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If I were God, I'd end all the pain

It hardly needs saying that so much of the evil and suffering experienced in our world results from human decisions, from the potent reality of our will. Somehow, for all the wondrous glimpses of 'goodness' I see in society, there remains the unmistakable stain of selfishness, violence and greed.

John Dickson

In striking imagery, Genesis 1-3 makes the point that human beings from the very beginning misused their divinely sanctioned independence as rational beings and sought to become autonomous, that is, a law unto themselves, without reference to the Creator.