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Why does Evil Exist? What is God's response?

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Identity Theft: Evil in Our World

We are the victims of stolen identity. We are searching for our true self. Where will we find us? When will we find us?
First we looked at the scripture:
Genesis 1:27 NKJV
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Then we revealed Satan is a thief, stealing our identity. Once he has it he wont give it back, turning us into a person we never planned to be. He lies, coerces, deceives and blames.
But where did it begin? Evil. How did it get here? Why does God allow evil to exist and must I live with it all my life?
We see it to often in our day. ISIS taking over a city slaughtering all who live there. Recent acts against citizens in Rwanda, a gunman set off fire alarms at a Florida high school on, luring hundreds of students out of their classrooms so he could open fire. 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, dropped his weapon and hid among the crowd as authorities evacuated students and faculty members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 11 days ago. there are over 3000 abortions per day in America, and over 125 people killed by guns each day in our land of the free and home of the brave.
What have we become? Who are we? Why this trouble in the heart of man. It is hard to see the bad guys through the good guys.
How can we live with Mt. Zion and Mt. Vesuvius at the same time?
I. There are theories about evil:
Evil is an illusion: it has no ultimate reality
Cancer and tornadoes tell us differently
Evil is actually good
This is just shear ignorance
Evil is a natural result of human freedom and sin (most popular belief)
True much evil is caused by sin but not all evil; if it were it would be possible to establish cause and effect
establish this thought
John 9:2–3 NKJV
And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
Evil is sent by God along with the good
This is easy to say, but incomplete in its teleology:
A Fork is used to eat food. But what is a fork?
God send the accident that killed the child, no.
Evil is God’s punishment for sin
Cannot be true on the ground many innocent people feel the effects of sin caused by a person, not just the sinner
Luke 13:1–5 NKJV
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:
Evil is due to the incomplete nature of God
This is a dualism God doesn’t possess
God’s nature is not dual in purpose. God is love
II. If there is any answer to evil, it must be a concrete, specific, practical answer. Evil enters every phase of human experience, and until there is a new heaven and a new earth, it must be contended with in this present life.
I’m sick of it. I’m sick of its effects. Our identity can be driven by evil. We can surrender to it, or we can stand against it.
Family, friends, people I don’t know, circumstances beyond control such as hunger, thirst, daily struggle and pain all drive our identity according to our environment.
In Hebrew word is used that I love. Our English translation is “subdue.” The Hebrew word it to ____________
Have you ever used that word? Kabash. Say it its fun. Kabash. Use it in a sentence. Dad i’m going out with my friends. No your not! He put the Kabash on her!
You and I can Kabash evil.
God does Kabash evil.
We, together, the church Kabash evil!
Micah 7:19 NKJV
He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.
We established evil is present, it will come to all of us. We will face tragedy, ignorance, and darkness.
Accept evil, although not sent by God as an educative opportunity> There is much to learn: patience, sympathy, faith and trust.
Romans 5:3–4 NKJV
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Hebrews 5:8 NKJV
though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Romans 5:8 NKJV
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Kabash it with your attitude!
Last week I stated this: God is good is the minimum theistic position you should accept. God is more than good. God is LOVE!
Therefore we put the kabash on evil by a life of faith.
Job was in a tough spot. His friends tried to console him. He couldn’t understand what he had done to God. His faith said that God was not the cause of his sufferings! He searched desperately for some reason for his suffering. He never found a solution!
His triumph lay when the vision of God apeared. The vision of God was the solution. He had seen God and that was enough!
The brothers sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him!
1 John 5:4 NKJV
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
Romans 12:21 NKJV
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:1
Put the kabash on it!
Micah 7:19 NKJV
He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea.
I want you to hear today, and I will land this plane next week in this fashion:
There is a moral evil with in us and we must kabash our selfishness before the throne of God.
The forgiveness of God and the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit in your life will put the kabash on any evil you think exists in your soul today. God has a divine answer to to your agonizing sense of failure or guilt. He will give you your identity back. You are a compete person in Christ. In Christ there is no condemnation.
It is well with my soul
Horatio G Spafford-family experienced great tragedy. Yet he penned the words in the midst of horible circumstances, It is well with my soul!
When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa It is well, it is well, with my soul. It is well, (it is well), With my soul, (with my soul) It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life, Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, A song in the night, oh my soul
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