Thursday, 24 March 2022

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If God is perfect, omipresent and all powerful, why is there evil in this world?

 

The war in Ukraine, the plane crash in China once again bring to mind this question:

If God is perfect, omnipresent and all powerful, why is there evil in this world?

Is there a God? Where does evil originate from? 

According to the Bible, Adam and Eve sinned by wanting to be like God and listened to the serpent and ate from the tree of the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. This is what is referred to as the original sin.

However, the original sin and evil did not begin from Adam and Eve. 

Long before Adam and Eve sinned, evil existed. The Devil in the guise of the serpent that appeared to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden existed before Adam and Eve, the first human beings, are created.

Why then is the Devil - the root of all evil created? If God is perfect and good, and everything God created is perfect and good, why did He create the Devil - also known as Satan?

According to the Bible, God did not create Satan. Satan was the fallen angel initially the arch angel called Lucifer after Michael. God gave angels and humans he created free will. God gave Lucifer free will. Lucifer chose to rebel against God and became Satan.

Satan was once created a good and perfect angel called Lucifer. But Lucifer wanted to be God and rebelled against God. 

If God is omnipresent and knew that Satan (originally angel Lucifer) would rebel, why did God still create Lucifer?

Because not all the angels would rebel, and this is the risk that God takes, when He chose to create. Lucifer is given free will to choose God or to rebel against God. If God doesn’t give free will, He would be creating robots instead.

Why didn’t God eliminate Satan?

The Bible didn't give us straight answers into the thoughts of God, but some glimpses. Believing in God requires faith. The following reconciles the existence of evil with faith in the existence of a perfect, good and all powerful God:

1. Satan still has free will to repent. Although God is omnipresent and God knows ahead of time that Satan would not repent, God could not go against His own principle and eliminate Satan’s opportunity to repent.

2. Satan challenged God to allow him to rule the world of mankind for a time to prove he could rule better than God and convince all others to accept him as God after comparing the results of the rulerships.

3. If God destroys Satan now, God would need to destroy the present universe along with all the human beings. God is not incompetent, but patient with men, waiting for more to come to repentance before God eliminates Satan, the whole earth and universe. God is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. God is giving humanity the chance to choose between serving Him or serving themselves and Satan. He is patient with His creatures, not wishing that any should perish. 

The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

4. There is a time for everything. A thousand years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years to God. God’s perception of time is beyond our understanding and God is sovereign. God exists outside our scope of time or understanding. God’s plan is not as human beings plan. God will eliminate Satan and evil in God’s time, which is much different from the way we experience time. We must trust God and His plan and understand that it is for our good. 

The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:8 - "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day."

5. God created Satan as an immortal angel, just as we too are created as immortal beings. God never takes back his gift of immortality. But Satan’s destiny is in the eternal lake of burning fire.

After Satan has been eliminated and a new heaven is created, how is it not possible that another angel or human will rebel against God and introduce evil into the new heaven and the new earth?

Because God gives every angel and man free will and because God is omnipresent, He knows who would repent and who would not. Those who refuse to repent will continue to refuse to repent. When the last man or angel repent, God will destroy evil. Once this process is fully completed, the whole world will come to an end and a new heaven and a new earth emerge where there is only good and holiness, where evil will no longer exists. Only God knows when that time is. So therefore in the new heaven, we don’t have to worry about a new Satan emerging, as there won’t be the possibility of another angel again choosing to rebel against God.

If God is omnipresent and knew that Satan and humans will rebel against him, why did God still create angels and humans?

Because God is love, and there will be angels and people who would choose God, and thus God chose to create for the sake of these angels and people who would choose Him. It would be sad if because of the possibility of Satan that these people who choose good over evil would not be created.

Then why doesn’t God just create those angels and people who would choose God, since he knows who will choose Him and who would choose to rebel?

Sin entered the world when the first man and woman with free will chose to rebel against God and listened to Satan. This sin follows generations after. We don't know why God didn't stop Adam and Eve from sinning. This again comes back to the free will that human beings are given. God does not force anyone to choose God, even though He has the power to do so. He wants us to do so willingly. And because God loves us, He doesn't give up on us. God is a merciful God, but God is also a just God, thus He also cannot condone sin. The only way for God to solve this paradox where God deems for love and justice to exist is by sacrificing His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the sins of human beings. God in Jesus Himself dying on the cross, suffering alongside us for the sin we have committed, even though God in Jesus is without sin, is the only justified way to destroy sin, evil and death once and forever. God is sovereign and His ways are perfect, even though from our human perspective, we could not fully understand it. God’s ways are higher than our ways, His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. In faith, we can trust that God is a good. God knows what He is doing.

I am jotting these down so that when questions arises, I can come back to refer to them why I believe there is a true and good God exists even in this world full of evil and sufferings.

I am thankful to God, my heart is at rest.

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