THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL (4)

we are His workmanship, created in  Christ Jesus for GOOD works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them, and every creature of God  is good

 In His Image   

     God’s Omnipotence is not the debate about the potency of God being able to be and do good and able to do and be evil at the same time. But God being omnipotent is how good those things He’s created are without any alteration of evil in its nature. They’re predated on God because that’s who He is and He doesn’t change. But it is fatal now as humanity has forgotten that,

‘we are His workmanship, created in  Christ Jesus for GOOD works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them, and every creature of God  is good,…’

   Lets come to face the truth here, even our so-called ‘reason’ if sincere with its prowess, it leads and points us to a living Maker, which is not just one ‘mother nature’ and not one big bang theory of evolution; but rather to the one and only good living God of all creation! But some however takes this ‘leap of faith’ in doubt through the use of reason or whatsoever to knock that out. What evil! As commented by Ravi, some went to Jesus seeing Him as a teacher of Legalism, asking if it lawful to pay tax, and Christ answered them that whose image is on the coin, and they responded, Caesar’s. Then Christ said, give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and God his own. However Ravi noted that there ought to be a follow up question from the inquisitors if they were sincere enough with their inquisition, and such would be, what is God’s? Same which Jesus would have answered, 

    “whose image is on you?”

The notion that we are made in God’s image is not just a cajoling phrase to lure people in and start feeding them with opio-filled meat of the ‘spirit’, which Richard Ogunlusi noted as, “the whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless”. However this notion that we are made in His image is the truth beacuse God is! 

This claim with critical analysis give answers to the possible dimensions of human life, including the spiritual and the social aspects, that is if there is that distinction we all seeks to strike out between the acclaimed forms of human life just like a ‘good’ friend; Ayobami would state it. And on that I quite agree with him that,

“we are not physical beings having a temporary experience of the spiritual, instead we are Spiritual beings having a temporary experience of the physical”. 

 *footnote: Richard Ogunlusi is a Pastor in the Anglican Communion, and presently in-charge of ‘The Church of The Messiah’ in Ile-Ife Osun State of Nigeria.

      …to be continued.

I STILL BELIEVE!

THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL (3)

Justifiably, it is evidential that pride is the attempt to alternate the essential purpose of one’s existence as designed by one’s creator (God), such in itself is the evil of all times. 

​Note: If you’ve not being following this recent post, I want to implore you to kindly give your few minutes to this one. It’s an important piece you will not want to afford missing.



☆》The Notion of Evil
     Evil in all its dimensions is not determinate on God being omnipotent, rather its seen as a consequential instance in human life and experience. God is not evil, He is solely good, evil is the consequence of disobedience and disobedience is doing contrary to God’s nature as much as His will (God’s will) is of the total expression of the nature of God being ‘good’. And disobedience is the descendant of ‘self-emphasis'(the I-Syndrome), that is, Pride. May be one can be sincere enough to ask Lucifer-turned-Satan to shed more ‘light’ on that. 

Here, it is known that we often bear the responsibility of the consequences of our individual actions and decisions that we take and make with this good life God has given us. So it is in my conviction that it is never in the will of GOD for there to be evil, just as it is not in the will of God for Lucifer to become Satan.

Justifiably, it is evidential that pride is the attempt to alternate the essential purpose of one’s existence as designed by one’s creator (God), such in itself is the evil of all times. 

Give it a thought, Even if we are determined as a programmed machine such that we are not responsible to the maxim of our own volitions, then we should consider it plausible too in this context when I tends to say that it is only a crazy manufacturer like God that would in the first place design a machine which would only be determined to see to His own alienation. I mean such is as absurd as saying one’s mother gave birth to him or her in other for her to be rejected as being one’s mother, or worst of all, to kill her (giving birth to one’s death).

The biggest evil is not the wars in Iran, or Iraq, it is not same sex crisis, nor is it pro-life on abortion issues, and other social menace that poses threat to our society.

“The evil of these all is how we have removed God as the core of our governmental, ethical, and religious lives”.

It’s so obvious how we are so religious but yet still Godless, and as rightly asserted by Sunday Adelaja, “life loses its meaning without God!” Isn’t that the obvious case now in our so-called egalitarian society , where equity is being misconstrued for equality? That is the evil! 

And it is so funny how we make rational attempt to disprove the authenticity of this because it is too God-centred and religious, even if it is, does it disqualifies the originality of it truthfulness!? As much as it is contrary to God’s nature, nothing we then have to say about God being ‘omnipotently’ evil. 

(Continue on the thought later)



footnote: Sunday Adelaja is the founder and senior pastor of the Embassy of God, an evangelical-charismatic mega church in Kiev, Ukraine.

THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL (2)

☆》WHO IS GOD?

    There are many floating facts on the notion of who God is, but these facts are better left out of unnecessary analysis for the sake of the Truth so as not to suffer. So the basic and fundamental source of the truth on Who is God is considered from the point of view of the Bible. 

     It is however important to note here that the Bible is taken in its literary and historical context and the reason for this is given below. The Bible affirms that,

“God is good” (Mark 10:18).


This is God being the sole form of good and goodness thereof, both in His essence and existence. Omnipotence of God is centred on the nature of God: being ‘Good’. The analytic article ‘WHO’ denote that of essence and not just mere existence.

Being good for God is necessarily who He is and not just what He can do alone.

   Hence if God is Good essentially, that leaves us with the question of morality in it’s absolute sense. Like I would often posit,

I dont see the problem of morality as being the struggle between good and evil, rather it is that which is concerned with the pursuit and fulfillment of the ‘Good will’.

The goodwill here is not that of human society and social institutions, it is more of the will of God. I presume some might want to suppose and ask that where is that God? If He is, they claim not to see Him having direct involvement in the affairs of His creation. How did I know? The second epistle of Saint Peter testifies that, 

“…Knowing this first, that there shall come  in the last days scoffers, walking after  their own lusts, And saying, Where is  the promise of his coming? for since the  fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the  creation. For this they willingly are  ignorant of, that by the word of God the  heavens were of old, and the earth  standing out of the water and in the water:..” (2 Peter 2:3-5). 

With first the part, some holds it that God has deserted His creation and has absconded, which is why the standard of morality in the world is falsely argued to be relative since it is void of a moral absolute; God. But the concluding part of the quotation affirms God’s authority over and His direct involvement in the affairs of His creations; even the atheists inclusive. 

So if God is GOOD and is necessarily involved and concerned in the affairs of His creations, what then is EVIL? How do we come about EVIL in the world since the world is a part of God’s good creations? 

Check out the next article on this topic for the answers.

        …I Believe!

THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

 

  Omnipotence in a rough sketch is said to be the ability to be all-powerful. In the restrictive sense, it is only predated on God, accounting Him to be all powerful and able to do all things. 


However it was Frank Herbert that said this;

‘truth suffers from too much analysis’

and this I considered to be more plausible as this sense of God’s nature is opened to series of contrary views because of the faulty analysis. Most of these relativized misinterpretations of God’s potency comes from those that doesn’t believe in His existence, atheists to be precise. 

“Atheism in its real sense is not believing that God does not exist, it actually saying you are not going to believe no matter the evidences being presented, and so it takes away every sense of hope!”

Most have claimed that if God is all powerful to do all things including the good ones, then is also able and responsible for every existence and occurence of evil.
Simply put, God is both Good and Evil!
How plausible is this position?

What are the possible evidences to this position?

Any contrary views?

What are the evidences for this contrary views? 

In the attempt to answer this, over the time I’m going to have us take a leap of faith and consider;
♡ Omnipotence of God in terms of:
》who God is,
》what he is, and 
》’What’ He has done (created).

THE CHRISTIAN CONSCIOUSNESS 


I have read A.W. Tozer said all of it too well that it clearly points out the God’s kind of mind that must necessarily rest in us all as His children by the election of the grace made available in the death And resurrection of Christ Jesus to give us life eternal.

    “We must have the positive knowledge that we are clean through His wounds, with God’s peace realized through His stripes. This is how God assures us that we may be all right inside. In this spiritual condition, we will treasure  the purity of His cleansing and we will not excuse any evil or wrongdoing.

    Also we keep upon us a joyful and compelling sense of gratitude for the bruised and wounded One, our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, what a mystery of redemption–that the bruises of One healed the bruises of many; that the wounds of One healed the wounds of millions; that the stripes of One healed the stripes of many.”

Hence, it is more of our selflessness unto God, far and above our selfishness and self-interestedness. As much as we want to sing the ‘awe’ of God, it is high time we start living and experiencing the awesomeness of God.

“Every humble and devoted believer in Jesus Christ must have his own periods of wonder and amazement at this mystery of godliness-the willingness of Jesus Christ to take our place in judgement and in punishment. If the amazement has all gone out of it, something is wrong, and you need to have the stony ground (heart) broken up again!”         

                                  -A.W. Tozer.

The Church Triumphant

   Today, I go in the thought of Bill and Gloria Gaither, such that sees the great beacon light of hope and the ever-triuphant Church of our Lord Jesus Christ in the face of darkness of the strstegists; those that ridicule, misinterpret, and misrepresent the Truth of the Gospel. Nevertheless, the Church of Christ is alive🙌


“God Has Always Had A People!

Many a foolish conquer made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the Church of Jesus Christ out of sight, that he had stilled its voice and snuffed out its life.

But God Has Always Had A People!

The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it is forced to flow underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has fought its way through solid rock.

There have been charlatans who like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which cannot be bought or sold 


But God has Always Had A People Men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase.


 

 

Yes, God Has Always Had A People!

There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church’s message was nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized and financially profitable. It has been gold plated ,draped in purple and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, blotted and scorned.

These followers of Jesus Christ have been according to the whim of the times elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet through it all, there marches on that powerful army of the meek, God’s chosen people that can’t be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march.

The Church, God’s Church Triumphant, is Alive and Well!”

The Agony of Self (5)

​Today I conclusively challenge you to answer this 👇

      Who Do You Identify With?

Self dependency dont need to have you,

In the opio tune of the “I” blues.

Before you know Him your maker,

The only ONE that has it all together,

That can and will guide you through!

No longer you at the centre,

But you in the father,

And Jesus at the centre.

OH! Halleluyah😀🙌!

(Obedience is you being conscious of God leading your life) …”they that know their GOD…”. Daniel 11:32