When a terrorist attack or a mass shooting occurs many people ask the question “why?” And they ask the question of God. In fact many will point to those things as evidence that there could not possibly be a God. He doesn’t exist. At least if he does exist he isn’t God. He isn’t powerful enough to stop them or he isn’t good. Bringing to justice evil doers and allowing so many people to suffer.
So how do we as Christians understand the existence of evil in our world. The first thing for us to remember is that we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world that’s been thoroughly corrupted by sin. Since the fall into sin by Adam and Eve its effects have shown itself on the entire human race and on the entire creation, every aspect of it.
OK so we don’t live in a perfect world, so then why doesn’t just God just come and rid the world of evil? Well if God was to do that, who would that include? Yes, it would include the terrorists and the mass murderers, but wouldn’t it also include you and me? Don’t we also commit acts of evil in our own lives even though we consider them on a much smaller scale?
Yes, God has said that he is coming soon one day to rid the entire world of evil on a day known as the day of judgment. A day of reckoning for the entire world. So why doesn’t God come today? God permits evil in this world to continue, to go unpunished, in order to give the world and people time of grace. That individuals might repent of their sins and come to know him as their savior. To be spared his wrath and punishment as they deserve.
Yes, we can be sure as Christians that God is God. That God is powerful. And that also God is good. And that he will bring all sin to justice, but we need not be afraid of the day of judgement because we know on that day the one who judges is Jesus himself. The one who has suffered the punishment that all sin deserves. We can be certain that trusting in him that our sins have already been paid they have already been judged in Christ. We know that God will rescue us from this place of sorrow, suffering, pain, and death to bring us to that perfect place of heaven to be with him forever there.
Revelation chapter 22 verse 20 it says this:
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)