Psalms 34: Evil Does Exist
You know, I think that one of the biggest obstacles for people who are considering believing in God is the problem of evil. The essential question comes back to why bad things happen. People don’t necessarily question when bad things happen to bad people though. There is some kind of perceived sense of justice there for most people. The bigger stumbling block for many people is wondering why bad things happen to good people.
I found an interesting verse in Psalms 34 that basically acknowledges this fact.
Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Just because you are righteous does not mean you won’t have afflictions. Let’s take Jesus Himself as our example. No other human being is righteous on his or her own merit. We are given righteousness because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but in and of ourselves, there is no righteousness.
Anyway, back to Jesus. He was truly the ultimate person, and He ended up dying a death that He certainly should not have died. He did nothing that was deserving of a death sentence, but He was crucified anyway.
That would certainly be a bad thing that happened to a good person. I recognize that it was part of God’s plan, and I believe that He had a reason for this allowing evil this to happen.
My main point in writing this particular post is just to remind you that if you end up in some kind of debate about the problem of evil, it is not helpful to argue that evil does not exist. If you look at this verse or you had the entire book of Job, it is pretty obvious that there is such a thing as evil, and it does affect all of us on some level.
If you want to hear a little bit more about how I would suggest you answer this question from a Christian viewpoint check out this previous post I wrote, but keep in mind that there is such a thing as evil. I would argue that evil is not inconsistent with the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good God, but I would not argue that evil does not exist. This is an interesting affirmation found in the middle of Psalms.