Earlier I reblogged Thoughts On Hell, Sin, Grace, Works by Mark Knox, author of Notes from the Crossroads. That resulted in sean samis visiting Thoughts On Hell, Sin, Grace, Works, leaving some very thoughtful comments, and a dialogue worth reading. I suggest visiting.
What apparently concerns sean samis the most is the subject of this post. Why does God allow evil? That question I cannot truly answer. What the Bible makes clear in the Book of Genesis is that Satan initiated sin, and Adam and Eve, in their pride, decided to disobey God. Nonetheless, sean samis finds the assertion that God does not sin unsatisfactory. Thus, he asks the following:
Why does God not make us all rational, morally informed, and conscientious, AND ACTUALLY FREE? He could, why didn’t he? (from here)
ACTUALLY FREE, that is, possessing a free will. Apparently, sean samis believes God could have so constructed us that we would not want to do evil. Yet sean samis believes we could still have a free will. He tries to make a logical case, but there is a problem. We really do not know what God can do. We can only hazard a logical guess.
Is sean samis‘ proposition logical? In THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST VIRTUOUS VERSATILE BLOGGER — PART 9, we examined the subject of evil. In truth, men do not agree as to what is good and what is evil. Imagine if we did. Would the mere fact we agree as to what is good and as to what is evil mean world peace? Would men stop sinning? I doubt most would think so, but why not? What would we be missing?
In a response to sean samis‘ comments at THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST VIRTUOUS VERSATILE BLOGGER — PART 9, I observed the following about evil.
Each of the seven deadly sins stems from the absence of a certain virtue. Instead, of exercising self-control, we do not. Why do we exercise self-control? We do it out of love. That is why even a prideful soul, because he loves himself, is capable of virtue.
Who achieves the greatest virtue? Those who love God. These souls find it easiest to love others besides themselves. Because they love God, they learn to love God’s creations, including their neighbors. Instead of living in strife, those who love God love each other. Those who love God can trust and cooperate with each other. (from here)
What I believe faith ultimately requires of us is to believe that God loves us. If we can accept the fact that God loves us, then if we cannot love Him in return we are in a sorry state indeed. Yet even so, even if we make the wrong choice, we cannot blame God. Because we have free will, to love God is our own choice to make.
Could God have made us so that we would understand the wisdom in loving Him, that we would know that loving God is an unavoidable necessity? Perhaps, but what about free will? If we love God because our nature gives us no choice in the matter, would we still have a free will? Logic suggests an answer of “NO.”
Because He wants us to love Him of our own volition, God did not construct us so that we have no choice except to love Him. But if we have the choice of not loving God, then does it not also logically follow that we can choose to do evil?