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If God is love, why does he permit wickedness? This is a question that many people have asked. The Bible teaches that God has good reasons for allowing wickedness, even though we may not always understand them. This article explores the reasons why God permits wickedness, and it offers hope for the future when all wickedness will be destroyed.
This is a valid question, and it deserves an answer. But before we answer it, we should enlarge our view of wickedness and its permission. It’s not realistic to limit the question to God’s role in the matter. What about the role of humans?
Many people who object to God’s permission of wickedness are persons who not only permit it but practice it themselves. They may engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as overeating, overdrinking, or smoking. They may also engage in harmful or destructive behaviors, such as war, crime, or pollution.
When these people suffer the consequences of their own wickedness, they often blame God. They ask, “Why me, God?” as if it’s not fair that they should suffer for their own choices. But the Bible says that God is not the author of evil (James 1:13). He does not cause people to do wicked things.
So why does God permit wickedness? There are several reasons.
- To test our faith. God does not test us. He does want us to see that people will remain faithful to him even when things are tough, which will prove Satan’s claims about humans as false. He wants us to see that humans will love him even when he doesn’t seem to be loving us back.
- To teach us a lesson. Sometimes God allows us to experience wickedness so that we can learn from it. For example, when we see the destructive effects of war, we can learn the importance of peace. When we see the damage caused by pollution, we can learn the importance of environmental stewardship. When we see the object lesson that humans were created perfect but not designed to walk outside o God’s sovereignty. Adam rejected God’s sovereignty and thought man did not need God, so we are learning that this is not the case.
- To give us hope for the future. God’s ultimate goal is to destroy all wickedness and create a new heaven and a renewed earth where there will be no more pain, suffering, or death (Revelation 21:4). By allowing us to experience wickedness in this life; God is giving us a glimpse of what it will be like to live in a perfect world without sin.
We may not always understand why God permits wickedness, but we can trust that he has good reasons. He is a loving God who wants what is best for us. And we can be confident that he will one day put an end to all wickedness and create a perfect world where we can live in peace and harmony.
How Will God End Wickedness?
God will end wickedness by removing Satan and all humans who insist on practicing it. This will happen when Jesus Christ returns to earth and establishes his kingdom. In the kingdom of God, there will be no more war, famine, disease, or death. Everyone will live in peace and harmony.
Some people may complain about God’s way of ending wickedness. They may say that it is unfair to punish people for their sins. But the Bible teaches that sin is a serious problem that deserves punishment. And the only way to truly solve the problem of sin is to remove it from the world altogether.
God’s way of ending wickedness is the only way that will truly work. All other methods have failed. Only God has the power to completely eradicate sin and create a perfect world.
We can be confident that God will one day end all wickedness and create a new heaven and a renewed earth where we can live in peace and harmony. In the meantime, we can trust that God is in control and that he is working everything out for our good (Romans 8:28).