Why Is There Evil If God Is Good?
The Ways of this World – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-6
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:6
For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
Our scripture for today reminds us of the spiritual condition of every single person before coming to Christ. We were dead in our sins; dead to God and righteousness. We didn’t know about living a righteous life, nor does one think in those terms before coming to God through Christ. This condition results in us living our lives for the cravings of the flesh. Any desires and thoughts that seem pleasing to us, we try to do. Being dead spiritually, our only restriction is will we get caught? Shame used to help limit some sinful behaviors but that no longer seems to really matter to most. Living without God and His influence in us leaves us to our own selfish and sinful natures. This and this alone is the reason for the condition of our world today; the reason there is evil all around us.
The Apostle Paul doesn’t stop with this negative diagnosis. He goes on to give us hope: “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5). Note the words, God who is rich in mercy. Yes, there is evil in this world but that is not evidence that there is no God or that God causes evil. Evil is unavoidable in a world where there is free moral choice. People who reject God’s great gift to this world, Jesus, will follow their own selfish desires, which will lead to hurting others around them. When people react to someone hurting them, exercising their free moral choice, hatred and violence can occur.
Father, I was dead in my sins until I received your free gift of salvation in Christ – thank you! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.