Why is there so much evil still?

Christianity says that Christ destroyed the works of the devil, and Christ reigns supreme over all powers and authorities. But if that’s true, why is there so much evil still?

One obvious reason is that a lot of people love evil. They enjoy being tyrants and bullies and making people squirm. They like using their talents to their own advantage, and lying their way to the top. Deceit pays, so does pushing your weight around. It makes you feel superior and powerful.

But evil people are never safe. They make enemies. They get caught. People rise up against them. Their worlds fall apart, their egos are crushed, and the media relishes their come-uppance at last. Evil has shown again and again that it eats up and spits out those who feast on it.

Evil is so powerful, though, it can suck in even those who hate it. Only Jesus managed to resist it. And why was that? Because he trusted his Father to “save him from death,” Hebrews 5:7. When he felt the power of evil suffocating the life out of him he cried out to his Father to rescue him, and his Father always answered.

And now Jesus does the same for us (verse 9). He does for us what his Father did for him. But it’s still our choice whether we trust him, or not. Paul made that clear in Romans 6:12-13, which in the Phillips translation reads: “Do not, then, allow sin (evil) to establish any power over your mortal bodies, in making you give way to its lusts (and temptations). Nor hand over your bodily parts to be, as it were, weapons of evil for the devil’s purposes. But, like men rescued from certain death, put yourselves in God’s hands as weapons of good for his own purposes.”

Faced with the temptation to do something evil, we can either give in to it or be rescued from it. Jesus chose to be rescued, and now he’s there to rescue us, because we’re in exactly the same boat he was in: “These bodies of ours are constantly facing death (and evil) just as Jesus did.” It’s interesting to read, then, why God allows it. It’s to make “clear to all that it is only the living Christ within who keeps us safe,” 2 Corinthians 4:10.

Evil can be overcome, yes, but only by Christ. So it’s only when every person realizes that and trusts him that evil will stop. In the meanwhile, for those who don’t want anything to do with evil, “the Son of God keeps him safe, and the Evil One cannot touch him,” 1 John 5:18.


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