Ep98-Interview with Blake Ostler on God's Plan to Heal Evil









God’s goal for us, his children, is to have us freely enter into the relationship of 
loving oneness shared by the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and thereby share the fullness 
of God’s glory, power, knowledge and immanent presence. As Jesus prayed in John 17 
“ ...I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them 
may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so 
that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that 
you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that 
they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me 
and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

To achieve this goal God created this world as a place for all of us to learn and grow. 
As a necessary condition to enter into the divine relationship, we must learn from our
 own experience how to love. To learn from our experience how to love, we must be 
placed in an environment where we can learn by:

a. Being placed at an epistemic distance from God so that we can freely choose to
 love God in a situation where choosing not to love him is possible because his 
power and glory are not readily obvious and the world can be interpreted as if 
God does not exist and we can thus epistemically avoid his loving presence.

b. Being deeply morally responsible for others in the sense that we can do both 
great good and great evil to others for which we are accountable;

c. Being confronted by others who are challenging and difficult for us to love, 
including enemies;

d. Being in a natural environment where bad things can happen to good people 
because if calamity befell only evil people we would inevitably be seeking reward 
and avoiding penalties rather than making genuine moral choices;

e. Being placed in an environment where soul-making and moral development 
are possible because the natural regularities cause real challenges and dangers, 
with the possibilities of many kinds of diseases, accidents and disasters, 
and the pain and suffering of others call us to learn to be compassionate 
and charitable.

God knew we would all make mistakes in this process so he sent his son 
Jesus Christ as the perfect example and to provide a way for us to repent 
and overcome our sins and mistakes.

In sum in each of our lives we are here to experience and learn. We are all
 provided the opportunity to choose love. If we choose love we shall overcome. 
If we overcome there are great things in our future as stated in Revelation 3:21 ‘ 
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also 
overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.’

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