On Theology: Concession

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)

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One thought on “On Theology: Concession

  1. Making God the author of evil – it sounds so … well – evil. I guess I cannot get around the fact that God is the creator of this universe, and this universe contains evil. Unless there is an argument for attributing evil to something outside of God’s creation (which I am assuming is the same as the universe – including everything seen and unseen, physical and spiritual), then whatever way it falls, it is part of what God created. In that way, he is the author of it. Whether the creation is actually evil or allows for it, either way, God is responsible. The same way Microsoft is responsible for issuing patches when a major flaw is discovered. They do not author the virus or worm or trojan horse or whatever, but they are no less responsible for it, because the system they designed allows for it to exist.

    But Microsoft is of human origin and necessarily flawed as a result, at least according to Paul in his letter to the Romans. God is not so flawed, but his creation allows for this. Free will, so dear to us, must necessitate the presence of evil (after all, without it, we could only choose the good, and that’s not much for free will). God created free will, therefore he created evil. Evil is part of the more perfect world that includes free will.

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