Wednesday, March 05, 2014


Understanding Evil

Al Mohler tries to tackle the problem of evil. It is, in the end, pretty standard issue stuff:
We dare not speak on God’s behalf to explain why He allowed these particular acts of evil to happen at this time to these persons and in this manner. Yet, at the same time, we dare not be silent when we should testify to the God of righteousness and love and justice who rules over all in omnipotence.
Fine, but I do not think he addresses the real issues with evil these days. Issue 1) We are attempting as a people to redefine evil. We are turning the concept on its head. That which was once considered evil is now considered good and vice versa. Issue 2) We cannot deal with evil until we deal with the fact that WE and WE alone are its source. Asking why God allows X is a cheat in itself. It is saying that we wish God had made us slaves.

I am honestly surprised at this from Mohler. He usually does not attempt to mollify in this fashion. If there is a need to understand evil, we need to become more self-aware, not continue to push it out there somewhere. Evil is not a problem outside of us - it is something that flows from us.

Evil is because we are. It is just that simple. The solution to evil is not out there in the world, it lies not with God. The solution lies with us. Fortunately, God has extended us the grace to be able to deal with it. If only we dare face it.


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