Insanitybytes22 has interesting post, and the first comment, jsolbakken’s, is a worthy addition. Hopefully, my addition here is also thoughtful.
Wisdom is the ability to discern between good and evil. Because of his pride, Satan the Adversary refuses to understand that he cannot set his throne above the Most High and be the Most High. Satan refuses to understand that his ambition is not an honest ambition. His pride — our pride — keeps Satan and those who choose to follow in his footsteps from learning to be wise.
How do we shed our pride? I suppose there is more than one way, but one way is certainly the most common, and this is why evil is not preventable. Before most of us can shed our pride, we must understand that our refusal to see ourselves as we are, creatures dependent upon our Creator, is the thing that brings us low. We can only share in the glory of our Creator when we choose to love and obey Him, and most of us must learn that the hard way.
Can we help others learn to be wise? Is there anything we can do to prevent evil? Perhaps. The Bible says best thing we can do to help others to become wise and to learn to love and obey God is to instruct our children in the Bible, to teach them Biblical wisdom.
I am like that small child that just always has to know “why.” Yes but, why? I am really grateful God so patiently and so faithfully answers the vast majority of my “whys.” He really does, too. I can count on one hand the number of times He has said something like, you can’t know that, not yet. Or, I can’t answer that because you’re asking the wrong question.
The hardest answer to a “why” for me was actually, “because they believe it is acceptable and they think they can get away with it.” I’m a fixer, a problem solver, a preventer of issues, so an answer like that is just so unsatisfactory. What do you mean, they just choose to do it??
The idea that people can deliberately choose to do evil just doesn’t compute in my brain…..or in my heart. I assume they must be mentally ill…
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