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The Divine Plan of the Ages Chapter 7 Questions


1. What is evil and why did God permit evil? (p. 117, p. 118, par. 1)


2. Describe or explain right and wrong as principles. What is the moral sense? (p. 118, par. 2; p. 119, 120, 121, par. 1,2)


3. Could man not have been acquainted with evil in some other way than by experience? (p. 121, par.3; p. 122, par. 1)


4. Why did the serpent approach Eve instead of Adam? Describe the severity of the temptation which led to Adam's transgression and why was he more culpable than Eve? (1. Tim. 2:14; 2 Cor. 11:3) (p. 122, par. 3; p. 123, par. 1)


5. How will the permission of evil ultimately result in good? Since God permitted sin, does this make him the author of sin? Explain your answer. (p. 124, 125)


6. Why wouldn't God force man into sin or righteousness? How will God's permission of man to choose his own course ultimately work out to man's favor? (p. 126)


7. Was God's penalty for sin unjust or too severe? (p. 127, par. 1,2)


8. Man was placed on trial for life. What then was the penalty for disobedience? Is eternal torment anywhere suggested in the Old Testament? What portions of the New Testament are misconstrued to teach this doctrine? (p. 127, par. 3; p. 128, par. 1)


9. Explain why God was not unjust when he condemned all in Adam. (p. 128, par. 2,3; p. 129)


10. Does the fact that all will receive a fair trial in the future mean a second chance for some of the race? Explain. (p. 130, par. 1)


11. Why not give mankind an individual trial now? (p. 131, par. 1,2,3)


12. Why is Jehovah's plan much wiser than that suggested on page 132?


13. What is the chief objection to a separate trial for each individual at first? How would this plan affect the divine plan for the selection of the church? (p. 133, par. 1,2,3) It would have required the sacrifice of a redeemer for each condemned individual. One unforfeited life could redeem one forfeited life, but no more.


14. How do those who appreciate that all were condemned in one man, find in it the solution of many perplexities? (p. 134, par. 1)


15. What blessings will eventually result through the permission of evil? What purpose has the permission of evil served in the discipline and development of the church? (p. 135, par. 1,2,3)


16. What law of God will ultimately govern all of God's intelligent creatures? How will the temporary permission of sin be ultimately viewed by all creatures in heaven and earth? (p. 136, par. 1)