Prime Time with God: Why Does God Allow Evil?
By Os Hillman
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you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand" (Psalm 130:3).
One of the
most common questions every person wrestles with in life is this: "God, if
You are loving, just, and all-powerful, why do You allow good people to
suffer?" Many choose not to believe in God because they cannot adequately
explain this question. Evangelist Billy Graham addressed this question in his
book Answers to Life's Problems:
We do not know all the reasons why
God permits evil. We need to remember, however, that he is not the cause of
evil in this world and we should therefore not blame Him for it. Remember that
God did not create evil, as some believe. God created the world perfect. Man
chose to defy God and go his own way, and it is man's fault that evil entered
Even so, God has provided the ultimate triumph of good over evil in
Jesus Christ, who on the cross, defeated Satan and those who follow him. Christ
is coming back and when He does, all evil will be ended forever and
righteousness and justice will prevail.
Have you ever
thought about what would happen if God suddenly eliminated all the evil in this
world? Not one person would be left, because we are all guilty of sin.
Whenever we suffer, we should
remember that the Son of God went before us, drinking the cup of suffering and
death to the dregs. Because Christ is fully man and fully God, we know that God
understands our fears, sorrows and suffering. He identifies with us. Most
important of all, the Father has given us the gift of His Son so that we don't
have to die and suffer forever in eternity.
suffered and died for us, our suffering can be made like His -purposeful and
meaningful. Evil, suffering and death came into the world when the first man
and woman listened to Satan and committed the first sin. Evil was never part of
the Garden of Eden. The moment Adam and Eve crossed the boundary of God's
command, evil became the terrible reality of this world.
There are some
questions that will remain unresolved until we are able to meet face to face
with our Creator in Heaven.
Graham, Answers to Life's Problems (Nashville, TN: Word Publishing, 1988), pp.
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