Monday, 23 December 2013

Why do evil men prosper?

" That ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust"

                     Matthew 5:45        

So God sends rain, not only to the just but also the unjust? A lot of christian teaching never mentions this often overlooked aspect of our heavenly Father. Many are led to believe that God only blesses good people but here we see its not the case. Jesus does not say that the unjust will inherit the kingdom of God but he reveals that evil men can enjoy prosperity. Is Jesus talking only about material blessing or could we also include spiritual blessings? Can evil men be spiritually blessed? Can they be called and empowered to do God's work? Can the Holy Spirit come upon a false prophet? What about Judas Iscariot? Is it possible that your conclusions on these matters could affect your life, even in a positive way? Maybe we ought to memorise these sayings and meditate upon them, asking God to give us wisdom. Is it any surprise that even Job asks the question

 "Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, and even become more powerful?" .. and he goes on to say " They spend their days in prosperity "

Is that fair? Is it just? More importantly is God unjust? What is the fate of the wicked? We would do well to read the whole book of Job for ourselves and meditate upon it while not making our own conclusions or borrowing the conclusions of others lest we miss some golden nugget of truth.

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