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Vol.9: The Flood: Local or Global?
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:
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SOME LITTLE-CONSIDERED PHYSICAL ASPECTS
Chapter 1 The Evils Resulting from the Curse:
Thorns & Thistles
Animals and Mankind
Chapter 2 The Evils of Daily Life
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1957 Doorway Paper No. 4, published privately by Arthur
1979 Part III (revised) in The Flood: Local or Global?,
vol.9 in The Doorway Papers Series by Zondervan Publishing
1997 Arthur C. Custance Online Library (HTML)
2001 2nd Online Edition (design revisions)
THE TITLE of
this paper is a little misleading unless we understand our use
of the term physical. We wanted to concentrate on those
aspects of experience which are related more specifically to
in nature, rather than his relationship with God.
We therefore decided to use the
word physical in contradistinction to the word spiritual
as applied to evil, and then to take some liberties with this
term by an extension of its usual meaning.
This paper therefore gives some
attention to the total environment in which we live, including
our relationships with our fellowmen and with nature.
Consideration is given to the place
of disease and death in the scheme of things, of multiplied conception,
of "thorns and thistles" and deserts, of storms and
earthquakes and other seismic phenomena, of wars and wicked governments,
and so forth. All these are part of the problem of evil, and
at times in a very critical way.
Certain rather satisfying principles
appear which have wide application in providing an answer in
part to many such situations and justify the observation made
by Cabell that this may well be, in spite of all appearances
to the contrary, the "best of all possible worlds."
Even in the midst of judgment,
the goodness and mercy of God are brought to light again and
Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm:
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
John Greenleaf Whittier, 1872
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