Every time you plug into the news you learn of another incident where someone consumed by evil perpetrating that evil on another human being. This week outside a Walmart in Putnam, Conn. two armed men attempted to rob folks waiting in line to purchase the newly released PlayStation 3 gaming system. In the attempt one man was shot because he refused to give up his money. Locally, last night (Friday) a man was shot and killed in North Omaha. Most of the world lives in fear that they will be the next victim in a evil terrorist attack.
God’s law says that “you shall not murder” and yet this evil act is done more and more in our world today than any other time in history. Seeing the evil in the world and trying to reconcile it with the sovereignty of God. If you are a believer then you know that God created all things. But did that include the creation of evil? Well this conclusion would be very contradictory to His holy Word. The context of scripture indicates that God is not associated with evil nor does he tempt man (James 1:13) with evil. This is an age old question that comes up in conversations about God. It is a very difficult question to try and reason out. After listening to this same question posed on Dr. Albert Mohler’s radio program this week I moved much closer to reconciling this controversial and difficult question. (Dr. R. Albert Mohler, the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of The Albert Mohler Radio Program) Dr. Mohler’s response to this was to use one word and that word is permission. God gives permission to evil, he allows it and permits it according to His own will and yet He is not the author of it. Dr. Mohler also stated that this is because God shows His love and glory more comprehensively than if evil had never existed. I loved the way Dr. Mohler defines it in the following statement, “God supremely shows His own grace, His own mercy by both demanding a sacrifice for our sin and then providing the sacrifice for our sin.” God provided the sacrifice for our sin by pouring out the wrath rightly meant for us onto His son Jesus Christ. Thus providing the necessary sacrifice for those that God predestined for salvation before the foundation of the earth.
So, is God the author of evil? Some have said yes, but it is clear in scripture that God has no relation to evil but chooses to permit it to perform His holy and good will.
Soli Deo Gloria (only for the glory of God)