One of the most common questions (and stumbling blocks) about God and Christianity is “Why is there so much suffering in the world?” It is a valid question that deserves to be answered by those who promote faith in Christ. We don’t live in a vacuum. We live in the real world where questions about faith should be answered to the best of our abilities. A simple “just because” does not explain away the tough questions. And besides, God is big enough to handle some tough questions.
Recently, a radio program described how the United States has enjoyed unprecedented prosperity. There has never been another nation that has accomplished what our nation has in all of history. It is because of the drive of the American spirit. And the unprecedented freedom we enjoy. But with that freedom comes a level of crime and violence that is hard to fathom. There are some who believe the way to curb crime is to restrict freedom.
Consider that God Himself has given mankind a freedom that at times can boggle the mind. We are free moral agents. We are allowed to choose whether we will follow God and His ways or rebel against Him and choose our own path. Our freedom allows us to choose to do good or evil, be a helper to those in need or exploit and victimize others. Should God then restrict the freedom of men in order to prevent evil from effecting our lives?
While God maintains ultimate control over all things, it is clear that He has decided to let humans choose their own fate and determine their own actions, whether for good or evil. It is the basis of the human experience to be able to choose a life spent devoted to the Lord and His ways or a life devoted to rebellion against the Creator. In allowing men to have freedom, He has allowed evil to exist in this world. But we must remember that the evil that exists in our world will not be seen in heaven. This life is but a passing shadow and as such, the evils that exist are fleeting and will pass away in the final judgment.
Evil exists for a short time. As believers, we must stand against it, minister to those affected by it, and ultimately remember, that God is not the author of it, but desires to help His children get through it. So when you begin to question why God could possibly allow evil to exist, remember that He is a good and merciful God who loves us and wants to deliver us from the evil of this present world, and ultimately make heaven our home.