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Jan 27, 2020 | DP Mosteller

Sovereignty

    The Sovereignty of God,
    and Coexistence of Evil 

    DP Mosteller

     
    Not a theodicy to justify God for the existence of evil, nor an explanation of the origin of evil. Simply an answer to Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher currently experiencing the second death, and all the generations today hurtling toward oblivion. 

    "If God is Sovereign, then why is there so much Evil, Pain, and Suffering in the World? "

     Everything flows from your view of God. 

    How we view truth, how we live our lives, and how we conduct ourselves is to be according to the divine principles of God's Word, that we may live good, safe and peaceable lives that honor Christ our Lord and our God..

    Jesus said, For this cause was I born, for this cause I came into the world, to bear witness to the Truth. That is a significant statement in a world of lies and more lies.  

    Who hasn't noticed the dramatic increase in pervasive evil, injustice, political insanity, violence, and loss of the American dream? 

    Evil, in a word, is Godlessness. The absence of all that God is. Satan is the current example, and Hell will forever be the eternal example. 

    A thick veil of destructive lies and demonic darkness has spread over our land, where the killing of 60,000,000 of our children is a Choice. Where men are not men, women not women. Where good is called evil, and evil good.  

    The consequence of such evil becoming the societal norm is God's judgment. Our nation is almost lost. Hopefully, you'll find some scriptural truth here that will help you to be able to stand as an anvil well beaten just as Ignatius of Antioch once did. 

    1.  God has a good and moral reason for everything He does or permits, including the yet undisclosed reason for the temporary existence of evil.

    2.  God did not create evil. He permits it to exist for His glory. All that He creates or ordains to occur is for the ultimate good of those who love Him.  

    3.  A sinful, finite creature in rebellion against the infinite Holy God is not competent, nor qualified morally or intellectually to judge whether God has a good and morally acceptable reason for the existence of evil.

    4.  Evil is not something. It has no essence or being. It is the inverse position of God's very nature, attributes, and revelation of Himself. Evil is the absence of all that God is; as darkness is the absence of light.

    5.  Evil is a proof of the existence of the Biblical God. Without the Biblical God in the paradigm, evil would no more exist than a one ended stick.

    6.  Evil is not sovereign. It operates solely on the basis of God's good pleasure, within the limits assigned to it by His sovereignty, to accomplish His divine purpose, and none other.

    7.  Evil is not eternal, but time bound. It is a temporary straw-man that God will destroy forever in His good time when it has fully served His divine purpose.

    8.  "Without the presence of evil, God's glory best seen in His grace, mercy, and unconditional love would have been locked away in His person forever." —A.W. Tozer

    9.  The paradoxical coexistence of good and evil does not constitute a valid argument against the existence of God. Quite the contrary. They are antithetical, yet, totally compatible.

    10. At the cross good and evil are seen for what they are. We are seen for who we are. And God in Christ is seen reconciling the world back to Himself by His own substitutionary death on our behalf, in love.

    11. Evil first appears with Lucifer, God's highest creation choosing to exalt himself above his Creator. Choosing to honor and serve himself above God, to assert his dominance over God, just as we do. 

    12. The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever. The chief end of life is holiness (loving and obeying God) which overcomes evil with good.

    13. "Evil is evil. It is a sin to call evil good. But, when God ordains evil to occur, it is good that it occurs for the fulfillment of His divine purpose." —R.C. Sproul

    14. One day very soon, evil will be no more. God will destroy evil forever in His good time when it has fully served His divine purpose.  

    The existence of evil serves God's eternal purpose, or it would not exist. We will always find it difficult to give an acceptable answer for the consequences of evil in our world until Christ returns. Nevertheless, as Berkouwer once put it,   "There can be no sound theology without a sound demonology."    

    Augustine, the greatest of all the Church Fathers, writing three centuries after the death of the last of the Apostles, at a time when Christian doctrine had come to rich maturity, frequently insists upon the terrible power of demons both in the times that had preceded and in the days that were yet to come.  It would seem they have arrived.   

    Logical fallacies are like landmines; they're easy to overlook until you find them the hard way. Here's some examples: 

    False Dilemma/Dichotomy 


     Ravi Zacharias answering a false dilemma-based argument, which is fallacious, for the simple reason that there are many more options than initially stated. 


     

    Theodicy

    Theodicy is a branch of theology which studies of the problem of evil and defends the goodness and justice of God in the face of the problem of evil.

    Epicurus, a Greek Stoic philosopher initially posited the problem this way: 

    • Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. 
    • Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. 
    • Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? 
    • Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

    The issue is raised in light of the sovereignty of God. How could a holy and loving God, who is in control of all things allow evil to exist? This is a question that has kept brilliant minds in philosophy and theology busy for millennia, and we still don't have a more definitive answer than for God's glory. However, if we, like God, knew all things—then why call him God? But, since we don't, we do. Ergo, his sovereign reign and rule is in no jeopardy from mankind.

    Do not dignify the problem of evil as if it's a logically valid impasse to faith in God. Rather, present it as prima facie evidence for God's existence in an evil world.

    Doing so, you will never be at a loss for examples of Satan's handiwork in this world as his minions go about fulfilling scripture calling good—evil, and evil—good.

    "Therefore, it should not be thought that "the problem of evil" is anything like an intellectual basis for lack of faith in God. It is rather simply the personal expression of such a lack of faith. What we find is that unbelievers who challenge the Christian faith end up reasoning in circles. Because they lack faith in God, they begin by arguing that evil is incompatible with the goodness and power of God. When they are presented with a logically adequate and Biblically supported solution to the problem of evil (viz., God has a morally sufficient but undisclosed reason for the evil that exists), they refuse to accept it, again because of their lack of faith in God. They would rather be left unable to give an account of any moral judgment (about things being good or evil) than to submit to the ultimate and unchallengeable moral authority of God. That is a price too high to pay, philosophically and personally." Greg Bahnsen

    When speaking of what is considered good or evil, Ravi Zacharias states that human will is at the center of the definition. When humans reject God they are rejecting His definition of good and evil, and are in effect, redefining it for themselves. Ravi Zacharias

    In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6


    What Is Evil & Where Did It Come From? - RC Sproul