“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
The nature of the character of God has been in question since the beginning of the church. The argument through the ages is that God is not a good God. The pulpits of the primitive church were infected by a false doctrine that is still being felt very strongly today. It was the main doctrine that the original apostles fought against, Gnosticism.
A basic definition of Gnosticism is “the thought and practice, especially of various cults of late pre-Christian and early Christian centuries, distinguished by the conviction that matter is evil and that emancipation comes through gnosis.”
In other words, the physical world and his Creator (God the Father) are essentially evil. This is a direct attack against the character of God. There are many verses, all through the Bible, that speaks and affirms the goodness of God, but this new doctrine came to teach the world the total opposite of whom God is.
The second part of this basic definition of Gnosticism is equally blasphemous; it indicates that salvation comes from gnosis (Knowledge) a total slap in the face to the Gospel, the cross and the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Some atheist today go as far as saying that even if they find prove of God’s existence, they will not worship him because they can’t understand why, if God is so good and powerful, he allows or, do nothing against rape, murder, the killing of children, etc. If you spend any time listening to atheist you will realize, very quickly, that the issue is not that they don’t believe in God’s existence. Romans 1:18-19 establishes that God has made his existence obvious to all men. The issue is that they are upset with HIM.
Nevertheless, the question should be answered regarding the cause of evil. I do not intent to give you fancy philosophical statements or ideas. I am glad that in an issue of such importance, the Bible is not silence, but very clear in its explanations.
If your heart is set in hating God, this article will not do a thing for you. Ultimately, the article is not for you, perhaps you are a suppressor of God’s truth. In that case, the wrath of God awaits you. (Romans 1:18)
There are five reasons for evil; they are all intertwined with one another; you can’t separate them.
- Evil itself:
That is, the devil and his demons or unclean spirits. There are demons spread around the world with specific agendas.
- The Secular System is full of demons (Revelations 18:2)
- There are demons assigned to spread false doctrine and confusion. (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
- Tormented spirits –Legion– (Mark 5:1-11)
- There are demons that are able to perform supernatural signs; they will be crucial in the devil’s battle against God. (Revelation 16:12-14)
- There are demons that filled our spirits with anger/rage (Ecclesiastes 7:9) We can say that every single fruit of the flesh has its root in our spirit. (Galatians 5:19-21) There are demons that take away the capacity of humans to talk; therefor they can’t make any confession for their own freedom. (Matthew 9:32-33)
- Men walking according to the flesh:
That is, men walking according to the desires of the flesh giving forth the fruit of the flesh. (Galatians 5:19-21) A constant falling under temptations (James 1:13-15) or, no longer falling under temptation, but a sinful way of life; that is, living according to the flesh.
- Iniquity and generational curses:
This is, the result of transgressions (Willingly sinning). (Number 14:18) This is also the manifestation of generational curses. (Exodus 20:5)
- The love for money:
The Bible is clear in telling us that at the root of “all evil” is the love for money. (1 Timothy 6:10) Think about any evil around the world and make no mistake about it, somebody is making money out of it.
- Men not getting what he wants:
The result of men not getting what he wants gives birth to anger and that anger gives birth to violence. The Scripture tells us “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” James 4:1 (NKJV)
The violent acts happening in this world is the direct result of somebody not getting what they want. From the fights in basketball courts to domestic violence and to murder, make no mistake about, somebody is mad because things are not going his/her way.
Violence is the result of Godlessness. A soul without God can’t ever be satisfied, therefor, anger is at the heart of an ungodly person. The earth is again, filled with violence!
God has giving us a free will, we have the freedom to do good or to do evil. Those who critic God for allowing evil to take place; imagine what they would say if God takes their freedom to chose to do whatever they want? God has not hide from us the consequences of our actions, the blessings and the curses; but has made it very clear; he wants us to choose life.
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)