“But what about all of the evil in the world? How can I possibly follow a God that is said to be all-loving when he permits so much evil to go on in the world and allows Satan to deceive so many? Why was Satan or evil even created?” People like to choose not to believe by asking incomplete questions like these. But let’s break them down to see why they are in fact incomplete. People don’t understand that if Satan or evil or sin were never created than they, in their current state (personality, desires, wants, and dispositions) would not exist as they do. Yes we can ask these questions and seek answers but they are only questions for the moment and would not stand if really applied in context. When it comes to evil, people do not understand that God is a supreme judge and that there is a pervasive theme throughout the Bible that humans not only reap what they sow, but will have to answer to God in judgment. When we say how can God allow this evil to happen or that evil to happen we neglect that we live in a world riddled with sin and that the result of sin is destruction and death. No human can speak to every evil or destructive act that happens on earth but can almost assuredly attribute them to the sin of the world. We love to say well “I think God should…” or “I believe God should…” and in so doing we put God’s infallible justice in subjection to our reasoning. One pastor puts it as such, “Do we ever stop and realize that God’s idea of justice is far more developed than whatever our idea of justice may be?” We ultimately try and make ourselves God, by trying to explain away God, but we would have to be insane to attempt to do such a thing. Paul in Romans 9 discusses this!
Paul says, “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”
Think of it like this, if you were painting a portrait, is it not completely up to you to paint a beautiful picture that you keep or paint a bad picture that you throw away? And wouldn’t it seem crazy to you if that bad picture began to talk back to you and say why did you make me like this and are throwing me away? In this example, you are the creator and have full power to do as you please with either portrait. God is the Creator of all and has FULL power to do as he pleases as our Sovereign God. We have no place as the creation to question the Creator.Understanding this takes a humble heart and spirit and a reverential fear of the Lord.
The Bible is very clear that there is no gray area in your walk with Christ. You are either with Christ or with the World. The Bible says if you are friend of the world than you are an enemy of God (James 4:4). Point. Blank. Period! There are some who know the truth, but are simply waiting to live out the pleasures of their life and then follow God. They basically want to get it all out of their system.. I have a few points to give you that are rooted in scripture. Firstly, the Bible says to come as you are!
1 Corinthians 7: 17, 20 say “But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk….Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.”
Once again, there remains no excuse to continue living in sin just to come to Christ later. The Bible says God accepts us as we are and walking in that same calling! If you read throughout the Bible and study the different historical characters you will realize that God never chooses the perfect to do his greatest work but perfects those whom he chooses! You will be transformed throughout the process! I will touch on this in more detail later. The next point I want to discuss is Peter’s warning.
In 2 Peter 2: 20-21 he says “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”
This is very serious! He says it is better for us to have never known the truth than to know and turn away! He says this is far worse than not knowing the truth! (we are still without excuse because “all things are seen in creation”…see LLN part 1). In the following verse, Peter quotes a verse from Proverbs comparing people who turn from the truth to a dog who returns to his vomit and to a pig, after being washed, goes back and rolls around in mud. The final point I want to make on this can be found in Hebrews 10…
Hebrews 10:26 says, “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
Additionally, the scriptures say that in so doing we count the blood of the covenant as an unholy thing and do despite unto the spirit of grace. It also says “if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” So there is no room to say you are going to follow Christ some time in the future you just want to “live your life” and then follow Christ. You already know the knowledge of truth and all of your sin is being counted against you as willful sin and with such there remains no more sacrifice of sin! Be careful and repent! The “life” this world has to offer is nothing compared to the eternal inheritance Christ has prepared for you! You don’t begin to live until your inner man is renewed. The only thing living in your current life is going to do is yield death, not only bodily death, but the second death spoken of in the book of Revelation. I’ll close with some relevant scripture from Matthew…
Matthew 16: 24-26 says, “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Missed the first section? Read it here: Letter to a Lost Nation – 1/5
Read the next section here: Letter to a Lost Nation – 3/5