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Though the words (Providence and Sovereignty) do not appear in the Canon, their usage at this site does reflect theological content found in the Scriptures. The words are used to convey the Truth of the Scriptures that teach God’s Providence and the exercise of His absolute Sovereignty (see: Providence and God is Sovereign; the word “Sovereign” is used of God Himself in the Scriptures, Acts 4:24; I Tim. 6:15; Rev. 6:10).

An approach to the Scriptures beginning with the normative nature of the Text and the holy God who does His will in all things is not popular to the modern mind that is set on self and a spurious concept of free will. But such an interpretation of the Scriptures is mandatory if the Scriptures are allowed to teach the reader, rather than the reader critiquing the Text so that it conforms to a prior mindset.

In light of the approach taken at this site, several points in conclusion can be made relative to the topic of God and evil:

1. Two aspects of God’s dealing with man are taught in the Scripture: God tells us He is in control, directing all things to accomplish His will; and He tells us what to do, instructing us of our accountability to Him and the fact of coming judgment to determine one’s destiny.

2. These two aspects of God’s will are not to be merged or confused; they are not in opposition to each other because they both flow from God; both must be embraced without seeking to reconcile them. In fact, it is impossible for man to reconcile them.

3. Man can never negate God’s decretive will; man does violate God’s directive will; this means that man cannot change the outcome of events but that man is responsible for violating God’s revealed command.

4. This view stresses the importance of faith; God does all things well for He is holy; man must accept this truth. In no way can man find fault with God; at no time can man accuse God. Man must appear before God’s seat of judgment; God does not give account of Himself to man.

5. This view stresses the importance of submission; man must accept his lot in life; man accepts what comes his way. The believer has no other option.

6. What we deem evil may be part of a larger good.

From this perspective chance or luck are ruled out; they are figments of humanistic thinking and have no basis in the teaching of the Scriptures. One verse needs comment.

The wise man says that “time and chance happens to them all” (Eccl. 9:11). Does the Bible teach chance? Two considerations are proper: one, the concept spoken of is that which is unexpected not that which is random and thus pure chance or fate; and two, from the human perspective events do not seem to be related as part of a whole, an overarching plan or purpose, but rather are disconnected and without metaphysical significance. But from the teaching of the Scriptures all events are connected and serve to accomplish God’s eternal and righteous plan. No event is an isolated event.


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