So many people ask, "Why is there so much evil in this world?" or another one is, "IF God is so merciful, why does He allow so much bad to happen?"
Well......in my humble opinion and outlook on it......
When God created the world, He created the Garden of Eden...right? So, what was that like? Well, we can read in Scripture that it was a perfect and peaceful place. God created everything man would need to survive. He made a place where man did not have to worry about where his next meal would come from or where he would rest his head at night. God created man to know no wrong. Only good and pure things were found in the Garden of Eden. That is, UNTIL...yes, man sinned!! God have man all he needed and all he wanted, but evil stepped in and tempted man with the unknown. Man's curiosity took over and caused sin to enter this World. Now when I say "man", I mean woman too. Ladies, we can not just blame the man here. And men, you can not just blame Eve; Adam was there too. They were both to blame. They both had a choice to make and chose the wrong path.
When God created man, he gave us free will. We have the free will to choose right or wrong. God done this so that we would CHOOSE Him. He wants us to choose Him and not evil.
Now, why is there evil in the world? Because when God cast Satan out of Heaven (he was a fallen angel) he was cast to roam the Earth. He is doing that even to this day! Scary thought, I know. Satan is roaming the Earth looking for people to devour and cause Jesus's followers to sin. The more Satan gets people to CHOOSE him, the less people CHOOSE God.
We must use this freedom wisely. God does not want to hand us eternity on a silver platter anymore than we, as parents, want to hand everything to our children on a silver platter. It would spoil them and not teach them anything. Why is it that we can understand parenting and the fact that we must teach our children right from wrong and teach them that there are consequences to their actions; but we cannot understand why God would teach us in the same manor? God wants us to end up in eternity with Him just like we want our children to succeed. However, if we want our children to be successful in life, then we must teach them to make their own decisions, and right ones at that. So why wouldn't God do the same for us? We need to understand that God loves us as a parent would love a child. He doesn't want to spoil us cause then we wouldn't appreciate eternity.
So the next time someone asks, "Why is there evil in this world?" You can tell them it is because Man didn't listen to God.
And, when they ask "Why does God allow bad things to happen?" You can tell them it's because Man made the wrong choice.
None of it is God's fault! We shouldn't blame Him because He is the One waiting to catch us when we fall and help us back up; and not only that - lead us to safety!!!
Lori - Author/Speaker
I can honestly say that no one has ever called me "normal"! That is just fine with me! God created me to stand out, be different, be weird, and not blend in with the world.
There are definately many personalities floating around in my mind. This makes for quite an interesting day with me! It is "Grand Central Station" up there! I have even 'named them'! (Don't send in the troops just yet)
The great thing about having such diversity is that there is never a dull moment with me! I always make sure that heading up this little party in my mind is the Lord God Himself!
God has shown me how to embrace the 'fun' inside me and use it to better His Kingdom! I have found that I don't have to be a 'stick in the mud' to be a Christian. I am a child of God! I am a Chrsitian! I am a follower of Christ! I AM HIS! Every day I am working toward becoming a better Disciple! I will NEVER be perfect - but I am SAVED; so that is all that matters!!