GOD does permit wickedness, and millions on earth willfully make a practice of it. For instance, they declare wars, drop bombs on children, scorch the earth, and cause famines. Millions smoke and get lung cancer, practice adultery and get sexually transmitted diseases, use alcohol to excess and get cirrhosis of the liver, and so on. Such people do not truly want all wickedness stopped.
They only want the penalties for it eliminated. When they reap what they have sown, they cry out, "Why me?"
And they blame God, as Proverbs 19:3 -says: "A man's own folly wrecks his life, and then he bears a grudge against the LORD."
(The New English Bible)
James Reads-All good giving and every perfect
is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. Nab/bible/james/james1.htm#foot9
Commentary- Reads 9  All good giving
and every perfect gift may be a proverb written in hexameter. Father of lights:
God is here called the Father of the heavenly luminaries, i.e., the stars, sun,
and moon that he created (Genesis 1:14-18).
Unlike orbs moving from nadir to zenith, he never changes or diminishes in
brightness. 10  Acceptance of the gospel
message, the word of truth, constitutes new birth (John 3:5-6) and
makes the recipient the firstfruits (i.e., the cultic offering of the earliest
grains, symbolizing the beginning of an abundant harvest) of a new creation; cf
Cor 15:20; Romans 8:23.—From
Nab/bible/james/james1.htm#foot9--Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. JAMES 1:17
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Is God to Blame?
There are many people in the world who feel that somehow God is to blame for the plight of the human family. They may feel that when God made the first man he knew what the outcome would be and, for that reason, the sin, suffering, wars and death that overwhelm humankind are a part of his will. When death takes a loved one, they resignedly say, “It is the will of God.” And many calamities are termed “acts of God.” But the Bible clearly shows that God is not to blame.
Having created the earth and the plant and
animal life upon it, JOrY-God specially beautified a portion
of it in
Every provision was made to supply the needs of man. Surrounded as he was with these loving provisions of his heavenly Father, man was given the opportunity to demonstrate his appreciation for them by willing obedience. “And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: ‘From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.’” (Gen. 2:16, 17) But Adam did eat of it, and he died. Does that not prove that man was imperfect? One who is perfect cannot do wrong, some may reason.
It is true that when the United States Air
Force launched its Pioneer rocket from
However, man was not made like a rocket, with electronic controls by which the Almighty would move him and guide his course. He was not a robot, mechanically efficient but devoid of sensibility. Man had the divine gift of free will. Therefore, at a later date Joshua could say: “Now if it is bad in your eyes to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.” (Josh. 24:15) Had man, endowed with free will, been unable to choose bad, that ability to choose would have been incomplete, hence imperfect. Therefore, the very fact that man could choose either good or bad argues, not that he was imperfect, but rather that even in this respect he was a perfect creation. His sin resulted from entertaining wrong desires.—Jas. -15.
Another idea that lingers in the mind of some is that God must bear the blame for man’s sin in that He placed the tree of the knowledge of good and bad in the garden, in that way putting temptation before man. Had there been no tree, there would have been no sin. Therefore, the tree produced evil results and the Maker of it must bear the blame, they feel. Such reasoning is in error.
For example, at a drugstore you may purchase medicine that is marked: “Danger. For External Use Only.” Properly applied, the medicine has a healthful effect; but if someone ignores the plainly printed instructions and swallows the medicine, it may bring his death. Is the druggist to blame? Did he lay temptation before the customer? Of course not!
Neither did God do injury to man in planting the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. It was an altogether good thing that gave man opportunity to exercise his free will in a right way and so to learn obedience. Properly viewed, it would have had a healthful effect; but when man, urged by the Devil and motivated by his own wrong desire, ignored the plainly given warning that “in the day you eat from it you will positively die,” he brought the sentence of death upon himself. How true, then, the statement found at Deuteronomy 32:5: “They have acted ruinously on their own part; . . . the defect is their own”!
The same is true today when homes are broken by divorce and delinquency. God is not to blame. His will is expressed in the Bible. When it is followed, ‘wives are in subjection to their husbands,’ ‘husbands keep on loving their wives,’ and together they bring up their children in “the discipline and authoritative advice of Jehovah. JOrY ” To those who listen to God’s counsel, family life is a source of rich blessing and deep satisfaction.—Col. 3:18-21; Eph. 6:4.
Nor was the destruction of an estimated
10,000,000 human lives by the fifty-seven nations participating in combat in
World War II God’s doing. To the contrary, it was a violation of His
declaration of the sanctity of human life. So with sin and death; God is not to
blame. The Scriptures make clear that, not as a result of what God has done,
but “through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death through sin,
and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.”—Gen. 9:4-6;
Almighty God is the Author of “every good gift and every perfect present.” He lovingly gave the first man a perfect start in a paradise home. When man sinned, God’s goodness did not cease. He mercifully made provision for those of the human family yet to be born to have opportunity to gain what Adam lost. By means of His kingdom, for which all Christians pray, he will see that those evildoers, including the Devil himself, who are to blame for the woes of man will be cut off. “But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”—Jas. 1:17; Ps. 37:9-11-From a JW Publication WTcommentary-The New World Translation Bible is Online But No Built in Commentary. For E-Mail Questions Plus More Open 33.htm
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