The Coexistence of Evil and The Sovereignty of God
Not a theodicy to justify God for the existence of evil. Nor an explanation of the origin of evil.
Hopefully, you'll find something to help you defend your faith in God and His Word
that carries the Gospel out to all mankind that they may be saved. And no matter
the circumstance, that you'll remain standing as an anvil well beaten.
God is good. In a word evil is Godlessness, the absence of God.
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6
When speaking of what is considered good or evil, Ravi Zacharias states that human will is at the center of the definition. When humans reject God they are rejecting His definition of good and evil, and are in effect, redefining it for themselves. Ravi Zacharias
. . . the Lord had declared that "everything that he had made . . . was exceedingly good" [Genesis 1:31]. Whence, then comes this wickedness to man, that he should fall away from his God? Lest we should think it comes from creation, God had put His stamp of approval on what had come forth from himself. By his own evil intention, then, man corrupted the pure nature he had received from the Lord; and by his fall drew all his posterity with him into destruction. Accordingly, we should contemplate the evident cause of condemnation in the corrupt nature of humanity-which is closer to us-rather than seek a hidden and utterly incomprehensible cause in God's predestination. John Calvin, Institutes, 3:23:8
Theodicy is a branch of theology which studies of the problem of evil and defends the goodness and justice of God in the face of the problem of evil. Epicurus, a Greek Stoic philosopher initially posited the problem this way:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
The issue is raised in light of the sovereignty of God. How could a holy and loving God, who is in control of all things allow evil to exist? This is a question that has kept brilliant minds in philosophy and theology busy for millennia, and we still don't have a more definitive answer than for God's glory. However, if we, like God, knew all things—then why call him God? But, since we don't, we do. Ergo, his sovereign reign and rule is in no jeopardy from mankind.
Do not dignify the problem of evil as if it's a logically valid impasse to faith in God. Rather, present it as prima facie evidence for God's existence in an evil world. Doing so, you will never be at a loss for examples of Satan's handiwork in this world as his minions go about fulfilling scripture calling good—evil, and evil—good.
"Therefore, it should not be thought that "the problem of evil" is anything like an intellectual basis for lack of faith in God. It is rather simply the personal expression of such a lack of faith. What we find is that unbelievers who challenge the Christian faith end up reasoning in circles. Because they lack faith in God, they begin by arguing that evil is incompatible with the goodness and power of God. When they are presented with a logically adequate and Biblically supported solution to the problem of evil (viz., God has a morally sufficient but undisclosed reason for the evil that exists), they refuse to accept it, again because of their lack of faith in God. They would rather be left unable to give an account of any moral judgment (about things being good or evil) than to submit to the ultimate and unchallengeable moral authority of God. That is a price too high to pay, philosophically and personally." Greg Bahnsen
Pew Research Center’s
2014 Religious Landscape Study found that
3.1% of American adults say they are atheists.
4.0% of Americans call themselves agnostics.
Why always start with the chimpanzee
instead of the banana?
Are humans more valuable than animals, or even plants? Are all humans equally valuable? What about before they are born, or when they are disabled, or when they are very old? Our culture today is increasingly devaluing human life, so it is more important than ever to know the biblical answer to these questions. And this answer takes us back to the doctrine of creation. If humans evolved from a common ancestor with all other life on earth, then humans have no special value. But if God created people in His image, then humans have a unique value.
Evolution, beginning with the Big Bang, is Evil
Evolution is simply one more frontal assault in The Long War Against God.
Cosmologically Big Bang is contradictory to conservation and entropy.
Scientifically Evolution is contradictory to physics and chemistry.
Theologically it is all heretical blasphemy against God's Word.
However, what other options do the godless have but a lie?
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:19-21 NKJV
For this is what the Lord says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:18 NIV
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship you in adoration—what a creation!
Psaln 139: 14 The Message, Eugene Peterson
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What Is Evil & Where Did It Come From? - RC Sproul