Another question that pops into my mind: This one has been an ongoing question, as it likely has for many of you. And my answer may not be your answer. But it is what I feel God is showing me.
Why does God allow such horrific evil in our midst?
We see horrendous, unspeakable atrocities perpetrated unto innocent children, unsuspecting spouses, parents, neighbors, and friends; crimes committed in private homes, or in public; mass murders; political villainy; people we know, and people we don’t know; weather disasters, diseases and accidents killing, maiming, and destroying lives; and countless other personal or public barbarity.
God created evil. (Isaiah 45.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.) We know this: where else could darkness and evil come from, had not God created it?
And, in His love, God allowed humans to choose between Him (goodness and love) and evil. We often choose evil. (Jeremiah 17.9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?) So the wickedness we witness is not from God; He only gave us the capacity to choose it. What we witness is the depravity of people, consummating their evil desires.
I think the evil we see is God giving us a taste of hell.
Just as Jesus describes how the Kingdom of God is upon us, that we can live in the Kingdom of God here on Earth; I think that God gives us a pretty clear picture of the Earth that belongs to Satan. (2 Corinthians 4.4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them)
I think we must heed the pictures of evil that God provides for us. The wailing, the fear, the stress, the crying and anguish and despair that we see in this world are but a foretaste of spending eternity in hell.
TURN AWAY FROM IT! REACH FOR GOD!
In this world we at least have God’s mercy to assuage our griefs. Even those who do not believe in God can receive the blessings He showers upon the whole world. In hell, there will be no presence of God to comfort, no hope to cling to, no justice to look for, no one to save.
We have God in the here and now. Run to Him! Receive His comfort, His hope, His salvation. Receive the faith that tells us, without a shadow of a doubt, that we get to spend eternity with our Lord God in Heaven. And receive His Spirit that guides us into all Truth and Peace and Joy while we yet live here.
Ephesians 5.8, 9 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.