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If God Is so Good, Why Is There Evil?

Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:02
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This question has confounded philosophers for ages and led countless millions to blame God for all the evil in the world.  We must have faith if we’re going to question whether God is the author of evil since the Bible says of God, “You are good, and the source of good.”

We need faith to doubt God and instead ask the question, “If God is good why is there evil?”

Why do I say that we need faith to question God?

To even consider this question we must first accept the fact that God is and that He created the world.  If those two things are not the foundation of our faith, the basis of our world view, the question which forms the center of this essay is a meaningless exercise, an enigma wrapped in a riddle that makes no sense.

Most of us believe in fairness.  So how can we even think of blaming God for evil if He isn’t the source of it?  That wouldn’t be very fair would it?  So we’ve established that if we ask this question, “If God is so good why is there evil?” Or, if we blame God for all the evil we see in the world we must therefore believe in God and believe He is the creator of all things.

Having established that this question will only make sense in the context of faith let’s move forward with our reasoning.

First, we must determine is life as we know it normal?  Is this world filled with hatred, violence, death, disease, and war what God intended?  Was it His plan to have us suffer through this vale of tears?

There is only one place we have a chance to get God’s side of this question.  He only wrote one book.  Therefore if we reject the Bible as God’s word we have nowhere to get the answer to this question except our own finite mind.  Does seeking the answer to an eternal question in a finite source make any sense?  If as established above we have a foundational faith in the existence of God and that He is the creator of the world eternal facts which we can only learn from the Bible why would we then reject the Bible as a source of other eternal knowledge?

Moving forward in reasoning based on the eternal knowledge revealed in the Bible:

We know God placed Adam and Eve in Eden.  Are we to believe that God intended for his children to run around naked in a poison ivy patch filled with thorns and thistles?  No, at the end of the fifth day of creation after God had made the whole universe and all that is in it except man he looked over everything He had made and it was good.  If everything was good and then after He brings man into the equation all of a sudden there is all this not good going on all over the place what happened?

Humanity was not an afterthought.  God didn’t create the world and then decide, “I need a gardener” and then make humans to fit the bill.   You see long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ.   Humanity was marked out as God’s children before He said, “Let there be light,” or as the science guys call it, the big bang.  Before the foundations of creation were laid God purposed a family, and humanity is the answer to that purpose.

But what kind of a being did God create?

When God was saying let there be this and let there be that and He came to the creation of humanity He said, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature.”   That’s right. He made humanity in His own image.  He goes on to tell us, “God created human beings; He created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature.”  That’s what it says.  When God first created humans they were in His class.  Not the monkey class…the God class.

And He even tells us why, “So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”  Then He gave them the power to reproduce so they could give Him a wonderfully large family to manage His creation, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!  Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

That was His plan.  He created a perfect earth and then created beings that were like Him to run it as His assistants, His superintendents.  Humanity was given complete charge over the earth from the fish in the sea to the birds in the air.  It was all ours to command because God gave it over to us.

If God is anything He is fair.  If He makes a deal He sticks to it.  God is not a contact breaker.

Just think of this: if I gave my child a new car signing the title over to him doesn’t he then have a legal right to do anything he wants with that car?

I may have wanted him to use it for his business, maybe taking the kids to school, and even for his own pleasure.  That was my vision when I gave him the car.

But he had other ideas.  He decided to give the car to someone else.  He signs the title over to her.  Who does the car belong to?

Would I have any legal right to take it back from the one he gave it to and say, “Hey, that isn’t your car!  I bought it for my child.”  I don’t think that would stand up in court.  That wouldn’t be legal.

You see God gave humanity dominion over the earth.  We have no idea how long that dominion lasted.  Adam and Eve could have been in the garden for millions of years. We have no way of knowing.  But then along comes Satan, the father of sin, whose original sin was saying that he would set his throne above the Most High and that he would make himself god.

And what does he do?  He invents the first pyramid scheme.

He entices Eve with the idea that she could be like God.  Eve was conned.  She bought the dream … eat the forbidden fruit … then lay on the beach collecting residuals as the new god.  Hook, line, and sinker she swallowed it all.  She never understood the part about kicking it all back up the line to her new boss, Satan.

Then Adam comes home and Eve tells him of the fabulous deal Satan is offering.  Adam isn’t fooled.  He sees through the whole thing but he wants to be with his wife so he signs on the dotted line and by doing that he transferred his dominion over to Satan.  He gave Satan the title to the new car.

Now God being a loving Father wanted his children to have the new car but they gave it away, so being a just God He can’t just take it back.  Therefore, because of the treason of Adam creation now groans under the lordship of Satan.

That’s it in a nut shell.  God created humanity to be His supervisor here on a perfect earth.  He gave us the title deed to the planet.  Then through Adam’s willful disobedience we gave it to Satan and that’s how he became the god of this world.  Ever since, Satan’s nature, evil, has ridden rough shod over us and sin and death have plagued us from that day to this.

This isn’t what God planned.  This is the result of our choice, the choice to serve Satan instead of God.  And remember Satan’s original sin was that he wanted to play God, so every time we blame God for what Satan has done we give him exactly what he wanted all along … to be recognized as God.

What a mess we made.  God gave us a good deal and we traded it in for a swindle.

All I can do is echo another poor sinner saved by grace who once said, “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

More on that later. …

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com  © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com   Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

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  • raisnbran

    childish bull shett from another immature bible humper–why dont you stick to the santa claus/easter bunny story..makes more sense–the only deal from satan is the bible,the evil book of wrath,hate,judgement..god has no wrath,nor judgement..only evil humans have wrath,judgement like the whacked out dudes who wrote the bible as they were led by satan–the bible is the word of satan,not god but go ahead..promote the heck out of it,satan will love you

    • Paulp

      Raisin brain, you really are one confused and misled individual aren’t you? If you are wrong about the Bible (and you are), you face some serious repercussions that you won’t like. I mean you reeeaally won’t like right? Any idea that you think proves the Bible isn’t what it is said to be is all based on wrong information or straight up lie. That is a fact. There where genius’ that took it very seriously like newton. The Bible has proven itself over and over. If it has been mentioned, discovery after discovery has verified it. It’s infallible though some will say otherwise but more know better. There are liars and very high up people that try to hide things that are in favor of the Bible. If i could I’d provide links but idk how. It’s a perfectly accurate book and there are mathematics involved that says that it must be divine. You need to quit listening to liars and others who have been lied to who tell folks like you and that y’all take as fact. We live in a time right now the Bible describes perfectly that it’s just impossible to be coincidence or luck. There is information also isn’t revealed to those that love evil over what is righteous. As far as spiritual truth well since you think it’s a joke then if you have eat anything spiritual then it has no nutritional value whatsoever because the only nutritionally valuable spiritual food is the Bible and just like you body, starve it long enough and you are not going to think very clear and it’s obvious by your foolish statement that you are spiritually insane. I don’t mean any butthurt it’s just the truth. One of these days hopefully while you still have a chance, you are going to be ashamed at how your attitude was toward what you didn’t realize really was of God, a Holy a Loving God that gave His life for you. A God that cares that much about you. The one whom you spit in the face of. All He is trying to do is to keep you from losing your chance at salvation because when you take your last breath that’s it, you will have to be separated from God permanently and since all that is good proceeds from God like air and moisture or joy of any sort, you will say good by to and you will exist in a state of torment. That torment isn’t designed by God as foolish people think. It’s a result of circumstance because hell is an existence where Gods presence does not exist. You think He doesn’t exist here well don’t find out what it’s really like to be in a place where he isnt. You’ll find out just how it is to live in that world without God. People like you had better wake up because spiritual reality isn’t a game and there is a war for your soul and your enemy isn’t stupid. In fact he has you right where he wants you, still condemned.

  • Sun Tzu

    You don’t know do ya. Makes you wonder don’t it.

    • Paulp

      We have free will and evil also separates the wheat from the tares. As far as whistles and thorns and such, they didn’t exist prior to the fall. It didn’t just effect people but nature, the universe itself.

  • HypothesisFree

    Some things to contemplate:

    Deuteronomy 30:15
    See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

    Joshua 23:15
    Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

    Jeremiah 32:42
    For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

    Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)
    I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

    Proof that would hold up in a court of law that Christianity is made up of fabricated lies.
    The biblical constructs of the Christian God taken together as a whole, have for many reasons, been proven Impossible.
    - http://www.evilbible.com/evil-bible-home-page/god-is-impossible

  • PaulTarsuss

    Great Article.

    Here’s a good source of information regarding the Two Hands of God, which reveals more on this topic. Very revealing!

    http://www.kingdombiblestudies.org/2hands/2hands1.htm

    Blessings All

  • Man

    You miss a piece of reasoning.

    If God is all knowing, Then when he made the Universe he knew Satan would appear with all the troubles he would bring and still think that there could no be a better universe being made.

    Worse yet, who is stronger, Satan or God? He could remove Satan anytime, but actually chooses not to because he doesn’t cable tv and Satan is the only entertainment he has…

    • The Clucker

      Dumba*s comment of the day award is yours by a long shot. I won’t suggest you read anything, because I doubt you could even understand what you read, considering that comment. You are an ignorant dipsh*t.

      • Man

        So God is so limited that he can’t create a world with free will without Evil?

        I mean you can make choices where one is good and other better

        Like choosing icecream with or without chocolate dip. Both options are good

  • Gordon

    If you have ever wondered how God could make a creature that became so evil, then please consider that it had to do with Freewill. This universal attribute permits us to make choices that move us towards God or allow us to walk away from Him. As this angelic creature walked away from God it left him spiritually dark and void; a dynamic that has also infected mankind.

    • The Clucker

      Thanks for using common sense.

      • Man

        So If God is good, does that mean he has no free will?

  • jknbt

    the hard question is: how can a God who is all powerful and all loving allow evil to exist? He must therefore not be all powerful, or he must not be all loving. Or, he must not exist at all.

    Wrong! The answer to this dilemma is to be found in Deut. 8. The children of Israel were getting ready to go into the promised land. Their parents had almost all died out. How could an all powerful God put them through 40 years of misery in the hot desert, when he could have forced the older generation to walk into the land after 12 legions of angels had first killed off all the pagans? That would have been easy. If God loved them for the patriarch’s sake so much, why did he kill those faithless cowards off in the wilderness?

    The answer is that God wanted to test them, to humble them, to prove them, to see what was in their heart, and to see if they would keep his commandments or not (Deut. 8:2-20). God will test people to see whether they mean business about serving him or not. This is always hard. Some people renounce and deny God the first time they have the slightest whisper of test. God has proven them out as the sort he surely does not want to spend eternity with. Some people set their jaw and will serve God come hell or high water. These are the people referred to as “overcomers” in Revelation. They will receive their crown if they endure to the end. God is sorting out who will go into eternity with a heavy but loving hand. So be faithful when tested, and claim the Romans 8:28 promise as your birthright.

    • Man

      God is more evil than Satan. He killed everyone except Noah family… actually Satan has killed little to none.

      That gives a great perspective how faulty God is in creating his perfect universe

      • Damien

        That’s why we or rather HE killed Him

        • Man

          yeah he made this weird loophole where he killed some innocent man who is actually himself but did not really killed himself but did it to abolish all the sin of others but not really because people are still sinning and Satan is not gone…

          So what did he actually solve as god?

          • Damien

            I was waiting for you and your napalms soloution :cry:

            I DONT WANNA LIVE IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE!

  • Hayduke

    “God wants peace. God wants war. God wants famine. God wants chain stores”. Roger Waters :smile:

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