God’s Prodigal Problem
After mentioning I was a Universalist, someone asked, “If God knew He was going to save everyone, why not skip their painful Earthly existence, and start us all out in heaven?”
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God is the only Source of life, so He could not create beings who could separate from Him and live forever, like unplugged rechargeable flashlights, our life is temporary. And God could not force us to remain connected; so He has to wait for us to choose a relationship with Him.
After the fall it became necessary for each of us to have an opportunity to live life our own way.
So like the Prodigal’s father, God allows each of us to go our own way and attempt to show Him a better way to run a kingdom. The gift of free will would not be a true gift if we were not allowed to use it any way we please.
Lucifer/Satan was God’s original wayward son.
Many people say the Prodigal’s son was not repentant, that he was only hungry; but he had come to the end of himself and his way of life, and decided to go back and place himself under his father’s rule.
The Word Sin Refined
Sin is doing anything God would not do if He were you, and or failing to do what God would do if He was you.
God always does the most wise and loving thing for everyone concerned for all of eternity.
Thinking of Adam as the entire human race, and each individual as a cell in Adam’s body (actually Christ’s body) a cell doing anything counterproductive to the body’s overall health and growth.
The only way for each of Adam’s cells to know and do the wisest and most loving thing is by obeying Christ the Head, via Adam’s nervous system, The Holy Spirit.
Therefore a sinful individual is like a cancerous cell living for its self and it’s immediate family, which from God’s perspective is stupid and shortsighted – – – ‘sinful.’
Jesus called this, “persecuting Him, and kicking against the pricks.”
And he (Saul/Paul on Damascus Road) said, “Who art thou Lord?” And the Lord said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.” (Acts 9:5)
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“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day they were created.” (Genesis 5:2)
God called His creation, “Very Good.” (Genesis 3:1)
Evil is a verb not a noun, not a thing in and of itself that can be created, but an aberration, a distortion of the “Very Good.”