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Why Does God Allow Good?

Why does God allow good?  OK, I know it’s a ridiculous question.  But why?  We routinely—instinctively—ask why God allows evil.  Why don’t we ask the opposite?  Why do we think we should only experience good, and never evil?  Why do we expect that if there is a God, He would be good? 

Look around.  We have no earthly reason or right to expect this.  Despite the naively romantic vision of the Transcendentalists, nature’s only rule is survival of the fittest.  Nature is completely indifferent, if not outright cruel. 

I love zoos.  I love seeing the animals.  Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Philadelphia zoo.  While we were at the tiger habitat, one of the cubs—with what I swear were shenanigans in his eyes!—snuck up behind his brother and pounced on him, nearly scaring him to death!  Once his brother realized who it was, he playfully wrestled him to the ground.  They were so cute. 

However, not too long after this visit, we heard about a horrifying tragedy in the news.  A tiger in a California zoo escaped its habitat and killed a visitor.  It was a vicious attack, which completely shatters any lion-lying-with-the-lamb notion of nature.  As spectacular and beautiful as it may be, nature has no respect for human life.  It doesn’t really care whether we live or die, suffer or thrive.

Human history isn’t much better.  It’s riddled with “man’s inhumanity to man”.  For all the good we see people do, history records a staggeringly greater amount of selfishness, greed, and cruelty. 

I also love learning about history.  But it can be depressing.  If you’ve ever visited Gettysburg, you know that the magnificent landscape makes it hard to remember it’s haunted by so much brutality.  But once you hear the stories, it’s clear that it was a living hell.  The United States is one of the most civilized nations on earth, yet we fought one of the bloodiest civil wars in history.  And throughout our short history, we’ve had to continually fight wars that have affected just about every generation.  The insane magnitude of so much suffering and death—and war isn’t the full extent of it—makes human history more tragic than anything else.

Soberly considered, the only thing human experience teaches us is that the universe is indifferent at best, and cruel at worst.  The only possible inference that can be drawn from all our accumulated human experience is that we should expect evil just as much, if not more, than good. 

So, where in the world did we ever get the idea that evil is some kind of alien intruder, that we should only experience what is good?  We have no basis for expecting that evil shouldn’t exist. 

And, where in the world did we ever get the idea that God, if He exists, must be good?  Any God who created this universe would naturally be every bit as cruel and indifferent as His creation.  Given what we know, the expectation that God has to be good is a quantum leap. 

It should never occur to us to ask why God allows evil.  It should make just as much sense to ask why God allows good.  Which, when you think about it, is absolutely remarkable—it implies that this all-pervasive expectation that evil shouldn’t exist comes from a source beyond this world, a source that is decidedly good itself. 

The next time you ask why God allows evil, remember this.

Remember that the only reason you think to ask the question in the first place is because a good God has given you this expectation, an expectation that beckons you to your true home with Him.

Given your life experience, do you believe God is good?  Why or why not?  Go to the “Contact E.J.” page of the Raising Jesus website and tell me what you think!  Please “Like” our Facebook page and subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven’t already.  And please keep telling your friends about us.  Thank you!

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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