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Why do the wicked prosper?

FIRST OF ALL: "There are many who complain of God because the world is so full of want and suffering, but God never meant that this misery should exist. He never meant that one man should have an abundance. God has made men His stewards, and He is not to be charged with the sufferings, the misery, the nakedness, and the want of humanity. The Lord has made ample provision for all. He has given to thousands of men large supplies with which to alleviate the want of their fellows; but those whom God has made stewards have not stood the test, for they have failed to relieve the suffering and the needy." {WM 16.1} "Christ feels the woes of every sufferer. When evil spirits rend a human frame, Christ feels the curse. When fever is burning up the life current, He feels the agony. And He is just as willing to heal the sick now as when He was personally on earth. Christ's servants are His representatives, the channels for His working. He desires through them to exercise His healing power." {WM 25.1}

 

Freedom of choice. God did not make Robots and if He manipulated every person who was hurting someone (or themselves) He would not be a God of love for LOVE involves freedom of choice.

We would have no choice if God prevented us from doing things that hurt others. It also provides us with an opportunity to understand two things: ONE how much God loves us and why His laws are so important to our happiness and TWO why forgiveness is the key to overcoming sin for ourselves and others. God loved us so much He is in pain over ALL wickedness from all TIME, from all PEOPLE. He is always seeing it ALL. He can't ignore it, watch TV, drink or medicate it away. God suffers far more than ANYONE because He embodies perfect love. It is so hard to really understand love allows pain, but there are hundreds of hollywood movies that are blockbuster hits because they embody just that. Freedom is more important and never getting hurt.

God is also a God of justice. Thus God will not prevent the outcome be what that may from choices. You might say, well they can choose to do what they want but why do innocent people suffer? First, no one is truely innocent. God leads and guides us and we ALL ignore and neglect his counsel. BUT there are times when truely wicked things happen (rape, murder, torcher). Why doesn't God protect us from that? The mystery of iniquity is a hard thing to rap our minds around. We all want peace, love, and happiness to reign because that is WHAT GOD INTENDED all along from the Garden of Eden and beyond. It gets back to freedom of choice and justice which are both part of love. They can NOT be separated. Hilter was free to choice his course, the victims are free to choose to trust in God for either protection or strenght and victory over the hurt and pain. Many mytars were seen singing until their dying breath. We can have that peace under the most grevious of circumstances.

Again, let's put that into perspective. Is it painful to have a broken arm or bare a child? How painful? Should we prevent our children from doing something they really enjoy that MIGHT cause them a broken arm or prevent friends from getting pregnant? Of course NOT. Why, don't we love them? Yes, but we all know that the pain will fade. It is for a short time with much to gain. Ask people who truely love to ski, snowboard, bicycle, kayak, etc. Why do they risk it? Because pain doesn't mean you can't be happy or very least at peace. Pain for a short time but for a long term goal or bringing a life into this world is a fading memory. The same is true of the grosue torcher and violent crimes we see today. They will fade in light of all eternity. We just have to get through this 100 or so years and "heaven will be cheap enough".

 

That is NOT to say God does NOT intercede, protect, and assist. "Prayer is the key that unlocks heaven's storehouse'.

"The darkness of the evil one encloses those who neglect to pray. The whispered temptations of the enemy entice them to sin; and it is all because they do not make use of the privileges that God has given them in the divine appointment of prayer. Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?" (Steps to Christ, 93–95.)

"Select another and still another soul, daily seeking guidance from God, laying everything before Him in earnest prayer, and working in divine wisdom. As you do this, you will see that God will give the Holy Spirit to convict, and the power of truth to convert, the soul." (Medical Ministry, 245). "Do not neglect earnest prayer that you may possess a lowly mind, and that angels of God may go before you to work upon the hearts you are trying to reach, and so soften them by heavenly impressions that your efforts may avail." (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, 53.)

God's hands are untied from being accusted of interfering with our rights when we pray for those we love!!!