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Choosing to sing

"Choosing to sing" Continued...

Issue: "Roe v. Wade turns 40," Jan. 26, 2013

What about those who are suddenly murdered and don’t have the opportunity to learn as you learned? It’s impossible to conjecture what is in God’s heart. The Bible calls suffering a mystery for good reason. Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. We can’t see the big picture. Why doesn’t God just eradicate suffering all together? If He were to eradicate suffering, He’d have to eradicate sin in which suffering has its roots. And if He were to eradicate sin, He’d have to eradicate sinners. Jesus could have not only established the kingdom at the cross, but He could have fulfilled it right then and there. He could have ushered in the completion of the Kingdom of God. Bang. Close the curtain on sin and suffering and Satan. Send them all to the lake of fire with his hordes and that’s it. Had God done that, you and I and these Patrick Henry students would never have the chance to hear the gospel. So God gives the devil a stay of execution. It means there’ll be holocausts and genocides and wars and rape, things that God hates. But out of it all, the core of His plan is to rescue people, to draw them to His side, to win those who by His favor will be granted an eternity of joy and peace and service to God.

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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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