Evil is Real…Why does God allow evil?

 You often hear people say, “Why does God allow evil?” What would you have Him do? By force, change everybody into a different kind of puppet? Often you hear of people rejecting God as they express: “you say God is love and since there is evil in the world and God created everything, then God must not be love at all…I will reject a God like that”…or, they will say, “He simply must not exist at all because if He was in fact all powerful and a reality, then there would be no evil.” To which I say: Where is the love in a God that would manipulate, control and force His people into selected thoughts and actions? Is a manipulated relationship, actions controlled by strings & chains, movement & thought controlled by force or predestination; is that kind of a relationship, a loving relationship? Should we all simply not be trusted to obey a simple command like, “don’t eat from that tree”, or shall we be placed in a jail cell and then told what to do, where to go, and what to think? Oh gee, now that sounds real loving to me! [Structural note: for those who don’t see it these days, that was sarcasm.] Those of you who truly love their spouse, who would give your life for them (as Jesus did for you), let me ask you: Would you ever, ever dream of manipulating their spouse’s every thought, word and action by the heaviest of force? Of course not! And neither would your loving God in Heaven do that to you!

Evil is real on this Earth; I do know that evil is not God created, but is God allowed. God wants us to turn to Him; not through some forced or preprogrammed command, but because of our free choice and need to be close to our Creator. He will protect you; you don’t have to do a thing but give Jesus the preeminence in your life, saying that you wish Jesus to be your personal LORD & Savior.

It is not God’s deeds that are causing the problems in the world; it is our deeds that are evil. Many times I’ve heard people reject Christianity as being false because God couldn’t possibly exist because a good God would have created a good world. “Don’t blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and He doesn’t use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.” (James 1:13-15 LB, underline added). Could we just possibly drop our stupid arrogance, turn toward our Savior Jesus Christ, who has already paid the price for the sins we commit in darkness, and by His grace become children of God…children of the Light? We have a chance to come out of the darkness, turn toward the “Light of God” that has come into the world, and be saved from our sins.

 

HANDS – How do you use yours?

Cain struck Able with his hands.

Joseph’s brothers used their hands to strip him and throw him into a well. Later, those same hands were held open to receive grain from Joseph when they were starving; and it was Joseph’s hands that embraced his brothers and gave them food to survive. Just look at what we do with our hands for good or for evil.

Jesus’ hands were perched for our transgressions. He was wounded & killed because of our sinfulness. His hands were spread out on that evil cross to bring us to Him and for our eternal salvation. Evil hands cheered for Barabbas. David’s hands wrote the note that killed Uriah. Governor Pilate washed his hands.

We see people recognizing Jesus only when He opens up His hands…a blessing at dinner after walking the Road to Emmaus, or in that locked Upper Room, etc. We see how He touched people and healed them, raised them up from the dead, etc. Jesus touched the soldier’s ear and restored it after it was cut off during Jesus’ arrest.

Now, juxtapose Jesus’ hands with our own…

What about our hands? Where have they been?

On a positive note, our hands have:
• Loved, embraced, gently soothed, and wiped away tears
• Lifted up the fallen, picked up heavy loads and supported the weak
• Built things, provided shelter and been physically constructive
• Our hands have removed threat and evil to bring peace to the innocent
• Supported the sick and hurting, created healing methods and been tender
• We have used our hands to raise up our families, to support & defend our children, to protect them, and provid food and shelter

But our hands have also:
• Stolen what doesn’t belong to us
• Hurt and hit and caused injury to others
• Been dirty (not constructively as in building things) and supported unclean sinful practices and things
• Our hands have been clinched in a tight fist and raised up to produced hate, anger, and damage on people
• Our hands have supported evil practices and evil people

Maybe we can actually say that we are known by our hands and what we do with them. I suggest we all get on our knees, open up our hands (palms up) and pray for mercy.

For unto us a Savior is born!

Do you think there are more mass shootings than ever before? Not true…they are the decline. But this means nothing to those 26 families who lost loved ones in Newtown! We celebrate Christmas tomorrow; have you thought once of those 20 families that already had presents under Christmas trees for their children who were gunned down by an evil-driven man? I have cried since the tragedy happened, and I believe Jesus has cried also, as He did at the grave of His friend Lazarous. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, all other is darkness. For unto to us a Savior is born, for “at one time we [sinners] were darkness, but now we [Christians] are light in the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8). The world hated Jesus and killed Him. Conversly, Jesus loved the world and died for it. The question for each of us is this: to whom will we come? To Jesus as our personal Savior? or, to the world ruled by the evil one? Though loved by Jesus, the majority will turn away and hate Him and His followers. America, once a Christian nation, is sliding away at break-neck speed; every Christmas reveals the many attacks on the Christ child…attacks every bit as deadly as the awful deaths of those 20 children in Newtown, who now are in the loving hands of Jesus. Will our nation wake up? What is in it for the God haters to breakdown our celebration of the birth of the Savior of all mankind? What is in it for them? Do they gain anything meaningful? No! So, they won’t stop me! I say to all, Merry Christmas! …for unto us a Savior is born and His name is Jesus who is the Christ!

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don't blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Understanding Newtown, Connecticut…don’t blame God

Often with these senseless tragedies, people will ask why did God let this happen, or worse…why did God do this? God is not the author of hate, evil, sadness and the tragic death of children. God loves, but there is evil in the world, uncreated by God. Mankind messed up God plan by following fallen angels rather than God. Today, we seem to kick out God and desire to follow the god of the culture. It will always fail. The hate and destruction this one boy dumped on 26 sets of loving families, on a town, and on a nation was not created by God. Though sought out, there is no closure of a loss such as this. Yes, this was already a gun-free zone, yes the school had just upgraded their security, yes there was already a ban on so-called assault weapons; the only thing that will work to save our children, our loved ones, our nation is to turn back to God and learn how to love one another…again.

Newtown, Connecticut's Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

Newtown, Connecticut’s Bad Tree

The book, “A Different Kind of Tree”, is about growth, where you find nourishment, and what kind of fruit you bear. The destroyer of Newtown, Connecticut’s innocent was “a tree” with roots deep into rocky desert ground. Ground that will generally only form dry twisted dead trees. No one can kill 20  six to seven year old children without being completely dead inside. All the so-called experts will be giving us all the societal reasons for this mental illness, but I contend an evil “tree” as this boy, was grown. Grown in a land that has rejected Jesus Christ, a land that is selfish and unloving, a land of relativity where no absolutes exist…no right and no wrong. We have created a dry “land”, devoid of the nourishment of civility, of humility, of decency, of sensitivity, and of consideration of others. We now experience the most ugly vile words normalized in our everyday speech. Ugly words, ugly dress, ugly music, ugly video games, ugly thought…they all add up to ugly actions. It all adds up to a haze of disbelief of what life is, and an awful “reverse arrogance”…the evil in Newtown probably thought that no one loved him, no one understood him, nobody cared for him, and that the whole world was against him. We have seen these tragic events before. There is only one way out…better nourishment can be found…instead of kicking Jesus Christ out of our culture, we need to turn back toward Him. Then and only then will we learn how to properly love others again.

Peace is Impossible as long as there is Evil

A wonderful ministry, Truth for Life, shared the following comment:  “Peace between good and evil is an impossibility; to pretend otherwise would signal a victory for the powers of darkness.”  It was based on Revelation 12:7. Unlike the book entitled, “War and Peace”, peace is not the opposite of war; it is the opposite of threat…threat from evil.  Sometimes to remove the threat, we must engage in war; there is such a thing as a “just war”.