You Are In Charge

Many people ask: “Why doesn’t God stop all of the evil in the world?” “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” The answer to these questions is very simple, yet very hard to accept. God has a plan for His creation. Yet He has given each one of us a choice to choose either to live within that plan or to reject it. Evil happens because too many people reject it.

God Created Us As Free Creatures

The simple fact is that God created us with a free will. That means that we are free to choose what we want and how we want to live. We are in charge of our own life, not any one else’s, only our own. We may want to force others to do what we want them to do, but God did not create us in that way. There is evil in the world because people have taken it upon themselves to force others to do things their own way.

Because God created us with a free will, He will not force us to do anything that we do not want to do. We are free to choose to do anything that we want to do. And the sad fact is that too many people have chosen to do bad things to good people.

What About Natural Disasters?

The answer to this question is much more difficult to understand. Why are there tornadoes and hail storms? To understand this, we have to understand what causes rain clouds to form and rain to fall. We have to understand how rainstorms move from where they pick up moisture to where they let it fall to the earth.

All of this is caused by the movement of heat and cold. Understanding how this works is not the subject of this article. We just need to understand that these heat and cold movements can and sometimes do cause storms instead of gentle rain. When this happens, people can be hurt.

What about earthquakes and volcano eruptions? We live in a world where the land masses are moving. When this happens, earthquakes and volcano eruptions do happen and when they do people can get hurt.

Why doesn’t God just stop all the bad and keep all the good? We would have to understand much more than we do now to understand this. All we can do is to trust God to help us through any natural disaster in which we might find ourselves.

Why Did God Create Us With A Free Will?

You would think that God would know that if He created us with a free will, some people would choose to live in opposition to God’s will. He should have known that some people would rebel against Him. Yes, He did know this. Yet, God took that chance. Why?

He did it because He wanted someone with whom to share His great love. He had created the angels, but He created them as servants. He did not create them with a free will. They were not given the opportunity to choose their destiny. Yes, some did rebel against God and God had no choice but to ban them from His presence.

But God created us with a free will. That is why we can rebel against God and be forgiven for that rebellion. We can live a life totally against God’s will but if we repent, He will forgive us and accept us into His presence. This is what the gift of free will does for us.

We must realize that in order for a person to love, he/she must also have the ability to not love, or even hate. Since God wanted a creature that could share His great love, He created us with a free will.

We Live In A World Where Evil Is Present

In this physical world where we live, there is evil because too many people have chosen to rebel against God and instead live according to their own selfish will. They have chosen to reject God’s way of life and refuse to share His love. Instead, they have created their own way of life and rejected His love.

As long as we live in this physical world, we do have to share it with those who have rejected God and His love. And yet, people still ask: “Why doesn’t God just stop them from doing what they should not be doing? Why doesn’t He control them so we can live in peace?

Who Do You Want God To Control?

Have you ever stopped to think that if God controlled the people you think need to be controlled, that He would have to control you are well? Have you ever thought that what you think is good and right, God might determine to be bad and wrong? Would you want Him to stop you from doing what you want to do?

Remember Romans 2:11 (NIV): “For God does not show favoritism.” Yes, God treats all people equally. He created us as free creatures and He will treat us all equally.

We Are Free To Choose Our Own Destiny

We are on this earth to choose where we want to spend eternity. God has set before us a choice. We will either choose to live as God wants us to live and thus, be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Or we will decide that we do not want to live as God wants us to live and thus, choose to live forever outside of heaven. And the only spiritual place outside of heaven is a place that we call hell.

While we are alive on this earth, we must live among people that are choosing to live apart from God. Unless God takes away our freedom, we must endure the actions of those who reject God from their lives.

But remember, the prize is worth it. The prize is being able to live in perfect harmony in the presence of God in His heaven for all eternity. It will be a place where there is no evil present. Will it be worth it? I know that it will. How about you?

What Do You Want Out Of Life?

Yes, we now live in an imperfect world. We live in a world that is full of evil. Yet, we really need to remember one very important point. This life that we are now living is only temporary. It may seem that it is lasting forever, but it does not. However, there is an eternal existence after we leave this physical world.

So the question is: “What do you want out of life?” “Where do you want to spend eternity?” Remember you are in charge of your own life. Evil people may be trying to control your physical life, but you are in charge of your destiny. You are in charge of what ultimately happens to you.

In this physical world, we may have limited choices. But the ultimate choice is still ours. And that is where we will spend eternity. You are in charge of that. What choice have you made?

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