Evil is Real…Why does God allow evil?

 You often hear people say, “Why does God allow evil?” What would you have Him do? By force, change everybody into a different kind of puppet? Often you hear of people rejecting God as they express: “you say God is love and since there is evil in the world and God created everything, then God must not be love at all…I will reject a God like that”…or, they will say, “He simply must not exist at all because if He was in fact all powerful and a reality, then there would be no evil.” To which I say: Where is the love in a God that would manipulate, control and force His people into selected thoughts and actions? Is a manipulated relationship, actions controlled by strings & chains, movement & thought controlled by force or predestination; is that kind of a relationship, a loving relationship? Should we all simply not be trusted to obey a simple command like, “don’t eat from that tree”, or shall we be placed in a jail cell and then told what to do, where to go, and what to think? Oh gee, now that sounds real loving to me! [Structural note: for those who don’t see it these days, that was sarcasm.] Those of you who truly love their spouse, who would give your life for them (as Jesus did for you), let me ask you: Would you ever, ever dream of manipulating their spouse’s every thought, word and action by the heaviest of force? Of course not! And neither would your loving God in Heaven do that to you!

Evil is real on this Earth; I do know that evil is not God created, but is God allowed. God wants us to turn to Him; not through some forced or preprogrammed command, but because of our free choice and need to be close to our Creator. He will protect you; you don’t have to do a thing but give Jesus the preeminence in your life, saying that you wish Jesus to be your personal LORD & Savior.

It is not God’s deeds that are causing the problems in the world; it is our deeds that are evil. Many times I’ve heard people reject Christianity as being false because God couldn’t possibly exist because a good God would have created a good world. “Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and He doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.” (James 1:13-15 LB, underline added). Could we just possibly drop our stupid arrogance, turn toward our Savior Jesus Christ, who has already paid the price for the sins we commit in darkness, and by His grace become children of God…children of the Light? We have a chance to come out of the darkness, turn toward the “Light of God” that has come into the world, and be saved from our sins.

 

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