"Many are the afflictions of the righteous," says Scripture. WHY? "I am the Eternal ... I create evil," says Isa, 45:5, 7. HOW can this be? Who was responsible for Adam's sin? Did Satan thwart God's purpose? Was God unable to prevent it? The real meaning of the story of JOB brings the true answer. WHY DOES God permit war? WHY does God allow human suffering and misery? "If God is GOD - if God is LOVE - if He is MERCIFUL, He would not wish for people to suffer," is the reasoning of many humans. "And if He is ALMIGHTY," they conclude, "He could, and would prevent It." What's wrong with this reasoning? Is GOD Author of EVIL? Years ago a post-office clerk came to me with a question.
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