Men do not differ much about what things they call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable.
Because we have a free will, some people become good and others bad, but everyone has faults. With this view we tend to see society’s advancement as a struggle between good and evil. When the righteous rise up, good prevails. When the unrighteous rule, evil prevails. This means the moral and spiritual progress of humanity is not only dependent upon what God is doing in the world, but also what people do. The conditions of the earth are very much dependent upon us.
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While stating or implying that religion is the cause of these and other wars, some liberal professors talk as if atheists would never engage in such evils. Yet, let’s not forget the atrocities of atheistic communism. Stalin was responsible for about 20 million deaths and Mao Zedong’s regime for approximately 70 million. Pol Pot, who led the Communist Party faction known as the Khmer Rouge, killed over 1.5 million of his own Cambodian people. Add to these numbers the atrocities committed by Soviet dictators like Lenin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev.
Heaven did not authorize the heartache of [a terrorist act in 2012] but Heaven is redeeming it. This act of extreme evil, the last act of a joyless, embittered soul, now in the hands of Christ, the Redeemer, is being used to restore love to families and friends in sober reflection. Christ has reset the focus of millions. Perhaps for you, too, it is time to bring your heartache, failures and brokenness to the Lord of Life. Let Him restore and refocus your heart upon the values that truly matter. Accept His gift of salvation.
When we choose to forgive the victory is attainable. When bad things happen, good CAN come out of it! Romans 8:28 declares it is so! My life declares it is so and I am not alone in that statement. So many people have looked evil in the face and said, “I will find good in this.” Sometimes the evil and bad things are changed or converted or whatever and sometimes it is us that is changed. But ALL things work for good and can bring about change for the good.
It is no strain of metaphor to say that the love of God and the wrath of God are the same thing, described from opposite points of view. How we shall experience it depends upon the way we shall come up against it: God does not change; it is man’s moral state that changes. The wrath of God is a figure of speech to denote God’s unchanging opposition to sin; it is His righteous love operating to destroy evil. It is not evil that will have the last word, but good; not sorrow, but joy; not hate, but love.
We need to see… that evil need not have the last word. We do not have to respond to terror around us with a knee-jerk reaction of cowering, flailing out in rage or plotting revenge. We do have options as to how we respond to lawlessness. We can make more of an effort to heed the rest of Jesus’ warning about lawlessness — the part about endurance, salvation and the spread of the Gospel.
One Nation Without Law – Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2017
I once thought I defeated the evil in my heart. I learned something: We can face our demons, burn them up, stomp them into the ground. I turned mine to ashes. But even if you destroy the evidence of evil, you can’t heal your heart. Not by yourself.
Education without religion, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
Someone once asked Billy Graham, “If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?” To this the famous preacher replied, “With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity, like soap, must be personally applied if it is to make a difference in our lives.