A question was brought to me by a friend who said he is a believer, a believer who is denying some of God’s attributes. The question he asked me was, “If God was so powerful why does he allow Satan to commit so much evil?”
The question my friend asked is a valid one, and it is a question asked by many in the world today. It is also a question no Christian will ever be able to answer to the delight of any unbeliever. The reason it is a difficult question to answer is not because there is no answer, it is rather a difficult question to answer because it is a difficult answer to receive.
People do not wish to serve a God they believe is evil and cruel, a God they believe is not in control, people truly wish to serve someone powerful and capable, someone with the ability to deliver them from evil. However, the thing the world has overlooked is the fact that they cannot measure God’s righteousness by their standards. We were born in sin, and iniquity is out lot and path, so to judge God according to human standards would be an approach to God.
Provided in the above verse is the answer to my friend’s and the world’s question concerning evil. The answer is a hard one to digest even at times by the most hardened of Christians. It; however, moves one to think on the power of God and his control over all things, both in heaven and in the earth. For the world; however, it is mind boggling and upsetting that God would create evil bringing suffering upon the world.
There is; however, a point to all of this, a point dating back to the first chapter of Genesis. In Genesis 1:1 we are told that God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth. It comes to show that God is LORD, he is not just a God who came on the scene declaring he was God based on anything false, rather his claim is based on truth and his person.
The single and most burning message of the Bible, and all things created is that there is a God, a Creator to whom all things created belong, a Creator who will do what pleases him, and a Creator we are to honor with all our lives. In all the gospels this is the message of salvation, that if we accept Jesus Christ the Son of God we shall be saved. In all that we see coming upon the world we need not fear, for God is in control, and although he will do what pleases him, it was his pleasure to save us by sending Jesus to redeemer us.
The wicked was made for God, by God for his divine purpose. They were created to bring glory to God, to show forth his glory and praise, and to reveal the power of his might and his ability to save those who call on his name. They are under his power and will do only that which they are allowed to do, but we who have accepted the love of God are safe in his care.
The answer to the question asked by my friend and the world I conclude by saying, “God is a God who will never change, the wicked is created for the day of evil, they are preserved for destruction, sent out into the world to try those living upon the earth, and to refine the faith of those believing in the Creator.
(James 1:2-4 KJV) “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worked patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and complete, wanting nothing.