Good God, Bad World, Why?

The Great Controversy and True Theodicy

We all know what happened in the Garden of Eden. In essence, Satan deceived Eve, and subsequently Adam, into believing a lie about God's character. This lie, and all the associated lies, continue today with ever-increasing scope and reach.
God knows the end from the beginning, so why did He create Satan knowing he would turn out the way he did?
Why didn’t God destroy Lucifer and the other angels when they rebelled?
If God is omnipotent and loving, why does He allow death and suffering to continue, and for so long, when He could stop it?
Why doesn’t He just come down, show who’s the boss and put an end to all the conflict and misery?

The answer to all these questions is simple, but foundational, and can be found in knowing who God is, in knowing His true character; the true picture of God reveals His motives.
The Creation page explained why God created us.
It’s all about our Creator, by His nature, desiring a close and personal relationship with us, for eternity.

We have children full well knowing that they eventually might rebel and turn away from us, not love us, dislike or even hate us.
We have children anyway.
Why? To validate our existence? To continue our line? To propagate our species?
Perhaps, in this fallen world, there are elements of these motives involved.
I believe, however, that we have children primarily because we want to nurture them, care for them, help them grow, show them our love and have a close mutually loving relationship with them.
These are unselfish motives, even though many of us struggle with our inadequacies as parents.
These are God’s motives for creating us, and the other intelligent beings.
When we choose to have children, we take a chance.
When God created us, and the angels, He also took a chance.

God won’t coerce us or try to force us into a relationship with Him.
That’s not His character.
The only way that God can be sure that the love, worship and obedience we give Him is genuine, sincere and from the heart is if He gives us complete, absolute freedom of choice. This freedom is the basis of God’s kingdom and His government.
He won’t use coercion or force to obtain our worship or reverence.
He wants us to know Him.
When we truly know Him, we will be so drawn to Him, to the beauty of His character, that our submission will be voluntary, our worship willing and our obedience from the heart.

God will bring an end to sin and death, however sin must have its outworking.
At some point, God will destroy all the lost, restore peace and perfection, and there will be no more death or suffering.
This will occur after He has let sin run its course so that all creation can see the ultimate results of sin and rebellion against God.
There will then be no doubt in any mind that God’s wisdom and judgment are perfect, and His character selfless.
The whole universe will bear witness that God is good, His government is just and that He is worthy of respect, reverence and adoration.
God’s people, those who choose God out of free will, will vindicate God’s character.
They have repented, turned away from sin and accepted Jesus as their Lord and their Redeemer, out of their own free will.
Sin will not rise again.
God doesn’t want to lose one person; He loves each one of us more than we can comprehend. He hates to see us suffering.
The reality is, however, that the result and reward of sin is death.
The choice is ours.

In this Great Controversy, God actually cares what we think of Him!
He greatly values our opinion of Him!
God won’t destroy Satan and his followers...yet.
He won’t destroy the earth and start again...yet.
He won’t end death and suffering...yet.
He can’t...yet.
He will though, at His appointed time, when Jesus returns.
In the meantime, He is yearning for every one of us to turn to Him, to choose Him.
Not out of fear, or want of reward, but simply because of who He is.

This piece of the picture of God is in absolute harmony will all the others.
It fits perfectly.

Below are some recommended videos on this topic. Yes, they are all David Asscherick on this particular topic however I suggest you persevere with him, along with Ty Gibson and Doug Batchelor, to get a consistent, coherent and thorough understanding of Bible truth. There are millions of religious websites and YouTube videos with millions of different viewpoints, doctrines and theologies. Ask God to lead you to the truth. He led me here; see where He leads you.