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[Just my own musings that came to my mind this morning first thing after waking up. Went to bed reading social media posts about the Middle East, Ferguson, and countless other problems we see every day, and thought I would put my two cents in. I’m not a theologist— just a rational, logical, thinker who’s into the message of Jesus.]
We often think of evil in terms of present day atrocities, or at least those of ‘recent’ history, and some of us ask why a loving, able God would allow it (also known as Epicurus’s problem of evil). What we’re not remembering or considering is that evil has existed since the beginning of time: evil convinced Eve to take a bite and offer some to Adam and we’ve been selfish ever since. But looking past today’s wars and sex trafficking and child labor factories and violent protests and all the other problems we’re drowning in, don’t forget that evil— true, remorseless, utter villainy— crucified God’s innocent only Son as well.
If God loved us (past ‘us’, then-present Roman ‘us’, and future-current ‘us’) that much as to allow that fathomless act (crucifixion) to occur in order to prevent the coming eternal suffering we would have had to face, who is to say that any crime today, no matter how heinous by our tiny-minded human standards, is “worse” or more urgent than the falsely-accused brutal murder of the Son of God? He sat by to watch that happen so silently that even Jesus Himself asked why His Father had forsaken Him. One could assert then, that as important as Jesus is to God, He let the crucifixion (and at the same time, Jesus willfully accepted that it) happen in order to set up the necessary path of events that the entire world would need to follow.
So necessary may be God’s conscious allowance of evil in order to ensure that Christians can act in love and mercy as witnesses to a dark world that was given the gift of free will. Why would we assume that free will allowing all human acts would exclude the consequential responsibility of we as “good people” to clean up what they as “bad people” have caused? It is our job to step in and do the physical work of the hands and feet of Jesus in the meantime of His return and of His coming just punishment of evil. (sidenote: I might also ask why detractors of the faith [read: agnostics and atheists] aren’t taking responsibility and more humanitarian-action in the wake of free will if they believe it can only ever be fixed by humanity alone? They sure like to point the finger at the “absent” God but not at their absent selves. Also know that God’s silence is NOT absence.)
God WILL act justly and omnipotently on the evil in this world, He just hasn’t yet. Whosoever has chosen to accept salvation by grace will be spared, and what’s left on earth will be God’s able and willing punishment of evil. Retorts, Epicurus?
(p.s. this is not a debate, it is a rhetorical pondering and assertion of my unsolicited opinion. I don’t argue on the Internet, so if you respond with high-school talking points, I will not engage you.)
sometimes i get sad and start thinking about what i’m doing with my life, but then i remember it could be worse: at least i don’t have idiotic finger tattoos.