Thursday, March 21, 2013

God And The Problem of Evil

Some Skeptics (atheists etc.) argue that if God did exist He would eliminate evil throughout the world. These Skeptics often argue the following points:-

1. A God who is good and loving would not allow evil and suffering in his world. Yet Evil exists in the world.

2. If God is all powerful, he could remove evil if grow worse. Yet evil remains. In fact, at times it seems to grow worse.

3. Therefore, a good and powerful God must not exist.

What the Bible Offers?
Although the above statements are a compelling argument for many people, but the Bible offers a better perspective on the problem of evil:-

1. God did not create evil. The world he made was utterly good (Gen. 1:31), but people turned against God, using his gift of free will to rebel against him. Further, behind human wickedness lies the outside influence of Satan.

2. Although God did not create evil, he uses it to accomplish his purposes. For instance, God sometimes uses pain in a profound way to draw people to himself, especially when they otherwise would not respond to him.

3. God himself came into this world in the person of Jesus Christ to combat evil and lesson its hold on the human race.

4. In the end, God will triumph by doing away with evil itself and those who promote it.

5. God will restore his creation and his creatures to their original purpose, to the original relationship they enjoyed with him. Suffering will be but a memory. Goodness, justice, and peace will characterize the moral climate of God’s new heaven and earth.

When Evil Will Get Its Punishment?
Our world doesn’t always seem fair and just. But for those who long to see justice reign, the Bible offers powerful hope. God will not turn his back on injustice. His character demands that he give people what is coming to them. Moreover, Scripture promises that he will deal with evil in absolute final ways. John’s vision foresees that triumphant accomplishment:-

1. God will bind evil and cast it into a bottomless pit (Rev.20:2-3).

2. He will place a seal on the source of evil (20:3).

3. He will administer judgment and restore believers who have been killed unjustly (20:4).

4. He will finally deal with Satan after allowing him one last attempt to deceive (20:7-9); the devil’s punishment will include eternal torment (20:10, 14).

5. The dead will stand before God and be judged (20:11-15).

This picture offers tremendous hope to anyone concerned about the injustices of our world today. As we seek to deliver God’s righteousness into our communities, work places, and families, it’s a relief to know that no human being, no matter how impartial and objective or biased and corrupt is the final judge. Ultimate justice will someday be administered by one who can be thoroughly trusted God, through Christ Jesus.

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