Still Learning Pt 2

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.

14 thoughts on “Still Learning Pt 2

  1. This is a question that stumped me for a long time. Then I read James Dobson’s book on the topic and got some insight, prayed for more and God spoke to my heart that Satan is prince of the power of the air and has been loosed on the earth, all because of man’s sin. God did not want mankind to sin but He knew it would happen and provided a way to salvation. So many people today love darkness and are turning away from God that evil seems to be winning. But I am reminded of the verse that says we have to open our eyes because more are for us than are against us. Yes, there is evil and as long as mankind exists on earth, there will be. But there is also goodness and light and we are a part of the light as we shine brightly for Jesus. I reject that God created evil…he allows it because man chooses it. I hope that makes sense. God doesn’t want automatons with no free will, so He gives us the choice to choose evil or good, light or darkness. Right now, our world seems to be choosing a lot of darkness, but I also think that is because the media only reports on the darkness and very little (if any) on the light.

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    1. Yes, I think much depends on where we choose to cast our eyes, much like Peter when he walked on the water. I pray that God will bless His chosen with a burning desire to seek Him and obey Him.

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  2. Actually, the ESV, Amplified, and NIV do a better job with Isaiah 45:7 than the KJV. The word translated in the KJV as “evil” can be translated as “calamity, woe, adversity, bad things, unpleasantness, (“κακά” in the Septuagint, which pretty much means what it means in English vernacular!😅).
    The thrust of Isaiah’s message is NOT that The God Who Is, who is so holy He “cannot look at wrong” (Habakkuk 1:13), would intentionally make Lucifer tempt us.
    Rather he sets up the theme in verse 1: “Thus says the YHWH (the I AM) to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him…” I.e., God can do what He wants with any who oppose His purposes, even making woe or calamity, so “that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am YHWH (The God Who Is) , and there is no other.” (45:6) Context here is critical to understanding the nature of The God Who Is.
    Remember always, darkness (like evil) is not a real “thing.” It is rather the absence of real light. Evil, in the same way, is the absence of God who is Good. Where He is NOT, there would be darkness; where He is not there would be evil.
    However, this passage does not really mean “evil” as we think of it (like darkness), but rather “calamity.” And yes, He does stuff that looks bad to us, but is part of His plan for our redemption, and the entire creation’s!
    That said, your response to this verse is SPOT-ON! 😉 “Turn away from [hell]! Reach for God!”
    “Walk as children of light!”
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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    1. I agree that evil / calamity / darkness is the absence of God, Who is our Light and Truth and Good. And, wherever it came from, it is God Who saves us from it. He is our only hope; He made it that way.

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  3. I think you are right, Kathy. The presence of sin and evil in our world provides the element of choice for humankind. In addition, the evil we see is God allowing us a taste of hell. Very insightful! Not that he creates evil, because every GOOD and PERFECT gift comes from him (James 1:19). I’m so thankful I accepted the gift of his Son in my life (2 Corinthians 9:15) when I was very young, and have enjoyed his peace, joy, comfort, guidance, and provision ever since!

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  4. “A taste of hell,” yes. Last night my husband and I were watching a movie, and in one scene a young man was going through withdrawal from a drug addiction, He was writhing on the bed, crying, screaming that he was burning up. (The actor did a very good job at making my skin crawl.) I couldn’t help thinking, “What is it like for those who go through that for all eternity?!” The scene in the movie came to an end, and the character was back in his right mind, but for those who are eternally lost, there is no happy ending. Whatever we go through in this life, Jesus wants to spare us from that damnation – He died to save us from it.

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