Posted by: gebs | February 1, 2008

Evil and God

Evil is not only used as an argument against the existence of God, but it can also be used to support the necessity of His existence.  Some of us look at evil in this world and see no hope.  We watch the news and see the evil which dominates our world despite our own comfortable existence.  Out of frustration and anger we ask the question “how can God allow this?”  “What kind of God would do this?”  We are all familiar with this frustration.

 

Others watch such things, and see evil, without losing hope.  They hear the cries for help that are being screamed throughout the earth and their hearts are moved by the grace of God.  Their hearts are not hardened but bleed.  To these people, God is the cure for all this evil and hate, which plagues our world.  They see a great light amongst the darkness.  

 

God has all the time in the world.  He also knows that all good things take time to build.  Goodness is not something we learn overnight.  We struggle all out lives trying to be good human beings, as all our ancestors did before us.  God’s work has begun amongst us and is already within us.  He is slowly making our world good despite all our efforts against Him.  Unlike our own work however, His work will always succeed, even if it takes time.  Everything will be made new (Rev 21:5).  As this text claims, there will come a day when Mount Zion will echo with psalms, and He……       

will  dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them;  he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”  And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life without payment.  He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son.  But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”


Responses

  1. Greetings, I am an Atheist and have a blog site dedicated to cataloging all my observations and questions regarding the bible and Christianity. Recently, a Christian who regularly comments on a number of my posts (whiteman0o0) left a response to one of my questions that disturbed me a great deal. As someone who was raised in the church and attended Private Christian School for the vast majority of my life, I was struck by how unusual whiteman0o0’s opinion seemed, at least to me, regarding this particular issue. The issue was about whether or not everyone is born a sinner. Whiteman0o0 had earlier stated that, yes, everyone IS born a sinner. I asked him to elaborate, arguing that I believed babies and children are innocent. I used an example of an infant that dies unexpectedly in his crib of SIDS and asked whiteman0o0 if he believed that this baby would go to hell seeing that we are all born sinners and the baby would never have had the opportunity to accept Jesus as his personal savior and ask for forgiveness for his ‘sins’. Whiteman0o0 responded, stating that indeed children and babies can go to hell and his reasoning was that God doesn’t judge them for their ACTUAL lives but for the lives they WOULD HAVE lived had they not died. In other words, God creates an alternate timeline where the baby/child didn’t die and sees if they would have become a Christian or not, what sins they would have committed, etc. and sends them to heaven or hell accordingly. This scenario left me truly horrified and I am desperate to learn how many other Christians agree with whiteman0o0’s opinion.

    This is the page where whiteman0o0 left his response:

    http://doubtingthomas426.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/if-the-statement-is-true-your-religion-is-vile/

    I am urging, pleading with anyone that is willing, to please visit this page, read the comments (you can ignore the original post), particularly mine (DoubtingThomas426) and whiteman0o0’s, and whether you agree with him or not, please leave a comment addressing this issue. I truly appreciate it.

    Thank you and I apologize for taking up space on this page with my plea.

    DoubtingThomas

    http://doubtingthomas426.wordpress.com/


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