Why does God allow bad people to do bad things?
Bombs blowing up in Baghdad and hundreds are killed. Political strife creates bedlam and innocent people are hurt. Stalkers preying upon the innocent. The stories are numerous of bad people doing bad things causing us to wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”
The Bible states that God knows all things. He knows the beginning and the end. He is omniscient — knowing everything there is to know, including our past and our future. Yet, the question still lingers, “Why does God still create humans who turn out evil and do evil things?”
To tackle this difficult question, we need to go back to our original foundation of using God’s Word to construct our answer, because our human minds simply cannot comprehend on its own the wisdom of God.
Let’s start by remembering that evil (sin) entered into the world through Adam, the first man. This is very important because we have now inherited a sinful nature from this one act of disobedience. By nature, we are all anti-God. All we can do and hope to do is sin. In fact, even people whom we respect and adore the most on earth have the capacity to do the greatest type of evil.
So, why does God allow this world to continue in its present sinful condition? The answer is love. God’s greatest desire is for all people to come into a personal relationship of trust and faith in him. The greatest display of God’s love is found in the sacrifice of his one and only son. Jesus became our substitute on the cross so we may be proclaimed sinless before God. It took the sacrifice of his Son to bring all sinners, including you and me, back home to him. Yes, our sins cause bad things to happen. And the consequences of some sins are far worse than others. Yet, since God is omniscient, he can use instances of evil for his good purpose.
In the Bible, Jesus teaches us that evil will be planted among the good and it is not up to us to pass judgment. Why? Because we are all weeds. It is only God who can transform us to be wheat. Most people will choose to reject Him and God allows this to happen, but he alone will make the final judgment. The question before us is simple: Is Jesus Lord of our lives or is he not? Faith alone causes us to believe and accept God’s love for us. In the meantime, we live out our lives in a fallen world with the opportunity given us to place our hope that through faith in Christ alone, our eternity in heaven will be far greater than our present reality.
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