Sunday, May 15, 2011
Why Evil Exists in the World Today, Part 1
We see evil all around us today. TV, newspapers, and radio all chronicle the ravages of evil. I am starting a new series today, taking a brief break from my current series, “Armor of God.”
If you wanted someone to love you; wouldn’t you want them to love you of their own free will, rather than because they had no other choice?
Creation of the Human Race
God created man in His own image, after His own likeness, and gave him dominion over the earth (authority over other created things on earth).
In Genesis 1:26, 27 we read, “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’ So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Therefore, man is the highest form of God's creation. In other words, you and I are God's ultimate masterpiece.
Part of being like God (made in His image) is having the ability to choose of one’s own freewill, having self determination. In order for people to have the ability to choose to obey and love God, they also had to have the ability to choose to not obey and not to love God. This is the source of freedom and liberty. America's founders understood and acted on this principle, which is based on the morality found in the Holy Bible. That is the reason why we have been a free and a great nation.