Just recently, I came across a Twitter conversation which rattled my very heart that urged me not to stay quiet. A believer posted a tweet and this specific post was questioned by non-believers, believers answered too hoping to clear out the questions and before you know it, the conversation was already long. The questions/statements of the atheist goes like this (non-vervatim as to protect the identity of the accounts):
"Could he remove all pain and misery?"
"Why can't the devil be destroyed by him?"
"The sins must have been created by him."
"If God creates and knows all, anything bad or evil is his own doing."
These are very strong, logical, and valid statements that questions God's goodness and sovereignty – honestly even I stopped for a moment and thought what could've been the answer. It clearly showed how much more I needed to learn, especially with sharing the gospel.
As I told you, there is something within me that cannot just sit still and be quiet whilst being bombarded with this – I was like I felt how He was hurt and we have to stand up for Him. These questions got me thinking and pondering – if God is so good and He can do everything, then why can't He make earth perfect? Remove pain and misery. Even destroy evil.
"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." - Hebrews 13:14 (NLT)
Yes, for the record, God can remove the pain and misery in this earth we live in, even command the evil to disappear – but because earth has been tainted with sin and we know that anything sin touches dies and wither – earth will eventually die and wither. If God was not good, I think He would just let us die along with it – but He made a way (Oh Thank God He made a way!)…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." – John 3:16 (ESV)
He gave up His only Son, Jesus, to dies for us. Because the only payment for sin is death – nothing more, nothing less ("For the wages of sin is death…" – Romans 6:23). Jesus reconciled us to the Father and gave us a chance to live eternally with Him in heaven, our real home not earth. All we have to do is to believe in Him and eventually develop a genuine relationship. God can't overlook sin, because sin severed our relationship with Him. Let us remember that not only is He loving, He is also just.
Alright, let's say God did remove all evil in this earth, what might have happened? I think (well me, I think I would do this) it would just make us more comfortable. And oh our deceitful heart, I doubt we would seek Him and His kingdom since things are going pretty well and good. I don't know about you but I know I will because I already did many times already – praying in the storm and forgetting in the rainbow – yet His grace abounds, infinitely. I think, it may even lead to us worshiping earth itself and making it as our god, replacing Him in our hearts and placing Him in the shadows.
I am not saying pain is good, but sometimes God uses it and uses it to turn the situation, if we just let Him to. We have to decide for ourselves that only He can help us, save us from the situation we are in. We don't need to understand! The devil has lied to us when he told us we should carry the burden of understanding – No, God will carry it all ("Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." – 1 Peter 5:7), give it all to Him and rest. You see, this world has taught us that to see is to believe but the truth is, we have to believe first and then see the wonders He will do in our lives.
"For as the heavens arehigher than the earth, so are my wayshigher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." – Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)
Truly, it is a sensitive matter as two different worlds collide with something to prove. And if not handled carefully might push the non-believers away farther or even turn a believer into an non-believer. As believers, let us pray first and ask God how to converse with the person and use us on His behalf. Show them respect and most of all love. To reflect God's light and shine upon earth.
Lord Jesus, help us and equip us. There are many people who still does not believe and even question You. Lord, make our hearts beat for them and may You use us to bring them to light. Be the one to speak in our behalf, because on our own we cannot do it – we might even hurt them and we don't want to do that because we love them just as You love them. Touch their hearts and show them Your goodness and love. They have a lot of questions on who You are – I pray we would be able to show them by our actions and share with them. Guide their paths – they are Your sons and daughters too – I pray they will encounter You and they will decide to follow you and believe You for who You are.
Give us the grace to show them love and respect, to fervently pray for them and share to them. This world is dying – save us.
I know You will give us the grace and equip us from sharing the good news and change lives. May Your will be done.
In Jesus Name. Amen.