Confusion concerning God’s holiness, free will, sin/evil and Hell; a Christian response to follow: “But god creates evil. Sin exists not because of free will, but because of the definition God ascribed to things as “Sin.” Could god not have created free will without sin? If the answer is Yes, then why didn’t he? If the answer is no, then why can’t he? He is either evil, or not omnipotent. Both logical outcomes lead to a God not worthy of worship. God’s willingness to condemn me to hell for eternity is a showing of his power, not his worthiness.”
God is Holy, He does not create evil but only the possibility for same so that free will can reign supreme which is essential for love and relationship with our Creator to manifest with purity and authenticity. Note that the KJV translators in Isaiah 45:7 incorrectly translated the Hebrew “ra” as “evil” but the correct translation in context is “calamity.” See: https://biblehub.com/text/isaiah/45-7.htm
There is no “free will” void volition; one must possess the ability to choose and in order for that “choice” to exist, the antithesis of love and good and righteousness and obedience must also exist.
God is omnipotent and omniscient and though His Plan for Time and Eternity is immutable, the process by which that Plan comes to fruition is fluid; in other words, God allows you and me to make our own individual choices concerning our destiny in Time and Eternity and He works through and around those choices to bring His perfect will and Plan for Time and Eternity to completion.
God the Father has provided you a Way to find forgiveness for your sin and He has provided a pardon from death in sin and death in Hell if you will “choose” to repent of your sin, believe in your heart, confess with your mouth, that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay your sin-debt and that Jesus was resurrected from the dead for your justification (Romans 10:9-10). God does NOT will or choose to send anyone to Hell (1 Timothy 2:4), Hell was not created for mankind but for Satan and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41); man will enter Hell by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ.
The power of Hell is not God’s will for your life but God is Holy and He will NOT permit your unrepentant, destructive sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Revelation 21:27); therefore, you will deal with your sin within the Age of Grace through faith in Jesus Christ – OR – you will deal with your sin at the Judgment of the Condemned and lose both body and soul in Hell. Man will enter Hell by “choice.” The choice to live with God forever or lose both body and soul in Hell is yours to make (John 3:16; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:28). Please choose wisely, please choose life?
Theological question posited on FB: “If Christ already returned then how is there still evil in the world today?”
Sin and its attribute, evil, have been relevant since the angelic creation (Ezekiel 28:11-19) as the possibility for sin exists because free will exists as free will is necessary for love and relationship with our God to manifest in purity with authenticity (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). Sin will remain a possibility throughout Time and Eternity due the fact that void volition; that is, the free will to choose love or hate, good or evil, we can never truly love nor can obedience be realized in authenticity as anyone void free will is robotic in their nature and robots cannot love as they can only comply.
Christ, at His first Advent, came as suffering Lamb (John 1:29) to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) and those works are “death, Hell and the grave.” Each of those “works” is associated with the manifestation of sin and though the works of sin were defeated by Messiah via His death, burial and resurrection, sin will remain a possibility in this World and in the one to come as free will reigns paramount in this World and in the one to come. It is through our free will to choose Jesus Christ as our Lord for the mediation of sin that God the Father has gifted us with the opportunity to live with Him forever in His Kingdom; that is, the one who trusts-believes in and obeys the Son, Jesus Christ, as their God for the mediation of sin (John 3:16).
Another denial of the Trinity posted on FB: “The God of Babylon = the trinity; The God of Christianity = the trinity; The mystery religion of Babylon = Christianity. It’s really that simple. Why would we want to have the same God as the pope?
You can deny and disparage the Trinity if you desire to do so but the Scriptures testify against you and anyone performing an honest exegesis of the Holy Scriptures cannot deny that God has chosen to reveal Himself in a Trinity. The Father, the Son, the Spirit are One-God in essence and Three in person and there exists a consensual delineation of authority in the Godhead as this models obedience, organization, structure, honor, dignity and provides an example for the Biblical family unit and societal structure concerning authorities and obedience to same on Earth.
Legalism expressed on FB: “Sunday-keepers get very innovative the way they deny, twist, trivialize, nullify and explain away scripture that goes against their false doctrine. But you really see them at their most imaginative when they are confronted by Isaiah 66: 23 – “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 66:23). They really hate that verse.”
Theological inquiry on FB: “It’s God’s FOREKNOWLEDGE to HAVE KNOWN the fall of Adam BEFORE he was even created.”
Sabbath keepers, Law Keepers and Black Hebrew Israelite cult members roam these pages and mock the Christian and suggest that Scriptural – Covenant supremacy lies with Israel and those seeking obedience to the Law of Moses as Jesus came only to the lost sheep of Israel. Is this true and what has happened that the Gentiles have found grace and mercy with God the Father by grace through faith in Jesus while Israel has been cast out of the Covenant of Reconciliation/Grace and only a remnant of Israel will be saved?
So then, Messiah came to the lost sheep of Israel and had in mind “other sheep” not of Israel’s fold (John 10:16); in response to Israel’s rejection of their Messiah, it is those “other sheep” that now have dominion in God’s will and His eschatological Plan for the World until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25). It is prophesied that a Jewish remnant will recognize, worship, serve and honor Messiah Yeshua in the coming days of Tribulation and into the Millennial Kingdom but for all intents and purposes, Sabbath Keepers – Law Keepers – Black Hebrew Israelite cult members, observant Rabbinical Jews, have no cause to boast and due to their rejection of Yeshua as Lord, they are destined to die in sin and die in Hell lest they repent and turn to Yeshua-Jesus as Lord for the remission of sin (John 8:24).
Theological question posited on FB concerning atonement for sin provided only by grace through faith in Messiah Jesus: “Is it possible for someone to denounce that atoning blood of redemption? And what will become the final outcome of such person?”
God’s free will, infused within His angelic and human creation, mandates the option to choose God the Father and a relationship with Him by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for sin – or – reject God and serve Satan by default and die in Hell in rebellion – ultimately a cessation of all life as Hell pertains to human kind (Matthew 10:28). God the Father’s Gift of eternal life in His Kingdom through the atonement of sin earned for mankind by Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion is ONLY provided to those who repent of sin, believe in their heart – confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is God who died to pay their sin-debt and believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead for their justification leading to eternal life (Romans 10:9-10). There is no Law, no philanthropic deed, no lifestyle, no religion, no human effort, that can earn God’s Gift of eternal life – ONLY – by believing in the Son, Jesus Christ as Lord, will a man or woman find life in God’s Kingdom subsequent to the death of the body in Time (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16).