by Jonathon Waterbury
We as a church body have spent the last nine weeks diving into the issue of “Why God Allows Evil.” To be honest, we could have spent another nine weeks going into a more philosophical sound response but frankly after nine weeks of hearing how evil the human race is, we simply need a break. What do we do though when we do not have nine weeks to discuss this important topic? Is there a short answer I can give to someone who asks me this question? Dr Clay Jones gives this page and a half synopsis on why God allows evil. “ Because free will is valuable (in fact, it’s hard to conceive of humans not having free will), God created beings that had free will and gave them paradise. God gave these beings- Adam and Eve_ only one prohibition: ‘ you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will surely die.’It’s important to note that it is impossible to give beings free will and not allow them to use it wrongly- thats as logical as it gets. So Adam and Eve had everything going for them, but they distrusted God and rebelled against Him. So God cursed the Ground, thus enabling all kinds of disease and pestilence- this was the origin of natural evil- and then God kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden, thus removing them from the rejuvenating power of the tree of life. And webbed attending funerals ever since. Once removed from the garden, Adam and Eve had children who were physical and spiritual reproductions of themselves. Adam and Eve couldn’t have chosen to reproduce children that were in some way better than them-selves; they could only reproduce them-selves. Therefore all humans are born like their first parents- desperately inclined to sin, alienated from relationship with God, and destined to always suffer and die,
God could not simply excuse Adam and Eve’s sin because the lesson to free beings would then be ‘ sin is okay, God will overlook it”. But to demonstrate His love for us and to atone for the grave seriousness of sin, God sent His only Son Jesus, to die for rebellious humans. Now we as humans who trust God and accept Jesus death on the cross for our sins learn the horror of rebellion’s devastating results. We are also learning to overcome evil with good. This knowledge prepares us to be fit inheritors of God’s Kingdom, where- we will be able to use our free will rightly as we reign with Jesus forever and ever.