A description is given in the book of Job describing how Job and his innocent family were caught up in the cosmic conflict between good and evil, as we all are. God’s behaviour in allowing suffering and death to come to Job and his family may be seen by some as unethical and immoral behaviour by God. However those who hold this view ignore the bigger picture of a God who’s governing principles are love and freedom. The governing principles of God have been challenged by Satan from the beginning. God’s method of handling the cosmic conflict is by way of revelation - revelation of Himself and revelation of Satan, thus allowing His creatures to choose between right and wrong, selflessness and selfishness, life and death.
This world, and to a lesser extent this universe, is not the place God intended it to be. Life on this planet is as it is because of choices made by Lucifer and his influence on Adam and Eve.
Whilst the events on this planet are far from satisfactory, particularly from God’s point of view, the cancer of selfishness has mercifully been restricted to this planet. Dealing with cancer is not easy. There is often sever suffering to be endured before the body is restored to full health. All of Mankind has been infected by this cancer. As individual ‘cells’ of the body we are offered treatment to cure us. We choose to accept or reject God’s healing. Accepting healing from God does not guarantee a life without suffering and death. Like Job, friends of God consider it an honour to reveal His glory and contradict ‘The Lie’ by the life they live despite the suffering that comes from living in a sin infected world.
Those who were drowned in the Flood were given the choice to live by simply getting aboard the ark. They chose not to accept this offer and died the first death as a consequence of their choice. However the people who died a terrible death in the Flood will be resurrected, some to live for ever and some to live a short time to confirm that there was nothing God could do to save them. God will not / can not force his children to choose life. Those who choose eternal death have been offered eternal life. Satan offers no choice - only suffering and death.
As the book of Revelation points out the perfection of the Creation and the true knowledge of God is brought about by the revelations made by the Cosmic Conflict and The Slaughtered Lamb, Jesus the Revealer
Thank you Sigve for you continued revelation of our wonderful God.