Can Good Come from Evil?
I am sure this is a question that will tie many people in knots both for Christians and non-believers.
It has also been around since the beginning since humans have walked this earth and could think and analyze questions in a deeply meaningful way.
Life on our planet is very hard for many individuals and at times seems like evil has had free reign at times.
I know I am stepping into the realm of God, but I think that it is OK because I am not shaking my fist at Him and being accusatory and blaming Him for many hardships in life but one of sincere interest and wanting to find out how God ticks.
I remember what Dr. William Lane Craig once said about our existence here on earth “Is this the best possible of all worlds?”
Given the freewill additive in the mix, how would you answer this?
Remember this is not a question of good and bad but one that is essentially asking “Can good come out of evil?”
“Is this the best possible of all worlds?”
To atheistic evolutionists, the question,“did man spring from low life forms”, is a nonstarter. They would argue that there is no evil or good and bad but just “is”
To them, nothing can be wrong because they have a mindset of “survival of the fittest” but, as Christians, we come from a place of ultimate authority and view the universe from an intelligent designer perspective and not one that evolved by happy accidents throughout the millennium.
Being an atheist for the first part of my adult life, I understand the atheist mind, because I was one.
Yes, I had ulterior motives in those days because of the childhood I suffered through, but I believe it made me intellectually smarter because I had to tear down a preconceived bias that I held dear to my existence.
How could there be a God, with all this crap going on in the world?
I was not willing to flip the question and look at the positive aspects of this question because all I could see was the bad in the question “Is There Good in Evil?”
If there is a God, how could He allow evil in the first place much less, bad?
From our limited perspective, we ask these questions, without hesitation, because of our arrogance and human understanding.
Are we qualified to make that judgment?
We are know-it-alls from our birth until we die. Maybe that is why the bible says we are in a state of rebellion from the get-go.
Our sinful state is something to be overcome.
Freewill does have its limitations and distractions.
God knew from the beginning, we would be this way but yet, He still puts up with us.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28.
In times of chaos and strife, we have to hold onto God’s word and His promises.
We have to know that there is nothing that He cannot do when He has a mind to do something.
As humans, we do not have the power on our own to overcome our sinful state but with God in control, we can.That takes the burden off my shoulders and gives me hope to start again and again and again…
R.C.Sproul at Ligonier Ministries, had an interesting take “How Can God Bring Good Out of Evil?”
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