Why does God let bad things happen to good people? On the other hand, they say, if God is truly great, then he must not be good, because he could stop the evil and suffering but doesn’t. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 8:28). 4. God is not the author of sin, but He can use sinful men to attain an objective. Evil was defeated officially at Christ’s first coming through His death and resurrection (Colossians 2:14, Hebrews 2:14, Ephesians 4:7-12). It is according to God’s purpose, God’s pleasure, and God’s power. Second, the Lord also uses the wicked to show His justice … Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? The bible clearly teaches that in the human realm it is God who appoints principalities and powers, all kings and rulers are appointed by God to serve his purposes, both good and evil. And God saw that the light was good. His victory over sin and the grave ensured Satan’s eventual defeat. International Standard Version The LORD made everything answerable to him, including the wicked at the time of trouble. If there is a God who has established absolute morality, then there has to be some sort of consequence for evil. Romans 8:28 says, “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” “All things” includes both good and bad things. He rejected God, as a result of which his heart was filled with everything evil. If God made everything and holds everything together, is He accountable for evil as well? "Nolo putes pravos homines peccata lucrari: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel, Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular, Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular, Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, OT Poetry: Proverbs 16:4 Yahweh has made everything for its own (Prov. God created Lucifer to be one of the chief among his ministering angels. The Purpose of Man. If this is so, what is responsible for the origin and continuation of evil? He sent His only Son into the world to die for the world and to defeat evil. God made the wicked “for the day of trouble.” How so? Pro Pr). C) God uses all events—good and bad—to accomplish his purposes. If God is the First Cause, the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, then He created evil. The only conclusion we can come to is that God's purpose was to create a world in which His glory could be manifest in all its fullness, and that included His allowing evil to exist. According to the good pleasure of His will. The Lord hath made all things for himself--, The Lord hath made all things for himself. Christian Truth. God created all things, and the scriptures here is emphasizing that God created both the good and evil, and also want us to appreciate what is good from those that are evil, it is a logical comparison, and with the sincere knowledge that evil will hurt and dangerous for human relationship. God says in His Bible that this side effect is only for a time. Here we have the grace and glory purpose of God, the dealings and doings of the sovereign God of all grace; all in, by, and through the Lord Jesus Christ, and all for Christ’s sake. And in his explanation we find his inspiration. God decided to make people in such a way that they could choose whether or not to obey Him. Copyright 2011-2021 Got Questions Ministries - All Rights Reserved. In the end, it must be worth it in God’s eyes to create a world in which He knew the devil and others would rebel against Him. Still, God knew this would happen in advance, of course, so He must have had a good reason for allowing evil into His creation. Second, God already has done something about evil. Evil can ultimately have a good purpose because of the sovereignty of God. He is the Author of it. The first and most often considered purpose was to provide man with a choice: to love and serve God willingly or to rebel against him and reject the one prohibition he had given them. It is easy to remember the three “p’s”. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. This would have thwarted God s purpose. 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