Tip of the Day: Evangelism (6)


When sharing the gospel, frequently I hear, “How could a good God allow evil into the world?”

Although there are many ways to respond and several views on the issue within Christianity, I usually respond like this:

The question almost makes it sound as though evil is this rabid dog that God released into the world to bite everyone. This is not the case; rather, God allowed his created beings to make choices. In allowing for choice, God did create the potential for evil. Had He not done that, we would not be having conversation; we would be robotic and therefore incapable of asking why questions. However, you have already acknowledged that there is much evil in the world. Interestingly, in the Bible, Jesus equates lust with adultery and hate with murder. Is murder evil? Is adultery evil? Based upon all of this, have you contributed to the evil in the world?

I would hope there would be more interaction between the individual and me, but at least you can see my line of thought. I try to see every potential objection to Christianity as an opportunity to speak to hearts, trusting that the Holy Spirit is working.

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  1. #1 by Quote Quote No Name on February 25, 2009 - 10:01 am

    Love the response, brief and to the point. This is one of the common objections to Christianity and people need to understand that they contribute to the world’s evil, because they are so. If we want God to stop evil…what exactly do we want him to stop? All evil? Or just the evil that doesn’t suit our liking?

  2. #2 by Kylein WI on February 25, 2009 - 2:39 pm

    Why did God allow evil. Do you not think God controls everything, He is sovereign? This is a poor answer without actual dealing with the issue.

    God made everything for His glory even the wicked for the day of destruction. God character is more fully shown with mercy, lovinkindness, judgment and holiness fully shown. The angles knew nothing of grace. That is why the look and long to partake in the grace that is found in Christ.

    The way you make it sound is yes God is good but not all powerful, he can not stop evil and has no purpose for evil.

    Normally the way do it is something like this. Flipping it on its head.

    “Why do good things happen to evil people? (Take them through the Law) everyone is a liar, idolatry, a blasphemer, adultery at heart ect…So the better question is why have we not been judge and killed. Why do we keep getting good things in this life?”

    Most people in witnessing opps have never thought of the question like that. Then they can see that God, although not the author of evil, has even a purpose for evil. It shows his glorious grace and mercy.

    Do not hid from the fact that God is both good and in control of everything. Most people do not like shallow answer’s.

    Also, the robotic argument is also garbage. In heaven when we are kept from sin, will we be robots and unable to love God truly?

    Just my 2 sheckles

    Kyle in WI
    SDG

  3. #3 by clearly on February 25, 2009 - 2:44 pm

    Kyle, thanks for the comments. I really don’t want to go and round on this issue in the comments. I revert back to how I started the blurb:

    “Although there are many ways to respond and several views on the issue within Christianity, I usually respond like this…”

  4. #4 by Kylein WI on February 25, 2009 - 2:51 pm

    Yeah I am not trying to say one way of dealing with the issue is better than the other. The “why do good things happen to evil people” always seems to break people down.

    It is just the robot part I disagree with, God can be soverign over everything even us and our choices and we can still be responsible for them. It is paradoxal, but the bible affirms both. Just like the trinity, how can one beign be three person, paradoxical. God did decree everything that comes to pass, even evil. Joesph great example. But also he set’s up the rulers of governments, most of the time the leaders are evil. He works everything, not just something, according to the council of his will.

    Have a great day, a keeping fighting for the faith.

  5. #5 by clearly on February 25, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    Kyle,

    My point is simply that if God did not create humans with the ability to choose, then they would not have the ability to choose. An individual who cannot choose is a robot.

    The Bible is clear that God did not author sin (James). Since evil exists, I must conclude that God created the potential for it.

    But again, there are multiple views on this. At some point, each person’s view is paradoxical.

    Grace.
    Dave

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