Oh Sure

Have you ever made a mistake - a serious mistake, with significant effect?

Have I?

The answer to such a rhetorical question inevitably leads to: Why?

One answer has four parts:

1. Lack of perception.
2. Lack of prophecy.
3. Lack of belief.
4. Lack of knowledge.

[ Notice that the answer has four parts, whereas the Holy-Triune Godhead is comprised of the three parts of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - analogously similar to ice, water, and steam....or eggshell, eggwhite, and eggyolk ].

To avoid erring, humans need: PERCEPTION.
A prerequisite is to be alive.

Ps 115:17 The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any that go down into silence.

Ec 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost.

Ec 9:4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

The next step needed is: PROPHECY.

When you see a P O I S O N sign on a bottle, it has been predicted that ingesting the contents of the bottle will kill you. When you see a D A N G E R: HIGH VOLTAGE sign in an electrical substation, it has been predicted that merely touching the certain things at certain times will also kill you. If you see an EXPLOSIVES prediction on a wooden box, guess what would happen if you lit a match to it?

Notice that I did not say: 'touching the wrong thing at the wrong time.' Nothing is inherently wrong about the benign thing itself or benign time itself. What is wrong is YOU touching what you should not when you should not. That should increase your non-deserved self-esteem, instead of you blaming God's benign creation.

Pr 29:18 Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Pr 19:2 It is not good for a man to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Job 36:12 But if they do not hearken, they perish by the sword, and die without knowledge.

Pr 21:16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.

It does no good to pray to dead people, as cultic catholics do:

Isa 8:19 And when they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the wizards who chirp and mutter," should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isa 66:24 "And they shall go forth and look on the dead bodies of the men that have rebelled against me; for their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

You probably have noticed that I mentioned knowledge out of sequence to what was listed above. The reason for that is the importance of: BELIEF.

If one believes prophecy, he will have knowledge. If he does not believe prophecy, he will remain in stupidity and ignorance, which very well might result in his death. VERY well.

As fallible humans, we are pathetically not PRE-cognizant of the extensive consequences of our mistakes before we do those mistakes. That is what happens when we ourselves are not Omnicient with Divine foreknowledge.

When asked, there are some murderers incarcerated for life imprisonment who, when asked: "If you could get out of jail, would you do it again?" would then reply: 'I would certainly murder again if I got out of jail!" Such convicts just don't get it.

But if Eve had known the far-reaching dire consequences of her reaching for and eating the Forbidden Fruit in the Garden of Eden, would she have done it? IF she had known that such an act of seemingly-harmful and apparently-helpful disobedience would result in her watching Adam die and rot, of experiencing Cain murdering Abel, of her herself dying and rotting, of all the resultant obnoxious and grievous "original sin" polluting the world leading to the punishment from a Worldwide Flood....would she still have done what she did?

Realize that Eve probably did not have a clue as to what the threat of "death" meant when God warned her that on the day she ate the Forbidden Fruit she would "surely die." She probably had zero references as to what "die" meant, being that she had thus far seen absolutely no bad, no evil, no sickness, no wrong, no injury, no death before.

So was God fair and just to not enlighten her of those far-reaching devastating consequences?

Pr 29:19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not give heed.

Pr 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Pr 13:18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.

Jer 17:23 Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.

Jer 32:33 They have turned to me their back and not their face; and though I have taught them persistently they have not listened to receive instruction.

Those latter two Bible verses are interesting, in that they infer that the blame and fault for evil pertaining to Eve eating the fruit was squarely on Eve herself...NOT on God who warned her (but not explicitly....enough?).

Are we any better than our primal ancestors Eve, and Adam? Have we learned anything by the record of their mistakes and the horrible consequences thereof?

Ro 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

1Co 10:11 Now these things happened to them as a warning, but they were written down for our instruction, upon whom the end of the ages has come.

The question of fairness remains. WAS the LORD just and fair in not revealing to Eve the far-reaching consequences? Did Eve ever question God to elaborate on what He meant by "die?" Even if God had described in words and/or images the consequences of her disobedient action (which would have then given her pre-knowledge of evil prematurely), would she have been able to understand, would she have believed, such strange descriptions - when she had no previous reference within her perfect environment to relate them to?

Is God fair when feminist sexist (rife and reeking with 'I-want-to-be-young-and-free-for-a-while' or career-oriented anti-youthful-marriage immentality while glamour-and-fashion obsessed with immodest mopheaded hairstyle and/or during-warm-days sleevesless armswear, slacksless legswear, socksless feetwear) get into radio-and-TV-media, newsprint-media, judicial, executive, corporate, banking, political, legislative, and ecclesiastical authority over men with competitive-against-men insubordinate-to-male-command non-submissiveness....so that men angrily resort to controllable prostitutional porn and same-gender male homosexuality in retaliation? Is God fair when hard-working people are cheated into foreclosure, bankruptcy, and poverty? Is God fair when drunken drivers handicap the innocent? Is God fair when a contagious co-worker infects everyone in the company with the flu?

[ Note that humans are involved in causing the problems stated above ].

Is it really fair for God to promise never-ending torture in eternal outer-darkness hellfire against those many who have been forced under duress by the righteous influence of holy saints and lawful circumstances to do a few good works they hated doing, who underneath it all despised God's authority over them and wanted to capreciously play God themselves? And is it really fair for God to promise - for a few - everlasting bliss and joy (without the capacity to ever sin again under duress by sinners and their wicked influence nor ever experience any more effects of evil) to those few who do a few evil works they hated doing but were more or less forced to, yet who underneath it all loved and respected and honored God's authority over them, had no problem with God being The Boss, and loved doing the good works they had opportunity to please God doing?

1Sa 2:25 If a man sins against a man, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father; for it was the will of the LORD to slay them.

Job 9:12 Behold, he snatches away; who can hinder him? Who will say to him, 'What doest thou'?
Job 9:19 If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?
Job 11:10 If he passes through, and imprisons, and calls to judgment, who can hinder him?
Job 23:13 But he is unchangeable and who can turn him? What he desires, that he does.
Job 34:29 When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man?
Job 34:33 Will he then make requital to suit you, because you reject it? For you must choose, and not I; therefore declare what you know.
Job 36:23 Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, 'Thou hast done wrong'?

Ps 76:7 But thou, terrible art thou! Who can stand before thee when once thy anger is roused?

Ec 7:13 Consider the work of God; who can make straight what he has made crooked?

Isa 43:13 "I am God, and also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work and who can hinder it?"

Eze 18:25 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?
Eze 18:29 Yet the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

Na 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder by him.

Mal 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? "For he is like a refiner's fire....

Mt 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ro 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God's part? By no means!
Ro 9:20 But who are you, a man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, "Why have you made me thus?"
Ro 9:21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for beauty and another for menial use?

So, from a worldly point of view, God apparently was not fair. And yet is not fair.

Or was He? Is He?

1Co 15:21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

The Lord (a.k.a. Jesus Christ), realizing the plight of His pathetically-noninformed humans, humiliated Himself by confining Himself to a naked womb babe born in a barn, then - even more embarrassing - dying after being beaten on a cross while He was being reviled. By doing so, He became the all-time Perfect Atonement against the sins of everyone for all time who simply looked forward to, believed, look back and believe, and will believe that that sacrificial death at a particular point in time insures those believers entrance and permanent resident in a perfect Heaven when no sin has, can, nor will exist.

Ac 13:34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he spoke in this way, 'I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.'

Ac 17:31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead."

Ro 1:4 and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord....

Ro 6:9 For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Ro 10:9 because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1Co 15:52 ....the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

THAT is what I call making up for it all. Adequately compensating! By that gospel, the LORD Himself has made it all right.