God’s Not Dead, Chapter 3 – Why Doesn’t God Remove Evil From The World? (pt38)
WHY DOESN’T GOD REMOVE EVIL FROM THE WORLD?
There could be no knowledge of what good is without the contrast of evil. How could you know what light is without the existence of darkness? Hot without the existence of cold? God allows us to comprehend reality through His use of contrasts.
This is all well and good to explain the ‘problem of evil’ but the author doesn’t stand by his own statement. Just a few paragraphs later, one page in fact, the author makes this claim by quoting.
God destroys evil. Just as evil had a beginning, it will have an end. Hugh Ross explained that God allowed the possibility of evil in space and time so that He could eliminate it for all eternity in a new creation that will replace the universe:
As an expression of his love for humanity, God created the universe the way he did to protect us from a future touched by evil. He made this cosmos to serve as an arena in which evil and suffering can be rooted out, finally and eternally-while simultaneously maintaining the human capacity to exercise free will and, thus, to experience and express love.
The first statement can not be upheld if you believe the second. What happens to the contrast? If evil is required to “experience and express love,” is there no love in this eternity? Do the beings of this eternity become “without the capacity or option to do evil”, sounds like that type one universe Control. “No choices, just programmed goodness.”
God defines evil. He tells us what it is. His commandments aren’t burdensome but are there to protect us. Like warning signs on the highway or warning labels on chemicals, God’s laws are acts of mercy not anger.
What about the commandments that are missing? Things we all hold as immoral/evil but aren’t defined in the laws of god? The first four of the commandments given to Moses were simply about the god, not moral commands, not definitions of evil. Murder, theft, greed, we all know those from the commandments, but what about slavery, rape, torture, etc?
God denounces evil.
God defeats evil. By His life and death on the cross, Christ came to break evil’s power over mankind. At His crucifixion, He absorbed the punishment for our evil and provided forgiveness for it and freedom from it.
By allowing evil a momentary presence in human existence, He not only defeated it on the cross but also will ultimately remove it forever. Because of this, in eternity, we will be able to exist with our free wills intact without the presence of evil.
The contradictions abound in just this page of the book. The author claims that we can’t know goodness or love without knowing evil but then claims that a human sacrifice could end evil’s power over humanity. Beyond that he claims that evil will have and end completely in some future world. You can not claim that evil is required and then claim that sometime in the future it will be abolished and that rule will be null and void. Why then must this all powerful, timeless, god wait until some uncertain future point in time? Why not at the crucifixion rid the world of evil like he will do anyways someday? Why not the day after it popped up?
If evil needed only a momentary presence in our existence why give it any more time than that? Less suffering, less evil, less regret for the god for having made humans (Gen. 6:6).