Why doesn’t God end all evil right now?

February 17, 2020

“I cannot believe in a God who sits back while the world suffers.”

In an interview, Stephen Fry was asked what he would say if he died and went to the pearly gates of heaven; here’s what happened.

“Asked what he would say if he was confronted by God at the pearly gates of heaven, Fry replied: “I’d say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about?”

“How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly, utterly evil.

The question of suffering and evil is not a new one. People have struggled with it for centuries and better men and women have tried to answer it.

Various philosophies have risen from this one question and yet, they have not satisfied most of us.

Many have quoted the Scriptures and given answers for the problem of suffering, and yet, thousands of us walk through life still asking the same question – “if God is real, why doesn’t He end all evil?”

When we hear these gruesome stories – real life incidents – that are happening all across the world, even right now – about terrorists beheading the infidels, drug addicts selling their daughters as prostitutes, the thousands of men, women and children being trafficked for grotesque acts to be performed on them, innocent children being murdered in war torn countries, women being raped – even in the confines of their own homes – by members of their own families; we do not have to look far to know that there is evil in this world.

And we just can’t help but ask ourselves, “if God is real, why doesn’t He end all evil?”

“Why doesn’t He put a stop to it all?”

“Why doesn’t He enforce perfect justice?”

“If He is all-powerful and all-loving, why doesn’t He act right now, and in an instance, save this world?”

I don’t think I have the best answer to this question. Like I said, better men and women have tried, and some of them have succeeded in giving fairly reasonable answers.

The only answer I have to the question, “why doesn’t God end evil?”, is –

“He already has…”

On the Cross of Jesus Christ, He defeated the powers of evil and death, and right now, we’re just living in between that victory that was won on the Cross, and the final victory that’s going to come when Jesus returns.

And hold on! I get it! You’re not completely satisfied with that answer. You may say, “it’s taking a bit too long. God sits back and watches as thousands perish everyday. Why doesn’t He end evil right now?”

And if that’s you, I want you to listen close; and I hope this hits all our hearts today, because as you ask this question, you’ve assumed that evil is only in the form of all those horrible deeds we mentioned above, while the truth is that evil is a lot more close to home that we think…

We have all messed up. We have all fallen short. We have all missed the mark.

Why doesn’t God end all evil right now?

Don’t you see? If you aren’t right with God, and if God decided to end all evil right now, He would have to end you…

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:9
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4 Responses

  1. Yes, we have all fallen short. God loved Adam, He walked with him, talked to him. He gave Dominion, everything in that garden but only that 10% of tithe that tree was of God. Eve liked the fruit gave to Adam, he ate and everything fell. Lost the Father, satan became his father. The love that was flowing within him changed into curse. Spreading out everywhere. The power was all gone. Satan is trying to make us all in his image. It was better we are born after our Redeemer, who bought us by his blood.
    As I have learned over the years of what I have suffered a long journey. I confess that I wrote my own destiny with the power of my words according to Proverb 18:21.. The tongue has the power of life and death.
    We see suffering in this world.. How many times have I seen a prisoner with hatred or a rapist with hatred and judged them all. When I see with the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ he just had compassion and loved the sinner more. I am guilty of looking at them with hatred and spreading that hate like a plague. I could have looked with love and said, Father forgive them for they do not know what they do…
    In the year 1995 I got married to a man I was in love for 9 years. After my marriage I was physically and mentally tortured by my husband. He was an alcoholic. I tried my level best to keep this marriage. In 1998 I gave birth to my first son Anthony. The whole delivery of my sick child and me undergoing pain and torture of the thought of my child in ICU was a nightmare. Which took me 70 days to come out of that horrific dream. My son went through open liver surgery and passes away after 3days. I was just an outstanding Catholic. Taught by my mother daily prayers, went to church, received sacrament but no love in my heart. Over the years only pain and that pain got only more hurt. At last The Lord found this lost sheep and Thanks to God that he alone found me because I was in Dubai surrounded by local as my clients. I was vulnerable. I could have been lost forever but my Lord found me.
    I clearly understood that scripture that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son according to John 3:16..
    Thanks to God I’m born in this world where I meet all lovely people of his image but some are lost, I can only with a smile of Jesus in me can say the world is still good. I have the power according to his Word I can drive out demons in the name of Jesus. How often have I used the power of God, His Word. His Word is alive. It has helped me but if I do with my strength nothing really works. Phil 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I hope the Lord gives this strength until my journey on this Earth which is not my home.
    1 John 2:16 says For everything in the world- the list of the flesh, the list of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from Father but from the world. We have to rejoice because we are new creation and we have our Jesus there to welcome us. My battle with evil is not over but I can only let the Lord fight my battle, when I am still. I can only do this with faith and faith can move mountains.
    I started in simple way by my changed attitude at my work place, all can do this in small way. When the client walks in my work place they see that smile and that reply I am blessed, with their hru and this I AM BLESSED got famous that most of them started using it. Words have power. I have learned it and everyday learning. My fav Words ( THANK YOU ABBA FATHER IN JESUS NAME I HAVE THE DIVINE POWER OF GOD IN ME.) I say this continuously.
    Thank you for reading
    Cynthia.

  2. Cynthia Dsouza says:
    February 17, 2020 at 4:21 pm
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    Yes, we have all fallen short. God loved Adam, He walked with him, talked to him. He gave Dominion, everything in that garden but only that 10% of tithe that tree was of God. Eve liked the fruit gave to Adam, he ate and everything fell. Lost the Father, satan became his father. The love that was flowing within him changed into curse. Spreading out everywhere. The power was all gone. Satan is trying to make us all in his image. It was better we are born after our Redeemer, who bought us by his blood.
    As I have learned over the years of what I have suffered a long journey. I confess that I wrote my own destiny with the power of my words according to Proverb 18:21.. The tongue has the power of life and death.
    We see suffering in this world.. How many times have I seen a prisoner with hatred or a rapist with hatred and judged them all. When I see with the eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ he just had compassion and loved the sinner more. I am guilty of looking at them with hatred and spreading that hate like a plague. I could have looked with love and said, Father forgive them for they do not know what they do…
    In the year 1995 I got married to a man I was in love for 9 years. After my marriage I was physically and mentally tortured by my husband. He was an alcoholic. I tried my level best to keep this marriage. In 1998 I gave birth to my first son Anthony. The whole delivery of my sick child and me undergoing pain and torture of the thought of my child in ICU was a nightmare. Which took me 70 days to come out of that horrific dream. My son went through open liver surgery and passes away after 3days. I was just an outstanding Catholic. Taught by my mother daily prayers, went to church, received sacrament but no love in my heart. Over the years only pain and that pain got only more hurt. At last The Lord found this lost sheep and Thanks to God that he alone found me because I was in Dubai surrounded by local as my clients. I was vulnerable. I could have been lost forever but my Lord found me.
    I clearly understood that scripture that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son according to John 3:16..
    Thanks to God I’m born in this world where I meet all lovely people of his image but some are lost, I can only with a smile of Jesus in me can say the world is still good. I have the power according to his Word I can drive out demons in the name of Jesus. How often have I used the power of God, His Word. His Word is alive. It has helped me but if I do with my strength nothing really works. Phil 4:13 says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I hope the Lord gives this strength until my journey on this Earth which is not my home.
    1 John 2:16 says For everything in the world- the list of the flesh, the list of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from Father but from the world. We have to rejoice because we are new creation and we have our Jesus there to welcome us. My battle with evil is not over but I can only let the Lord fight my battle, when I am still. I can only do this with faith and faith can move mountains. I have a 20 yr old son Neil and my husband still needs your prayers.
    I started in simple way by my changed attitude at my work place, all can do this in small way. When the client walks in my work place they see that smile and that reply I am blessed, with their hru and this I AM BLESSED got famous that most of them started using it. Words have power. I have learned it and everyday learning. My fav Words ( THANK YOU ABBA FATHER IN JESUS NAME I HAVE THE DIVINE POWER OF GOD IN ME.) I say this continuously.
    Thank you for reading
    Cynthia.

  3. *Don’t you see? If you aren’t right with God, and if God decided to end all evil right now, He would have to end you……..*.That said it all for me.

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