We live on a really amazing, beautiful, and an incredible planet. All of Creation sings and reflects the beauty and glory of its maker.
Nature is awesome. Except when it’s not. Natural disasters are responsible for an average of 97,954 deaths this decade.
People are awesome. Except when they are not. Intentional homicides are responsible for approximately 135,000 deaths per year worldwide.
People are still awesome. Except when they really, really are not. According to the World Health Organization, there are an estimated 45 to 50 Million abortions per year. (There is a horrifying year-to-date counter at http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/)
Open up any social media platform and you will quickly see that our world is filled to the brim of terrible things, events, and terrible people.
Why is there evil in our world?
This is a question that has been asked for centuries. If there is a good and perfect God who is in control, then why is there still evil in the world?
Apologists (those who work to give an answer for the faith based on 1 Peter 3:15-16) have been faced with this question many times. There are many good books, articles, and debates that clearly and comprehensively tackle the “Problem of Evil.” If you are looking for a more complete answer to the “Problem of Evil” there are many good books that you could check out. C.S. Lewis’ The Problem of Pain is a good place to start.
But apologists aren’t the only ones who face, or have ever wondered about this question. Chances are that you have already been asked a question like this one. Or, perhaps, you yourself have pondered this question many times.
Well, what I offer you today certainly is not a comprehensive guide. However, I do hope that these few points can provide a bit of clarity as to why and how there is evil in the world. And, more importantly, how God views evil and what He is doing about it.
-What the Bible says-
-God did not create evil, He hates evil. There was no place for imperfection in His perfect creation. (Gen. 1:31)
-God gives mankind freedom to make their own choices. Often times mankind’s choices result in evil. (Gen. 2:16-17 & 3:1-7)
-When sin entered into the world it brought everything we consider evil, death, suffering, unfairness, sickness, pain, etc. This evil impact everything and everyone man, woman, even the earth creation itself. (Gen. 3:14-19, Romans 8:21-23)
-God always has and always will work to contain evil. It’s not as bad as it could be. (Gen. 3:21, Deut. 9:5, & Jonah 3:6-10)
-God has always had a plan to defeat evil once and for all. (Gen. 3:15, Mark 10:35, Romans 5:6-8, Colossians 1:21-22)
-Jesus hasn’t come back yet because He cares for and loves people. (2 Peter 3:9-10)
-God has been and will be successful in His plan to defeat evil. (2 Corinth. 5:17, Rev. 21:1-5)
-Important things to remember-
-God did not create robots, He created free thinking people that can choose either Him or something else.
-The world is a place full of evil and suffering as a result of those bad choices called sin.
-We ought to view sin and evil just as God does. We should despise it. (Proverbs 8:13)