A Big Question????

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

OK, so I have been taking a theology course for my seminary degree and I have been spending my spare time thinking about some of those “Big” questions that have been discussed over the years.  I thought I would share some thoughts on one of those questions today.  So here it is…Does God’s sovereignty make Him the source of sin and evil? Some people think that God’s sovereignty, which encompasses His control of all things, makes Him to be the cause or source of sin and evil. The question goes something like this…”Does God “cause” sin or does He “allow” it to happen?

The Bible has the answer!   The “difficulties” that God sends into our lives as a disciplinary measure may seem “evil” to us, but in reality it is for our good. God is a loving Father who offers care, but He insists on obedience. To think of God as the source of sin contradicts what He has revealed about His own character.  God is absolutely holy — set apart from sin.  He cannot sin. “The LORD is upright . . . and there is no wickedness in Him” (Psalm 92:15).  God, being all-powerful, certainly could have prevented sin from ever taking place. But for reasons known to Him, God included the possibility of sin in His sovereign, eternal plan, and the actual entrance of sin into the universe was permitted as part of God’s sovereign, eternal plan.  God is omniscient and wise, and everything He chooses to do He does in the best way possible, including allowing the possibility of sin and evil.  If it would have been better (from God’s perspective) for God to prevent sin from ever occurring, God would have done that.  But in His wisdom and goodness, God gave angels and humans the ability to choose whether or not to worship Him and remain loyal to Him.  In so doing, God created them with the ability to sin.  But God was in no way involved in the committing of sin by Satan, angels, Adam and Eve, and He is not involved in the committing of sin by people today.  God does not produce evil desires or choices in mankind. He does not cause sin to happen, and He does not accept any responsibility for sin.  “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’  For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:13-14).  There are some deeds involving human beings that God carries out Himself through various means and for which He acknowledges responsibility. God declares, “What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do” (Isaiah 46:11). Other deeds (such as the sinful acts of mankind) God permits (allows), but does not actively bring them to pass Himself. God always places the responsibility for the results of sinful actions, words, and thoughts with those who commit them. God is never the source of sin nor does His sovereignty eliminate people’s responsibility for their sin.  God has an eternal plan that allows for but does not involved Him in evil, and which ultimately is for His glory.

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