Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Sin and Evil, Revisited

One of our first posts to the Round Table, courtesy of the deep-thinking Sir John, was "Sin...Why, and Wherefore?" In that post and excellent discussion, we explored why Satan had sinned, and/or why God had allowed it, as well as subsequent sins that multiply seemingly faster than our population on earth. Brad Hightower posited in his excellent post "Christianity and the Problem of Existence" that
The problem that Christianity is mandated to solve is the problem of sin.
C. Michael Patton expands on the topic with a great post on the problem of sin as a problem for Christianity. Here's a great sample from his post "A Brief Primer on the Problem of Evil"...
Whatever position that we take, we must be sensitive to the magnitude of this issue, especially today. We must also approach these issues with great humility, knowing that the problem of evil is a problem precisely because it causes great pain and suffering. Discouragement and disenchantment with God when evil is present must not be looked down upon with a smug attitude of theological elitism. Theological understanding mixed with some degree of agnosticism is vital. This should prepare us to face our own upcoming evils with deep roots. It should also give a foundation for tender comfort to those in pain.
and he ends his post with the Most Excellent verses of Romans 8:18, 1 Peter 4:13, Hebrews 2:10, and Romans 8:28.

These musings and scripture ring so clearly in this era of daily reports of sin and evil the world over. The bombing and killing of Iraqi children playing at marbles and hopscotch, shared in the Round Table's previous post force us to meditate and pray on God's direction on this issue, or we risk becoming insensitive to the sin and evil and treating it as merely the inevitable results of a fallen world that we Christians can only resign ourselves to.

We pray, Lord Jesus, that our hearts are never so hardened that we quit seeking understanding on this most difficult of human issues.

Sir Chuck

2 comments:

  1. A couple answers to the writters objection to "free will":

    God limiting himself is not the same as God being limited. And in any case God is limited by not contradicting His own nature(I.E. God cannot be tempted with evil because God is good).

    The fact that Free Will is necessarily limited does not mean that it is nonexistant.

    Sir Jason

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  2. Most suffering in the world comes from sin, though no necessarily on the part of the one who suffers. Sin brings suffering to many. For example, when David sinned with Bathsheba, many thousands were killed in the aftermath.

    On the other hand, we cannot conclude that one who suffers is doing so as a result of sin. This was the error of the friends of Job. They could not see that there may be another purpose in the case of Job, that his life would bring glory to God and become an inspirations to the rest of us down through the centuries.

    Another source of suffering is that which comes from God's perfecting His people. Compare it to Navy Seal training. They suffer all kinds of hardship, not because they are bad because they are the best of the best.

    1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

    1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

    Trouble is, in any one case, you cannot always tell the reason. So, we simply pray for deliverance and try to honor the Lord during that trial.

    What we do know is that, for the saint, all suffering is temporary.

    Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

    Sir John, guilty of pontificating

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