Originally posted by Welfhard
That's my point. Just why would he? What was his angle? My conclusion (from when I was christian) was that either God did rule all, but stood back and let Satan have free reign of Earth, or Jesus was just a man. The former makes less sense because if Jman wanted the earth, he wouldn't need satan to give it to him, he could just take it.
Yes, it is allowed and with very good reason. To educate and give you knowledge.
Could you understand what it meant to be "hot" if you didn't also understand cold? Happy without sad? And so is true with good and evil. You could always be 1 or the other, but you must experience both in order to gain understanding and wisdom over others.
Thus you are born into this world ignorant and thus with acceptance of evil. So that you can experience the evil and learn from it. To have wisdom means to make the correct choices based on the understanding, knowledge and experiences you have. Thus as it says in genesis, Man is to become one of us, to know both good and evil(to have understanding).
You are then removed from the "garden" in order to protect those who are not evil while you learn. This planet is quarantined for this reason. If evil is allowed to roam in such a society, then that society can no longer be the society it was. Suddenly you need police, governments and so forth.
Because the best government is technically anarchy. But don't let anyone try to sell it to you on earth, because they are a fool. It is only the best form of government among a people who are not evil, among a people who follow the commandments and so forth. In a society of only good people, there is no need for police, because there is no crime. No need for governments, because there is no evil to protect from. If you left your house, returned 20 years later, it will be the same as you left it. Try that on earth with evil present, and you come back 20 years and don't even own a house etc. Try to live with no governments and you will be ruled by another. etc.
So, you being evil had to be removed from that society. Because how can a man who steals expect to live in a society without theft? It's impossible. So while we are learning, we are here and subject to the powers on earth.
The people were given the commandments. And they were sorely misunderstood. People thought they were justified in killing people, but it was seen as 2 sins, not just one. If you kill the man who killed, it's 2 murders, not just one. Thus, we get Jesus and those like him, who come to earth to try and give people actual understanding. So that maybe, just maybe you might follow in his example, live by the commandments and gain the understanding and knowledge needed to have wisdom, and make the correct choice. So that you might someday return to such a society.
That's pretty much an overview of it all. In the end, all things serve the will of the father, like it or not. All done to bring about understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Which just so happen to be the only things god see's as valuable, and is what makes the rich man in his eyes, not material wealth.