Another Reason to Believe The Bible is True
The Existence of Evil.
I really enjoy the study of apologetics – the defense of one’s faith using logic and reason. The Bible, specifically the Apostle Peter tells us in his Epistle to always give a reason for the hope we have, and be ready to explain it (1 Peter 3:15). A teaching that flies in the face of what many Christians think, where we are only supposed to live by faith, and certainly faith is a big part of it but Peter says to give reasons for your faith – what do you believe, and why. That’s where apologetics comes in.
I’m not suggesting you do this, but if you were to narrow the teachings of the Bible down to a list of do’s and don’t’s you would be left with a pretty good idea of what God sees as evil and what He sees as good. Now if you take that list and apply it to your life and every thought and action you took in a days time would put a mark in either the good side or the bad side most of you, myself included, would end up with more marks in the bad column than in the good column. Keep that in mind cause I’ll come back to it later.
How do we know the difference between good and evil? Suppose there is no God, nobody who determined that helping people is good and killing them is bad. Suppose the scientists are right and we evolved from slime, then we really are nothing more than an evolved species trying to survive based on our instinct and our ability. That would mean that over the course of time human beings, that is mankind, decided what was right and wrong, we would’ve done this by seeing the world we live in through the lens of the time we lived in, we would’ve determined that at times it was okay to kill off an entire race of people simply because they were a threat to ours. We would’ve determined, as would other groups of people around the world, that in order to survive we must eradicate everything and everyone that opposes us so that we would be the driving force behind world domination. Mankind would’ve ended up in a world where war is never-ending and death and destruction is everywhere.
You’re probably thinking “well that’s exactly what we have, are you saying there is no God?” and that would be a fair question. Of course I believe..no I KNOW there is a God, but the picture I painted for you surely makes it sound like I’m a non believer. Here’s why I did that. Since Adam and Eve were forced to leave Eden, people have been denying God. When Eve took that bite, sin entered the world and we’ve been dealing with it ever since. And when mass amounts of people start living as if there is no God the result is a world that hardly knows the difference between good and evil because they don’t know the source of the Good.
God defined what is good and what is evil and then He wrote it on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33, Romans 2:15). Everyone knows that the state of the world we live in is not great, a lot of people use the ‘hell in a bandbasket’ phrase to emphasize how bad it is. My point is HOW do we KNOW it’s bad? We know murder is bad, we know theft is bad, we know adultery is bad. If mankind is just the top of the food chain evolved from primordial soup then why is murder, theft, and adultery bad? Wouldn’t those actions be justifiable based on whatever we feel like since we’re basically just animals who’re doing what’s necessary to survive and procreate? Even those who choose to deny God know those things aren’t good. It’s what’s called a universal truth.
That universal truth, written on our hearts by God, written down on paper by Jesus’ disciples and the fact that we have a mind that can think these things through is evidence enough for the existence of God. The problem of evil as it were, is evidence that the Bible is true and in a nutshell, here’s why: human beings are self aware, we know certain things are good and others are bad, nobody can deny that. But Christians know it’s because God defined them for us, the fact that we know evil when we see it proves there is an opposite of good, a line that divides. Without God that line wouldn’t be there, anything we do just is, no good, no bad, just is. Take a look at the world out there – the one that denies God – doesn’t it look an awful lot like the line between good and evil is being removed? You see? No God equals no line equals no morals and a world gone to hell in a bandbasket. It’s kinda hard to explain but even many of the basket’s inhabitants know this, they’re just too busy denying God to care. And that’s why the existence of evil is evidence for the Bible being true. The Bible tells us what’s right and wrong, even those who haven’t read it, know it. The presence of evil as well as the presence of good is just one way to know that the Bible is true. It’s KNOWING the difference that proves we aren’t evolved monkeys, but created by a Creator with a purpose.
There is a common rebuttal to this argument and I’m happy to get into that if there’s any interest but for now I’ll leave at that.
Some of you might be thinking “I live by faith, why do I need these answers or arguments for God’s existence?” I would reply, you don’t need them per se, you can live by faith your whole life and end up in Heaven, it’s all good. But the people that surround us this day in age have a lot of information around them and arguments of their own that say God isn’t real. We can be prepared like Peter says and give them something to think about or we can just say that our faith is enough. Let me ask you this question if that’s the case, how do you intend to evangelize a lost world without knowing or at least thinking about some of the ways we can counter the lies they’ve been taught?
The Apostle Paul had a good way of looking at it:
And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
1 Corinthians 15:14-20 NLT
I wouldn’t normally quote a celebrity but this one fits, especially since it comes from someone who seemed to live apart from God, even he knew the difference between good and evil.
“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change”