People have lots of objections to the Christian faith. The biggest objection is why does God allow bad things to happen? The most vivid act of evil most of us have ever seen was what happened on September 11th in 2001.
September 11th 2001 is a date that reminds us of evil in the world. On that day, 19 evil men hijacked planes and used the planes to tragically and abruptly end the lives of 2,977 innocent people.
Why would God allow 9/11 to happen? Why does God allow bad things to happen?
The answer lies within the reason Jesus tells us to pray to the Father and say, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Why would Jesus tell us to pray for the will of God to happen on earth as it happens in Heaven? The reason is the will of God rarely happens on this earth.
We live in a fallen world. Bad things happen every day. Evil exists.
Why does God allow evil to happen in our world?
God could easily take away evil, but in doing so He would also take away our free will.
He could take away our desire to do evil and make us all just do good, but then we would be glorified robots. We would be puppets, who God controlled every aspect of our lives.
The worst part is that we wouldn’t be able to truly choose to love Jesus, instead we’d be forced to love Him. However, forced love is no love at all. True love understands that I don’t have to love you, but I want to love you.
Taking away our free will takes away our ability to love Jesus.
Who created evil?
Evil can’t be directly created. Evil is contingent upon the existence of good. You can’t have evil without good. God created good and we created evil by not choosing God’s good. This is sin. God wants us to do good, but we often don’t want to do that good.
Lastly, where was Jesus on 9/11?
Jesus was with each victim who died that day. Jesus was in the two planes as they plunged into the Twin Towers and the other planes that were controlled by the evil men. Jesus was with 2,977 victims in their last moments on earth, holding them, embracing them, and loving them as they took their last breath. Jesus died that day with them. No one died alone on 9/11.
9/11 was a horrible tragedy. This shows us the reality of evil. God can’t stop evil from happening, since our free will exists, but God can use evil for good (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28).
Allow God to use 9/11 for good by you growing and learning from this horrific tragedy.
- Learn to always say, “I love you” to those who you love, since you don’t know when your last day will arrive.
- Learn to forgive others easily, since our time is too short on this earth. We need to hold each other, not hold grudges.
- Learn to pray and help the hurting. Everyone is hurting, especially victims of 9/11. People need our prayer and they need our attention.
Evil is real, but so is Jesus.
Let’s join each other in praying for the victims of 9/11 and let’s all seek opportunities to do good into this evil world.