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The Universe is not a Nursery! — It is Character Schooling!
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap."
(Galatians 6:7)
  "As He [Jesus] passed by... He saw a man blind from birth.
And His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'

For surely suffering must be punishment for something – if God is in charge.
One of many injustices which naturally perplex thinking people today – if God is really in charge!
Jesus answered, 'It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but
that the works of God might be displayed in him'.
" (John 9:1-3).
— In other words, this was an opportunity to express the character/attitude of God is our behaviour. How? —
This does NOT mean that God used a lifetime of suffering as a stunt to advertise His healing power!
Suffering of any kind
invites compassion,
for us to share God's
attitude of love toward all.
It is
not only Christ's disciples who were perplexed, that – if God is a God of love, why does he allow such suffering in our world?
Rationally, it seems to directly contradict the whole message of the Christian gospel about God.
 
 
Christ's answer pointed directly to the specific purpose of the suffering, which teaches us an important principle!
 
In the
beginning of all things, Genesis tell us, in its first chapter, that humanity was made "in God's image", which in the language of the time it was written did not mean God's shape or appearance, for God is infinite spirit, but humanity was made to represent Him.
 
 
Humanity failed this in Eden's Garden in doubting God but their subsequent expulsion was not petty vindictiveness on God's part. It was simply to prevent their access to the fruit of the unique Tree of Life, which until then had negated the natural aging process, common to all biological life, but from which they had been specially exempted until then because of their special purpose and so had accordingly
therefore been given unique dominion over all forms of life.
Genesis 1:26
Their
expulsion from this special exemption meant that they now had limitations in common with all forms of life. This was their admission to a new learning experience which still continues onward today, and will do so until death itself is defeated in the climactic return of Jesus Christ to this world.
 
 
For to represent God is to share His attitude toward those around us!
 
  This requires a compassion and sensitivity to the situation of those around us, such as is only true of God Himself! Worshipping God does not add to Him in any way.  
It is
simply individually required so as to tune–us in directly to His presence, to His character, His attitude, and therefore to become a direct channel for His presence in our very lost and dangerously confused world —
as the Lord Jesus Himself was in-tune in the days of His humanity,
before He fully took all our blame on His Cross before God for all our shortcomings.
No physical suffering,
even Christ's crucifixion,
could pay for sin.
It was His being
completely cut off
from God that
paid for all sin.
Accordingly,
our response to needy situations around is to be a channel for God, most often for His compassion!
If we are tuned in to His attitude we can then be trusted with His wisdom and authority to deal with whatever we face in this world.
 
When Jesus spoke death to a fig tree, on His way into Jerusalem, it was not because He was disappointed that it had no figs, but to demonstrate the authority which humanity was given in its design in the beginning to represent the Creator, which is why in response to Peter's amazement the following day He spoke to him of an even greater power possible through the very human Peter.
Matthew 21:21
Nothing in this universe was made to represent God in both character and therefore behaviour as humanity was designed in its very beginning!
Life   in   this   world   gives   us   many   opportunities   to   show   compassion...

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