(These are my thoughts collected after hearing about a fatal car crash that happened in my home town.)
Skeptics claim that if God is a loving father, then he should be held responsible for not doing anything about evil and suffering.
If a father prepares his children to face the challenges of evil in the world, but they dismiss his advice and does evil instead, should the father be held responsible?
If there is no God, there is no such thing as evil. Without God evil doesn’t really exist.
To be angry with God for allowing evil is to be angry with Him for allowing you to be born and live.
God could get rid of all the evil in the world. All He would have to do is kill everybody.
But that wouldn’t be of His nature. That would break God’s character.
People will say, “how could a loving God exist with all this evil in the world.”
The existence of evil is not evidence of God’s absence in the universe but evidence of His absence from our lives.
We want to take evil away from the world, but we don’t think about the evil we commit ourselves.
Romans 3:23 tells us that we’re all sinners. Me, you, us. Sin is anything opposite of what God wants us to do. Because we sin we’re born disconnected from God. Our sins deserve punishment which in the end is death.
For the wages of sin is death, (Romans 6:23a NIV)
But that’s why Jesus was sent to the Earth. God gave us a bridge to cross over from death to life.
A perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect imperfect people.
His death and resurrection from the cross covered our sins and enabled our bodies to live eternally, but there’s a catch. It’s called choice, decision making, or free will. God is the contrast of evil. He gives you choices in life. God developed a moral code inside our hearts that tells us right and wrong, but it’s our choice to obey or disobey.
“God created things which had free will. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only that that makes possible any love or good was or joy worth having.” – C.S. Lewis.
God also gives us the choice to recieve His gift. A gift that when you recieve it, your life will forever be changed. The gift of eternal life.
It’s not a paycheck that you have to work to obtain. It’s a gift. God is handing you His gift, and all you have to do is accept it, and it’ll be ours forever.
God gives us the choice whether we want Him with us, or not. Some people reject God because His inner moral code infers with our sexual freedoms. When the restraining force of God and His knowledge are removed, evil is free to fully express itself.
God isn’t the bad guy here. It’s us. God doesn’t allow bad things to happen. We do. God doesn’t want us to reject Him. It’s us who choose too.