Why is there evil and wickedness in the earth?

To look around at a world so full of hatred, murder, rape, we may ask why would such a loving God allow so much violence in the earth?

We must realize from the very beginning of time God knew the hearts of men, and after having to destroy His creation once sent the answer for mankind through His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ. ( Genesis 6:5-7 ).

God is not oblivious to the evil and wickedness in the earth and is angry with the wicked every day! ( Psalm 7:9-11 ) 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just; for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

His ways are not our ways therefore we must know the plan He has for us will come to pass by His will and not our own.

Just as the parable of the tares and wheat, so do we who live for the Lord dwell among the wicked, but in the midst of adversity the Lord will give rest unto His people until the pit has been dug for the wicked! ( Psalm 94:11-15 ) 11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. 12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; 13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. 14 For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. 15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

The frustration we endure of the wickedness and evil which surrounds us is also in view of God whom it also upsets, in fact it is hard for Him to behold it, Habakkuk speaks in his time as though it is taken from our time. ( Habakkuk 1:1-4, 12-13 ) 1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. 12 Art thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?

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