Why does God allow evil things to happen?
If God is real and He is all-powerful, then why doesn’t He stop these bad things?
Those are some of the most difficult questions that people ask today when it comes to suffering.
In this video, I give you my non-traditional answers to these questions.
And if you’d rather read an article instead of watching a video, then scroll past the video below to read the enhanced transcript version.
Imagine if you had the power to be able to stop all of the sufferings of the world.
That means that you could:
- Prevent kids from having cancer or you could
- Prevent terrorist attacks from happening
- Prevent drunk drivers from a hitting killing innocent people
If you had the power to prevent these things from happening, wouldn’t you want to exercise that power?
The answer is, “Of course, yes!”
Of course, you would want to do that, and I would like to also.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that?
Whether you believe in God or not, God does have these supernatural abilities.
If you assume that God is all-powerful, then how come He doesn’t stop bad things from happening, and end all suffering?
In fact, it is probably the number one reason why people have issues with God today.
It’s the primary factor why some people who believe in God end up sometimes doubting their faith, and abandoning their belief in God altogether.
These people think to themselves things like, “Well, if I have a child, that child is suffering, and it’s in my power to be able to help him or her out, then I would do everything in my power to help my child.
“If that’s the case with me, then how much more, then, with God who is supposed to be all-perfect?
“It would make perfect sense that if God is real, then He should prevent these bad things from happening in the world today.”
I know that that’s what I used to think when bad things happened in my life, and God didn’t stop them from happening.
When God didn’t prevent these hurtful situations, I would think, “What’s up with that, God? Are you for real?”
So Here You Go, Here Are 3 Powerful Reasons Why God Allows Suffering
They’re three compelling reasons, in my opinion, of why God does not stop or prevent all suffering from happening to you, to me, and in the world.
One more thing before you continue reading; these are my reasons.
You can Google this question, and you’ll find that some people have answered it in a different way than me.
So just keep in my mind that this is my opinion on the subject of suffering.
1. Reason #1: God did not give you artificial intelligence
There has been much talk recently about artificial intelligence.
You have all these technology companies that are looking to build products, services, and software using artificial intelligence.
Now, if you’re not familiar with what artificial intelligence is, it is when a programmer programs a robot or a computer so it has built-in machine learning.
For example, some robots can learn:
- How to talk in any language
- How to say your name
- How you like to have your eggs cooked
Now just so you understand the point that I’m making here, these robots aren’t built with all the words of a language, or all the names in the world, or all the different ways that someone likes to eat their eggs.
These machines are capable of learning these types of things all on their own.
Think of it kind of like how a baby learns how to walk and say his first few words.
It’s like that!
Artifical intelligence opens up a big can of worms.
The ethical and moral problems of artificial intelligence
If you can program a robot or computer to have human-like learning capabilities, then it raises some interesting questions like:
- Can it learn to love?
- Can it learn to have human emotions?
- Can it learn to have desires?
As you can see, the line gets blurry when you ask if a machine can think on its own (i.e. it can learn), then does that machine have free will or free choice?
So in essence, is that robot more than just a machine since it’s exhibiting human-like qualities?
These topics are being currently studied, and there’s a huge debate in universities and online forums.
I’ve had many discussions with people from different backgrounds about this topic.
Have you heard of the 3 laws of robotics?
One of the very famous things that’s an important part of this topic is called the Three Laws of Robotics.
It was first created by a famous author named Isaac Asimov.
He’s a well-known sci-fi author, and he wrote a bunch of novels before passing away in 1992.
The three laws of robotics are these three rules where if a company or an individual were to program them into robots, then it would be greatly beneficial to humanity.
That’s because these laws will prevent the robot from evolving into a bad agent that can harm people.
Let me tell you what these three laws of robotics are since they’re relevant to this point that I’m making about why God did not give you artificial intelligence, and how it’s related to suffering.
- Law #1 is that a robot cannot harm a human being, or through inaction, allow for a human to be harmed.
- Law #2 is that a robot must obey a human being unless it conflicts with law number one.
- Law #3 is that a robot must protect its own existence, as long as it doesn’t conflict with the breaking of laws numbers one and two.
As you can see, these laws, if they’re programmed into a robot that has artificial intelligence, then they probably would be pretty helpful to humanity.
But the problem is how do you govern that?
How do you make sure that all people who are working on artificial intelligence projects actually program these three laws into their robots?
That’s the current problem.
But you see, God did not build you with artificial intelligence.
He didn’t build you with programming that would make you into a robot.
God made sure that you have freedom.
You have free will.
A part of that free will is the freedom to do good, and the freedom to do evil.
We’re going to dig a little bit deeper into this powerful truth in the rest of this article.
But that’s the first compelling reason why God allows suffering.
It’s because God did not build you with artificial intelligence.
You’re built in God’s image, and part of that image is that you have free will and free choice.
2. Reason #2: God does not use supernatural prevention 100% of the time.
We know that probably God prevents certain things from happening, but unless He shares those things with us, then we don’t know what events He stopped.
For example, think of all the terrorist attacks that were going to happen in New York or L.A. or some other city around the world, and God prevented those from happening.
For some reason, He wanted to do that.
But, there are other times where God allows terrible things, like those terrorist attacks that do end up coming to fruition.
So, God does not use His supernatural prevention abilities 100% of the time.
Now, before we dig into why He doesn’t use His supernatural prevention abilities 100% of the time, let’s take a look at one key attribute about God.
First of all, God is a good God.
He’s a righteous God.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says this:
“The Rock! His work is perfect. For all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness and without injustice. Righteous and upright is He.”
From this verse, you could say, “Hey, God is a good God. He is a righteous judge, and all of His judgments are perfect in all of their ways.”
Now, you might not feel that way sometimes, but that is what the Bible says.
But I think a lot of times we tend to misunderstand God, so that’s why we come to faulty conclusions about His goodness.
Now, the problem with us wanting God to use His supernatural prevention abilities is that we actually don’t want Him to use them 100% of the time.
You see, we only want Him to stop 100% of the truly evil things, but when it comes to lesser bad things, we’re kind of like, “Hmm, God, maybe you can let some of those slide?”
Let me give you some examples.
Example #1 – Drunk Drivers, Sex Trade, and Terrorist Attacks vs. Adultery and Pornography
We want God to stop terrorist attacks from happening or drunk drivers from hitting and killing innocent people on the sidewalk.
We also want for God to stop all the wicked people who are going to kidnap women and children and sell them into the sex slave industry.
But, what about this?
What about a married man who is currently watching pornography, and he has such an addiction, that six months from now, he is going to cheat on his wife?
Should God stop that married porn-watching man from committing adultery?
Example #2 – Thieves Robbing Homes vs. Cheating on Your Taxes
We know that you and I want God to stop thieves from breaking into our homes.
But should God also stop people from cheating on their taxes?
Example #3 – Murder vs. Gang Initiation
Should God only stop gang members if they’re about to murder someone?
Or should God stop them during the gang initiation process?
Or should He stop the gang member from being initiated in the first place?
So, you see, sin is a progression.The small sins done today lead to bigger sins done tomorrow. #ButJesusSavesClick To Tweet
We want for God to stop the big sins that are going to happen tomorrow, but maybe the smaller ones, He can let those slide?
And God isn’t going to do that, because He’s a righteous judge.
That’s going to lead us to reason number three, why God allows suffering in the world today.
3. Reason #3 – God does not want to remove all those who commit evil.
If I give you this Bible verse, then you’re going to understand where I’m going with this.
The Bible verse that I want to share with you is Romans 3:32, which says:
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
If God were to remove all people who committed all evil acts, then that would also include you and me.
Now, you might be thinking, “Hey, Pete, I’m not evil. I’m a nice person. I’m cool. I don’t hurt people, and I try to help others as much as I can.”
While yeah, that might be true, but God’s standard of righteousness and morality is way different than yours and mine.
I mean, we’re like, “Hey, if you never cheat on somebody that you’re with, then that’s awesome,” but God says that just thinking about it is actually cheating on them.
You see, sinful acts don’t just depend on your actions, but they also depend on your thoughts and words too.
If you want to understand why God doesn’t want to remove all those who commit evil, then look no further than to 2 Peter 3:9 which that says:
“God is not wishing that any would perish, but that all would come to repentance.”
God allows humans to sin and doesn’t stop them from sinning because He is giving you and I a chance to repent and put our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
To repent means to change your mind about your sins so you stop doing them.
Can’t stop sinning?
Welcome to the club.
When you put your faith in Jesus and trust in Him to get you into heaven, then you become born again.
That means that God gives you a new heart and new desires to help you with whatever sin you’re struggling with.
Does That Make Sense?
To tie everything together, God’s primary concern in this world is not to stop all the evil things from happening.
His ultimate concern is to get you and me into heaven and to get us into the most loving and trusting relationship possible with Him.
That is why God does not give you artificial intelligence.
Instead, He gives you the freedom to be able to make choices.
Yeah, some of your choices will be good, and some of your choices will be evil.
You might not think that some of the things that you do are evil, but by God’s standard, they are.
Additionally, God does not use supernatural prevention 100% of the time because He wants to give you the freedom to make choices, whether they are good or bad.
That’s also why God does not remove all those people who commit evil acts, because that would mean the removal of you and me.
God is gracious and merciful because He’s constantly giving us the chance to go to heaven instead of going to hell.
Over to You
What do you think?
Why does God allow suffering?