ajee Let me start with a question.
Are we like robots? No. We have free will. We can choose between good and evil. When God made the first human pair, He took a significant calculated risk of making us in His very own image, with free will – including the freedom for us to rebel against Him. I want to make an important point here that even the freedom to rebel against God also comes from God. We can either choose to obey God or to reject Him. Though God is Sovereign and is in control of everything, since He also created human beings with free will, He does not interfere with human free will. For example, if you try to hit me, and God tries to stop it, and I try to hit you back, and again God tries to stop it, we are not free human beings; we will become like robots. If God stops our free will, even we cannot have a proper love relationship with Him, because love relationship needs an exercise of freedom. If God interferes in our relationship to Him, our relationship with Him will become forced relationship, it will not be based on love, because all true relationship requires freedom. That is why we cannot force another person to love just by forcing them to say I love you. If there is no freedom, there cannot be true love. Since God has made us in His own image, He will not go against it by stopping our free will, reducing us to the level of robots.

Cormano Now imagine that you are an astronaut stranded at a distance 350 kilometers above the earth’s surface where there is zero gravity. Though you will be freely floating, you cannot sleep in your bed without being strapped to it. We are free human beings on earth because we are related to this planet by gravity and friction. So, freedom is best defined as a relational quality. Since God is not unipersonal but tri-personal, freedom is a relational quality. If we closely look, we can realize this mystery of God’s Sovereignty and man’s free will.

buy modafinil provigil uk When the first human pair, Adam and Eve decided to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they proclaimed autonomy from God declaring God’s character is no more the basis to decide right from wrong. They can decide on their own, which is right and which is wrong, giving birth to moral relativism. That is why what we see in Genesis 3 is not a simple act of disobedience but a declaration of moral autonomy and rebellion. Because this rebellion is a cosmic event, even nature turned against humans bringing in destruction and brought forth thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18). This rebellion of the first human pair have defiled the earth and caused some aspects of nature not to operate as God originally intended. Thus, nature became frustrated in its purposes and can no longer be the same as it was created to be. In Romans 8:19-23, Paul describes this suffering of the natural world in the context of great eschatological hope for both believers and nature.

https://www.menosquecero.es/2584-dts58834-busco-mujeres-solteras-en-puertollano.html Since God gave us freedom, He is not going to restrain this freedom even if it is going to result in a great evil not only for ourselves but also for the whole of his creations. That is why we can see around us, human rebellion against God as the reason for many evil. I am coming to the main point that when we see evil like this virus that is happening in the created world, we may have to reluctantly admit that our human rebellion against God has upset the moral order. That is why it ultimately required of God to send His own Son to give up His life for our sake on the Cross because He cannot stop us from rebelling against Him, but provided a way for our forgiveness and returning back to Him with our free will and thus establishing the moral order back.
Long ago in a faraway place
Rough rugged timbers were raised to the sky
There hung a man suspended in space
And though He was blameless
They left Him to die
Just to think of the Cross
Moves me now
The nails in His hands
His bleeding brow
To think of the Cross
Moves me now
It should have been me, It should have been me,
Instead I am free, I am free!
He put an end to my guilt and despair
Turned bitter hating to sweet peace and love
Even the men that put Him up there
Were offered forgiveness and life from above
Just to think of the Cross
Moves me now
The nails in His hands
His bleeding brow
To think of the Cross
Moves me now
It should have been me, It should have been me,
Instead I am free, I am free!
(“Just to Think of the Cross” by Kurt Kaiser from the folk musical “Natural High”)
My dear Jesus, Today, I stand here to thank you for your sacrifice on the Cross. Let Your haunting horrible death on the Cross, move me to holiness, propel me to service, and ignite me to embrace the hurting, crying, and dying with Your Love. Amen.

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