God did not create evil, but He does allow it. Evil is the absence of good. We can only know evil if there is good in this world. Without good how would we know that there was such as thing as evil? How do we even measure what is good and what is evil? We can only do that if there is a standard of good. And as Christians we look to God for that standard of good. Good comes from God, it is one of his divine attributes.
When evil strikes often times people question God, “Why me?” But why isn’t it we ask God about his goodness? “Why, God are you so good to me?”
We often take God’s goodness for granted. For example how often do we take the time to thank God for giving us healthy bodies? When our bodies are functioning just fine, we’re doing just fine. But when something goes wrong with our body such as sickness, a strained muscle or some kind of cancer we take notice. We know this because we know what it is like to have a healthy body. We take for granted how this body works. God created your body. He created it with complexity and to function. He designed you and that is a gift of grace. So when there is suffering and evil in our lives we take notice of it. But how often do we take notice of his goodness? Everyday we live by God’s grace. We do not deserve anything. What is also amazing is that God didn’t not just leave us to live in his world to face evil and suffering alone. God gave us a remedy and the hope that ends all suffering and all evil.
The Bible’s Solution to Evil:
Pain and suffering is guaranteed in this lifetime it is mentioned throughout the Bible. But the Bible also offers hope. The problem of evil is remedied with the problem of goodness. God’s goodness provided a way to end all suffering and evil. Jesus joined us in suffering. He is not outside of it, he came and lived in, and to show us we are not alone, He understands it. God can use evil for good and His glory. He can use death and devastation to give people hope and deliver them from hell on earth and the in afterlife into an eternal life in heaven where there will be no pain, suffering and evil. God is not far from your suffering. Jesus went through it. There is hope for this dying and decaying world for those who believe. Jesus humbled himself to show his great love for us and to give us a future hope beyond the grave, Jesus rose from the dead, and He conquered death. Through God’s sacrificial love he provides a way out and he offers us eternal life and the end to all pain and suffering.
Applying Biblical Principles to the Problem of Evil:
What can we learn from natural evil?
1. Hate Sin:
Sin entered the world through one man’s sin, which introduced man to natural evil.
2. Overcome evil with good:
Natural evil brings destruction, devastation, displacement, depression and doubt into this world. We have the opportunity to show compassion to those who are suffering, by helping them with their needs physically and spiritually, share the good news, the Gospel, and God’s grace. Jesus is the remedy to evil and suffering, He will bring an end to it all.
The Bible uses natural evil as way to call people to repentance. “It is as if he is saying that God uses disaster as a megaphone to call attention to our guilt and destination, to the imminence of his righteous judgment if he sees no repentance… Disaster is a call to repentance.”- D.A. Carson
A reminder that this life isn’t all there is and that we need to start thinking about where our destiny lies. Tomorrow is never promised.
4. Reminder to focus on God and the glory that awaits us in heaven:
During the hurt, heartache and hardship it is painful to see what God is trying to do but we must remember that our goal in life is to be like Christ and in these difficult times this is what God uses to conform us to that image. The pain and suffering here would be nothing in comparison to what is awaiting us in heaven. When we get to heaven we should be able to say that the suffering we faced was all worth it. A mother once told me that giving birth to a child is painful but once you have that child you realize that pain was worth it and you don’t think about the pain you went through. We suffer a little now and like that mother we will realize the pain was worth it. We must remember to keep fighting the good fight because our reward is in heaven.
Every single person is going to face death. We just don’t know how or when we are going to leave this world. But while we are here on this earth we should ask ourselves is there life after death, and if there is where I am going?
Bible verses to think about:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. -Romans 8:18-25
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” –Revelation 21: 1-4
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