Great Question!

I know it looks like the enemy is winning but don’t get it twisted,he is indeed already defeated. As believers our confidence must be grounded in believing that even when things are bad, God is working them out for good (Gen. 50:20). God is sovereign and the devil has no free hand in this world. He is on a spiritual leash, and can do only what God allows. Having said that, some of you who are extremely frustrated with life might be thinking; if God is all good, why would He allow bad things to happen.

This is not an easy question to answer. However, solving this seeming contradiction between a loving God and the reality of evil may not be as difficult to differentiate as you think but, you must use the theodicy approach in order to solve the apparent tensions in what is often dubbed the problem of evil.

The problem of evil is really a series of problems. Like many large problems, sometimes it is helpful to break them down into their components. Evil in both the moral and natural worlds. For example, when people do bad things to one another, this is moral evil and so-called natural disasters are often considered evil as well because of all the suffering they cause. Earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, and so forth, are all examples of what might be termed natural evil.

Christian theologian Augustine helped to pin the tail on the donkey by using the same approach mentioned above. He essentially said, “Evil is as a parasite on good.” He clearly defines evil as a privation – a lack of something – rather than a thing or substance. (For example, cold is the privation of heat) With that said, if Augustine’s deduction is correct, evil is not an actual ‘thing’.

Therefore, God cannot be the author of evil. God is the author of good and unfortunately people make moral choices that result in evil. Hence my point, I know it looks bad but God is causing all things to work together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28)!!

At the end of the day, God is good even when we are not and yet He cared enough about us that despite what He knew about us, He sent His Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our sins, transgressions, and iniquities! And because He left a borrowed tomb empty there will come a day when God “will wipe every tear from” our eyes and, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things” will pass away (Revelation 21:4).

BeStrong

This is not an easy question to answer. However, solving this seeming contradiction between a loving God and the reality of evil may not be as difficult to differentiate as you think but, you must use the theodicy approach in order to solve the apparent tensions in what is often dubbed the problem of evil.

The problem of evil is really a series of problems. Like many large problems, sometimes it is helpful to break them down into their components. Evil in both the moral and natural worlds. For example, when people do bad things to one another, this is moral evil and so-called natural disasters are often considered evil as well because of all the suffering they cause. Earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, and so forth, are all examples of what might be termed natural evil.

Christian theologian Augustine helped to pin the tail on the donkey by using the same approach mentioned above. He essentially said, “Evil is as a parasite on good.” He clearly defines evil as a privation – a lack of something – rather than a thing or substance. (For example, cold is the privation of heat) With that said, if Augustine’s deduction is correct, evil is not an actual ‘thing’.

Therefore, God cannot be the author of evil. God is the author of good and unfortunately people make moral choices that result in evil. Hence my point, I know it looks bad but God is causing all things to work together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28)!!

At the end of the day, God is good even when we are not and yet He cared enough about us that despite what He knew about us, He sent His Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for our sins, transgressions, and iniquities! And because He left a borrowed tomb empty there will come a day when God “will wipe every tear from” our eyes and, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things” will pass away (Revelation 21:4).

#BeStrong

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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