Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:20 AM

If God Why Evil?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:20 AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 2:20 AM

Couldn’t God Make A World Without Evil? It is possible that He could have created a world that did not have evil.

Could God Have Created A World Without Free Creatures? It is possible that God could have inhabited the earth with all animals or robots that would only do His will.

Could God Have Created Free Creatures That Would Not Sin? It is logically possible to have free will and not sin. Adam did it before the Fall. Jesus did it throughout His whole life (Heb. 4:15). How could God have guaranteed that they would never sin? One way would be to tamper with their freedom.

He could have set up some mechanism so that just when they were about to choose something evil, a distraction would come along to change their decision. Or maybe He could have programmed creatures to only do good things. But are such creatures really free? It’s hard to call a choice free if it was programmed so that there was no alternative.

God Could Have Created Free Creatures Who Would Sin, But Would All Be Saved In The End.

This option makes the same error as the one before it in assuming that God can manipulate human freedom to choose good. Some people say that God will never stop pursuing a person until he makes the right choice. But this view does not take seriously the biblical teaching that hell is real for some. Such a view suggests that God will save individuals no matter what He has to do. But we must remember that He cannot force them to love Him. Forced love is rape; and God is not a divine rapist. He will not do anything to coerce their decision. God will not save men at any cost. He respects their freedom and concurs with their choice. He is not a puppet master, but a lover wooing men to Himself.

If God is to both preserve freedom and defeat evil, then this is the best way to do it. Freedom is preserved in that each person makes his own free choice to determine his destiny. Evil is overcome in that, once those who reject God are separated from the others, the decisions of all are made permanent. Those who choose God will be confirmed in it, and sin will cease. Those who reject God are in eternal quarantine and cannot upset the perfect world that has come about. The ultimate goal of a perfect world with free creatures will have been achieved, but the way to get there requires that those who abuse their freedom be cast out. God has assured us that as many as possible will be saved—all who will believe (John 6:37). And God has provided for the salvation of all in Christ (1 John 2:2). He waits patiently, desiring all men to be saved (2 Peter 3:9).[i]

[i] Geisler, N. L., & Brooks, R. M. (1990). When skeptics ask (73–74). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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