When tragedy strikes it can be very difficult to make sense out of life. We want to know why terrible things happen, why God allowed it, and even how we can respond to it.
One thing is for sure, the Bible is clear that evil, suffering, and tragedy will be a part of this life. In Jesus we discover God’s answer to the evil that is corrupting creation. Through Jesus we have hope, a new a living hope, that one day we will be able to experience Creation in all of its intended glory.
The reason Creation is in that state that it is in is because of free will. It is important to remember that while free will makes evil possible it also opens the door for love, unity, and progress to happen.
Greg Boyd deals with the subject of evil and free will in this blog post:
In the face of tragedy Christians unfortunately tend to recite clichés that attempt to reassure people that, however terrible things seem, everything is unfolding according to God’s mysterious plan. We hear that “God has his reasons”; “God’s ways are not our ways”; “God is still on his throne”; “God doesn’t make mistakes,” and things of this sort. These clichés all reflect what I’ve elsewhere called the “Blueprint Worldview” (see Is God to Blame? and God at War). If this perspective is expressed by a parent whose child has recently been murdered, I would not dream of challenging it. There’s a time and place for everything, and the ministry policy that has served me well for the last thirty years is that whoever is in the grip of a nightmare gets to choose the theology that helps them survive the nightmare.
At the same time, given how pervasive the Blueprint clichés are, and given how often this perspective sooner or later damages people’s relationship with God, it’s encouraging to hear a person express a more coherent and more biblical perspective while in the grips of a nightmare.
Finish reading When Free Will Meets Unfathomable Evil…