Tuesday, September 2, 2014

If God is perfect and perfectly deserving of all glory; if God is able to accomplish and reigns over the world, then I must believe that everything which occurs is necessarily the best means to the best end(s).

If God is perfectly deserving of all glory, and perfectly accomplishes that which is good—it is good that he receive all glory due his name—then God perfectly pursues and effects his glory.

God does not fail in procuring his honor and worship.

God does not fail in pursuing good.

God does not fail in accomplishing his intent. 

God has established a good and perfect end—this is undisputed in Christendom.

Curiously: it is often debated or questioned that the means God uses are similarly good and perfect.

In fact: such a thought is so problematic that many Christians remove God from the equation indeterminately: “God will win in the end, but for now evil reigns.”

But that does not agree with Scripture. Throughout the testaments it is God who reigns. And all evil is subordinate to God: “For the earth was subjected to futility by him who subjected it in hope…” It appears to the Psalmists that the enemies of the righteous have the upper hand, but so they pray to God for deliverance—because he maintains control (as Adam Ford has pointed out: what’s the point in praying if God is not sovereign?).

Do you believe that God is good?
Do you believe that God is perfect?
Do you believe that God is in control?
Do you believe that God is wise?

Then you must also believe that history is perfect. No—I don’t simply intend: a necessary evil; a justifiable means to a better end. I mean that it is a the best means to the best end. That history is a good in itself [because] of God himself.

Anything less than such belief is a biblically unsupported faith.

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