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Being Like God?
By Mike Wells

Gen. 1:27 “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Often I am asked how I can believe in a God that permits suffering. My response is, “How can you continue to believe in man that causes it?” Man seems to love playing God in science, social issues, in the world, and in relationships. One fellow told me that while watching a loved one die, he realized that he could be God! Incredible! However, man’s playing God and imitating God seem to come to an abrupt halt when it comes to forgiveness. If man is to imitate God, why not imitate all of God, His forgiveness, love, mercy, kindness, and will, also? Why not love as He loves, forgive mercifully, and be a heavenly leaven in the world? In the end we see that man doesn’t really want to imitate God; he wants to be God. Man playing God proves himself to be self-serving, self-centered, void of forgiveness and compassion, violent, and indifferent; at the end of the day he is where he began. Why trust man that causes suffering? There is the Way and a not the way. Jesus is the Way, and every other way is not the way.

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