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.
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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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The Christian religion was given to man by Jesus Christ, Son of God, so that human beings could achieve happiness by developing virtue (moral excellence as defined by God).
I live in a neighborhood of Christians and we do not need to lock or doors. The biggest problems in the neighborhood are Terrible the cat and Reba the hound. Everybody mows their lawns, tends their gardens, enjoys barbeque, and fishing on the lake. Nevertheless, I lock my doors lest a thief come in the night to catch me aware.
Christians find evils like the mass murder of innocent children unimaginable. It is a case of the shepherd taking leave and the wolf then coming in upon the flock to have is way.
Even after Columbine, Sandy Hook and other massacres, Uvalde Elementary School was ripe for the picking. The gunman just walked into the school. Town authorities had not taken any steps to harden up the campus to keep its children safe.
Pride is in a way a form of insanity. To the extent we are prideful we lack empathy. We lack the ability to try to understand things as others understand things. Instead, we limit ourselves to our own point-of-view because no other point-of-view matters to us. What is either good for or harms our neighbor does not matter. Instead of appreciating the fact that God created the universe and keeps it functioning, we believe everything exists only for “me”.
You have described very well our need for divine salvation. I read and have commented on many atheist blogs and I find it unbelievable what unrepentant imbeciles they all are. Yet all of them think they are as wise as Solomon.
Over the years, I have understood that I too, am an imbecile. And that is why I study and try to fill my mind with the wisdom of the ages. I also practice the Christian religion to avail myself of God’s grace without which nothing is possible.