If God is Love Why Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen?

Jeremiah 31:3 (King James Version) "3The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."

James 1:17 (KJV) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

The bad things don't come from God. The evil in our lives, comes from the Devil. We are caught up in this cosmic conflict between God and the Devil. God, Jesus and His angels are working hard for us. They want us to be healthy and happy. God wants to bless our homes, bless our marriages, he wants us to be saved. 

But the devil on the other hand is working for our sorrow. He wants to destroy our happiness, destroy our health, destroy our homes, destroy our lives, and ultimately destroy us in hellfire along with himself. We find ourselves caught in the middle of this drama. 

Who is responsible for all the evil in our world? Not God! The one that is responsible is God's and our enemy, the devil. All the suffering and sorrow we see in the world comes from him. The Bible pictures him as our enemy. Get your Bible out and turn with me to 1 Peter 5:8, the devil is pictured as a roaring lion. The Bible Says:

1 Peter 5:8 (King James Version) 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

If you heard on the news that a lion had escaped the zoo; and was somewhere in the area where you live, would you be more careful and cautious? I think so. Well the fact is, there is a lion out there. It's the Devil. And he is out to devour and destroy! He's after me all the time. And if you have not realized it yet, he is on your track too!  

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him. But when he asks he must believe and not doubt..." James 1:2-6.



Trials Will Come -

     "This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope . . . and hope maketh not ashamed! It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Thy faithfulness!

     The LORD is my portion (allotment, inheritance), saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him!  The LORD is good unto them
that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the Salvation of the LORD ! . . . . For the LORD will not cast off for ever: But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies!

     For He doth not affict willingly, nor grieve the children of men
 . . ."     Lamentations 3:21-33

     "Our heavenly Father does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men. He has His purpose in the whirlwind and the storm, in the fire and in the flood. The Lord permits calamities to come to His people to save them from greater dangers. He desires everyone to examine his own heart closely and carefully, and then draw near to God, that God may draw near to him. 

     Our life is in the hands of God. He sees dangers threatening us that we cannot see. He is the Giver of all our blessings; the Provider of all our mercies; the Orderer of all our experiences. He sees the perils that we cannot see. 

     He may permit to come upon His people that which fills their hearts with sadness, because He sees that they need to make straight paths for their feet, lest the lame be turned out of the wayHe knows our frame, and remembers that we are dust. Even the very hairs of our head are numbered. 

     He works through natural causes to lead His people to remember that He has not forgotten them, but that He desires them to forsake the way which, if they were permitted to follow unchecked and unreproved, would lead them into great peril.

     Trials come to us all to lead us to investigate our hearts, to see if they are purified from all that defiles. Constantly the Lord is working for our present and eternal good. Things occur which seem inexplainable, but if we trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, humbling our hearts before Him, He will not permit the enemy to triumph.

     The Lord will save His people in His own way, by such means and instrumentalities that the glory will be returned to Him. To Him alone belongs the praise....

     Every soul that is saved must be a partaker with Christ of His sufferings, that he may be a partaker with Him of His glory. How few understand why God subjects them to trial. It is by the trial of our faith that we gain spiritual strength. 

     The Lord seeks to educate His people to lean wholly upon Him. He desires them, through the lessons that He teaches them, to become more and more spiritualized. If His Word is not followed in all humility and meekness, He brings to them experiences which, if rightly received, will help to prepare them for the work to be done in His name. 

     God desires to reveal His power in a marked manner through the lives of His people." Manuscript 76, 1903, February 20, 1902, "The Burning of the Sanitarium."

"The mysterious providence which permits the righteous to suffer persecution at the hand of the wicked, has been a cause of great perplexity to many who are weak in faith. Some are even ready to cast away their confidence in God, because he suffers the basest of men to prosper, while the best and purest are afflicted and tormented by their cruel power. How, it is asked, can One who is just and merciful, and who is also infinite in power, tolerate such injustice and oppression? This is a question with which we have nothing to do. God has given us sufficient evidence of his love, and we are not to doubt his goodness because we cannot understand the workings of his providence. Said the Saviour to his disciples, foreseeing the doubts that would press upon their souls in days of trial and darkness, "Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you." [JOHN 15:20.] Jesus suffered for us more than any of his followers can be made to suffer through the cruelty of wicked men. Those who are called to endure torture and martyrdom, are but following in the steps of God's dear Son." {GC88 47.1}

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise." [PETER 3:9.] He does not forget or neglect his children; but he permits the wicked to reveal their true character, that none who desire to do his will may be deceived concerning them. Again, the righteous are placed in the furnace of affliction, that they themselves may be purified; that their example may convince others of the reality of faith and godliness; and also that their consistent course may condemn the ungodly and unbelieving. {GC88 47.2}

“Even sickness and death are of less consequence than the salvation of souls for whom Christ made so immense a sacrifice . . One soul is of more value than the entire world.”—2 Testimonies, 540-541

On to Heaven

"We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, "You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth; enter in." We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city.

Here we saw the tree of life and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree, and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure, transparent gold. At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again, and saw that they were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life on either side of the river of life. Its branches bowed to the place where we stood, and the fruit was glorious; it looked like gold mixed with silver.

We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when Brethren Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out, "Alleluia! heaven is cheap enough!" and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring.

After I came out of vision, everything seemed changed; a gloom was spread over all that I beheld. Oh, how dark this world looked to me! I wept when I found myself here, and felt homesick. I had seen a better world, and it had spoiled this for me.

I related this vision to the believers in Portland, who had full confidence that it was from God. They all believed that God had chosen this way, after the great disappointment in October, to comfort and strengthen His people. The Spirit of the Lord attended the testimony, and the solemnity of eternity rested upon us. An unspeakable awe filled me, that I, so young and feeble, should be chosen as the instrument by which God would give light to His people. While under the power of the Lord, I was filled with joy, seeming to be surrounded by holy angels in the glorious courts of heaven, where all is peace and gladness; and it was a sad and bitter change to wake up to the realities of mortal life."

(Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, pp. 59-61)

Enough May Be Understood

"To many minds, the origin of sin and the reason for its existence are a source of great perplexity. They see the work of evil, with its terrible results of woe and desolation, and they question how all this can exist under the sovereignty of One who is infinite in wisdom, in power, and in love. Here is a mystery, of which they find no explanation. And in their uncertainty and doubt, they are blinded to truths plainly revealed in God’s Word and essential to salvation. There are those who, in their inquiries concerning the existence of sin, endeavor to search into that which God has never revealed; hence they find no solution of their difficulties; and such as are actuated by a disposition to doubt and cavil, seize upon this as an excuse for rejecting the words of Holy Writ. Others, however, fail of a satisfactory understanding of the great problem of evil, from the fact that tradition and misinterpretation have obscured the teaching of the Bible concerning the character of God, the nature of His government, and the principles of His dealing with sin.

It is impossible to so explain the origin of sin as to give a reason for its existence. Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin, to fully make manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all His dealings with evil. Nothing is more plainly taught in Scripture than that God was in nowise responsible for the entrance of sin; that there was no arbitrary withdrawal of divine grace, no deficiency in the divine government, that gave occasion for the uprising of rebellion. Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it is to defend it. Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin. Our only definition of sin is that given in the Word of God; it is "the transgression of the law"; it is the outworking of a principle at war with the great law of love which is the foundation of the divine government." {DA}

"This God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death."

—Psalm 48:14

"Unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy."

—Jude 24

"As the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him."

—Psalm 103:11

"God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He hath prepared for them a city."

—Hebrews 11:16


People of various religions have gone to their religious leaders and teachers to ask why there is so much suffering. Often, the response is that suffering is God’s will and that he long ago determined everything that would ever happen, including tragic events. Many are told that God’s ways are mysterious or that he brings death upon people—even children—so that he can have them in heaven with him. As you have learned, though, Jehovah God never causes what is bad. The Bible says: “Far be it from the true God to act wickedly, and the Almighty to act unjustly!”—Job 34:10.

Do you know why people make the mistake of blaming God for all the suffering in the world? In many cases, they blame Almighty God because they think that he is the real ruler of this world. They do not know a simple but important truth that the Bible teaches. The real ruler of this world is Satan the Devil.

The Bible clearly states: “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) When you think about it, does that not make sense? This world reflects the personality of the invisible spirit creature who is “misleading the entire inhabited earth.” (Revelation 12:9) Satan is hateful, deceptive, and cruel. So the world, under his influence, is full of hatred, deceit, and cruelty. That is one reason why there is so much suffering.

A second reason why there is so much suffering is that, mankind has been imperfect and sinful ever since the rebellion in the garden of Eden. Sinful humans tend to struggle for dominance, and this results in wars, oppression, and suffering. (Ecclesiastes 4:1; 8:9) A third reason for suffering is “time and unforeseen occurrence.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11) In a world without Jehovah as a protective Ruler, people may suffer because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

It is comforting for us to know that God does not cause suffering. He is not responsible for the wars, the crimes, the oppression, or even the natural disasters that cause people to suffer. Still, we need to know, Why does Jehovah allow all this suffering? If he is the Almighty, he has the power to stop it. Why, then, does he hold back? The loving God that we have come to know must have a good reason.—1 John 4:8.


To find out why God allows suffering, we need to think back to the time when suffering began. When Satan led Adam and Eve into disobeying Jehovah, an important question was raised. Satan did not call into question Jehovah’s power. Even Satan knows that there is no limit to Jehovah’s power. Rather, Satan questioned Jehovah’s right to rule. By calling God a liar who withholds good from his subjects, Satan charged that Jehovah is a bad ruler. (Genesis 3:2-5) Satan implied that mankind would be better off without God’s rulership. This was an attack on Jehovah’s sovereignty, his right to rule.

Adam and Eve rebelled against Jehovah. In effect, they said: “We do not need Jehovah as our Ruler. We can decide for ourselves what is right and what is wrong.” How could Jehovah settle that issue? How could he teach all intelligent creatures that the rebels were wrong and that his way truly is best? Someone might say that God should simply have destroyed the rebels and made a fresh start. But Jehovah had stated his purpose to fill the earth with the offspring of Adam and Eve, and he wanted them to live in an earthly paradise. (Genesis 1:28) Jehovah always fulfills his purposes. (Isaiah 55:10, 11) Besides that, getting rid of the rebels in Eden would not have answered the question that had been raised regarding Jehovah’s right to rule.

Is the student more qualified than the teacher?

Let us consider an illustration. Imagine that a teacher is telling his students how to solve a difficult problem. A clever but rebellious student claims that the teacher’s way of solving the problem is wrong. Implying that the teacher is not capable, this rebel insists that he knows a much better way to solve the problem. Some students think that he is right, and they also become rebellious. What should the teacher do? If he throws the rebels out of the class, what will be the effect on the other students? Will they not believe that their fellow student and those who joined him are right? All the other students in the class might lose respect for the teacher, thinking that he is afraid of being proved wrong. But suppose that the teacher allows the rebel to show the class how he would solve the problem.

Jehovah has done something similar to what the teacher does. Remember that the rebels in Eden were not the only ones involved. Millions of angels were watching. (Job 38:7; Daniel 7:10) How Jehovah handled the rebellion would greatly affect all those angels and eventually all intelligent creation. So, what has Jehovah done? He has allowed Satan to show how he would rule mankind. God has also allowed humans to govern themselves under Satan’s guidance.

The teacher in our illustration knows that the rebel and the students on his side are wrong. But he also knows that allowing them the opportunity to try to prove their point will benefit the whole class. When the rebels fail, all honest students will see that the teacher is the only one qualified to lead the class. They will understand why the teacher thereafter removes any rebels from the class. Similarly, Jehovah knows that all honesthearted humans and angels will benefit from seeing that Satan and his fellow rebels have failed and that humans cannot govern themselves. Like Jeremiah of old, they will learn this vital truth: “I well know, O Jehovah, that to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23.


Why, though, has Jehovah allowed suffering to go on for so long? And why does he not prevent bad things from happening? Well, consider two things that the teacher in our illustration would not do. First, he would not stop the rebel student from presenting his case. Second, the teacher would not help the rebel to make his case. Similarly, consider two things that Jehovah has determined not to do. First, he has not stopped Satan and those who side with him from trying to prove that they are right. Allowing time to pass has thus been necessary. In the thousands of years of human history, mankind has been able to try every form of self-rule, or human government. Mankind has made some advances in science and other fields, but injustice, poverty, crime, and war have grown ever worse. Human rule has now been shown to be a failure.

Second, Jehovah has not helped Satan to rule this world. If God were to prevent horrible crimes, for instance, would he not, in effect, be supporting the case of the rebels? Would God not be making people think that perhaps humans can govern themselves without disastrous results? If Jehovah were to act in that way, he would become party to a lie. However, “it is impossible for God to lie.”—Hebrews 6:18.

God will help you to endure suffering

What, though, about all the harm that has been done during the long rebellion against God? We do well to remember that Jehovah is almighty. Therefore, he can and will undo the effects of mankind’s suffering. As we have already learned, the ruining of our planet will be undone by the turning of the earth into Paradise. The effects of sin will be removed through faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice, and the effects of death will be reversed by means of the resurrection. God will thus use Jesus “to break up the works of the Devil.” (1 John 3:8) Jehovah will bring all of this about at just the right time. We can be glad that he has not acted sooner, for his patience has given us the opportunity to learn the truth and to serve him. (2 Peter 3:9, 10) Meanwhile, God has been actively seeking sincere worshipers and helping them to endure any suffering that may come upon them in this troubled world.—John 4:23; 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Some might wonder, Could all this suffering have been prevented if God had created Adam and Eve in such a way that they could not rebel? To answer that question, you need to remember a precious gift that Jehovah has given you.


Humans were created with free will. Do you realize what a precious gift that is? God has made countless animals, and these are driven largely by instinct. (Proverbs 30:24) Man has made some robots that can be programmed to follow every command. Would we be happy if God had made us like that? No, we are glad to have the freedom to make choices about what kind of person to become, what course of life to pursue, what friendships to form, and so on. We love to have a measure of freedom, and that is what God wants us to enjoy.

Jehovah is not interested in service performed under compulsion. (2 Corinthians 9:7) To illustrate: What would please a parent more—a child’s saying “I love you” because he is told to say it or his saying it freely from the heart? So the question is, How will you use the free will that Jehovah has given you? Satan, Adam, and Eve made the worst possible use of free will. They rejected Jehovah God. What will you do?

You have the opportunity to put the marvelous gift of free will to the best possible use. You can join the millions who have taken a stand on Jehovah’s side. They make God rejoice because they take an active part in proving Satan a liar and a miserable failure as a ruler. (Proverbs 27:11) You too can do that by choosing the right course of life.

Since God Is So Kind 
  and Caring, Why Is He 
  Allowing All the Suffering and 
  Misery in This World? 

  By John Balukian



In your opinion, who is the most controversial person who ever lived?  Without a shadow of a doubt it is God Himself.  Many see God as being tenderhearted, caring, highly sympathetic toward all His creatures, and they see that He is not willing that any should perish.  And they see that His love and feelings for them is so deep that He willingly allowed His Son to come down here and become one of us, and go through terrible sufferings and insults and die for every one of us so that if we  wanted to we could live forever.


All this is very touching; however, a serious question must be answered before this makes any sense.  Why didn't God nip this whole thing in the bud and prevent all this terrible suffering and misery from coming into our world?  He could have done it and done it with ease.  God knew what would happen if He allowed sin to come into our world, and yet He allowed it.  Why?

Many people are puzzled over this, and I was too.  But now that I have the answer, I can see that what God is doing makes a lot of good sense.  And certainly God is very desirous for each of us to have an intelligent understanding of religion.  In writing this little paper to answer this question and others, I am well aware that many different types of minds will be reading it.  I must be very careful and not take anything for granted and try to write this so clearly that everyone who reads can't help but understand.


So let's go back to the beginning and take a look at what life was like under God's marvelous government of love.  We will see also how this terrible problem of sin began and why God very wisely did not nip this whole thing in the bud but allowed it to wreak havoc in this poor world for these last 6000 years.  The Bible tells that God is love, and also His character, law, and government are love.  The beautiful relationship of God with His children was also one of love.  But now really, what is love?


It was after a number of years of struggling up and down as a Christian that I began to really understand the meaning of this vital word.  Love is a small word that is used in a wide range of meaning, from the Hollywood barnyard love to the astounding sacrifice of God on the cross.  Love has deep feelings and emotions.  The apostle Paul, in I Corinthians 13, shares with us the beautiful and noble qualities of love.  But in order to grasp a fuller understanding of this word and how it relates to God's government and people, let's define love as a principle.


To make sure that everyone clearly understands what this word (principle) means, I'll give an example:  Remember the saying: "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you"?  It's so easy to see the principle involved here and to understand what this word means.  Say that your boss treats you harshly and unjustly.  According to the principle that's in this saying, how should you respond?  Certainly not the same way he treated you.  No, you would treat him the same way that you would want him to treat you.  What a brilliant and beautiful idea.  Think of the peace and harmony that would result from following such a simple principle!


Now let's define this principle that's in love and put it in one simple sentence so that no one can possibly misunderstand it.  The greatest demonstration that was ever given or could be given was when God willingly suffered and died so that you and I would be able to live.  We are talking about God—the majestic and awesome Creator of this whole vast universe! As if that isn't enough to blow your mind, think on this:  God was not only willing to die, but to die eternally just so that you could live eternally.  (Jesus knew that He would rise up again to life after three days.  But in His darkest temptation when he cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  He did not know that He would ever live again, but He chose to save man at any price.)  Dear reader, can you really grasp that?  Would God die eternally just for Saddam Hussein? Absolutely!  But why?   Because this is exactly the type of person He is.  God is love.  He is this principle.

It is not difficult to see the principle in love is it? When it came right down to choosing to save Himself or His children, He chose to save His children first and Himself second.  So, in one sentence and in my own words here is my definition of this principle:  "Love is a principle that always puts the other person first."  What another brilliant and beautiful idea! With God and all His creatures living by this principle, no wonder heaven and the entire universe enjoyed such supreme happiness and experienced such peaceful harmony.


But then a completely different principle raised its ugly head, and the peace and harmony of the universe was shattered.  In this principle, self is put first instead of putting the other person first.  It all began when Lucifer, the highest angel in heaven, wanted to become God.  For him to pursue such an insane and impossible ambition, he had to first cast aside this beautiful principle of love and take hold of the principle of sin.  So, we see that the principle of sin is self-seeking, selfishness, putting one's own desires ahead of God's desires and everyone else's.  Now we have two entirely different and directly opposite principles operating in the world, and they are totally incompatible.


This raises a very interesting question.  What could possibly be the reason why a created being would dare stand up in opposition to his Creator and actually believe that he could take over His throne?  We are referring to God, the one Who created this whole vast universe; the one Who has unlimited power and authority; the one Who knows the end from the beginning.  And, on top of that, Lucifer knew that to be God, one has to have creative power—power to create something out of nothing.  This same power is necessary to sustain all creation.  If this power was cut off, the entire universe would immediately disintegrate, which, of course, would mean his own death too.  And yet Lucifer still wanted it and vigorously pursued it.  Why?  It just doesn't make any sense!

Lucifer was not a dummy or a slouch.  He was the most brilliant, intelligent, talented, beautiful of all the angels and also had the highest position (right next to the throne of God).  Without even realizing it, Lucifer made a fatal mistake by  pushing aside God's principle of love and taking hold of the selfish principle of sin.  What happened when he did that?  He actually separated himself from God.  Since God is the very source of all light, truth, and wisdom; all good judgment, common sense and balanced thinking; when Lucifer turned away he lost all of this and stepped right into darkness.  He was now blind.  He became unreasonable and unbalanced in his thinking.


If Lucifer had remembered one thing and had taken it to heart he would not have gotten proud, and possibly this whole problem of sin would not have arisen.  I mentioned the noble qualities that Lucifer had: his brilliance, beauty, talents, position, etc.  Where did he get these?  God gave them to Him.  Every good thing that Lucifer had was a gift from a gracious God.  A deadly problem arose when Lucifer began to think of all these beautiful and noble qualities and characteristics that he had as being his naturally rather than as precious gifts from God.  That opened wide the door to pride.  Pride always brings self into the picture and puts it first.  This is the very principle of sin.  What a lesson for us!  If we would never let go of the idea that every good thing we have is a loving gift from a gracious Creator, we would shut the door to deadly pride.


Getting back to our original question: Why didn't God nip this whole thing in the bud by simply putting Lucifer to death? Look at all the terrible misery He could have avoided.  Wouldn't you have done just that if you were in charge?  Not if you were able to see the end from the beginning, as God is able.  Suppose you were there witnessing all of this.  On one side is God, whom you love and worship.  Opposing God is Lucifer, whom you respect and admire.  God says one thing and Lucifer says the opposite.  Whom are you going to believe?  Remember now, you had never heard a lie before; you have no idea what sin is really like; and certainly to accept the idea that Lucifer, if given the opportunity, would go so far as to actually kill God would be unthinkable to you!

In this situation, if you saw God kill Lucifer, what would you think?  You would consider God to be totally unreasonable and unfair.  In fact, you would begin looking at God as a tyrant.  You would not serve God any longer because you loved and appreciated Him, but would serve Him because you became afraid of Him.  God wants us always to be free, happy and trusting.


Let's take a closer look at God's situation.  If God had created His children to be mere robots there would be no problem.  All He would have to do would be to put into their computers to never sin again.  God would never have to be concerned about His children disobeying Him or rebelling.  But, who would want children like that?  God wants His children to have the highest type of life and to never stop growing and developing.  In order to have this type of children, God created us in His own image.  He created us with the ability to reason things out and come to intelligent conclusions. God gave us a heart that could fully appreciate Him and spontaneously respond to His love and kindness.  He made us free.


When Lucifer rebelled, God changed his name to fit his character.  Lucifer means "Light bearer."  Satan means "Adversary."  So, from now on I will refer to Lucifer as Satan.  Satan toured the vast universe and with great piety and carefulness he cleverly spread vicious lies about our gracious God.  This brought in untold confusion and perplexity.  I must remind you again that no one had ever heard a lie before.  This will help you to understand why there was such serious perplexity.  So, we see the deep damage that Satan did by planting the seeds of disturbing suggestions and doubts in the minds of all.


God promises that, after this terrible experience of sin is over, sin shall never rise up again.  Never!  It is because God will not allow it to happen again?  No, that would be defeating His purpose.  His children are always free to sin anytime they want to, but no one will ever want to, because all these disturbing seeds of doubt have been completely removed and absolute trust and admiration for their gracious God have been fully restored.  Since God never used fear or force, what means does He use to accomplish this miraculous feat?


Let's sharpen the focus.  In Genesis 3:4 Satan contradicts God and calls Him a liar.  The issue in this controversy is not who has the greater power or anything like that, but the issue is who is telling the truth.  Truth is on God's side.  Satan is deathly afraid of truth because it exposes his lies and deceptions, and this will definitely be the cause of his total defeat.

What is the topic we most hear about today?  Isn't it how bad everything is getting?  Crime, sickness, the insane legislative policies of our politicians, etc.  Who wants this type of life?  It all started when Lucifer began telling lies about our gracious God.  This undermined confidence in God.  Before this whole problem of sin can be resolved permanently, total confidence in God must be restored.  Truth restores.  The truth about God's character; how He feels about His children; the unspeakable sacrifice and suffering He is willing to go through to save us, and many other truths.


I have come to the place where I don't take anything for granted anymore.  This little word faith, for instance, is extremely important (righteousness by faith, justification by faith, salvation by faith, etc.).  If we don't understand what this word means, then how are we going to understand how faith in God is restored?  I know people who have been Christians many years who flunked this easy, simple homely test:

Sally was driving through Death Valley in the month of August with the temperature over 120 degrees.  All of a sudden her car quit.  After she waited for several tormented hours, a car pulled up with one man in it who was a total stranger.  Immediately another car with one man in it pulled up and she knows him real well.  He is her pastor.  Now for Sally to best demonstrate what faith is, which car should she get into, the car of the stranger or the car of the friend?  You might be thinking, What kind of question is that?  Of course, she is going to get in the car of the friend.  But, wait a moment.  We are trying to clarify what faith is. Hebrews 11:1 says:  "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  So, now once again for Sally to best demonstrate what faith is, which car should she get into, the car of the stranger, or the car of the friend.

If you hesitated to answer, chances are you don't really know what faith is.  True faith is not blind.  True faith is based upon evidence.  How could Sally possibly determine if the stranger could be trusted if she had no experience, no evidence by which to judge him?  She couldn't.  She had ample evidence that her friend could be trusted.  So, in order for Sally to best demonstrate what faith is, she should get in the car of the friend.  In order for God to completely gain the faith of His children, He had to give them the evidence upon which they could intelligently judge Him.  He gave them mountains of evidence during these past several thousand years which came to a convincing climax upon the cross.


The entire universe looked on in total shock and in complete silence as they watched their Creator dying on the cross.  With His last living breath He managed to cry out, "It is finished."  then He died.  At that very moment God came off victorious.  How can that be, since He is the one who died?  As the universe looked on, their sorrow turned into heartwarming joy as they saw and suddenly realized the truth about God's willingness to pay the supreme price of dying eternally for His children.  This beautiful truth they witnessed with their own eyes completely removed every trace of doubt that Satan planted with the lie that God did not have His children's best interest at heart.  The truth revealed how fantastic our gracious God is.  Their hearts were so touched and filled with love and affection for their gracious God that nothing could ever again change it.

Lets go back to the beginning again, and let's say that God did nip this whole thing in the bud by putting Lucifer to death.  We know that this act of God would have been totally unacceptable to you.  But how about when you stood before the cross in absolute shock and watched your Creator die?  Here is 4,000 years of undisputed evidence and demonstration of how far Lucifer would go and, on top of that, the demonstration of the terrible malignancy of sin.  Now, you can see clearly that if God had put Lucifer to death at the beginning, you would have wholeheartedly agreed that He did the right thing.  It's too bad that God had to take the long and painful way around, but it's the only way that His children could understand.


We need to take a closer look at sin to see what it really is.  Here is another homely illustration:  A scorpion wanted to get on the other side of the pond.  He asked a turtle swimming by to take him over on his back.  The turtle replied, "Do you think I'm crazy?  You would sting me and I would die."  The scorpion said, "Do you think I'm crazy?  If you died, I would die too, because I can't swim."  The turtle thought for a moment and then said, "You're right, nobody could be that crazy!  Get on my back and I'll take you across."  When they were about halfway across the pond the turtle felt a sickening sting on the back of his neck.  He turned his head and said, "Why in the world did you do that?"  The scorpion simply replied, "I just couldn't help it; it's my nature."

Why would the most intelligent angel in the universe kill God, since it is God who gives Him life moment by moment?  It certainly doesn't make any sense, does it?  The Bible defines sin in several ways, but my personal definition is: Sin is insanity!


It's a law of the mind that we will become like the one we worship and admire.  It's terribly important then that we know what kind of person our God is.  Jesus warned his disciples in John 16:2, 3:  "...yea, the time cometh that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.  And these things will they do unto you because they have not known the Father or Me."  Why will these persecutors resort to violence?  Because they think God is this way.  God does not force anyone's conscience.  He wins hearts by His gentleness and love.  What do you think of a God who created this whole vast universe; who has all this power and authority, yet He is so humble that He willingly washed twelve pairs of filthy feet when his disciples refused to do it?  This appeals to me to no end.  God is the most humble person in all this universe because He lives by the beautiful principle of love.  God always puts the other person first and Himself second.

The true God of heaven appealed to the hearts of His rebellious children with kindness and love.  He didn't use a sword!  There are millions of people who believe that the end justifies the means by using force in God's work.  This is what a band of religious fanatics had in mind when they rode into the town of Erzurum over a hundred years ago.  They came to take the life of the Christian minister if he did not yield to their wishes.  They were not familiar with the weapons of kindness and love.  Their weapons were force and fear.  They were out to force the Christians to change their beliefs.

They were highly disappointed when they learned that the minister had died.  So, they did the next best thing by taking the minister's widowed wife and her three little girls to the town square.  They rounded up all the other Christians and herded them to the town square.  Surrounding this poor widow they all drew out their huge wicked knives.  The leader, raising his voice, demanded that she renounce Christ and declare before all these people that Mohammed was the true prophet of God.

Everyone knew what would happen if she refused, and with tears they begged her to comply.  Speaking in Armenian so that these men couldn't understand they said, "We know you love Jesus.  God knows you love Him.  Please, please do what they say and save your life.  Think of your children!"  Oh, what terrible pressure!  Standing before her were her three little girls petrified with fear.  The oldest girl was my mother.


But my grandmother didn't put herself first; she put her God first.  She had learned the principle of love.  Raising her voice and speaking in perfect Turkish, my grandmother said, "I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour."  Without a moment's hesitation they slashed her to the ground and hacked off her head.  My mother's tender mind was affected for the rest of her life.  I remember while growing up, whenever my mother thought of her mother she would cry.


What would you say would be the basic reason why a church or religious organization would turn to the state (government) for power to force others to accept their religious teaching?  It is because they don't have power—the power of the Holy Spirit (the power of God)?  Why don't they have the power of God? Because God uses only one kind of power—love.  His method is winning the heart, not forcing the conscience with threats and fear.  God's method of winning hearts is simply putting the other person first.  God always has that person's best interest at heart and He is willing to go through any amount of suffering and to pay any price to save that person.  He is not willing that any should be lost.  How can a sincere, honest person fight against that?


Just what is it that makes a person savable, anyway?  The Apostle Paul makes it very clear in I Corinthians 13 that even a person loaded with talent doing God's work with zeal, making tremendous sacrifices by putting all his means in the work and even going so far as giving his body to be burned is not savable if he does not have love.  And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand why.  Love is a principle that always puts the other person first.  God and all His children live by this principle.  If you refuse to live by this principle you couldn't possibly fit in.  You would be out of harmony with the entire universe.


God is a very reasonable and under-standing person.  He generously gives us everything that He requires of us.  We need love?  He will see to it that we have it.  Every good thing that we have or will need now and throughout all eternity will be given to us as a gift from a generous and gracious God.  We are absolutely dependent upon God for everything and always will be.


Now we come to the bottom line.  The sharp focus is on only two persons—you and God.  Oh, if I had only done this years ago I would have avoided many disappointments and discouragements.  Never again am I going to allow my religion to become complicated or confusing.  One-to-one contact with God, forming a bond and friendship that can never be broken is actually what religion is all about.  It's just that simple.  Just imagine, the very best friend you have is the One who created this whole vast universe.  Wow!  Can you bend your mind around that?

Another thing I find extremely helpful is to personify text.  Take Romans 6:14, for example:  "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under law, but under grace."  I love the strong, positive, emphatic way this is put.  To me, this is saying that in no way will sin dominate me.  Then it goes on to tell why.  When I read this text, this is the picture that comes to my mind.

I'm standing before the law, which I picture as a huge giant, towering over me.  I'm a sinner and condemned to die.  There is absolutely nothing I can do to appease Him or to escape.  But the text says that I am under grace.  To me grace means that I'm being treated not as I deserve, but with unlimited kindness and generosity.  There is no such thing as grace without there being behind it a very gracious person.  I see standing nearby this most gracious person.  He says to me, "You're in deep trouble, but I can Help you.  Do you want me to help you?  I say, 'Please do.'  So, He steps in between me and this giant and He puts His arm around me."  "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit."–Romans 8:1


At that precious moment I am safe to be saved—I am savable.  The moment that I accept God's gracious offer to take over my life and to personally be my Saviour, everything is right between God and myself, and not one person in all this universe can say anything against me.  The law has nothing against me now because God has taken full responsibility for my becoming fit for heaven.  God paid the full price for me by living a life without sinning and by His death, so that I can go clean and free.  What a precious gift!  And what a precious Saviour!!


Saddam Hussein has been portrayed (especially by the West) as being an exceptionally cruel national leader who would not only be willing to exterminate all the Kurds but would enforce cruelty on his own people to achieve personal power and prestige.  He has a lot of blood on his hands!  (By the way, does God love Saddam Hussein as much as He loves Mother Teresa?  Of course He does!)  Say that the Holy Spirit is able to touch Saddam Hussein's heart and miraculously he accepts God's gracious offer.  He is willing now to have God take complete charge of his life and also to take full responsibility of fitting him for heaven.  Now let's see how God does this.


That's exactly right!  As soon as God is allowed to take over Saddam's life (and how is this accomplished? simply by Saddam praying and requesting that God will take over his life and really meaning it), He takes away all of Saddam's sins.  "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit."–Romans 8:1.  This text means exactly what it says.  God not only takes away Saddam's sins and completely frees him of the responsibility of all the sins he ever committed but he graciously restores Saddam to his God-given dignity.  How is this accomplished?  Simply by connection—Connection with God.  (It's like a branch that's connected to the vine.)  It's a precious gift from a gracious God.  Every good thing we have or ever will have through all eternity is a gift of love from our loving Creator.  Sad to say, Lucifer lost hold of this precious truth.  The wonderful and noble qualities of wisdom, beauty, talents, position, etc., that he possessed—he started regarding these as his naturally instead of precious gifts from God.  We are not only seeing, but feeling, the disastrous results.

Day by day, the more Saddam walks with his God the more thrilled he becomes as he sees the type of person God is.  He sees God as a fantastic person who actually has his best interest at heart.  As a national leader, Saddam always put himself first and his people second.  What a contrast!  And you can be sure that Satan spread enough lies about God to give the people the impression that God was totally selfish and arbitrary.  As I mentioned before, truth is on God's side.  As the truth is known about God, there will be such a heart appreciation for this type of God that no one will ever want God to be any different.  They will be thrilled to follow Him throughout all eternity.  This is why sin shall not rise up again—EVER!


One of the greatest surprises that heaven will have for us is learning how much it cost God to get us there.  Besides God paying a price on the cross that will never be fathomed, God has suffered unmerciful abuse, insults and criticisms of all kinds.  He is blamed and cursed for everything.  Here at the nursing home if the kitchen forgets to put a slab of margarine on a tray, God is cursed.  God is even blamed for all the forest fires.  In legal circles it's called "an act of God."

Years ago I was working with a number of other different tradesmen in a building.  Usually on a job like this there is a certain amount of swearing going on.  But, on this particular day it seemed that almost everyone was having a problem and God was getting blamed for it all.  The cursing was so bad that I stopped my work and just listened.  I thought to myself, if there is this much cursing arising out of this one building, how much is rising out of the whole town of Paso Robles?  I had a very impressive picture of God in deep sorrow bending over the world in loving concern.  With this picture in mind, I visualized millions and millions of angry voices in every language and dialects, in every part of this world cursing God.  There is a deafening roar of curses constantly ascending up and hitting our gracious Creator right in the face.

But love is stronger than hate, and God is bent on saving us no matter what the cost; no mater how much pain He has to suffer; no matter how much He is insulted; no matter how much He is falsely accused; no matter how much He is hated and rejected.  Satan would have us believe that God doesn't care, but the very opposite is the truth.  For 6,000 years our gracious Creator has been lavishing His love upon us under such repulsive conditions.  After 6,000 years of presenting all of this evidence—this mountainous amount of visual demonstration—God has one question for you: "NOW, DO YOU BELIEVE ME?"


One of the best things that ever happened to me was when I became terminally ill.  When I got sick and was suffering, it made God's suffering very real to me.  I was absolutely overwhelmed that the Majesty of this whole vast universe with all His power and authority would even care about a person like me, let alone go through all that He was going through to save me.  God could not reveal His love for me any more powerfully or effectively than by His sacrifice and suffering.  This kind and gracious person touched my heart.  My religion changed entirely.  My religion now is a person.  My religion is God.


Do you think that you could find one person in God's vast universe who would be willing to trade places with you no matter what your condition or how much you are suffering?  The beautiful truth is that you could not find even one person who would not be willing to trade places with you.  How do I know this?  I know because God is love and love is a principle that puts the other person first.  All of God's children live by this beautiful principle of love.  The entire government of God is based on this wonderful principle.

No matter who you are, no matter what kind of life you have lived here, there will be an experience for you in heaven that is one of supreme happiness and total acceptance.  Whether you are looking into the eyes of your Creator or rubbing shoulders with the holy angels or visiting God's children on a distant planet, one message will come through to you loud and clear:




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Developing Trust, Our Greatest Need 

By Janet Headrick

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” 
Proverbs 3:5, 6


What a promise of love and care the Father has given us in this one text! Sometimes, when we are in the midst of trouble, we wonder why this has happened to my family or my church or me, and we pray for the problem to be resolved. There is nothing wrong with this, but we must realize that if we have been trusting in the Lord and not leaning to our own understanding, if we are acknowledging Him in all our ways, that He is directing our paths. Whether we are on the mountaintop of life or in the valley, we can have physical, emotional and spiritual peace knowing that He is directing our paths. If He is directing and we believe this, then we can know, as Christ knew that, “The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. The blow that is aimed at him falls upon the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Whatever comes to him comes from Christ. He has no need to resist evil, for Christ is his defense. Nothing can touch him except by our Lord’s permission, and ‘all things’ that are permitted ‘work together for good to them that love God.’ Romans 8:28.”  Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, 71.


It is easy to believe and trust when on the mountaintops, but much harder to believe and trust when we are in the valleys of our experience suffering from doubt, depression, hurt, anger, and feeling attacked, alone and abandoned. So how can we develop this life giving trust such that through all of the experiences of life we can have physical, emotional, and spiritual peace? 


We cannot have trust in anyone whom we don’t know and we cannot know God or His Son, Jesus, without connection and conviction of the truth through His word and the Holy Spirit. Many churches and pastors promote a feel good, emotional religious experience but this is very shallow. Our religious experience has to go beyond feelings and this can only come from the conviction of the Holy Spirit as we read and study the Word, knowing it is truth. We need to know that the experience of the people whose stories are recorded in the Bible are there for examples to us (I Corinthians 10:11). Their joys and sorrows, their strengths and weaknesses were recorded for us to learn that wrong choices always have consequences.


As a result of his failure to trust God, David made poor choices in regard to his relationship with Bathsheba and the consequent murder of Uriah, causing his family to greatly suffer through many valley experiences. Once he was convicted of his wrong course of action and fully repented, God forgave him and he could be used again of God. 


Look at Joseph who went through much suffering, but the final outcome was an entire nation saved from famine and he was reunited with his family. God is faithful to see that we, as well as others, are blessed by all the events of our life if we trust in Him and lean not upon our own understanding. We may not know how this will happen, but we know that as we look back on our life, we would not want to have been led any other way than as He directed. “God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. ‘Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.’ Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor.”The Desire of Ages, 224, 225.


Just as we must eat good food on a regular basis each day to maintain health, so also it is imperative to spend time each day in study, prayer and meditation on the Word and how it is to be translated into our daily walk in order to have spiritual health. Then we will understand that the Ten Commandments are not just a rule of action or against an action, but take on new meaning and are a guide for our hearts. Very few would admit that they have violated the law, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13), but Jesus expanded this when He said not to be angry with our brother. There is probably not a person alive who, at some time, has not felt some anger at another individual. It takes meditation upon the Word to really understand and know how to apply to the daily life the deeper concepts of the Lord’s teaching. “The word must be daily received, believed, and acted upon.” The Review and Herald, October 1, 1901.


Another critical aspect of developing trust, obedience and peace is to develop a regular prayer life. In our own flesh we can do nothing, but prayer helps us understand the Word and brings light. “If students would read the word of God more, and pray over it, the light of heaven would shine upon them.” Ibid., July 6, 1905.  Prayer helps us to overcome and truly acknowledge God in all that we do. “Send up your prayers to heaven that you may be delivered from temptation. Pray, pray, and put your will on the side of God’s will. Oh, be sure to pray for the Lord to give you His grace to resist the devil, who caused the fall of Adam and Eve in Eden, and [who] with all his deceptive power will try to make of none effect the restrictions and commandments of God.” Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, 74. It has been said that knowledge is power, but knowledge of good is powerless without prayer and the grace of Christ to help us overcome temptation and do good. 


Memorization of Scripture is also very important in overcoming the enemy of souls and developing trust that God will see you through all circumstances. When tempted of the devil, one of the best responses is a rebuke from the Lord and this can be done through quoting the Word. Jesus met the temptations of the devil with “It is written.” So we too can obtain power as we pray and meet Satan with “It is written.”


As we study, meditate, bring the Word into our life, pray for spiritual power and memorize Scripture, meeting Satan with “It is written,” we will begin to find that nothing will shatter our trust in the Lord’s ability to see us through any trial. We will have a peace that only the Lord can give and it will be evident in our life and our countenance, and in our interaction with others during difficult times. This experience will bring such joy into our lives that we will want to share it with others.      


“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” Psalm 91:1, 2. Oh to have that quiet assurance that God is in control and He will care for me. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7. It is my prayer that this may be your experience of trust and peace in the Lord.



  • God does not cause the bad conditions in the world.—Job 34:10.
  • By calling God a liar and saying that He withholds good from His subjects, Satan questioned Jehovah’s right to rule.—Genesis 3:2-5.
  • Jehovah will use his Son, the Ruler of the Kingdom of God, to end all human suffering and to undo its effects.—1 John 3:8.

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