Why does evil exist?
Why is there so much pain and suffering?
These questions have been asked for thousands of years.
About 300 BC, Epicurus is credited with asking:
Is God willing to prevent evil but not able?
Then he's not omnipotent.
Is He able but not willing?
Then He is malevolent.
Is He both able and willing?
Then where does evil come from?
Is He neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
If we accept God’s existence, there are some other questions:
Why did God make the world if He knew how it would turn out?
Why even bother testing us if He knew what would happen?
There is an answer to these questions.
Perhaps God had a plan, and there is a reason we don’t know about yet.
The first Hebrew word in the Bible is very interesting. It translates into English as “In the beginning”.
In Hebrew each letter within a word has its own meaning.
The meanings of the letters of this first Hebrew word are:
“Son of God”, “destroyed”,” hand”, and “cross.”
That looks a lot like the message of the entire Bible – the plan to save mankind from sin, evil, and death.
But why embed this plan within the very first word? Before evil even exists on Earth?
Maybe we need to go back even further, before Genesis, before the Earth was created.
Lucifer, later known at Satan or the devil, was an angel of light, very high ranking, the morning star, and exceedingly beautiful.
Although Lucifer was a finite, created being, limited in power, ability and understanding,
He chose to rebel against God.
“I will ascend to heaven above the stars of God.”
“I will set my throne on high.”
“I will make myself like the Most High.”
This was Satan trying to usurp God's authority.
He decided that he would be equal to God.
He wanted to be God.
This happened before the Earth was created.
So why didn't God get rid of Satan right away when he rebelled?
If we answer this question, a lot more will make sense.
One third of the angels sided with Lucifer,
which indicates that two-thirds did not.
These angels had a choice to make.
Were they going to follow Lucifer, this creature of light, incredible beauty and intelligence?
Who was worthy? God or Lucifer?
How would God handle this rebellion?
The following YouTube Video by gtasoul gives a good short answer to the question:
“Why Did God Spare Lucifer When He rebelled?”
When Lucifer the devil rebelled against God in heaven,
God could have annihilated him, but He did not do that.
Instead, Lucifer and his fellow rebels were thrust upon the Earth.
Later God created humans on earth.
As we all know, there have been problems ever since.
On the other hand, if He had finished off Lucifer and his angels at once,
it would give room for his loyal angels to think that God is a tyrant
and maybe Lucifer would have made a better leader than God.
That's why God is letting his angels see how unfit Lucifer is
and what a mess he makes on planet Earth in contrast to all that he boasted.
In the past, Satan did try to build many kingdoms upon the earth:
Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Persian and so on.
However, all of them collapsed unlike the heavenly kingdom of God.
Observing all these, the angels learn that only God's ways are right.
Meanwhile, according to the Bible, Satan the devil will make one final attempt to build yet another kingdom upon the earth.
The Bible calls it the Antichrist kingdom which is a New World Order the elites are working on now.
The Bible goes on to say that it will persecute the believers and it will last hardly seven years.
At the end of this regime, Jesus returns to earth in all his glory and He puts an end to this Antichrist kingdom.
And Satan is locked up in the bottomless pit for the next thousand years.
The Earth is going to be governed by godly rules by Jesus and his resurrected followers.
Many will resent it because they won't have any other choice but to submit.
Then at the end of the thousand year’s period, the devil will be released once again for a little while to tempt the people of the world.
At this point, the people who resented the authority of Jesus and the Saints will join hands with the devil to attack the camp of the Saints.
This event is called the Battle of Gog and Magog.
At this point, God throws Satan and all his forces, including the rebellious humans, into hell once and for all, for eternity.
Well, that explains, as to why God did not destroy the devil and his angels instantly when they rebelled against Him in heaven.
So if God simply got rid of Lucifer right away, the rest of the Angels would not feel they had a choice
and that they had to follow God out of fear, not love.
Satan is now the ruler of this world,
as demonstrated when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness.
He said to Jesus: “If you fall down and worship me, I will give you all these kingdoms.”
They were Satan's Kingdom to give.
However, God keeps ultimate control, but allows Satan to be the ruler of this world
To show what it would be like if Satan was the ultimate ruler of the universe.
We see in Genesis, the very beginning of the Bible, that God made the world “very good”.
So Satan could not say things were a mess when he started his rule.
God was giving Satan a fair chance to prove what Satan could do.
Man was given dominion over the Earth, plants, and animals (Genesis 1:26)
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they allowed Satan to become ruler.
Man still has dominion, but Satan is the ruler of this world.
But God has always had the upper hand.
God will not let things go totally out of control.
Why do I have to pray?
We were given dominion over the Earth and this answers the question:
Why do I need to pray and ask God for something that He already knows I need?
Here is the reason.
God gave us dominion. God does not have dominion over this world.
We can ask God to have input into our life to do something.
But God will not simply take that authority without permission.
If you walked down the street and saw a house that desperately needed repairs,
Do you have the authority to just go ahead and repair the house?
Of course not! The house does not belong to you.
But if the owner asks for your help, then you are allowed.
It is the same with us on this earth.
God has given us ownership of and responsibility for the earth.
We must recognize our needs and ask for His help.
In order for God to intervene, we have to give Him permission and authority.
God does not have the right to change our life without us first asking for His help.
God allows Satan to be the ruler of this world to show what it would be like if Satan was the ultimate ruler of the whole universe.
God is giving Satan a chance to prove himself.
This planet has become a testing ground where the character of Satan and the nature of his kingdom are contrasted with the character of God and the nature of His kingdom.
Who is right? Who can we ultimately trust?
These are the issues which the great controversy between Christ and Satan must resolve.
So deceptive was Satan that before the entire universe could be fully convinced, the nature of his alternative had to be fully exposed.
It has taken time for everyone to really grasp how disastrous Satan's alternative actually is.
But everyone eventually will see that the wages of sin is death and that the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord.
After everyone understands the deadly nature of sin and the destructive nature of Satan's philosophy, God can destroy Satan and sin.
He will also have to destroy those who stubbornly resist his grace and cling to Satan's alternative.
God is just as eager to resolve the problem of sin and suffering as we are to have him do so,
but He is waiting until He can do it on a permanent basis and
until He can both preserve our free will
prevent evil from ever appearing again.
So why couldn’t God show all this in an instant?
Why drag it out so long and make it so painful for all of us?
Well, compared to eternity, our time on this Earth is an instant.
In fact, any finite length of time is an instant when compared to eternity.
So even if it had taken a million years to prove, it would still only be an instant compared to eternity.
God will abolish sin and evil only after every soul in the universe is convinced that Satan's government is unfair, hateful, ruthless, lying, and destructive.
The universe is watching this world.
The Bible says: We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
We each play a part in the controversy between Christ and Satan.
As the controversy ends, every soul will fully understand the principles of both kingdoms and will have chosen to follow either Christ or Satan.
Those who have chosen to ally with sin and Satan will be destroyed with him.
And God's people will be taken to the eternal safety of their heavenly home.
God cast Satan to the earth and decreed a set amount of time for Satan to rule the earth.
It is not an unending stretch of time.
It has almost been 6000 years since the beginning of creation.
And Satan’s time is almost up.
Even the demons know they have a set amount of time and an appointed end.
When Jesus cast the demons out of the demon possessed man, the demons shouted,
“What do you want with us son of God? Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?
The demons knew this was not the "appointed time" in history for Jesus to overthrow their rule and cast them into the Lake of Fire.
God knows Satan is going to make a mess of things and God does not want us to be left at the mercy of Satan without a choice or chance to escape.
We do have the ability to choose whose side to be on – God’s or Satan’s.
Our life is not a foregone conclusion.
God offered a way out for human beings, but it would be our free will to choose it.
God did not let Satan reign without restraint,
nor did God make man without a choice during his time on earth.
God sent his only begotten Son, Jesus, to provide the way to be saved from evil.
Jesus needed to be fully God and fully man because if He was only fully God,
He would not have authority on Earth to do anything.
He had to be fully man.
Only man has authority on Earth.
Satan may be the ruler, but we are the ones who have authority.
Jesus needed to be fully human so that as a man, He had authority in the world to make changes.
And as God, He had the ability and the power.
So the plan was in place right from the beginning, even before the world was created.
Before Satan could ruin this world, God set in place a plan.
We are not just under Satan’s rule with no way out.
Now we understand what is meant by:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
God has made this world good.
He knows what is going to happen.
He is also offering a way out for us because we are caught in this test.
God knows that Satan's way will only lead to death,
So God has given us a way out that leads to life.
As surely as I live declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked,
but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways!
When you see the whole picture, of what is happening here with Satan and his testing ground,
then this verse has much deeper meaning because really God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
He really, really wants us to turn.
He has given us the choice. He has given us the option.
He knows how difficult the situation is, and
when we choose God's way,
there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
The angels in heaven are watching this test unfold.
And when someone decides not to follow Satan, a big cheer goes up in heaven.
Good someone got it. Someone got out.
At the end of Satan's time limit, God will step in.
Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for 1000 years while Jesus Reigns on Earth.
This physical world will still exist, but not under Satan's rule.
And after the thousand years of Christ’s reign, an epic battle will take place.
Satan will be released for a very short time to deceive people again.
Then the final battle of Gog and Magog will take place.
God will destroy Satan. Satan and his angels will be cast into the burning Lake of Fire.
This is why God does not wipe out evil.
It’s not that He can't. But it is not yet time.
He is being just and fair by allowing evil to show its true colors.
When God makes the final judgment, no angel in heaven or man on earth will be able to say that God is unjust or not rightfully God.
So let's go back to the Epicurean Paradox
and see if we can solve it now.
Here it is in a flow chart form.
Evil exists? Yes.
Can God prevent it? Yes.
Does God know about all the Evil? Yes.
Does God want to prevent Evil? Yes.
Then why is there Evil?
Is it necessary for the universe to exist?
Is there “another reason”? What could that be?
Is it to test us?
But if God is all knowing He would know what we would do if we were tested.
Therefore there is no need to test us.
But you see this test is happening on a cosmic level for the whole universe to understand what is happening.
It's not just our test.
Is it because Satan exists?
But an all powerful, all knowing, all good God could and would destroy Satan.
And the answer to that is “Yes”, He will destroy him.
It's just not yet time.
Could God have created a universe without Evil? Yes, He could.
Then why didn't he?
Well, the universe will exist without evil when this testing period is finished.
Then God can and will create a universe with freewill but without evil.
So the final box –
Could God have created a universe with freewill, but without evil?
That is the whole process that's happening here.
That is the reason why we are in this world right now.
So what was missing from that chart is the element of time.
There's an end to this.
And when? Well, that's not on the chart either.
God set a decreed time for these problems to exist.
If you only look within our time frame, you will not find the solution.
Because it is outside of this period of testing time.
God is giving Satan time to prove himself.
This is a cosmic display of proof to all the world and heavenly beings to
end evil forever.
Which side will you choose to be on?
If you don't choose, by default you side with Satan.
You have to actually make a choice to move out of Satan’s kingdom.
The wages of sin is death
But the gift of God is eternal life
Jesus is the only way to God because He is the only “God-man” - both man and God at once.
Jesus is the only one who could bridge the gap from death to life.
Pray and ask God to open your eyes and heart to His love, repent of the things He brings to your mind, and accept the forgiveness He offers through Jesus Christ.
Be baptized in water as a testimony of being buried and raised to new life.
And receive God's gift of the Holy Spirit to enable you to live a life pleasing to God.
Search to know more of Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and walk in His ways always.
Our father in heaven
Your kingdom come
Deliver us from the evil one.
Why does God allow Evil and Suffering?
The key is to solve the Epicurean Paradox.
God gave the devil a certain period of time to demonstrate his own government to see if it really is better than God's.
But sure enough all we can see is tragedy and sorrows. Satan's reign will come to an end.
"It's not yet time."
... but "the time is very close"
First/Highest Person (Man’s Head)
Strength/God (Ox Head)
Then God is not all knowing
To test us
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