I was recently speaking with a family member who lost his wife three years ago to a rare type of blood cancer. He is still angry and bitter towards God. He blames God for her death because he felt God could have saved her if He wanted to. After all, she claimed to be a Christian, paid tithes, gave offerings, and was very active in the church. She had all of these Christian friends from the church she attended praying for her, as well as a host of family and friends, yet she still died.
“Why didn’t God heal her? He just sits on His throne eating popcorn, watching the suffering of His creation and does absolutely nothing to help them. What kind of God does that?” he would say, among many other blasphemous things.
It’s been about 20 years now since the passing of my eldest sister, and I remember when we were young adults, she would say, “Why does God allow babies and children to suffer and die from starvation and disease all around the world? What did they do? Is God some kind of sadist or something?”
Prior to my sister making that statement, I never really thought that deeply about it. I knew there was suffering and children as well as adults dying all around the world from one thing or another, but at the time, I just thought it was a part of life or had something to do with sin. I knew in my heart that the God I loved and served was not a monster, as some would view Him, so I set out over the years to understand just why bad things happened to apparently good people as well as innocent children.
The Bible says the enemy (Satan), cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), so I also knew in my heart that Satan had to be behind all the evil, but the question I am always asked, “Is why does God allow all this evil, without intervening?”
When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them dominion over everything, put them in a beautiful garden to dress it and keep it, and told them they could eat from every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – Genesis 2:17
Unfortunately, the serpent beguiled Eve, and they violated God’s command and plunged the whole world into sin. One would say, “Well, they didn’t die on the day they ate from the tree as God said they would.” But think of it this way: When God created Adam and Eve, He blew His breath into them. God is an eternal spiritual being, and when He blew His breath into man, man took on God’s nature and became an eternal spiritual being as well. We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a physical body. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they immediately died spiritually, and began to die physically. By dying spiritually, they lost the intimate relationship they once had with God in the garden, and instead of being spiritually innocent, they were now spiritually dead sinners that needed redemption in order to spend eternity with God, because sin cannot dwell in His presence. Thus, Adam’s sin nature was passed upon the whole world through his seed.
This same person, said to me, “It looks like God set them up to fall. He knew ahead of time that they were going to disobey Him, so why even bother creating them?” My response to him was:
“God made mankind because He wanted to have an everlasting relationship with us. He loved us and wanted to fellowship with us, and wanted us to love Him, and fellowship with him. Yes, He knew Adam and Eve were going to disobey Him and plunge the whole world into sin, but to establish His end goal, He had to give Adam and Eve free will, with the ability to make their own decisions, even though they knew the ground rules. We, as parents, love our children and we set ground rules for them to keep them safe. We want them to obey us, not because they’re afraid of us, or forced to, but because they love us, and that’s what God wanted from His creation, for them to obey Him because they loved him.”
The dominion God gave man over the earth and every living thing was no longer his. When he disobeyed God, he not only lost his relationship with God, but he opened the door to sin, and Satan became the God of this world.
When God evicted them from the garden, and told Adam and Eve what would befall them, He also put into motion a plan for redemption.
14And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. – Genesis 3:14-15.
I’m ashamed to say this now, but many years ago I was into vampire movies: One thing I found interesting was that the vampires could not enter into your home unless you invited them in. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they opened the floodgates of hell and invited Satan and all of his demons to come in. Satan and his demons had no legal right to touch anything that God gave to Adam and Eve until Adam and Eve gave them that legal right.
The deed to the earth that God gave to Adam and Eve, now belonged to Satan and his demons, and what do you think they intended to do with it?
To Be Continued…