What is evil – Where did it come from – Why did God permit it
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: Origination of Evil, Source of evil, Free choice
- Ankerberg: We’re going to talk about pain and suffering, but before we do, give us the big picture of what God intended here. What is evil? Where did it come from? Why did God permit it? Where are we going?
- Geisler: The big picture is there’s an all-good God who made good creatures, gave those good creatures a good thing called free will. They abused that freedom and brought evil in the universe. God knew that was going to happen, and He had preplanned to bring a greater good out of evil. This is not the best of all possible worlds, as Leibniz said in his Theodicy. And Voltaire wrote the satire on it [Candide] saying that this is not the best of all possible worlds. But, it is the best of all possible ways to get to the best of all possible worlds.
- And the big picture is this: the best of all possible beings (God) made the best of all possible worlds, which was one in which we’re free. We brought evil. He’s going to bring a greater good out of it in the end so that by permitting evil, He’s going to defeat evil. He’s going to separate the good from the evil – which has to be done, because evil is what frustrates good people; good is what frustrates evil people.
- I used to work in the assembly line in Detroit when I was going through school, and what frustrated me? People telling their filthy stories; blowing their smoke in my face. You know what frustrated them? Me reading my Bible, testifying to them. Well, God has a solution: the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest. Finally they’re separated and there is a place where there is no more evil that frustrates good people. It’s called Heaven. And there’s a place where there’s no more good that frustrates evil people. It’s called Hell.