Why Does God Allow Evil?

People often ask: “If God is so good, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?” Perhaps you have even asked this question. To answer this question, we must understand what the meaning of “good” and “evil” are.

We Must First Define What Is Evil

When we think of evil, we think of anything that is harmful to human beings. This includes what one person does to another as well as natural events such as earthquakes and floods. Here inAmerica, we have expanded our definition of evil to anything that is harmful to the world or to the environment.

The Bible tells us that God’s definition of evil is quite different. God defines evil as anything that is contrary to God’s laws. In other words, we need to understand evil as a spiritual event instead of a physical event. Whatever happens in this physical world is temporary. But, whatever happens in the spiritual world is eternal.

However, we usually understand evil in physical terms. So our question usually is: “Why does God allow physical evil?”

The Common Understanding of “Good”

People usually associate “good” as being the absence of evil. In other words, we are good if we do not cause harm to others. Or, we are good if we do good things for other people. If this is the true definition of good, then there are many good people in the world, especially here inAmerica.

There are a multitude of organizations that have been created simply for the purpose of doing good to other people. Think of organizations such as the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations. They certainly improve the conditions of people who have experienced trouble and disasters.

God’s Definition of “Good”

However, when we turn to God’s definition of “good,” we begin to realize that our definition and God’s definition are not the same. This is because we base our definition on the physical world, while God’s definition is based in the spiritual world.

We need to understand that this is God’s world, not ours. And since it is God’s world, it is His definition of “good” that we need to understand. And where do we find His definition? In our Holy Bible. This is where we can find everything that we need to know about the definition of “good.” The first thing that we need to understand is that goodness is centered around and in God, not ourselves.

In fact, when a ruler of the Jews called Jesus “Good Master,” Jesus had a very unusual answer. It is recorded in Luke 18:19 (NIV): “’Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good–except God alone.’” Jesus is saying that the definition of “good” can only from God alone. In other words, if we do not emulate God perfectly, we cannot call ourselves “good.”

When we understand the true definition of “good,” we need to rephrase the question. So the question is not “why does God allow evil to happen to good people?” but rather “why does God allow evil to happen at all?

God Created Us As Free Creatures

In order to understand this, we need to understand how and why God created us in the first place. If God created us as robots or even as servants, then He has every right to change something whenever He sees us doing something that is wrong. He even has the right to change how we think and treat each other.

However, Genesis 1 & 2 tells us that God created us as free creatures with the ability to do whatever we want and be whatever we want to be. This includes all human beings. We are free to make our own choices in life. We are free to create the world we want to live in.

Why did He do this? Why did God create a creature that had the ability, and even the right, to rebel against Himself? It was because God wanted a creature with the ability to love. He already had servants. They are called Angels.

We must understand that love cannot be commanded or forced. It can only be given freely, by a creature that has the ability to freely give. And if we are free to give and love, then we are also free to take and not love. God took this chance because He wanted creatures that He could share His great love with. Yes, He knew that there would be those who would rebel against Him. But it would be worth it. He would have someone to love and be loved by.

Why Is There Evil In The World?

We need to remember that the world in which we live is created by the collective desires of all those who are in this world. In other words, the world we create and live in is the combination of the desires of all those who live in our world.

If everyone who exists in this world had the desire to love God and share ourselves with Him, this world would exist in harmony. There would be no wars, no crime or other trouble. We would all live in harmony with each other and with God.

Also, the Bible shows us that this harmony would even extend to nature. This really does not seem possible to us. Yet, this is what the Bible means when it says in Romans 8:22 (NIV): “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

The truth is that it is the evil that we humans have brought into this world that even nature is responding to. So, as long as there is so much evil in the world, we are going to have natural disasters. And everyone, both good and evil, will be caught up in them.

God Will Not Take Away Our Freedom

God created us as free creatures so that we could share His great love. If you realize what true love is, you know that it cannot ever be commanded. It can only be expressed by a person who is also free to not love.

Thus, God will never take away our freedom, even to eradicate the evil in the world. He will not change us even to stop all the natural disasters in the world. So, we must learn to live with them.

This will continue until God steps into history at the end of the Tribulation Period and eliminates all evil that is still present in the world.

What Can We Do About It?

We can stop blaming God for all the disasters occurring in the world and begin using all the natural disasters to bring God’s love into the world. Perhaps this is another reason that God allows these disasters. He knows our human nature. He knows that as long as nothing is bothering us, we will have no need of God. We feel that we can take care of ourselves.

However, when a disaster strikes, people know that they need help. It is our job as Christians to show the world that God does care about them and that He wants to help them. He wants to show them that if they will turn to Him, He will meet their needs. The truth is that we, as Christians, are God’s feet and hands in this world. People see God through us.

Yes, disasters are terrible and we wish that they did not happen. However, they do. So let’s show the world that God cares about them through how we take care of their needs.

 S




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