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Question 88. WHY DOES GOD PERMIT EVIL ON EARTH?
Evil is that which produces unhappiness. While atheism ridicules the Bible teaching that man fell from perfection into sin and into the suffering conditions resulting in death, all must agree that this is indeed the universal human experience and acknowledge that the problem of evil is beyond human power to resolve. It is reasonable, therefore, to give an attentive hearing to the Bibleís testimony as to why evil exists and why its wretched toll on human happiness continues.
The moral sense, or judgment of right and wrong, and the liberty to use it, were important features of Adamís likeness to God. Ability to love implies ability to hate. The Creator could not make man in his own likeness, with power to love and to do right, without the corresponding ability to hate and to do wrong. As principles, right and wrong have always existed, and God having endowed man with free will to choose his course, the scene was set for the greatest object lesson possible for the world of mankind. Knowing of evil as a principle, but never having experienced its effects, Adam made the wrong choice, became alienated from his Creator and set in motion in the human family the process of sin and death, the physical, mental, moral, artistic, and religious deterioration evidenced in the pages of human history. Even the earth itself reflected Godís displeasure and ekeing out the human lifespan became a tale of toil and hardship (Genesis 3:17).
Why does God permit evil to predominate? He
saw that an actual experience with evil would be the surest and
most lasting lesson to serve man eternally. There are other ways of
learning, for example by intuition, by observation, by information
received. But experience is an effective teacher. Adam and his posterity
will learn that sin is bad in its nature and terrible in its effects,
and therefore should be hated and renounced. Will evil ever be removed?
It will indeed! The Bible assures us that as condemnation passed upon
all in Adam, so God has provided another lifegiver Ė Christ, who will
become the everlasting father of the resurrected race of mankind. The
Kingdom of Christ on earth will be the time for their experience with
good, as contrasted with evil, and in that age every help will be given
to restore mankind to perfection and enable them by the exercise of
their free will to choose goodness, righteousness, when they will be
granted the right to eternal life in earthís new Paradise. "Ö and there
shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that
has gone forever." (Revelation 21:14).
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