|Why Evil Is Allowed|
The Reasons Why Sin, Death, and
Suffering Remained After Adam and Eve
Why is evil allowed an actual reign over the earth? It's one thing to allow sin, but evil doesn't simply exist, it seems to prevail somehow. Why, why, why? The above paragraphs are very helpful but there might be more to it than that.
When I think of evil, I think of the unseen effects of sin on people seen in the above picture to this article. A lot of people feel like the woman above. Yet our God who "says" He loves us still allows sin and evil to persist...why, why, why? How can He love us when He lets us live in sadness and misery? The below quote gives one reason why...
|Harvesters separating the wheat from the weeds. |
The weeds are burning toward the left in the background
What the above means is that God is the perfect judge, and as a perfect judge who upholds all laws flawlessly, how could He condemn only Satan for deceiving Adam and Eve when they were fully capable of resisting sin themselves? They chose to act alone (prideful disobedience) without God, and fell into sin from the devil as a result. The outcome they had hoped for was not attained, and they were banished from the Garden of Eden for their sins. It is precisely because God is a perfect judge that he was faced with a difficult decision: to Destroy all evil that had appeared on the earth (which would also kill his precious creation Adam and Eve, i.e. - pluck the weeds anyway and in doing so kill the wheat also), or choose not to punish anyone (let the weeds and wheat grow together until harvest, where the weeds will be burned and the wheat stored in the barn, i.e. - heaven).
The quote from Matthew above simply demonstrates that God Himself cannot uproot evil without killing humanity, since we ourselves are very evil. Instead, He gave us His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and the power to obey (yes, a real power, like how the X-Men have powers, the ability to resist sin at all is a supreme power given to us by Christ). By professing our sins we are made separate from the regular sinners who care little for good. This is the harvest mentioned in Matthew. -Sin was allowed not because God's creation went sour or because God is negligent or uncaring...quite the opposite, because it actually comes down solely to the fact that God refused to kill us that we are here at all. He chose not to "redo" His creation, so now we have to do our best to atone in this life in our struggle against the grain to become fully alive as we were meant to be. He loved us all so much that He allowed us to choose: Sin and separation or Life in Christ.