I have to agree with Daryl here. In fact, strange as it may sound, I think our views are very similar. The only difference is crediting intentional evil to God. It’s not that I’m trying to protect God from this. It’s not that he needs protecting. It’s just that intentional evil doesn’t seem to fit into the character I’ve learned of God… though to reflect, it seems a little more tenable in the Old Testament.
Rather than to say God caused these things, I would say that – in order to allow for the possibility that human beings can freely love him – God has somehow carved out a place in his sovereignty where he allows things to happen that God cannot foresee or control. To me, it makes God even more powerful to think that he could “twist” evil into good, than to think that he could be the author of evil in the first place.
As in all of the “either-or” debates of Christianity (like creation or evolution), I’m finding that the answer may lie more in “both-and.” Maybe both creation AND evolution are true in a way we had not thought of before? Maybe both sovereignty AND free will are possible. So that our answers are much bigger than we ever imagined – the answer doesn’t lie at some “via media” between the two endpoints, but takes in both endpoints… and even more.
However… (see next post)