Hi newlove ,
That is a great question you asked .
with Tom and Shelia
and you are right about the calamities that befall mankind .
Experiencing evil in the short time we are mortal
Being human and having no power over evil as a whole in the world , in our weakened condition , even evil rising up within us at times of unexpected
trials is a battle of itself
How many times have we seen and heard bad news
How many times has mental illness and you can look at it as sin sickness
Sin is the evil or error our flesh and blood succumbs too
fail to resist (pressure, temptation, or some other negative force)
It is humbling and surrender is evident , we just look at the world problems and see this rising and failing constantly
The bible warns us to keep ourselves in the love of God , and yet we feel thats impossible to do without faith
without faith its impossible to please God
So how many times do we just as those whom its written about ask God to increase our faith
For me God is the only one who can
Down here in this short and temporary stay 70 to 80 years by grace of God
I see this as being dipped in as a baptism of sorts that everyone gets to experience , being human and being more than human .
The waters just like many voices speaking , are life and death [Life and death are ours ] , washing of the Water of the Word , what we get to be sunk down into or raised back up out of by the POWER OF GOD , often and many examples in the Bible of this very thing
At times it is humbling and other times it is refreshing and renewing , it just depends on or state of mind and heart as to which "baptism" we are undergoing in that moment
The cleansing of the unrighteousness in our bodies or the gifts of Christ to increase in the Spirit and life in Christ Body as ONE IN THE same SPIRIT
I believe we become aware and spiritually awakened as God gives us the ability to discern what is happening to all of us
It is God who saves , Tom is right about that !! and Shelia saying, We become more obedient as His children to Him and loving Him as an excellent FATHER to us all !!