What's the role of God? spectator? or can He actually influence/change others?
Refer to the section on the Trinity for the answers to this one. He is very active and in total control through the persona of the Holy Spirit.
He is in control of history. Paul declared that "
God is active in history, even when He doesn't seem to be. This theme runs through the entire Bible.
One veryfavorite verse concerning the control and the will of God -- More than 30 years after being the victim of his brothers' hatred, Joseph quieted their fear of retaliation by saying:
Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
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