Satan is the ruler of this world. A world ruled by someone evil is full of suffering. The god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the. Satan is the ruler of this world. A world ruled by someone evil is full of suffering. The god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through. – 2Corinthians 4:4
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, they challenged his sovereignty, that is, his right to rule. Jehovah could have destroyed them and started over with another couple, but that would not have settled the issue of whose rulership is right and best for people. Granted time to develop their societies according to their own ideas, humans would demonstrate beyond any doubt whether rulership independent from God could ever be successful. What do thousands of years of human history tell us? For all those centuries, people have tried many kinds of social, economic, political, and religious systems. However, wickedness and suffering have continued. In fact, wicked men have advanced from bad to worse, especially in our time. в2 Timothy 3:13.
God will soon intervene in human affairs. The Scriptures tell us: In the days of those kings [human rulerships now existing] the God of heaven will set up a kingdom [in heaven] that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people [never again will humans rule the earth]. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms [present rulerships], and it itself will stand to times indefinite. вDaniel 2:44. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. – Revelation 21:4 The answer Christians have been given is in the Bible and it basically boils down to God s enormous patience and perseverance with us, along with His. The answer Christians have been given is in the Bible and it basically boils down to God s enormous patience and perseverance with us, along with His totally different perspective of time. We only live for 60 or 70 years, on average, and we all want to see justice done while we live. It breaks our hearts to see evil, war, poverty, suffering and death going on all around us.
But God tells us that death and suffering are due to our sin – our rebellion against God and trying to do things our way and not His way. That accounts for a huge deal of what s wrong in our world. Yet God could step in and crush all evil, all sin and all injustice – in an instant. Why doesn t He? Because nobody would be left alive! We ALL sin and are unjust and unfair, selfish and greedy! None of us deserves to stay alive, given God s perfect standards and laws! We like to think, however, that those who are upset at evil would not be cut down by God because we are less evil than others. From God s point of view, that isn t the case. We are all part of the problem of evil and suffering! What God HAS done is to deal with evil in such a way that nobody will be able to condemn God when He finally acts to destroy evil. He has told us His plan, and history shows us how it is steadily being worked out, till it will reach its culmination in the return of Christ, who will usher in the Day of Judgment, when all (the living and the dead) will have to stand before His throne and everything hidden will be revealed.
God began to deal with evil immediately after the first sin happened on Earth. That s in Genesis 3:15, and the Bible goes on to show how that plan unfolded, over time. The sinless life of Christ, his death and resurrection, destroyed the power of the devil and his eventual punishment is guaranteed. Meanwhile, God is reaching out to us with the gospel of His grace, so that billions will respond and be spared the same fate as the devil. In the second letter of Peter, chapter 3, you will discover the overall plan. A day to God is like a thousand years to us, but He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. The book of Revelation gives us the Big Picture and details of the final outcome. It s all there in the Bible. Of course, if we can t be bothered searching through it and seeking God s help to understand, we ll never understand God s plan and see it unfolding. AiH