One Question

February 11, 2012

“…do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Matthew 6:13

Several years ago, George Barna polled Americans with this question: “If you could ask God one question, what would it be?” The Number One answer was, “Why is there so much pain and suffering?” More than likely, that remains the number one question.

In light of all of the crisis and unrest in the Middle East and the continual shrinking economy here in the U.S., some follow-up thoughts are raised. If God is all-powerful and all-knowing, yet doesn’t stop evil, why should I believe in Him? Or, if He can’t do anything about all of this, He isn’t much of a God, is He?

Two things to keep in mind: God gets blamed for a lot of man’s evil and God has given man a free will. Ironically, the more victimized people are by man’s evil, the more they tend to blame God. But, we are not created as computers programmed to do good or evil. Like God, we can make choices.

So, the question remains: why does God, who is all-loving and all-powerful, allow suffering and evil? No answer is adequate, but God’s main concern is that we trust Him to bring good out of evil. If He did it when mankind murdered His innocent Son, He can do it with all of the suffering and unrest in 2012.