Gold Fish In A Leaking Fish Bowl

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Hi M____,
As hard as it is to believe, your concluding remarks are right:
“And yet God allowed these things to happen. Anyway, this world is already doomed; it’s probably a waste of time re- build it, better just have a new world, isn’t it?”
We are plainly told by Christ:

Joh 18:36  Jesus answered [ Pilate], My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Christ could easily have “called down twelve legions of angels” and stopped all the suffering which has occurred over the past 2,000 years. But He did not.

Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Why not?

Mat 26:54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

God is not operating on our timetable. He has a plan which was in place “before the foundation of the world. He is not on ‘plan B.’ He is still on ‘plan A.’
You use the words “God allows these things to happen…” That is true when you understand that the definition of the word ‘allow’ means ‘to facilitate.’ If I ‘allow’ my underage son to drive a car, I am facilitating his lawless actions.
So it is with God, and He makes this very clear:

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all [ things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, [ and] hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

If you haven’t already, be sure you read After The Counsel Of His Own Will. There are literally dozens of verses like the ones above which demonstrate God’s sovereignty over both the good and over the evil.
Your analogy of the goldfish is very accurate. We are witnessing the decline and fall of the flesh. With 6,000 years of history not one improvement has been made in the flesh. It is to this day exactly what it was in Eden. [ In past times, one type of slavery was a way of paying off a debt.  A man who could not pay his debts, enslaved himself to his ‘master’ until the entire debt was paid.]
But your mention of an immune system is also accurate for those who have within them a man named Jesus Christ. Without Him in us, we are all leprous and even the best we can do is filthy rags:

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

God is not saving the world at this time. Now He is calling many, out of whom He is choosing a very few who will be used as the channel through which all the rest of mankind will be saved:

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few [ are] chosen.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially [ not exclusively] of those that believe.
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [ the sins of] the whole world.

Keep reading and studying God’s Word. I pray He will give you the eyes to see and the ears to hear His Word.
Mike>

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