Saturday, September 11, 2010
[a new restaurant catering to the wicked]
One interesting question is: Since God knows the future, and therefore He knows who will be righteous and who will be wicked, why doesn't God simply create the righteous and not bother creating the wicked? The wicked, after all, are merely destructive and after damaging themselves and others they will end up burning in hell. So why bother with them all together?
The answer is contained in the Talmud: "according to the effort is the reward".
The presence of wicked, evil people creates immense temptations for the righteous, and specifically because the righteous make immense efforts and successfully overcome those temptations, their reward is immensely greater.
We daily pray that God should not bring us to temptations; temptations are very dangerous and who knows if we will succeed of fail. However, on the other hand, we must realize that with no pain there would be no gain.
The wicked play a huge and very beneficial role in this world. It is only thanks to the wicked, with all their horrendous bad influence and attacks, that the righteous are so much greater.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 11:06 PM