Sunday, August 21, 2011

Evil - The age old question: “If there is a God and he is good – why does he allow evil?”

Word War II Nazi leader, Adolph Hitler is generally
depicted as a model of evil. Under his political
leadership he plunged Germany into a world war
which resulted in tens of millions being killed. He
also masterminded with his goose stepping military
officers, the planned and systematized murders of
some 6 million Jews, using the assistance of
concentration camps, gas chambers and
crematoriums.
One reality of life is impossible to avoid – and, that is, “Evil.” Some people in their effort to avoid bad news will attempt to insulate themselves from hearing nasty tidings. They will go to great lengths, avoiding the daily newspaper, TV and radio and online news.

But there is no fool proof way to avoid tragedy. We live in a world of tragedy. Police and fire engine sirens are constant reminders of an imperfect world of accidents, crime and death. Life is full of unwanted surprises. Life is abundant with unknowns. It is replete with bad happenings. There is no perfection – at least on this side of eternity's heaven.

People mistakenly blame God for an imperfect world, failing to realize that they, and their (sinful) humanity are a huge part of the problem


People will say, “If God is suppose to be all that Christians and their Holy Book say, then why doesn’t this God of love rid the world of evil?” Let’s suppose God would, do, just that. And then let us suppose that God, [since he is almighty] could do it by the end of today. Then, ask yourself: “Which of us would be left to witness God Almighty’s purge of evil?” If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to answer: “None of us!”

Evil is not a neutral “thing” – it is not “something” that can be eliminated at the wish of the proverbial genie’s wand


The Bible relates that all people born, carry with
them [inbred] "original sin." Human souls are
corrupted with not only original sin but actual
 sin, they commit against God's Ten Commandments
during their lives. Sin results not only in physical
death; but, eternal death. Only through the Savior
 Christ, can a human soul be rescued from the
present and eternal ravages of sin.
I find it interesting and somewhat pathetic, that some of the very people who criticize and rail against God, – they are the same ones who will accuse God for being responsible for an evil world and everyday tragedies. Yet, they fail to examine their own lives and admit that they are “sinners” – a great part of that “evil,” complex mix! Ecclesiastes 7:20 ; Romans 3:23 ; 1John 1:8

This emeritus Christian pastor will not apologize for bringing up the “nasty” word, “Sin.” I refuse to philosophize on the subject of “Evil,” and why [supposedly] “good” people go wrong; - and, also, to analyze why "normal," everyday people do bad things.

Why do we have to read or hear in the news about an innocent father-law of a US Olympic coach, being stabbed to death by a Chinese man who shortly thereafter, took his own life? Why does a bus full of church members, blow a tire and run off the road, resulting in the death of many of those passengers? Why does a 5 year old daughter of a popular Christian music artist become the innocent victim of the family vehicle, backing out the driveway, by her older brother? Why did this emeritus Christian pastor never meet his paternal grandfather? Why did he have to die of a freak accident at the age of 50, seven years before I was born?

All of us can ask similar questions, about others, and, about those loved family members whom we have lost, throughout the years. We can continually ask, “Why?” And, there is no end to asking that question.



Some of Christ’s teaching on tragedy and unexpected evil


Christ taught that the sinful corruption of humans,
emanated from the corruption of one's sinful self.
He did not call for the government weapon control
of daggers and swords. Matthew 15:18-19 ; Mark 7:21
During one of Christ’s ministry travels with His 12 disciples, there was brought to Him some news of a tragedy:

>>>>>>>>> ......... There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” <<<<<<< Luke 13:1-5

Christ's emphasis was not to explain away tragedy
which resulted in loss of human life. Rather, His
teaching projected beyond all that mystery. His
focus was on the living; that they would recognize
the need for their precious souls to acknowledge
their personal sin and turn from that sin [repent]
and place faith in Him as the Savior. See
1 Timothy 1:15. Also, please note Christ's
Parable of the Lost Son and Loving Father.
Luke 15:1:f
Christ never attempted to explain to the people in His presence, at the time, - “Why?” Christ rather, went on to proclaim that all [except Himself] were sinners – and that sinners need to “repent.”

Ah, yes, I forgot, that, – that word, “repent,” along, with “sin,” is a very "nasty" word to some people -- especially, to the unregenerate. "Nasty" in the sense, to the unrepentant and unforgiven sinner that there is, indeed, something drastically wrong with him or her.

Friend, you cannot escape what the Almighty and all-knowing Creator God, sees in you


If you are one of those “unrepentant sinners” – then you are in grave and damnable danger. You are in terrible trouble and everlasting danger because you are not valuing your priceless soul. Matthew 16:26 ; Luke 12:15-21 ; Luke 16:19-31

Your sin will damn you


Whether you care to admit it or not – you, are a (damnable) “sinner.” You are a sinner by birth, [“Original” sin -- Psalm 51:5] – and, a sinner by practice, sinning against God’s law. [Romans 7:12-25] Hence, you will die twice – once, physically, [Romans 5:12-17] and then, (twice), eternally, [Romans 6:23 ; Luke 16:19-31 ; Matthew 25:31-46]. You will be divorced from all that is good, noble, honest and holy. You will be separated from your Creator God’s presence. Your eternal “resting” place will not be a resting place, (at all) but a living (but yet, paradoxically, continually dying) place in hell, full of suffering, torment and eternal regret for not having heard and listened to the Triune God’s call [Luke 16:19-31] and free gift of forgiveness of sin and promise of eternal life (in heaven). John 3:14-21 ; Matthew 7:13-29

Escaping an eternity of evil


As a Christian, and as an emeritus Christian pastor, I urge you to discover through earnest and humble search, that your soul is of priceless eternal worth. [Proverbs 1:1f ; Psalm 1:1-6 and Luke 18:9-14]

The Scriptures tell how our
Triune God exacted a rescue
for your sinful soul: "For by
grace are you saved; through
faith; and that not of yourselves;
it is a gift of God; not of works;
lest any man should boast"
Ephesians 2:8-9
May you come to realize that questioning your Creator God for all the evil in the world, is futile. May you come to realize that evil began with sin. [Isaiah 14:12-15 ; Luke 10:18 ; 1 John 3:8 ; Genesis 3:1f] May you also come to terms with your own personal sin, and not play the “blame game,” expecting to avoid your accountability with God, who does justly punish the sinner for transgression against His holy laws. Ezekiel 18:20 ; Romans 6:23 ; Galatians 3:10

Finally, may you come to realize that only in the Lord, Creator Jesus Christ, will you find the truth – and not only the truth, but genuine peace and the eternal respite for your ongoing life, after death. May you, through anguish over personal sin, [Psalm 51:5 ; Luke 18:9-14 ; Luke 19:1-10] discover faith in Christ. John 3:14-21 ; Matthew 7:13-29


It is this Christian pastor's hope and prayer that those who read and hear this message will come to know the true God who dispenses faith to believe in Him! May you come to faith by the Lord's "means." May you discover God's Word - His Holy Scriptures, which is God's instrument (means) to bring you to saving faith! - Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:14 ; James 1:18

May you, by Gods' Grace, be granted life eternal, rather, than death eternal. Matthew 10:28 and Matthew 10:32-39

Amen.

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Divine revelation’s explanation for the cause of evil:

Isaiah 14:12-15 ; Luke 10:18 ; 1 John 3:8 ; Genesis 3:1f

Please note: The Triune God created mankind with the unique gift of "free will." Sadly and pathetically, that free will choice for good or evil is continually misued by people, ever since committing the first sin.

Some answers, and divine comfort, for the believing and obedient Christian:


Deuteronomy 29:29 ; Romans 11:33-34 ; 1 Corinthians 2:9 ; 1 Corinthians 2:16 ; Colossians 2:3 and Colossians 2:6-10

Note: To the believing / obedient Christian, the questions stemming from evil, human suffering and a whole host of other questions will someday be answered, in life eternal with Christ, in heaven.

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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