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Why does God Allow Evil?
If God is all powerful, all knowing, just and loving, and if He's all goodness and graciousness then why is there such evil in the world?!  Where is God's love then?  Where is His justice?  If He's all powerful, why can't He stop the injustice?  If He's all loving, then why does He not protect His children from evil?  Why do we always hear about these terrorists and their heinous acts of evil?  Why does God allow such evil?   This is a question that comes to everyone's mind at some point in their lives and the answer to it might surprise you...  It is because of God's love, mercy and justice that He allows evil in the world!  Perhaps this might sound very strange at first, but allow me to explain and I hope that by the end of this article you might thank God for allowing evil for so long!   There's Evil in the World Because God is Merciful God is merciful upon all His creation.  Some of His children have strayed from His way and inflict evil upon the world.  God however is a "gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm." (Jonah 4:2)  God is patient because He has "no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." (Ezekiel 33:11)  This is why St. Peter says "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some ...

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The Love of God, the Father
There's a very interesting expression that was used in Genesis 6:6: "So God was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and He thought this over." (Genesis 6:6) What does it mean for God to think this over?  This expression implies that God had made a mistake for Him to reconsider.  It implies that God erred and He needs to correct it.  It also implies that God is not all-knowing.  Moreover it strips God from His perfection in His plan and diminishes His wisdom.  This verse renders God prone to error which in turn would destroy our trust in Him.  What then?  Was it just poor choice of word from the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit knowingly and intentionally chose these words and there's a reason behind them.  God uses human expressions to relate to us what's in His heart.  A father explaining a complex situation to his 2 year old son or daughter would have to revert to terms familiar to his 2 year old, otherwise the message would be misunderstood or completely lost.  So too our heavenly Father trying to relate to us this situation He uses human terms.  The father of the 2 year old could chose to use adult terms in the explanation leaving his child completely lost, but that wouldn't be a loving thing to do.  Here however out of His Love, God used terms we can relate to in order to express the situation.&nbs...

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God's Toil With His Creation
In the light of Genesis 1, we discover God's toil with man to produce virtues... In Genesis 1 we read "In the beginning God made heaven and earth.  The earth was invisible and without form." When God made the heavens with His word, it came to be. As for the earth God took multiple days to shape it into its intended form. Here comes the question, why did God create the earth invisible and without form to begin with? Couldn't he have just said his word and make it into its final form? The bible tells us that He first created it without form, He then created the light in a day. On a different day He divided the waters from the waters and separated them with the firmament. On a different day He gathered the waters together to separate water from land and filled the land with herbs, grass and fruitful trees. The stars and the moon were created on a different day. The living sea creatures and the birds of the sky on yet another day were created and so on. Even though it was God's will and plan to begin with, yet He made them on separate days.   So too is the work of creating virtues in man. It takes time, effort and grace which is the divine work. We currently live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. Computers are getting faster and faster; food only takes minutes to be ready from the time they were ordered. Patience is not cultivated at all. It is no su...

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Care From the Beginning
God prepared everything for His creation before they ask for it, and before they even realize they need it. Not only does He provide them with their needs, but also their wants as well. In Genesis 1 we read that God created the Light by his Word "Let there be light" before creating any living beings that need the light. He created the herbs, plants and fruitful trees before creating the birds that need them. He created the sea creatures and birds before the beasts that need them to feed on them. He then created man after all his needs were met. God not only satisfied the needs, but the wants as well. God created two great lights where the lesser one to rule the night. He adorned the sky with many stars and constellations as a beautiful touch to the sky. God did not just create simple kind of food for man, but He created all sorts of different fruits and plants. Till this day man continues to discover new kinds of plants and species that were not known to him before.  Also, everyday God paints for us a different portrait of brilliant colors in the sky.  Each day the clouds in the sky are arranged differently to form the day's unique portrait drawn by the hand of God Himself for man. God met our needs and wants before we ask for anything. For this reason our Lord and Savior came to us personally telling us "do not worry about your life, what you will e...

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