Universal Salvation: Why did God allow wickedness - or did He?
The answer is, that He must have allowed it, or we would not have wickedness with us today. Nothing happens that God does not allow. Isaiah 14:24 says, "The Lord (YHWH) of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand." Wickedness has a part to play in achieving God's purpose of Universal Salvation. It did not catch God unawares.
"You mean to say that God is deliberately allowing all of the suffering that is going on in the world today?"
Obviously, or it would not be happening. And if you want the bottom line, He brought it about. As Isaiah 45:7 says, "I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity: I the Lord (YHWH), do all these things." The Hebrew word used there for "calamity" is ra, meaning, of bad quality, harmful, bad, evil. Some versions translate this scripture, "I make peace and create evil." Basically, what it is saying is that God created evil. If God had not brought about wickedness - if it had just come about by itself - how, then, would God be in total control? Have you not ever wondered why Satan has to ask God's permission to do certain things? If Satan was not under God's control, he would just go ahead and do them, would he not? Even Satan does not have freewill where God's plan is concerned, and neither have we.
"What! I thought he was a God of love." He is very much a God of love. Bringing about wickedness, was God's love in action. It was part of the procedure that would take everyone up to eternal life with freewill. And if bringing about wickedness was a necessary part of taking everyone up to eternal life with freewill, then God had no choice in bringing about wickedness. He has always wanted the best for you. That is love (agape) which always looks after the best interests of others. God created evil because He loves everyone, and wants everyone to have life as He has it, with freewill. In fact, no-one could have absolute freewill without wickedness. To have absolute freewill, you would need to have all understanding, so as to be able to make correct decisions on every occasion. To have all understanding, you would need to have a knowledge of wickedness, or your knowledge would be incomplete. Without a knowledge of wickedness, there would always be room for doubt, because it would always be theory. Sin on paper is only theory, not proof. God had to bring about wickedness if He wanted to prove all things.
"Wait a minute. If that is right, that means that Adam and Eve never had a chance." Correct. You see, Satan (which means, resister) was already resisting God at this time. And God actually allowed Satan into the Garden of Eden to do what he did. Now, do you not think that would be rather stupid, unless it was part of a perfect plan? God actually allowed someone with much greater knowledge, to abuse someone with very limited knowledge. And He did not even tell them about Satan. In an English court of law today, that would break the law by omission; by failing to act. If you cause death by failure to act, when you have a duty to act, it is called gross negligence manslaughter. God would have been under a duty to act, because of the parent/child relationship He had with Adam and Eve. When He allowed Satan to come near them and influence them, that duty was breached. The only possible way that God could justify doing what He did, was that it was in their best interests, and everyone else's - and that there was no other way of doing it.
It says this at Deuteronomy 32:4. "He (God) is the Rock, His work is perfect..." Therefore, if His work is perfect, then the way that God caused things to happen must have been the perfect way of doing it. God would never settle for anything less than the best way of doing things. He is the Ultimate, and nothing less than perfection will do for Him.
You see, your eternal life, that is living forever with life as God has it, with freewill, has always been in the hands of God. It has to be, because you can not bring it about. There is nothing that you can do to earn it, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it. It is a free gift. Therefore from the moment God thought of becoming a Creator, everyone's eternal life was just a matter of organised procedure, and still is.
Titus 1:2 says, "in hope of eternal life which God, who can not lie, promised before time began." Now everyone looks to that scripture to show that God can not tell a lie, and they miss what it is saying. It is speaking about eternal life being a promise of God. When? At the cross? No, before time began. The cross was only part of the procedure. God allowed wickedness, in fact He brought it about, to provide everyone with the knowledge and understanding necessary to make correct decisions on every occasion. When you can no longer make a wrong decision, then, and only then, can God allow you to have absolute freewill. What is more, you will do it by nature.
So how, exactly, was it in the best interests of everyone for God to create evil? Why was it part of the procedure to give everyone eternal life? Be sure to read our next article, Universal Salvation! Let Us make man in Our image.
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