If God is all powerful, why doesn’t He stop evil
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|If God exists, why is there evil in the world? What is evil? Where did evil come from? Why doesn’t God intervene and stop all evil? How can physical evils such as earthquakes, tornadoes and cancer be explained? Is there a good reason for the existence of hell on which even some atheists would agree? What about those who have never heard the Gospel?
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 8, Cat. No. EVL
Keywords: All Powerful God, Necessary pain, Isaiah 6:11
- Ankerberg: He loves us. He doesn’t want that kind of thing for us. But He has permitted it, okay? But He also has the power to stop it anytime He wants to. People want to know, “Why is it that He hasn’t stopped it? Why doesn’t He stop it right now if He’s got the power to do so?”
- Geisler: Well, we could stop an operation right in the middle, too, and say, “This is too painful,” but it would be the wrong time to stop it, wouldn’t it? We could stop the dentist right in the middle of the procedure but it would be the wrong time. He’s got to get the abscessed tooth out. And God knows the right time, and He knows how much tribulation is going to work patience and how much pain is necessary to produce the greater good in our life. If He is all knowing, He knows the right amount and the right time. If He’s all good, He’ll give His goodness in producing that greater good in our life. So, while we think that it’s too long, and we cry out, “How long, how long, O Lord?,” as Isaiah said, [Isa. 6:11] He knows exactly how much is needed in our life to achieve what He is trying to get.