If God is so good, why is there so much bad in the world?

A few weeks ago my pastor at my church told us the following story:

The other day, I heard on our Christian radio station an audio clip of a preacher that caught my attention with what he said. In this clip Dr. Voddie Baucham said, “A fellow came up to me at a conference and asked, “If you believe in a God that is omnipotent and benevolent then how do you reconcile all the bad stuff that happens in the world?”

Dr. Baucham answered by saying, “I am not going to answer your question until you ask it correctly.”

“What do you mean ask it correctly?”

“You’re not asking the question properly.”

“What do you mean asking the question properly; it’s my question? You can’t tell me how to ask my question, it’s my question.”

“I will answer your question when you ask it properly.”

The man had a thought.

“How do I ask it properly?”

“Here is how you can ask that question properly. You look me in my eyes and you ask me this!

‘How on earth can a holy and righteous God know what I did and thought and said yesterday and not have killed me in my sleep last night?’

You ask it that way and we can talk!

You ask it that way and we can talk but until you ask it that way you don’t understand the issue.

Until you ask the question that way you believe the problem is out there.

Until you ask the question that way you believe there are somehow some individuals who in and of themselves deserve something other than the wrath of Almighty God.

Until you ask me the question that way, until you flip the script and ask the question this way and say why is it that we are here today, why has He not consumed and devoured each and everyone of us.

Why, Why, oh God, does your judgement and wrath tarry?  When you ask the question that way, then you understand the issue.

When you ask it the other way you believe in the supremacy of man.

How dare God not employ his power on behalf of almighty man!

You flip the question around and you now believe in the supremacy of Christ!

How dare I steal his air because the last breath I took I borrowed it from him and I’m never going to give it back and when you never give something you borrowed back you are stealing it.

The problem is me – not God.

The problem is the fact that I don’t acknowledge the supremacy of Christ in Truth.

The problem is I start with me as the measure of all things.

The problem is I judge God based on how He carries out my agenda in the world and I believe in the supremacy of me in truth and as a result I want a God who is omnipotent but not sovereign.

If I have a God who in omnipotent but not sovereign; I can wield His power. But if my God is omnipotent and sovereign, I am at his mercy.”
Pastor Ralph G, quoting Dr. Voddie Baucham

Wow.  What more is there to say?

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