The Problem of Evil–Pt. 6–Final Comments

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Closing Remarks

The discussion of the problem of evil would be incomplete without mentioning some points of theology.

First, the view from the eschaton is something that we do not enjoy at this present time.  How God is working all things out for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28) is not immediately clear.  We must make sure that we remember that in the end God has planned, and will accomplish, the complete defeat and eradication of evil.  The things we suffer here will not compare with what awaits us in glory (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

Secondly, every breath we take is a gift of God.  There are those who say God should be doing more to prevent evil.  They miss the fact that any moment hundreds of planes are in the air and have the wind under their wings by the grace of God.  Everyday millions of cars drive across bridges that would crash to the ground apart from God upholding them by the power of His word (Colossians 1:17).  The fact that the earth is not presently convulsing uncontrollably, bringing buildings and mountains down on top of billions is due to nothing other than God’s mercy.  He does more than we see.

Thirdly, and finally, we must not forget the cross.  We do not believe in a God who has not suffered.  Jesus has suffered to bring “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10).  Jesus has endured the full wrath of the Father in our place.  He has been “made like His brothers in  every respect, so that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17).

The cross is the consequent necessity of God choosing to save a people for Himself.  Because of sin a sacrifice was required.  Due to the nature of the offense, nothing less than the Son of God would suffice to pay the debt.  Therefore God sent His only Son into this world to suffer.  And in that suffering the greatest good is accomplished.  The totality of God’s being is put on display at the cross.

Whence then is evil?  It flows from God.  Without it, we don’t need the cross.  And if there is no cross, the greatest good never happens.  Namely, we don’t see the fullness of an all-powerful and all-good God.  Evil is the backdrop that enables us to see the complete and awesome majesty of God.


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