Unraveling the Mysteries of Evil & Suffering By Patrick Miron

          Unraveling the Mysteries of Evil & Suffering

By Patrick Miron

 Like many Apologetics Teachers, I have been asked multiple times to explain evil’s existence and why there is suffering. After all we teach that God is “Good”; that God is Love. Can these near polar opposites be reconciled?

The First two things that we must understand is that God is Good, and God is Love and that God is Perfectly Good and Loves us Perfectly. Meaning all goodness flows through Him. God can be briefly and accurately described as “ALL GOOD THING PERFECTED, “by which I mean to share that God can ONLY will “good things”; that God can PERMIT evil {notice I did not say “tolerate evil”}, but God cannot desire “evil” and still be our Perfect God.

So why then; or perhaps even “how” is it that evil exist?

Genesis 1:26-27 “[26] And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. [27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.”

Then John 4: 23-24 teaches us that God is a “Spirit”  [23]But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. [24] God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.”

These two teachings seem to obviously teach impossibilities. Humanity is clearly not a “spirit”; further God is immortal and humanity is not. Or are we?

Consider these facts which we can know. In the entire Created Universe with its BILLIONS of stars, planets and galaxies; only One; only Planet Earth can be PROVEN to be able to support all of the life forms that we know of. Then on Planet Earth with its hundreds of millions of “Living Things”; only one; only humanity is Rational.

 For a “thing” to be Rational requires a mind, an intellect and a freewill. Each of which like our God is a Spiritual reality. And on Planet earth only Humanity is Rational. Which is precisely how we emulate our God. I have come to term this gifted package “Our Other Self.” At the instant of conception, God gifts every human Soul with these spiritual gifts that enable humanity to be Rational. WHY?

Genesis 3: 19[19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.”

So when we die, our bodies “return to DUST.” What then enters into Eternity? It is our still Rational Souls. When the bible teaches that we will see GOD “face to face” {Gen. 32:30, Duet. 5:4 & 1st Cor.13:12} it actually means intuitively as our bodies are no more until the End Times.

What does all of this have to do with EVIL?

Isaiah 43: 7 & 21 [7] And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him.” & [21] This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise.”

These two short verses explain why humanity exist. By God’s intent LIFE is The God Test. And the grading is Pass or FAIL!

God loves us Perfectly, and desires that “perfect love’ be returned to Him. … In order for our love to “be perfect” it has to be freely given.

God’s Life test for humanity is to freely choose by accepting the graces offered to them to choose good over evil. BUT humanity can and does very often deny God’s Sovereignty; rejecting the offered grace and choosing to pridefully select the EVIL.

[Ecclesiasticus 15:18]  [18] “Before man is life and death, good and evil, that which he shall choose shall be given him

Hence EVIL exist because a great many Rational human beings have desired EVIL Over Love and Goodness; themselves over GOD Himself, thus getting a failing grade in God’s Life test if there is to repentance and conversion before they die.

 The “Mystery” of Suffering

Is Suffering actually a “Mystery?” No it is not.

Jesus became Incarnate man; a human person like us in every way but for sin for many reasons. One key reason often overlooked is that Jesus became man to model for us the most assured path to Heaven.

Mt. 19:21 [21] Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me.

Lk. 9: 23-25 “. [23] And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me[24] For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it. [25] For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself?”

Both of these teachings share a common message. IF you’re going to follow ME, expect to suffer.

It’s no stretch of our imagination to grasp the reality that Christ and the Apostles suffered in varying manners, every day of Christ three year Ministry. Loss of creature comforts; the uncertainties for food and lodgings,  being barraged daily for the constant Help ME, Help ME’s; and  the Apostles, like Jesus, even gave up their livelihoods and homes. Jesus often found it “necessary” to get away to pray for the help HE needed to carry on. And the culmination of Christ Ministry was His Passion and Death; being NAILED hand and foot to the Cross.

“And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.”
[Matthew 10:38]

“Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
[Matthew 16:24]

“And calling the multitude together with his disciples, he said to them: If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
[Mark 8:34]

“And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
[Luke 14:27]

We know that the more often a Lesson is taught and repeated in the Bible; the greater is its importance to God; and the GREATER is its significance to Us and our salvation.

Suffering exist as an OPPORTUNITY to Glorify God and to Sanctify ourselves {obtain more graces}.

When we suffer and offer it up either for ourselves or someone else God is Glorified and we receive additional graces which can be passed on to another person.  

When we suffer but do not offer it up; but instead complain and make ours and everyone around us miserable; God is still Glorified for having given us the opportunity to merit additional graces; but we lose out on the lost opportunity presented to us.

 SUMMARY:

Evil exist as man’s freewill option to choose to HATE God

Suffering exist as a God’s Life Test opportunity to accept God’s will for us in the present moment; to accept it and offer it up and thereby merit additional Graces.

May our Loving God continue to guide our GOD TEST Lives,

Patrick

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I am an Informed and fully practicing Roman Catholic

2 thoughts on “        Unraveling the Mysteries of Evil & Suffering By Patrick Miron”

  1. Interesting to say the least. Suffering is to glorify God. As we choose to overcome sufferings, we bring Him glory. It is a test – God’s life test – for us. I like it!

    Be blessed

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