Why is there evil in the world?

Why is there such evil in the world, along with sickness, suffering and death?

  • Is it God’s will for me?
  • Is God testing me?
  • Is God punishing me?

First things first!

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

We learn that…everything was good, perfect (including man/woman) in the beginning. No death, no sin, no illness, no violence…

“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12

We learn that…death is inextricably tied up with the entrance and persistence of sin.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:22-23

We learn that…the whole world is under this “curse” of sin and death, groaning and in pain and waiting for the “redemption of our bodies."

But Now (NO If/Then Principle)

 

There are 3 reasons today why we suffer:

  1. We live in the present evil age because of sin (Galatians 1:4; Romans 8:22-23)
  2. All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (II Timothy 3:12)
  3. The Sowing and Reaping Principle (sometimes we make dumb, stupid decisions) – Galatians 6:7

 

In the dispensation of grace, the Apostle Paul is our pattern: he suffered greatly in the flesh (II Corinthians 11:25; II Corinthians 12:7) and his fellow laborers suffered (II Timothy 4:20; I Timothy 5:23).

The answer today to suffering, evil and sickness is that we can have strength and courage from God THROUGH the adversity.  Example: Rather than having his physical ailment removed from him, God said to the great Apostle Paul:

“… My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2Corinthians 12:9
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

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Speaking the Truth in Love in The Dispensation of Grace