From time to time I have readers and listeners to my radio programs write to me with questions. Rather than answer some of these questions individually, I feel it might be better to share the answers with all readers on questions that are relevant to previously discussed topics.
· Question: I am listening to Paul Sandhu's Chronicles of Creation (actually The Chronology of Creation) and am finding them very interesting. I have a question for Paul. You said God created evil for a purpose, in other words he wanted man to learn through aversion therapy. My question is, what role then, does prayer and intercession play in this? Why pray for healing, for deliverance, etc. when God actually wants us to experience evil? ???
Answer: God does not want us to experience evil; He wants us to experience GOOD. Regrettably without experiencing EVIL it is not really possible to 'EXPERIENCE' (to know, to Yada – Hebrew word for ‘know’) GOOD even though one may be its beneficiary, as Adam and Eve were in the Garden. Evil is necessary but not desirable, we do not go looking for evil. Sadly in this world, all too often evil finds us without any looking.
So when we are afflicted, we do pray and intercede for deliverance, for comfort, for healing.
· When deliverance comes, we understand and value the DELIVERER
· When comfort comes, we understand and value the COMFORTER
· When healing comes, we understand and value the HEALER
This is how the knowledge and experience of evil gives us the knowledge and experience of God. This is how we learn how to love God because we understand His goodness; though He may allow us to be afflicted, He will surely heal us even if the healing comes after we depart from this life. For example the beggar Lazarus got no comfort in this life but that does not mean God failed him.