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#31 Drug Free Mindset Show “Why Does God Allow Evil?”

Why Does God Allow Evil

First of all I want to ask the question is why we want to blame God for the evil in the world? When he created the world He created a perfect world. It was a world without the curse of sin and the results of this sin. There was no sorrow, no pain, no evil, no sickness, or death. But man, he made a choice to sin, Adam and Eve made the choice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The sin was not just eating a fruit but it was that they wanted to be equal with God, to know good and evil.

This is where many people refuse to believe there is a God and their thinking goes like this. If there is a God, then God must not be good. Because He must not be powerful enough to deal with all the evil and injustice in the world, since it is still going on. If He is powerful enough to stop wrongdoing, then He Himself must be an evil God since He’s not doing anything about it even though He can. So which is it? Is He a good God or a bad God? Is He a God that’s not all powerful?” They reason that since God hasn’t dealt with the problem with evil, the story of God and sin cannot be real. The problem with this type of reasoning is if there is no God and we are just a product of random chance, how do we know that there is evil? What you say is evil may not be evil to another person. Without God there is nothing but incidents of random chance and in random chance there is no evil. In an earthquake or tsunami, if you are an evolutionist, is it evil or did the earth just burp?

The better question is to ask why God allows evil to exist.

In the garden God had option of killing Adam and Eve Zap, Zap, two lightning bolts from heaven. Both dead, the problem solved? The trouble I have with this is, that all life came from Adam and Eve, so none of us exist. He could start all over and the same thing happens, and zap, zap, new creation is gone too. If you were the other parts of His creation, could you love Him without fear?  It says that one third of the angels in heaven also sinned. That’s a whole bunch of lightning bolts. And can you imagine loving God living in fear, just be waiting for that lightning bolt to zap you. The fear of zap, zap?  You might even question God about why did He have to give us an option to choose? God could have eliminated all evil from our world by simply removing our ability to choose. He could have made us like robots, programming us to do as ordered. We would be his little robots or slaves doing whatever He says. He wants to be loved and obeyed by creatures which freely, without fear, choose to love him and each other. The Bible says in 1 John 4:18 there is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. I can program my computer to tell me it loves me every time I turn it on but that wouldn’t be a real love.  True love is in the option to choose to love or not. Can you imagine a man holding a gun to a woman’s head and telling her to “love me or else.” Love is not true if there is no other option.

 God is a perfect judge.

The next thing we need to know is that God is also a perfect judge. He just can’t overlook sin. The wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23 Even in our world, could you imagine some guy standing in front of a judge and saying “Yes, I raped and killed the girl, but I’m sorry and please forgive me.” And the judge says, “Ok you are free to go.” In our world would you think justice was served? How much more of an injustice would this be in Gods eye, who is a perfect judge? Could he just over look sin? So how does God solve this problem, judge sin but also provide mercy for His creation?

In the judgment of our sin, God proves to us how much he loves us. As all sin entered into the world through one man, it was also taken away by one man. Right there in the Garden of Eden God made a promise of redemption. The whole Old Testament tells the story how this can be done. How the next of kin (a relative) can redeem his relatives lineage and land. The God who is over all of creation humbled Himself lower than all the angels and became a perfect man to become the payment for our sin. That’s what the whole Bible is about, the redemption of mankind through the person of Jesus.

His ways are not our ways.

 So what about the evil that now exists? How do we know God cares? Death, pain or suffering came by sin and one day God will end it. “And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes, or death will be no moreRev 21:4 just because he possesses the greater power does not mean he must use it immediately.  Why does He have to solve it at all? If mankind caused his own corruption of his world that was perfect, why does God have to fix it? Who are we to complain how He chooses to do it? God is dealing with the problem of evil not in an immediate way, but in a patient way. God is dealing with the problem of evil throughout all human history. God has judged people and countries for their sin as recorded in His written Word and throughout history. Does God have to display all his power to show it is He who is the almighty?  Jesus came in humility and meekness and suffered greatly to pay for our sins instead of displaying his power but this is how he operates. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” Isaiah 55:8. He is long suffering and patient waiting for us to come to Him. We are in position of grace where God is commanding all men everywhere to repent.

God is patient towards us.

Once sin was paid for on the cross, can you imagine that after he rose from the dead, he started his ruler ship on earth right then and there? No waiting, no more opportunity for redemption of man, no more opportunity for you to be redeemed. He has delayed his coming to give us a chance to be saved. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 People who do not understand this patience count it as the lack of God caring about His creation. When we are in a position of suffering or evil, we have to remember that Jesus suffered more than any other man. He has been where we been and felt our pain. God uses sin, suffering, and his love to bring people to Him. If we accept the forgiveness of sin and we receive the Holy Spirits power to choose what is right over what is wrong. We will know the difference as the Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ. One day in the future, Christ will return, destroy all wickedness, and hold all men and women accountable for the things they did during their time on earth.  The justice that everyone claims they want will ultimately prevail. Those who enter eternity without having trusted in Christ for salvation will understand just how effectively God has dealt with the problem of evil. Better to accept the grace of God rather than His judgment.

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  1. God Only gives you what you can handle?
    No matter what God is with you!:)

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