Up to now, by apparent general consensus, we can accept the following statements:
- God is Almighty
- God is all-good
- God created perfect humans
- Part of perfection is the possibility of committing evil
- Evil exists
- God hates evil (sin) and acts against it
In any thinking mind, some of the following questions may arise:
- Why does God not eradicate evil immediately?
God can, of course do just that, if He desires it because He is almighty. But how you prefer it to be done? Should all people who do evil just die immediately? The thing is, no two people think of evil in exactly the same terms. What might be evil to you, may be perfectly acceptable to another. Also we always tend to comapre ourselves to someone whom we perceive to be worse than we are. But then, somewhere along the line you are going to find yourself in the position of being cosidered worse that someone else. Humans use fallible measuring sticks to make judgements. Would it be better, do you think, if God were just to use His own infallible, divine measuring stick?
If that solution sounds a little too risky for your liking, why can't God just stop evil in the nick of time? For example, just before the care of the drunken driver hits you it is stopped (or suddenly you cannot lift your one foot for the next step) If the car stops suddenly, so must every other care behind it, to stop a disaster (evil) from happening. And so you can back up the intervention further and further. Why can't God prevent the guy from driving to the bottle store. But driving somewhere is not evil in itself - neither is walking somewhere to be suddenly stopped for no medical reason. The world would eventually be an absurd, confused and very unpredictable place. Sucn a solution doesn't seem very palatable either, not for me anyway.
The fact is God could either choose to combat evil in an instant or progressively. There is nothing in Scripture or any natural law that says God should deal with evil immediately. Hy has chosen to deal with it progressively. He has given us:
- secular government for civil order
- the church to supprt those who want that support
- The Bible as a guide
- the family as a place of sanctuary
so that evil doesn't run totally amock in our lives
Lastly, we also have the promise that on the day of judgement He will finally deal with evil.