This is the start to most questions about God. For years people have been skeptic of the Christian faith on account of “If God is good, he would not…”
People ask this for many reasons. For one, because many people believe that humans are naturally an optimistic race. That we always look for the best in each other and that we should. Another could be that they were once hurt by a horrible, or traumatic situation. Others, really because they just believe that, with no questions asked.
These are some basic things to consider before forming your opinion on this subject.
Consider That Mankind Just Isn’t THAT Good
“No one is righteous, no not one. No one understands, and no one seeks God.” -Romans 3:10-11
The above passage couldn’t be anymore clear. No one is good. No one is born righteous. What also comes with that is no one just automatically seeks the good in anyone. I don’t know about you, but I was a “little terrorist” when I was younger. I was doing only things that I wanted to do. I sought destruction in a lot of ways.
If people were born good then they would naturally make morally sound decisions all the time. Just think, have you ever made a mistake? Have you ever lied to someone? Have you ever taken something that wasn’t yours? Have you ever said a bad word? Have you ever hurt someone? If the answer is yes to one or more of those, then maybe we should reconsider the view that we are born good. In fact, maybe we should reconsider the worldview that ALL people were born righteous with good intentions about life.
In a perfect world, yes, we would be good, and we would always need to be optimistic about life and humanity. In fact, that’s the way the world was made. After God made the world, after He made mankind, He “saw that it was good” (Gen. 1:31). Unfortunately, God’s creation sought their own pleasure, and thought that their own happiness and intellect were superior to God’s (Gen. 3:1-7). This altered the nature of the world, with mankind at the forefront, causing a wicked, evil, and cursed nature (Gen. 3:14-19).
After mankind sinned, through Adam and Eve, and the nature of the world was changed, this caused every living thing that would be born and come into existence after to have the effects and very nature of the curse. Therefore, humanity as it is today is just as cursed as Adam and Eve.
Many would confuse mankind being “optimistic” with having an internal moral code, so to speak, meaning that generally, most humans have similar moral convictions. The flip side is that often times people’s, so called, moral codes conflict with one another (ex. abortion, sex before marriage, same sex relationships, etc.). Such conflicts are an obvious sign that the nature of this world is broken, and we ought to not place ultimate trust in the goodness of humanity.
After hearing the nature of mankind, the question should go from “If God is good how could He,” to “If God is good how could He even allow us to be alive?” Our natural disposition is directly oppositional and offensive to God. How, then, can we expect to even have the right to live?
Doubt From A Hurting Heart
As I said earlier, some have really had some horrible experiences in life. Everyone has a completely different walk of life directly affected by bad or good situations.
One thing to know is that evil and sin is not God’s fault. Some would say, “But God created all things, that means he’s the creator and author of evil.” However, James 1:13 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone.” This takes all blame off of God, as Creator, as regards sin, death, and destruction. We brought sin into the world. Therefore, bad things can’t be blamed on God, but on mankind…
On a more compassionate note…I am aware that this information sometimes doesn’t always help a grieving, despairing, hurting heart. Instead, how about we change the atmosphere?
The Bible describes God as a compassionate Father.
“Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” –Psalm 103:13
He’s also a loving God, who enjoys to show that love to us.
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” –1 John 4:16
He’s also a God who is able and delights to comfort the hurting.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” –Psalm 119:76
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord‘s hand double for all her sins.” –Isaiah 40:1-2
My prayer is that you take heart in the reality of the existence of our God as a compassionate, loving, and comforting Father who desires to eliminate your burdens. But how does He do this?
Hope, Despite Doubt and Despair
Though the world is sinful and the earth is the dominion of Satan, there’s yet hope! Christ came to cancel the record of wrong that stood against us (Col. 2:14-15). He came to die in order to rescue us from the domain of darkness (Col. 1:13). And He is planning to come back again to take us home to be with Him! (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
Don’t despair! Don’t doubt! Instead, I implore you to throw your hope, and comfort, and trust on the One who knows you thoroughly. The God who fearfully, and wonderfully made you for a great purpose. That purpose is to find joy with Him in heaven, which is only done by realizing your sin, turning from it, and trusting that Christ will come back to gather you to live with Him!
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