Why Is There So Much Evil?

Alan shares some thoughts regarding three realms of brokenness that produce evil in the world.



00:06 I've been asked a simple question: Why is there so much evil? And to me, the answer

00:11 is also simple. It's because creation and everything in it is broken. Right, we live

00:16 in a fallen creation, and this brokenness is evident in three realms. The first is,

00:21 there's brokenness in the human realm. Right? I mean, the only morally culpable

00:26 physical beings, humans, are born with a sin nature and capable of an enormous

00:30 amount of evil. That's why in Romans 5:12 it talks about how every person

00:35 sins, which of course contributes to all the evil in the world.

00:39 The second is there's brokenness in the physical realm, that is, in creation

00:44 itself. And because of the fall of man, creation was effected, and that's why in

00:49 Romans 8 Paul talks about how creation was subjected to futility and will

00:54 eventually be set free from its slavery to corruption. Creation's fallenness can

00:58 lead to hardship and suffering which of course, then many people interpret as

01:02 contributing to evil. And finally, there's brokenness in the spiritual realm, right?

01:07 I mean you have these powerful angelic beings, demons, and of course

01:10 Satan, who operate in the spiritual realm, and of course they're set on destroying

01:14 God's plan. Scripture even says in 1 John 5 that the world is under the

01:19 control of the evil one who, of course, is Satan. And although God is ultimately

01:23 sovereign, with Satan currently in control, there's gonna be a lot of evil.

01:26 So again, why is there so much evil? Well, because all three realms have fallen

01:31 elements to them. And of course, they collectively contribute to all the evil

01:36 that we experience. Thankfully though, God has promised to destroy all evil one

01:40 day and restore the heavens and the earth to their proper state.

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Alan Shlemon