I actually think this should more be called “End of Sin…” but hey, I didn’t write the thing lol. Just wanted to share my devotional though from this morning with you guys.
Sidenote: Is it weird that I’m pretty excited about what my devotional book for the new year is gonna be like??? lol
Scripture Reference: And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. – Rev. 20:9 (NASB)
Ebola hemorrhagic fever, caused by the most virulent virus known, produces internal and external bleeding, and victims typically die from hypovolemic shock and/or organ breakdown. Dictators such as Stalin, Hitler, and Idi Amin have slaughtered literally millions of victims. Some babies lack a forebrain and cerebrum. Having no consciousness, they cannot see, hear, or feel. Millions of sex slaves (approximately 50,000 in the United States) find themselves physically and emotionally abused by both their pimps and johns.
Drunk drivers cause a traffic fatality about every 30 minutes in the United States. During the 25-year period between December 1981 and January 2006, more than 25 million people died from AIDS. In 2005, AIDS destroyed about 3 million men, women, and children. Some 70 percent of persons with necrotizing fasciitis (the generic name for the disease cause by flesh-eating bacteria) die a painful death if untreated, and 25 percent die even if treated. Every 2.43 seconds of every single day, someone dies from starvation, and 85 percent of these victims are children under the age of 5.
The existence — no, the prevalence — of suffering arguably provides the strongest case against the existence of God and for atheism. Indeed, as far back as the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 B.C. to 270 B.C.), the reality of evil has put thinkers on the horns of a dilemma: (1) if God wants to avert evil but cannot, then He is impotent; (2) if God can prevent evil but doesn’t, then He is Himself evil; (3) if God is both willing and able to put a stop to evil, then it shouldn’t exist, yet it does; (4) if God both wills evil and causes it, then He isn’t moral and hence not worthy of worship; (5) it’s clear that God — at least a benevolently moral deity — doesn’t exist.
Theologians have proposed rationales for the existence of evil and the agony it produces, suggesting that for reasons not always obvious to the human mind God has allowed the continuance of evil and its attendant suffering. Today’s passage, though, makes it clear that despite the ongoing presence of evil, God does want to destroy it and has the capability to do so. Indeed, He shall destroy evil and evildoers. Would a beneficient deity destroy evil and its perpetrators? Absolutely! As a morally blameless person, He finds evil offensive — as do we.
Love and God Bless,