Why doesn’t God do something about evil people in the world?
A bomb explodes killing scores of people and injuring others. Terrorists lay siege to a building taking children and teachers hostage. Refugees are murdered in a wave of ethnic cleansing. Women are kidnapped and trafficked into a foreign country to serve as sex slaves in the prostitution industry. A teenager is stabbed and dies on the street of a city. Just a few of the events which reveal moral evil – that is humans treating others in an evil way – is as prevalent in society today as it has ever been during other periods of our history.
Given the frequency of moral evil in the world, one question that people sometimes ask is ‘Where is God?’ What they actually mean is ‘why doesn’t God do something? Why doesn’t He just come down and sort out all the bad people in our world?’
Behind this question is the rather simplistic idea that God possesses the ability to enter our world and remove people whenever he feels like it. Presumably, God would do this in order to make our world a better place to live. But is this the case or is it that God is ineffectual?Would removing evil people from the world make it better? Moreover, who gets to stay and who gets culled? Lastly – and most importantly – where is the line drawn in the sand by which we know if we stand on the right or wrong side of God?
With this and more in mind, the next seven posts will explore the issue of moral evil in the world and the Christian understanding of freewill and human choice. Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a bumpy ride…