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Why Does God Allow So Much Good In The World?
Why does God allow so much good in the world, when sometimes it seems human beings take it for granted? In response to the age old philosophical question of the problem of evil, perhaps there is a problem of good instead. Perhaps we are spoiled. If there was less good in the world, is it possible that mankind would be striving harder to make the world better? Does God allow too much good?
God loves us, and God is good Himself. Nature is God's first missionary.
God has always allowed Good, like a clean white sheet with no stains life started here on earth, that white sheet was stained with small damage but not enough to say it could not be white again. As of today there are new stains added yet because the sheet belongs to him he knows exactly how to clean it up, and it will be blinding white. Never to soil
New World Translation
Isa 65:17For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be called to mind, Nor will they come up into the heart.
Deep, Kiss and Tales. Very Deep. And on top of that, you pointed out The Truth.
Thank you Feenix. We are not left alone in this world with out answers to all problems , we are certainly loved by our heavenly Father , who really wants to give us the life of paradise under Jesus rulership.
We can consider what it would take.
Perhaps because he loves us so much he has hope that the good can erase the bad, or dirty, and cause it to become good again. Remember, he even loves the dirty.
The question presumes the existence of God.
By using the word: "allow" in relation to good implies that good is an independent force from God that can permitted or not permitted. God is either allowing or disallowing, but not the source, according to the question.
God, according to most believers, defines what is good and not good, so anything that He allows is by definition, good. If a child gets cancer, for instance, that has been divinely permitted, if one accepts the idea of an all powerful God, and therefore is in some way by its very existence, good.
BB: You go! "...anything He allows is by definition, good." We may not understand but Rm 8:28 says "ALL THGS work together for "GOOD" to them that love God, to them who are called according to HIS PURPOSE."
Least we forget: We don't run nothing!
Good and evil are both "concepts" or a knowledge without anything concrete to cause all man recognize the same things as good and the same things as evil. Without something concrete to unify calling them good or evil it is impossible for either to actually exist. Half of man will call one thing good while the other half will call the same thing evil. God's name is I AM THAT I AM and is in all things so that makes things none of the judgmental adjectives man uses to keep from calling all things by their nomenclatures. Therefore, there is no actual good nor evil in existence, only "the knowledge of them."
EA we all witness good and evil every day of our lives. That is why there is law and order, without it who could live.
K&T, we are judging things good and evil every day of our lives, learn to call everything by its name and good/evil, pretty/ugly, right/wrong and the other judgmental adjectives disappears killing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Eli: I would agree if Scripture was not written. "Without something concrete to unify calling them good or evil..." statement defies Scripture! "It is impossible for either to actually exist" when Script defines? Understanding Script gives "knowled
Scripture said "knowledge of good and evil" not "tree of good and evil" means there's only knowledge of good or evil. A tree of apples means there are concrete apples but saying "knowledge of" apples eliminates anything concrete as apples.
Eli" We've had "knowledge" since Adam (Gen 3:22). "Concrete" throughout Script! Evil: II Chron 12:14! Good: Christlike as in the Word! So it boils down to THE WORD which gives definition of both in Scripture!
NW, knowledge is knowing, man know not good nor evil, we judge them into existence. To know good or evil all man call the same things good or evil. We know the knowledge called evil and good but not the things which are good or evil.
Eli: Then Scriptures lies! Gen 3:22 "To Know!" U're looking at "carnal" man yet Script overrules "man's ways~! Script says "He would teach us ALL truth including discerning "good and evil" according to His Word. Don't u agree w/Script?
3:22 doesn't say to know what is good and what is evil but "to know good and evil." Does those 2 phrases mean the same thing? No, so learn the difference to see the Bible does not give us what is good nor evil.
I like the question and think it cuts through all the existential philosophical hullabalu about the abstract notions of the existence of good and evil. It just goes to the heart of how we really converse and think about such stuff. It also is a nice trick on the age old question of why does God allow evil to exist.
Believe it or not I sometimes have just plain old too much good in my life. I get lazy and complacent. I forget to give appropriate thanks to God for all I have. I make mountains out of molehills of problems. I neglect to share what I have with others. Often times it takes a real problem to snap me back into gratitude and thankfulness. But thank goodness (isn't that a funny phrase) that sometimes I just read a question or comment or article like this and it gently reminds me to be grateful for the good.
So nope I do not think there is too much good. I think there is too much ungratefulness instead. Life is a series of wonderful abundances but we, like an evening news, focus on the problems instead.
I believe that God allows so much good to test us, just like he allows bad. It is in our abundance of good that we are most likely to stray from God. And it is in our overcoming that wandering that we build our strongest relationship with our creator. And that is a very very good thing indeed.
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Five Star Answer
If I could choose 2 best answers I would also choose this one. You get Five Stars for your wonderful and thoughtful answer Mr. Dierker, thank you very kindly.
Well thank you much. It is good of you to write such an encouraging note.
Eric: You hit the nail on the head when you said " ..God allows so much good to test us.." Precisely! Most fail the test ego tripping! But one will eventually look back over their life & say I should've been dead & thk JESUS who "draws" u
God created mankind in His image and likeness and it follows that He would want us to be fulfilled like Him in this planet that we are compatible with. Originally we were supposed to live in blissful environment of prosperity in health, wealth and relationships with self and other inhabitants of planet earth. Things changed and we are actually struggling to eat, get along with self and others and are continually seeking money to survive. God love us unconditionally and angels are surprised about so much love from our Father.
That is why the definition of god's name is I AM THAT I AM, god is satisfied with the existence of everything so only produced "knowledge of good and evil' for man to confuse themselves with, not anything which is evil or good.
Eli: Evil is defined in II Chron 12:14 "And he did evil, becuz he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD." How do u seek the LORD? Study/understand Script to learn "knowledge" of Him! Matt 19:17;Mk 10:18; & Lk 18:19 "none GOOD" but (SPIRIT/I AM
NW, "he did evil" says someone judged it so, not there is anything evil. One can't do apples because they are concrete, to do evil someone judged the action evil or everyone would say that's evil but everyone don't, some will say it's good.
Eli: U speak "carnally." Both good & evil r defined in Script! No one judges but God! If the Word (judge) says evil: evil. What man says doesn't matter. Only what is written!
Please give me books, chapters and verses defining good or evil and teach every man so all man will know what is good and what is evil. I've never seen anything every man calls good or evil like we do pears or apples.
Eli: See comment under your response.
Most of the good in the world has been done by the hand of man. Conversely, it would appear that most of the good in the world has been accomplished through circumventing God's plan. God gives out disease, people cure disease. God causes hurricanes and earthquakes, humans build fortified homes and other structures. God causes droughts, humans irrigate. Left in god's hands, infant mortality rates are staggering, but health care professionals have reduced infant mortality drastically. I don't think God even knows how to do a C-section. God is perfectly ok with slavery, mankind decided that this was immoral, and that abolishing it was good. And that's just a few examples.
It doesn't seem like we owe God anything, but I do owe a debt of gratitude to humans. Humans have always had to correct God's plan.
Don't thank God....thank humans.
It amazes me how some who does not believe in God or his existence.
Now believes in God to accuse him of the things man has done to himself. So your comment can not be understood.
If my comment cannot be understood, it is because of denial, as it is straightforward and accurate. You cannot blame man for causing things that he has no control over. The God that you serve is either very foul, or he does not exist. Nothing good.
Well man has caused wars crime and even created diseases for themselfs, yet you blame God because some one want to commit a crime willfully to fellow humans. The foul lies with humans who can control their evilness, you have never spoken truth.
Then don't blame God for the GOOD either. You cant have this brazen double standard. If you see that its fit to blame man for war, crime, and disease, then you MUST also blame man for peace, order, and cures, as well. Very distorted reasoning.
Your question actually tells a lot about you as a person. You are a very positive person who sees good things and your question was also positive. Majority would put it in a negative form like "Why Does God Allow So Much Evil In The World?" And I totally agree with Elijah Alfred's answer.Thumbs up!
Jan: Question "searching the hearts" of Hubbers! It asks us if we can see "the will of God!" Eli neglected to see the definitions of good & evil in Script! We were created to be "humble" to God yet Adam chgd that but God "draws" us back!
I know no scripture giving a definition for good nor evil just as I see none showing me a concrete god. At least god has defined himself as I AM THAT I AM but I've seen nothing to suggest good or evil is something with a name but judged either or.
Scripture defines "good" and "evil!" If one doesn't have "knowledge" of Scripture, they cannot define either!
There is an old saying that my mom used to say "Give a dog enough rope and he'll hang himself" and this is what God has done! He has given us "free will" so that we can run, run, run, and discover that there is NO OTHER WAY, but JESUS!
Although we have "free will" and usually think "we can do it on our own," most times, in our youth, we try and "get all we can, and can all we get, in hopes that we can eventully "sit on our cans." However, if "blessed," we come to the realization that "there is more to life than this!" John 21:18 says, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst where thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee, where thou wouldest not." Well, if you weren't smart enough to let the Lord gird thee in thou youth, you will "eventually" be appreciate for His staying with us through our "self-efforts" and we will be "drawn" back to Him!
We have choices! God is a merciful God! He won't "drag" us to Him but "draws" us to Him! John 6:44 says "No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, "draw" him; and I will raise him up at the last day." Therefore, you will go through life in your own "self-effort" but eventually find out it doesn't work for there is really "no satisfaction" although materialisms have been accomplished, unless in JESUS!
This world is Satan's kingdom! Therefore, there is much more evil than good in the world for most are using "self-effort" to "get all they can, to can all they get, so they can sit on their cans." However, when we come to the realization that "there's more to life than this," we will be "drawn" to JESUS (for usually we've tried everything else) and be more appreciative of Him than words could ever say, for He has "allowed us" to go where we pleased in our youth but had mercy on us when we didn't know Him!
Thank you JESUS for your Grace and Mercy!
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