other angels, that one third of them would one day exercise their free will AGAINST Him, and rebel. God is able to look BEYOND that to the hosts of angels, and men, who would really love Him. They would love Him because He first loved them. Alleluia. God is love, and that is the genuine biblical answer to the predestination question.
God could look beyond all of the evil and endure with infinite long-suffering and forbearance. God looked forward BEYOND putting an end to evil, to the union of the spotless pure Church as the object of His love. He was able to have the infinite forbearance and long-suffering required to endure all which free will would produce. He could look BEYOND regarding sin, evil, corruption, and suffering, to that end where there would be a group of men and angels who would love Him and have fellowship with Him for all eternity.
It was the worshipping angels under Lucifer who rebelled. The purpose for which God created man, in His own image, was to restore true worship. God created man to restore that true worship to His Kingdom, and restore the vacancy created in His perfect Kingdom, when Lucifer led the worshipping angels in rebellion.
He gave men and angels the power to choose, freedom to will. God limits Himself in respect of man’s freedom of will. That is why salvation is for “Whosoever WILL.” Whosoever will freely and willingly choose to do the will of God, in response to the love of God dawning upon them. God certainly does know who will choose to be saved by responding with the right act of their will, making the right choices, in response to His love – BUT WE DO NOT KNOW.
That is why we preach the gospel to every creature. It is our duty to preach the gospel to every creature, as if everyone to whom we preach, could be saved. We do this even though we do know that FEW will be saved. That is our simple duty, to our Great King Yeshua, Jesus. Jesus Christ died for SINNERS. Alleluia Yeshua.
Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. Know the Lord, Cleave to the Lord, Obey the Lord. Love the Lord, Cleave to the Lord, Obey the Lord. To know Him is to love Him, for truly – God is LOVE. We who do KNOW Yeshua, do know, that God is love. He is just, righteous, merciful, and perfect in all of His judgments. We can and should know that He will soon bring and end to Lucifer, the evil angels, and all who deny Him. All who REFUSE to make the RIGHT CHOICE, and exercise their free will, in the right response to His great love in Christ Jesus, deserve nothing less than hell. God is Love. We do rejoice evermore, even in tribulation and suffering, KNOWING – God IS God. Alleluia Yeshua.
1 Cor 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.“