A Response to: “How God Favors Evil”
Recently, I was emailed a copy of a short film, “How God Favors Evil”. It’s an animation that was uploaded on You Tube addressing the issue of bad things happening to good or innocent people. The film displays an act of violence, with an arrogant, profane, and invisible guardian angel ranting against, and accusing the invisible and Almighty God, of favoring evil by allowing it to happen.
The contemptuous and presumptuous attitude displayed in this film is evidence that the writer/creator is totally oblivious that the ALMIGHTY Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent GOD is not required to align His thoughts and ways with those of man or angels.
It’s no surprise that anyone, with a healthy respect for life and sensitivity for the needs of others, is appalled and bewildered by senseless abuse, assaults, murders, terrorism, corruption, and mayhem inflicted on those perceived as “the good” or innocent. And so many of us have known, prayed for, and continue to live with despairing grief for a love one or one’s self, when the results of a violent interaction, or serious illness, or severe injury changes all our expectations for life.
Yes, the Sovereign Will of what God allows can be hard to accept, when the resolution assigned to your love one is the ultimate healing of death. And a lengthy recovery may seem impossibly difficult, as you struggle to overcome serious injuries that evolve into a lifelong disability, or an abuse or trauma that leaves you emotionally challenged. In either situation, the Grace of God is available, and when you seek Him, His Grace is sufficient to carry you through. And to the glory of His name, you will see and experience daily salvation.
Scripture states we all will have tribulation in this world. Mankind has been a fallen society, since the first man and woman exercised their free will to disobey The Holy and Righteous God. Their intimate relationship and spiritual bond with God was broken. No longer were they filled with an indwelling Spirit of the righteous and immortal God. Their self-centered disobedience brought forth the curse of death and an inherent nature of sin, inherited by every human descendant of all succeeding generations. Man was banished from a garden of Grace (the Garden of Eden), and left with two choices: grapple with life, relying upon the thoughts and ways of his sin nature, or seek a restored relationship of love, and obedience to our Father God. History reveals that too many of the world chose the former, while everyone who seeks the LORD must share the world with them.
Thousands of years later after the creation and fall of man, Jesus descended from the Kingdom of Heaven, as a babe in human flesh, to live among man. In obedience to God the Father, He came to show us God’s holy, righteous, and just character; and to show us His abundant love in mercy, forgiveness, provision, and His zealous desire for reconciliation. Yes, I say zealous. How else do you explain God’s unflinching will to atone for the sins of mankind, with crucifixion of His only Son.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 NKJV)
Jesus Christ, the only perfect Man and God who lived among men, was despised and rejected, even though He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, enabled the lame to walk, and resurrected the dead. He suffered false accusations, attempted stoning, brutality, and a horrific execution. He knew the tribulations of living in the flesh!
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial, which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you…” (1 Peter 4:12 NKJV)
“In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b NKJV) How has He overcome?
“All praise to God, the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.” (1 Peter 1:3-6 NLT)
So be encouraged, Pilgrims of earth. For while going through any trial can be baffling and/or painful, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)
For, “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3a-4 NKJV)
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)