Does God Allow Evil?
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Have you ever paused to ponder the intriguing question of why does God allow evil? It’s a question that has stumped countless individuals, making it difficult for them to truly believe in the inherent goodness of God. They find themselves grappling with the notion of how a good God could possibly permit such terrible suffering to exist without intervening. However, let me shed some light on this question for you. You see, at the core of it all lies an overwhelming love that God harbors for us, His cherished creation. This profound affection compels Him to grant us the extraordinary gift of free will – the ability to choose between right and wrong. Imagine if we were mere automatons programmed by our creator; devoid of any capacity for wrongdoing or misjudgment. Our existence would lack purpose and authenticity, void of genuine interactions with one another or even with God Himself.
From the very beginning, when Adam and Eve found themselves amidst paradise in the Garden of Eden untainted by sin’s presence, God yearned for a true relationship with humanity. Sadly though, we faltered; succumbing to temptation as we partook from the forbidden tree against His explicit commandment. The consequential entry of sin into our world was not brought upon us by divine intervention but rather through our own actions – we alone are responsible for disrupting harmony and introducing evil into this once pristine realm created out of boundless love. While it is undeniably true that even though God is all-powerful and controls everything, the free will He gave us overrules the result of sin and evil in our world. ~ Bill Greguska
James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
If God Exists, Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Why Doesn’t God Stop All Evil, Pain, And Suffering?
Why Does God Allow Evil?
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Isaiah 5:20 ESV
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Romans 12:21 ESV
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Psalm 23:4 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Romans 12:19 ESV
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:12 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Romans 3:23 ESV
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Psalm 34:14 ESV
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Matthew 6:13 ESV
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 ESV
Abstain from every form of evil.
1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 3:7 ESV
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
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