Ezekiel 36:26-27 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and … I will put My Spirit within you ….”
As we remember the events fifteen years ago, it’s hard for some to believe there is a God of love. “Why does God allow evil if He is a God of love?” That is the question many ask. And it is a question many must have an answer to, or they will not accept the reality of God.
God did not create evil. He created a place, that when He was finished with it all, He called “very good”. There was no pain, no sickness, no death, and only ONE rule. That rule was, “Don’t eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”. One rule!! Not bad at all. That tree gave man the opportunity to choose God’s way, or to choose to disobey. It was an opportunity to have a relationship with the Creator by choice, not one forced on us. And it wasn’t a tough choice. God had provided plenty to choose from that was in obedience to His one rule – fruit of every kind, vegetables that make ours today look sick, and other delights we know nothing about. There was only one item that was on the “Don’t Eat” list. Only one, yet man chose that one item, and ate it. Before that moment, everything upon earth was very good. Man chose to disobey, and evil came into existence, and spread to all creation. Our choice brought evil upon us.
But his creation. And He had a way to restore the “very good” within creation. His only begotten Son. Yes, Jesus. When man disobeys God and brings evil upon himself and the world around him, death is the result of that disobedience. But God didn’t want man to have to die, so he sent Jesus to die in man’s place. Now, if each man, woman, and child would simply accept the death of Jesus (and His resurrection that defeated death) in place of their own death, then evil would be beat back, and the “very good” could be seen again. But we men, women, and children still like choosing other than the good, the good God has made possible. Thus evil remains. But God still loves. It really is up to us — choose the love, God offers, or continue to choose evil. God has made a way for evil to disappear. Will man choose His way? Will we choose the “new heart” Jesus can place within our souls?