I hear this question all the time and will admit that I also have asked this a few times but awhile back, someone pointed this out and I have yet to forget it. You see, in light of all that is going on around the world, there is a cold fear regarding the dark, nasty garbage that is so prevalent today and the media seems to be stoking the flames of this fear to keep society glued to their televisions and social media devices. Fear is a tool that, when used by the forces of evil, can keep so many bound up that they are paralyzed to live life to its fullest and best. Why does evil exist? Why does God allow evil? Why doesn’t God eliminate evil for good?
Consider this, cold is the absence of heat. While we can define the lowest temperature as that point where there is no energy, movement of atoms ceases and temperature cannot go any lower there is no limit that we are aware of to the upper reaches of heat. At minus 273.15 degrees Celsius, absolute zero, the fundamental particles of nature reach their zero-point energy induced particle motion. So cold is a measurement of a lack of energy. Part two to this, darkness is considered by definition to be a lack of light energy. If there is any energy at all, be it particle movement that generates heat or light energy that provides a small spark in the darkness, then there is heat, there is light.
With that said, think about this for a moment, evil is the absence of faith and love. You come across a person who has just been fired from their job and the boss has just torn them down another notch and someone who has a big heart comes by and lifts them up, dusts them off and helps them out, the actions of evil are displaced by the actions of love and compassion. A group of hardened criminals are in a hard place, locked up and considered outcasts by a society gather in the prison gym to listen to a singer with a message from God. They fall to their knees because they hear the power of His message in their souls and cry out to God in worship and celebration. The energy is added and the darkness recedes. A stadium filled with those seeking reassurance and a break from the harshness of an evil world are embraced by the energy of the Holy Spirit while the preacher pours out a message of hope and love and a community is filled with the light energy of a loving Saviour. The evil one sucks the energy out of a nation so that darkness moves in, the coldness of his world pushes out the energy of love and faith and the chaos fills in the void that was once bursting with hope and joy. The devil wants to suck all the energy out of the lives of all so that he can claim victory but remember this, there is a limit to absolute zero and to absolute darkness but there is no end to the energy that is in Him. God did not create evil; it exists because we allow it to take hold. Embrace God’s power through the Holy Spirit and claim victory over the darkness through faith and love. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light and we come to the Father through Him, and one day there will be no more darkness, no more fear, no more evil. Evil does exist in the world but it holds no power because God is the power, the light and is infinite. The evil’s time is finite and the Light is coming. It is time to celebrate the Light for He is here!
This Sunday, Eryn Austin-Bergen will bring the third message of Advent. The service will be broadcast online on our website (https://www.mainavefellowship.ca/socialplatforms), or you are more than welcome to join us in person at 10:30 AM, at 402 Main Ave. W in Sundre, AB.
Our Mission “To live the love of Christ”