What does the presence of evil tell us about God
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: Evil, Nature of God, Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent
- Ankerberg: Alright, frame it. What does the content that we’ve even discussed today, first of all, tell us about the God that we’re talking about?
- Geisler: It tells us that He’s all good. It tells us that He’s all powerful. If He is all good, He has a good purpose for everything that happens. So if He is all powerful, He can bring a good out of evil. And He’s all knowing, so He knows where this thing is going. He’s not a Divine Architect of the Universe that builds staircases that lead to nowhere. Every staircase that looks like it is going nowhere to us is going somewhere to Him, and you can be sure of it.
- Ankerberg: How is it encouraging? How is it good for us to know the nature of evil?
- Geisler: All is good that ends good. All is well that ends well, we say. So if we know that it’s just temporary, if we know it has a good purpose in mind, then we can endure it a whole lot more easily than if we don’t know where it’s going and we don’t know there’s anyone who knows where it’s going.
- Ankerberg: Why is it good to know that evil originated with free choice and God didn’t create it?
- Geisler: Because then you know that God is absolutely good. You know that God is not evil in any sense: because if He originated evil, then He is evil.
- Ankerberg: And how can a person who says, “You know, I’d like to come into a relationship with that God. I don’t even know that I could. How do you get to know Him personally? What has He made possible for us?”
- Geisler: He has made possible for us the solution to evil. See, the encouraging thing is, this God is not only all powerful but He is all loving, and He is permitting this evil for a purpose. In fact, He permitted the greatest evil that has ever occurred on earth to His own Son. He permitted Him to go to the cross to die for our sins, to rise from the dead, that we can be delivered from evil. So God permitted evil to defeat evil. He permitted His Son’s suffering so that we wouldn’t have to suffer forever. He permitted evil in our lives to remind us, as Lewis said in his great book, The Problem of Pain, “Evil is God’s megaphone to arouse a morally deaf world.” And so, all these evil circumstances are to turn us to God. I was lying in the hospital in 1954 with hepatitis, looking up. That’s the only way you can look when you’re lying on your back. And believe me, God had my attention, because God shouts to us in our pain. “Pain is God’s megaphone to arouse a morally deaf world.”