“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” (Gen. 50:20) I believe that many Christians today have forgotten Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” I don’t think they believe that to be true.
The pain comes, a loved one dies, as they say, “Before their time,” an accident never occurs in the life of the born-again believer, there is no such thing as luck, chance or coincidence. There are only two forces at work on this planet, God and man, and in that order. Satan cannot do as he pleases, he has boundaries set before him, ones we have not been informed of. Man also has boundaries, those of the physical nature of God’s creation, and those that He has placed within every one of us, the moral construct of right and wrong, good and evil. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11) are the proofs of this statement.
Mankind in every nation in every time has set some form of repercussions for the breaking of the laws they have set in place, there is punishment when the boundary is crossed. Satan and the devils that fell with him do not have that stipulation placed upon them, they are, in a sense, bound as the sea is, “This far, no further,” they cannot cross the line. We can, we have, within the construct of those physical laws of God’s creation the ability to do what we please, complete and total free will has been given to us. A serial killer can take as many lives as he wants to, and if he is never caught, there will be no punishment in this life for his actions, we can choose to do the evil or the good.
The same moral construct, the morality of the design of the Lord for all is within each of us, evil is known without an action, the action we take is the decision we have made as to whether or not we will remain within the boundaries. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) If you have lived a life of compassion without Christ, you will die in your sins, the same as that serial killer, if one of his victims was a born-again believer, then the action was meant for good, a concept that is more than difficult for many who call themselves Christians to understand.
Any life that is lived that doesn’t glorify God is a life of sin, one does not need to be a blatant, manipulative person to receiver eternal damnation, just live a regular life without Christ, and that will be your final destination. Hell is the default destination for all mankind, no matter what type of life they have lived, heaven is only achieved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who do not accept Him, yet live that kind, caring and compassionate life towards others cannot conceive of this truth, and many who call themselves by the Savior’s name fit into this group.
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3) God sees Jesus, not us, when we call Him Savior, the obedience of our lives to the will and Word of God is the proof of our salvation, a longing to be where He is, is the proof to ourselves, the hatred of this world is the proof to the world. Evil, my friends, is not accepting Jesus Christ, evil is denying the Lord. The expression of that evil is seen in the serial killer as well as the compassionate person who has rejected Him.