why are we still dying 4 – Fr philopater Magdy – St Mark Church – Al Nozha

Updated: 04 January 2020

Continued: Why do we still die despite the Cross Part 4.

While we together follow up on the answer to this very important question... we find ourselves facing this logical issue:

+ As long as God knew that man would fall? and if God is love, so why does God allow all of this evil in the world?.


God's knowledge that man would fall does not mean that God wanted it... God's foreknowledge does not mean that God will intervene to prevent or deprive man of his humanly freedom and will.


We cannot fully grasp the wisdom and purposes of God "33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!" (Romans 11: 33).


- Why does God allow all of this evil in the world??.

Simply and briefly, evil is the use of man for the good powers, and his will in a bad way. And God allows him (out of respect for the will of man)... But God did not create evil and did not create something corrupt.

God allows evil to exist, because this is the choice and will of man.

- Why God does not intervene and stop this evil??...

We need first to stop our evil actions and deeds, and then a lot of evil will stop. The problem is not in God... but always in man.

- Evil is a demonic - made and a human - execution, not a divine will.

+ + So why we need a commandment? As long as God knows that man will not be able to implement and violate it??.

1 - God gave the commandment to the man in order not to be obedient to God instinctively, but his obedience to God would be based on freedom and rational choice (not compulsory).

2. Because God created man to enjoy intimacy and company with God, and to be the master of all creation, so he should have known that God's authority surpasses all that man has.

In other words, God has put the commandment so that man does not slip into the trap of believing that he has become free from the authority of God.

God put the commandment and the threat next to it that in the event of violation will be punished.

(Freedom - Responsibility).

+ Does the punishment correspond to a sin done by man at a moment??.

- The punishment always corresponds with the impact and ugliness of the crime and not with the time the crime was committed.

Example: The murder committed by the killer in seconds deserves eternal punishment (life sentence / execution).

- Human disobedience caused the entry of sin and its inheritance and the distortion of human nature.

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. "(Rom 5: 12).

- The nature of God cannot be in communion with the nature of a fallen man.

+ Why physical death exists so far? Didn't it make sense for this death to end after the cross?.

As long as Christ moved us from death to eternal life, why should we pass through physical death??... why don't we pass through eternal life directly??.

1. Paul the Apostle answers “Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” (2Cor. 1: 9 - 10).

Our hope must always be in the Lord, confident that He can raise us from the dead.

2. Physical death is necessary to inherit eternal life. Therefore, this body (which was corrupted by the fall of our father Adam) must be changed by another glorified body.

“53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory "(1 Cor 15: 53 - 54).

That is, the meaning of physical death has changed and this death has become a mean of salvation from this heavy body.

“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live”. (Romans 8: 13).

- The body we live in now on earth (the body of sin) carries pain, disease, sadness and misery.... and through physical death it moves to the world of joy, glory and light.

3 - What if God returned us back to the Garden of Eden (after he redeemed us on the Cross) or made us a glorified body directly (a body without corruption i. e. without pain or weakness)... ????.

This is what we will answer in the next article (the fifth and final part of this series).

To be Continued.