We’ve been asking hard questions and bypassing easy answers, trying to understand how God could allow the events of 9/11 or any evil and suffering.
We’ve discussed two clues thus far:
1. God is infinite; we are finite. We will not fully understand things as He understands them, at least not in this life.
2. People who explain evil by saying God doesn’t exist or God isn’t good or powerful only sidestep the issue. Their beliefs raise more questions than they answer.
Now we look at Clue # 3—We care about evil and suffering
It’s natural to be offended by evil and suffering in the world, isn’t it? Why do you think that is? Why does it bother us? Why do we have an inner knowledge that there are some things that are right and some things that are wrong? If we’re just products of evolution, shouldn’t we call it “healthy progress” when the fittest survive and the strong overpower the weak?
The reason we care about evil and suffering is because we are not products of evolution. We were created in the image of a God who cares. We are disgusted by the thought that a small group of men selfishly ended the lives of thousands of people on September 11th because God is also disgusted by this event. We are offended by abuse, slaughter, rape, oppression, and mistreatment in the world because our Creator is offended by those things.
The Bible says, “the truth about God is known to [mankind] instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature.” (Romans 1:19-20, NLT).
Romans 2:14,15 also explain that we know right from wrong instinctively because God has written these truths on our hearts.
We care about evil and suffering because we are created in God’s image and He cares about those things. Isn’t it ironic that the One who stands so firmly against evil is the one so often blamed for it?
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