God and Evil

Posted: January 30, 2010 in Theology
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“It is extremely difficult to believe that God is loving and merciful when He consistently shows Himself to be cruel and unjust.” – posted by a friend on Facebook.

Reply 1: if he is caring and all powerful, why is there evil? if he is all powerful, but does not care, then he is malevolent. if he cares but is not all powerful, then he is not omnipotent. and if he neither cares or is all powerful, why call him god?

Reply 2: it seems that way but allow me to remind you! There is always a lesson to be learned! Very important to know that fact! Pain is not a curse… its a blessing ^_^ Learn and keep moving.

Reply 3: Are you sure that that’s God that’s showing himself??? “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” 1 John 1:5 ….My God is ALWAYS JUST and NEVER CRUEL…..You described the world and its ruler (satan) to me…

It does seem, at times, that God is cruel and unjust. Particularly in light of a major disaster like the earthquake in Haiti. People respond to the existence of evil in one of two ways:

1 – Stop believing in God. God doesn’t match my expectations therefore He does not exist.

2 – Shift the blame. God would never do something like what happened in Haiti. Sin did it…somehow.

Perhaps there’s another option. Perhaps there’s more to this God than the way we have Him packaged. We like to maintain an image of God that is always loving and kind. But consider hell. Is it not a creation of God also?

Perhaps the best response to tragedy and evil is not to close my eyes and try to believe God doesn’t exist. Nor is it necessary to defend God. Maybe the best response, like Job learned, is to realize that my understanding is limited and I should just shut-up.

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Comments
  1. ablessedman says:

    Wow. Just some notes: reply 1 is typical drivel from athiests such as Dawkins; reply 2 – hmm – pain is a curse, not a blessing: check out Deut 28 and see if pain is in the blessing side (v1-14); it’s not; reply 3 is closest to the truth.

    The responses to evil, 1 & 2 are how the world sees it, sure. 1 is simply silly — if I close my eyes and can’t see you then you don’t exist 🙂 2 is oversimplified: we have to recognize the nature of God (love) and His judgement. In judgement is the only manner in which God does what man would see as “bad.” But prior to judgement God sends opportunity to repent in ways larger than Haiti has seen yet.

    Hell? Hell was not created for man, it was created for the devil and his hordes; it is created for evil. And men who choose to take a path away from God have chosen an end in hell; God even tells us: “before you is set life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose Life!” Gee, and so many people don’t even listen and then they blame God for their own choice!!

    And although your understanding may be limited, God never asked you to shut up. Preach the Gospel. The answers to tragedy are in there.

    Be blessed.

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