If God exists, why do people suffer (Romans 8:20)?
The real culprit in this situation is Satan the devil, named in the Bible as an accuser (Revelation 12:9). Jesus Christ, the Son of God said the devil was a liar and a manslayer or murderer of mankind (John 8:44). There are two great accusations that have come to God’s attention:
1 — An accusation against the right of God to rule over his creatures, both invisible and visible.
2 — An accusation regarding the integrity of creation, especially human beings, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).
When a complaint is filed and serious charges are laid, it takes a long time for a prosecution or defense to be investigated, before the trial and final judgment. The prophecy of Daniel chapter 7 presents the situation, in which the sovereignty of God and the integrity of man are involved, at a “Court” where judgment takes place: “A stream of fire was flowing and going out from before him. A thousand thousands kept ministering to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The Court took its seat, and books were opened. ( …) But the Court sat, and they took away his rulership, in order to annihilate him and to destroy him completely” (Daniel 7:10,26). As it is written in this text, the sovereignty of the earth, which has always belonged to God, will be taken away from the devil and also from man. This framework of a “Court” is also presented in Isaiah chapter 43, where it is written that those who take sides for God, are his “witnesses”: “”You are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “Yes, my servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and have faith in me And understand that I am the same One. Before me no God was formed, And after me there has been none. I — I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:10,11). Jesus Christ is also called the “Faithful Witness” of God (Revelation 1:5).
In connection with these two serious accusations, Jehovah God has allowed Satan the devil and mankind time, over 6,000 years, to present their evidence as to whether they can rule or administer the earth without the sovereignty of God. We are at the end of this experience when the lie of the devil is brought to light by the catastrophic situation in which humanity finds itself, on the verge of collapse (Matthew 24:22). Judgment and the enforcement of the sentence will take place at the great tribulation (Matthew 24:21; 25: 31–46). Now let’s address the two accusations of the devil more specifically by examining what happened in Eden, in Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and the book of Job chapters 1 and 2.
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