This changed my life. A friend once said: "When evil is done, it creates a unique opportunity for good . . . an opportunity that could not otherwise exist."
You may want to read that again.
"When evil is done, it creates a unique opportunity for good . . . an opportunity that could not otherwise exist." My friend said this, and it changed my life.
Here are a couple of questions to consider:
Is forgiveness good?
Could there be forgiveness if there was never sin?
Evil is allowed to exist because it opens the way to a greater good. That's a theodicy any forgiven person will immediately understand.
Think of it! God has created a world in which every act of human evil carries with it the seeds of a potential new act of good. Evil is ultimately self-defeating, because no amount of sin or evil can possibly overcome God's great power of grace.
I know someone will respond, "If this is the case, then let us do evil so that good may result." Such an attitude can only betray the fact that the greater good has not yet been received and cherished. The heart has not changed. Paul's retort in Romans 3:8 is applicable here: their condemnation is just.
One who has faced the intensity of his own evil, and then received the beautiful and transformational light of God's forgiveness, can only thank God for allowing evil to come - and for wisely administrating its effects. Such a person hates evil for its inherently ungracious nature, though he loves the things God brings about when He uses it as a tool. God did not author evil, but He certainly foresaw it, created a world in which He knew it would exist, permitted it, and chose to use it for the best possible end. Reformed theologians call this permissive ordination.
We throw evil at God, He sends back twice as much good. Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, can not, and will not overcome it. Ever.
Romans 5:20-21 The Law
cameso in so that the transgression would increase ; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 11:32 For God
has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
James 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.