Why is there so much evil in the world if God is good? Why do good people die? And why are there terrorists? The list is endless, truly. And with all these questions come several fingers pointing at God, saying: He isn’t good. But is this really true? Let’s go back to Genesis, God created the world and everything was good (Genesis 1:31). But let’s see when this evil corrupted the world:
THE SIN OF DISOBEDIENCE
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?Genesis 3:1-7
2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The first sin was committed; the sin of disobedience, and the world was affected by it at this moment,
“For by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be righteous.”Romans 5:19
We can then see that the evil in the world was caused by man, and not God. Freewill is one thing man possesses, and God does not interfere with it at all. Some may ask why God had put the tree in the garden in the first place, but let’s remember that it wasn’t necessarily the tree which was the sin, but their disobedience of God’s command not to eat from it. Everything God created was good, including that tree.Why then was the tree in the garden of Eden? Couldn't God have done away with the tree? Click To Tweet
Freewill in an Evil World
Why then was the tree there? Couldn’t God have done away with the tree if it was going to bring about evil in the world? Smart questions. I once heard a theory that makes sense to me, you could choose to agree with it or not.
The theory says that if the tree wasn’t there or if God didn’t give that instruction, man’s freewill would have been tampered with; there would be no choice as to eat from it or not, Adam and Eve would have been like robots- obeying God’s commands, not of their own choice but because He said so. But God wants a relationship with us, not a dictatorship.
This same freewill is the reason why a lot of evil still happen in the world. Does God intercede in times of trouble? Yes, He does. You can see some places He interceded in the Bible, and it still happens even today. He comes through but it doesn’t happen in every situation.
He doesn’t slap every murderer or thief before they commit evil, or strike them dead. Although, we might want Him to do that, but do you know God died for those people too? So that they might believe in Him and live forever.We have to accept the fact that the world is evil but rejoice in the fact that we are not of this world. This is a promise to believers. Click To Tweet
It might be hard to sink in, nobody wants the evil-doers to go scot free. If that were the case, nobody would be scot free because one way or the other, we were once all sinners. But glory to God that in Him, there is no condemnation to them that believe. We have to accept the fact that the world is evil but rejoice in the fact that we are not of this world because God has overcome the world (John 16:33). This is a promise to believers.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.John 15:19
Salvation in Its Simplicity
If you’re reading this and you’re not a believer, it’s pretty easy: believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and you will be saved. It’s news that’s too good to be true- THE Good News.
God is good, He has never changed and so, He has always been good. Click To Tweet
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.Romans 10:9
God is good, He has never changed and so, He has always been good. The fall of man (Adam) brought sin and evil into the world and even nature yearns for the time when believers would be glorified:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.Romans 8:18-23
The death and resurrection of another man has brought life to all who believe in Him, just like He said in John 3:16.
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- SALVATION, NOT SALARY
- THE TRUE MEDIATOR
- IS GOD TRULY GOOD: GOD IN THE OT AND NT
- ROMANS 8 STUDY AND COMMENTARY
FAQ on Why There is So Much Evil in the World.
How can God allow so much evil and suffering?
The moment man fell in the beginning, sin crept in and even nature was subdued under it. That’s why in Romans, Paul says that even nature awaits the manifestation of the sons of God i.e believers. So, in essence, the nature of the world itself has been corrupted and for it to be cleansed, everything would have to be wiped out. But God loves us and would not want that for us. That’s why everybody has a chance to be saved just as God’s will is.
Why is there so much evil in the world?
The sin nature of man and his freewill gives him permission to do bad. That is why we are to subdue the flesh and walk in the spirit by the power at work in us, till the end of time where we are given our glorious bodies which is dead to sin just as the believer’s spirit currently is.