Posts Tagged ‘why does God permit evil’

“[E]vil is a massive reality, massive. It is the dominant reality of human life … It is massive. It is dominant. It is uncontrollable; it is systemic. It is outside us; it is inside us. You cannot go anywhere in this universe without the affects (sic) of evil being manifest.” John McArthur

According to Scripture, God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He is good, loving, and holy. He is sovereign and controls absolutely everything. Nothing exists or occurs that is not in His control.

“The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.”  1 Samuel 2:6-7 KJV

“Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?” Lamentations 3:37 KJV

Why then doesn’t God destroy evil? If He is good, loving, and all-powerful as the Scripture says, He should want to destroy evil.

Yet evil exists. In fact, the greatest evil, Christ’s crucifixion, was ordained by the predetermined counsel of God.

How can the existence of God be harmonized with the existence of evil? The truth is most Christians don’t know enough about Scripture to answer the question and avoid it altogether. And those who attempt to answer the question often revise Scripture and reinvent God and do more harm than good.

If Christians could rightly divide the truth of God’s written word, they would discover that God has disclosed in Scripture why evil exists in the world.

John McArthur’s sermon delivered at Ligonier Ministries’ Contending for the Truth: 2007 National Conference is a good jumping off point for Christians who don’t know why the God of Scripture doesn’t destroy evil.

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I.M. Kane

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