What stood out for me in your extensive post, and thank you for taking such and interest and the time to respond, is this as relates to the observations in my post: "...God and God alone determines our lives. "Evil did NOT triumph. It did take lives.
Lives that in the case of children go immediately to heaven with our Lord. As 2 Samuel 12 reports King David said of his son that died in infancy "He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, `Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.'23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me."
God and God alone determines our lives. God didn't pull the trigger on that gun, the murderer did that on his own, out of his own free will. But he wasn't allowed to take any life before it's time.
Some of the lives were adults. We are all given a certain amount of time here on earth, some more than others. Unless we are alive at the Rapture, we will ALL face death.
Job 14:5 says this:
A person’s days are determined;
you have decreed the number of his months
and have set limits he cannot exceed.
and Psalm 139:16 says this:
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
If this life was the only one there is, and death is the end of us, then evil triumphed, but for the Christian we know we will go to Him on our death and we are free from death forever.
Those who die without trusting in Jesus as their Saviour go to a place known as Hell, Gehenna or Hades, with the Great White Throne judgement ahead, where they will be cast into that Lake of Fire meant for the devil and his angels that fell with him.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
The way to get your name written in the book of life is to believe in Jesus Christ, that he was the Son of God, and that He died for your sins, that He rose again.
Since NONE of us know how much time is left in life, it's best to get saved before we find out we waited too long, left it too late.
I love the Roman's Road to Salvation. It's a set of verses in Romans that explains the way to get saved. Since I don't know who in future might see this thread, I'm speaking to any who read this and want to be saved! NOW IS THE TIME, we don't know how if tomorrow we will be gone.
Here it is from Got Questions linked here: https://www.gotquestions.org/Romans-road-salvation.html
The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin - "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!
The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins.
The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins - and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! "God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life! Amen!"