Why the devil and sin exist?

Why the devil and sin exist?

It is a paradox that the devil and sin exist in the world created by perfect, good God.

It is usually answered that it is because of pride. But the natural question would be: Why then pride exists?

The comprehensible answer is that every problem must be solved and to be solved a problem need to appear. So sin is necessary to appear in the universe.

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Good deeds vs donations

I thought: If I do good deals God will reward me. So I want to do as much good as I can. The biggest good I can do is scientific research and deep Bible study.

I also thought: It is not worth me to do small good deeds (to help that bum or that jobless man, or even that Christian preacher or church) because I do scientific research worth trillion dollars and should not break off to small good deeds, as my research is much more important. I should keep money to myself to help my research.

But once I realized that to receive a blessing we need to give money (not just good deeds) to those in need. (Gal. 6:7) “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”.

My first reaction was: The spirits which control human life misbehave: I can do a trillion dollar worth good and they watch over my little “good deeds” and small amounts of money instead of really important for humankind projects.

But later I realized: It is useless to have big scientific projects, big revelations without peace and love. I need to be freed from greed (even if the greed has some “good” reason) in order to be suitable for the Kingdom of God. It is a work of God over me that I need to give my own money to needy, even if I have big projects which need money too. It is to make my character better, to be more suitable for the Kingdom of God.

Now, you have met a real genius. You can help me by donating. Please donate. This way you will do the best good deed (to help a genius) which you can.

My main project in math, software, philanthropy, and theology are listed at this Web page.

Foundation of our activity

I do my math and computer-related research. I bear a great fruit.

However, how could I do it without Intel who produced the CPU of my computer, without Linus and friends who produced Linux which runs my computer, without Web browsers, without a text editor, etc.?

Sometimes I was puzzled: When I create something by “gluing” parts together, is it really my own creation? Or is it a creation of them who made the parts?

Even if I would do an origami, the paper which is done from is composed of zillions atoms, every one controlled by a complex formula. Is this bend paper my creation? Or it is rather of God?

I also thought: I am a sinner, not a computer. I need a computer to work with, I need the work of Linus and Intel. If I were myself a computer, not a sinner, would then it be my creation when I compose parts of something in my mind?

Today I have realized that Jesus gives an ultimate answer to my question (and yes, it will continue even after rapture when we will be transformed into computers):

(John 15) 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

So we can bear fruit only on the foundation of Christ.

Whether to pay tithes in New Testament?

Malachi 3

8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says Yahweh of Armies. 12 “All nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says Yahweh of Armies.

So in the Old Testament Israel was in the obligation to pay tithes. Not to pay tithes was considered a thieving just like as not paying taxes in earthy states.

Are we obliged to pay tithes in the New Testament?

Matthew 17

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.”

We are children of God. Jesus said that the children are exempt. So we are not obliged to pay tithes.

But personally I do pay tithes. It is because I want to become rich. Malachi 3 says that God will give blessings to those who pay tithes. We are not under the law anymore, we are not obliged to obey its commandments. But nothing repealed blessings of God to those who do His will.

I strongly advise you to pay tithes. Not because you would be obliged, but to get greater blessing.

You may ask: What’s about (1Tim. 6:9) “But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.” Doesn’t this imply that we should not strive to get rich?

My response is: (from my book New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician)

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (Jam. 1:2-4) In this passage, “various” includes the temptation of richness. So when God gives us richness we should accept it with great joy. We should lack in nothing (be rich) according to the above Bible quote. Also, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.” (Jam. 1:12)

Living water

(John 4:10) “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.””

What the first thing we learn from these words of Jesus? Is that there exist living water. I do not know how it is physically or chemically possible that pure H2O can be living, but I believe Jesus.

Jesus wants us to be baptized with living water. Our body 60% consists of water. This means that Jesus wants us to consist 60% of living water rather than of regular water.

Why Christ is glorious

The strength of a chain is determined by the weakest link.

When a team contains a stupid, this stupid determines the performance of the team.

But Christ overcomes the sin of the world. It is similar to as if the strength of a chain were determined by the strongest not weakest link.

It may be very hard to believe that Christ can overcome all sinners and make the whole system effective. But He has demonstrated that he can resurrect even if sinners kill Him.

This is the glory of Christ.

Can a sin prevent blessing?

All Christians are liable for blessing or can a sin stop blessing?

The answer is: The only reason which may prevent blessing is miss of faith. Non-believing is a sin. So the answer to the subject question is “yes”: A sin can prevent blessing.

Can another sin (not missing faith) prevent blessing? It cannot because we are children of Abraham by faith, not by our good deeds. But every sin steems of unbelieving. So even as another sin cannot stip us of blessing, this sin and the curse have one the same common root, unbelieving.