Reverend Walter Klockers in his article (CBH, July 19) asked the question: “What is the meaning of life?” This questions dominates the thinking of those who are concerned about life after death. There are associated questions: Why are we not in a paradisiacal state? Why were Adam and Eve allowed to be tempted? The Lord could throw out Lucifer at any time — why is he allowed to cause such mayhem?
The Lord has great love for mankind as demonstrated by the atonement of Jesus Christ. But the purpose of the atonement is not to save us in our sins but to remove the shackles of sin so that we may repent. Everyone in the world has the right to choose. Even in communist and socialist countries, the people may not be able to keep the product of their labor but they can choose their thoughts and actions.
Clearly the Lord has great love for his children and desires to bless them even beyond what can be imagined. However, those blessings will come only to those who choose righteousness as is carefully explained in the First Epistle of John.