The biggest question I hear atheists and skeptics ask is, ‘Why does God allow bad things to happen?‘ In the past, it is a question that has lead me to believe He doesn’t exist… I would wonder why wouldn’t someone that truly loved me and was all knowing prevent or warn me of terrible things happening and protect me? Why wouldn’t He stop evil and create a peaceful, loving world? How could He sit idly watching His creation destroy one another?
I recently discovered, Ravi Zacharias, who responded to this question, providing lots of clarity and reassurance:
To ask God to intervene during war, riots, fights, murder, rape, etc. would be to ask Him to strip us from our free will. The world we know would become a puppet show controlled by God. God created us in the hopes that we would choose Him, that we would choose love. We lose the ability to choose if we are restricted and forced.
To add to Zacharias’ answer, Jesus works through evil as our safe haven, peace, and salvation. We are able to run to Jesus when times get tough and know that His plan is so much greater. We may look forward to eternity, rather than just this short life here in the physical world. Humans are sinners and we will all inevitably sin. We will be impatient, selfish, and impulsive, but Jesus will always accept us and forgive us with open arms.
It is important to realize that the devil is to blame, not God. The devil is who provokes and tempts us into evil. God is our salvation and the only way out. We must seek Him in order to be free from sin.