Why Does our Good God Allow Evil?
Dr. Mike Johnston
The Bible reveals this about God: The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works Psalms 145:17. If that is true- and we believe that it is- why would our sinless perfect God allow evil in the world? Although not exhaustive by any means, here are four reasons I believe have a Scriptural foundation as to why our good God would allow evil in the world.
1. Evil in the world reveals a wicked nemesis known by several names.
A) Lucifer: How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer… Isaiah 14:12
B) Satan: Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11
C) Devil: 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning…
D) Dragon, Serpent: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
2. Evil in the world is the result of the sin of man.
A) God created Adam in sinless innocence but gave him free will (Genesis 1-2).
B) From the man’s rib, God created his wife Eve (Genesis 2:21-25) to assist him in dressing the Garden of Eden under the following single stipulation: Genesis 2:16-17 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
C) Eve was deceived by Satan and ate the fruit God forbid (Genesis 3:6).
D) Adam sinned by eating the fruit and thus death was passed onto us from him: Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
3. Evil in the world demonstrates our need for a Saviour. God is perfect and demands no less from us. But there are problems with that:
A) We’ve all been born into sin and have missed God’s mark of perfection: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
B) God won’t allow sin into Heaven: Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
C) Our sin must be paid for before we die or we will pay for it when we die: Romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death. Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
D) In an unparalleled act of sacrificial love, while we were the vilest of sinners Christ died for us: Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
E) Anyone can be saved RIGHT NOW: Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
4. Evil in the world will one day be judged and all those who have perpetrated it will be cast into the Lake of Fire
A) Here’s the irony! Unless you repent and receive Christ you will spend forever in torment with those you have loathed as the evil doers of the world. Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (14) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.