There is a group on LinkedIn called ‘POETS’ which I joined sometime ago. There is a discussion thread on there in relation to the Question; ‘Is God a Poet?’
There are mainly two factions;
Those who believe God does not exist and even if he / she does then he/ she must be evil given all the suffering in the world which in their view he/ she seems to be doing nothing about.
The other faction all have glowing compliments about God and stand by what they believe.
These discussions got me thinking about how we perceive ‘evil’ vis- a- vis God. The following is my understanding:
Someone asked: if God made all things, did he make evil as well?
Well I answered: Yes. But evil was simply a measure on the continuum of creation, a measure of the distance between what God considers good and what he does not. He did not make evil to exact on his creation. He put a boundary on it and said to man, let me be the judge of what is good for you. So he looked at all he had made and pronounced them ‘good’. But man decided to break the bounds or human limitation set by God and chose to do the judging himself thereby getting exposed to the part of the continuum of creation called ‘evil’. As long as we continue to refuse to choose what God calls ‘good’, we and our world will be exacted upon by evil from which we cannot escape. So my advice is this: Choose God, choose good, choose blessedness. Live within God’s boundaries. He knows what is best for you.
Comments are welcome.