It’s probably the hardest question for any faith person to reconcile.  “If God is so Good, and God is So Powerful, then why does He allow evil on the planet today?  Wouldn’t a good God wipe evil off the map?  Your God must be either a.)Not as powerful as you think b.)Cruel to allow the evil to invade humanity or c.)Something much larger is going on.”

Every apologetic seminar I’ve ever attended tries to address evil in the world.  The premise is always, “God won’t ever allow evil…”  or “God is using evil to teach…”  And as hard as I try to buy into these arguments, I’m just not convinced.  There seems to be a place where faith people want to believe SO BAD in their particular worldview, it’s not even possible for them to imagine any other way.

This week, I want to spend some time talking about Evil.
I want to talk about Why Evil Happens (potentially an unanswerable question).
I want to hear your story of how you struggle with bad things in life.
Where do you go to find answers when it seems like you’ve exhausted all possibilities for hope?

This is one of those issues that can really upset a large number of people.  But if we’re going to be honest through the valley of the shadow of death, we’ve got to identify evil for what it is.  Too many people just want to brush evil to the side of life’s lonely road and try convincing themselves “It’s all for the good.”

But pain has a cantankerous way of eating your joy from the inside.  If we don’t address the pain…If we don’t walk through the pain to find healing…Then we’re likely going to dull the ability to see the world in joy.

So here’s where you come in…

1.)  If you have a story of evil in your life, and you feel comfortable to share it with us, you can write it down here on the comment section.  I, for one, would love to pray with you, and work on understanding how evil is affecting the world.

2.)  If you want to share some of the ways you’ve come to understand evil, feel free to help us see the world the way you do.  You don’t have to be a faith person, and you certainly don’t have to feel like you’re a theologian.  In fact, I would prefer we don’t try and quote other’s ideas, unless they’ve truly come to help in your situation

So here we go.

A  Week to talk about evil and pain in the world.

Stay tuned…it’s going to be an interesting conversation.

1 Comment

  1. As a follower of Christ, my understanding is simply that God is pro-choice and evil is carried out via humans who make those choices. No one is forced to engage evil and do its bidding (which Jesus said is to steal, kill and destroy). If God was to stop all evil, he’d have to step in and circumvent our access to the free will we are provided with. This would eliminate any chance for redemption on the would-be offender’s part, and we’d be like puppets or machines just carrying out his plan with no choice not to. What kind of relationship would that be? He’d be like a desperate hovering parent trying to stop his kids from making bad choices, which no parent can do. Rather, we are left to decide how to conduct ourselves. It’s a mutual trust issue. As Dylan sang, “It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” Just like any epic story (Star wars and LOTR are obvious examples), players like Anakin or ringwraiths chose the dark side, mostly motivated by greed and lust for power/wealth. So it is with people. The New Testament states that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. If it’s too hard for a person to resist evil, God is a powerful helper with open arms. However, our current culture has pushed him to a marginalized fringe and has little interest in the unsexiness of the cross and the words of the one called the Son of God.

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