Me ~ How is it that we see and experience both good and ugly/bad things and that there even seems to be a vicious cycle of this? When will it end... these cycles?
John ~ I like to think that God created cycles so that sin/evil would not win as in take over the program... so to speak.
Me ~ Ok, so then we can say this is how God deals with this fallen world in which evil exists and Satan too... keeping sin at bay until He returns.
John ~ Yes, something like that. Satan did not know Christ would not choose him over the Father. In Luke, we read where confronts and tempts Jesus; and Jesus overcomes Satan. And, Satan did not know that Christ's death was going to save man. Through Christ we are saved, overcomers of this fallen looping world.
Me ~ Evil is a destructive force, isn't it?
John ~ Yes, it is. The looping we experience is a crashing and restarting of the program over and over; thus, looping in a linear progression. Its like this because this is a fallen world and in a state of rapid decay. If I could draw an illustration, it would be a kind of shoestring line that loops and moves forward as it does... This is the looping I described. Its necessary as it allows evil to crash and restart but never ever having a lasting kingdom in this fallen world. Satan too is in this loop and his time is running out and he knows it.
Me ~ So... within that loop also exists God's Mercy and Grace which I assume makes use of the looping as it moves forward, and makes use of evil for His good 'our good' rather than Satan's... right?
John ~ Yes, God's Word (where we find His Mercy and Grace) allows us to be in the loop but not of it. "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is,
you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world" ~ John 15:19. God's Word is our hope, joy and peace and knowing that we will be delivered from this darkness... this looping. In Him, we can endure all things- "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength" ~ Philippians 4:13...."Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ" ~ 1 COR 15:57.
Me ~ So, we should not love this world as it says in 1 John 2:15... or it will keep looping, right?
John ~ God has a time for its end and we should be watchful..."Be
Watchful for the Day for it will come upon all who dwell on the face of
the whole earth. So keep watch at all times, and pray that you may have
the strength to escape all that is about to happen and to stand before
the Son of Man.” Luke 21:35-36.