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Description: Why didn't God stop Hitler from murdering millions? Why doesn't he stop a man who rapes a child? Is it he is unable? Is it he is not concerned?
HOW COULD A LOVING GOD ALLOW EVIL IN HIS WORLD?
Transcript of a clip from the talk MADE FOR ADVERSITY by Rev. Ernest O’Neill.
How could a loving God allow evil to continue to exist in His world? If He is loving and almighty
and good then He surely could not do that. If He allows it to exist then it must be because He can’t
stop it. So, He isn’t almighty and if He wills it to exist then He cannot be loving, so that’s the
problem we have.
How could a loving almighty God let evil exist in His world? How could He ever allow an archipelago
of prison camps to destroy millions and millions of people in Russia? How could He ever allow an
evil man like Hitler to gas millions and millions of Jews? And yet we all know why in our own
Every one of us here who has had responsibility for bringing up children or even those of us who
have been responsible for teaching children or for training and guiding any other person, know that
there are two ways you can do it. One — you can imprison them in a protected sterile environment
where evil cannot possibly get at them. Or secondly, you can allow them to go out to school, out
into society, out into the world and to exercise their own free wills to reject the powers and
influences of evil as they come to them. You know which choice we have all made.
We know there is no possibility of producing a live, whole human being with a free will who will be
able to choose what is best for him unless you send them out into the midst of influences, of powers
and forces that are not always the best for him because at least it gives him the opportunity to
exercise his free will. We all have made the choice. All of us here have made the choice already
in our schools, in the way we run our families, we have made the choice.
We have determined that freedom of the will is a more precious thing than freedom from pain or
freedom from suffering. We’ve said that freedom of the will is something that is worth preserving
above everything else. We in our country of course, especially stand for freedom. Really that’s
the same situation God was faced with.
Once He determined that He would create people who would be like Himself, free, have free wills and
who would therefore be free to choose to be His friends and to live in love with Him forever. Once
God determined that, He opened the gate to the Hitlers and the Stalins. He opened the gate to the
Machiavellis. He opened the door to the possibility of some people refusing to choose His
friendship, refusing to choose His love and determining to live for themselves and therefore to
inflict tremendous pain and suffering on others.
Loved ones, do you see that the first time God would ever have come down into that bunker in Berlin
and coerced Hitler’s will, even if nobody have known about it, the first moment God had come down
into that headquarters that Hitler had in Berlin and had coerced his will even a little, to stop the
command to kill even one person, that moment free will would have disappeared from the face of the
earth and the possibility of us ever coming to love God because we chose to and wanted to, would
have been forever removed from life here on earth and probably in the universe itself?
So once the Father determined to create us for the very best that He knew, to be people who loved
Him freely because they wanted to and not because they had no other alternatives, that moment God
opened the way to many of us refusing that and in fact making ourselves God and therefore producing
evil in this universe and that really is what has happened.
MADE FOR ADVERSITY
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