Week 2: God is good, so what's wrong with the world?

posted 15 Oct 2011, 14:30 by Peter Booth   [ updated 15 Oct 2011, 14:38 ]
This week we looked at the puzzle: God is good, so what's wrong with the world? 

Christians believe that God is all powerful and God is good, so why doesn't he stop all the suffering and bad things that happen in the world? This is something we have to understand as Christians. What we believe as Christians is:
1. God created a perfect world. We read in the Bible, in Genesis, chapter 1, verse 31: "God saw all that He had made and it was very good". So when God first created the world there wasn't anything wrong with the world.
2. People spoilt the world. SIN came into the world, and the perfect balance in God's world disappeared. In the middle of the word sin, is the word "I". Sin is being centred around "I" or me, rather than living your life centred on God and following him. So sin is more than breaking a set of rules, it's living in a way that dishonours God, living in a way that does not meet His standards. In the Bible we can read about the first sin, in Genesis Chapter 3. This tells the story of Adam and Eve in the perfect garden God had created. God tells them they can eat the fruit of any tree, except the tree in the middle of the garden. But then a snake deceives them into eating the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. In doing this they disobeyed God to please themselves. Because of this the world was no longer perfect, as the perfect relationship between God and mankind was broken. From this point suffering and bad things entered the world.
3. The problem in the world is sin separating people from God. Because of sin, relationships are broken between God and people, people and people, and between people and nature.
This is the big problem in the world. So how does God deal with this? Well God is powerful enough to remove evil form the world, but since we are part of the problem through our sin He would have to remove us as well. He loves us though, so He has chosen another way. This is what we will study in the rest of the course; we will see that God works in suffering, that there is a special hope for Christians of a place called heaven, and that God also suffered when Jesus died.

by Andy Gray