The Bible Speaks
“the former things have all passed away…behold I make all things new…” Revelation 21:4b-5a
One of the criticisms often leveled at God from skeptics sounds like this: if God is so loving and all powerful, why doesn’t He stop the evil and wickedness and end the sorrow and heartache? It is reasoned that a good God would never let such an evil world continue to ruin lives and inflict such pain. However, our loving and all powerful God HAS done and WILL do what the skeptics say He has not. Reading the first three chapters and the last three chapters of the Bible will explain it all and answer the doubter’s questions.
In the beginning, God created the world and placed mankind in the garden spot of the earth. He did not create, nor did He ever intend it to be filled with death and heartache, sorrow and pain. He provided life that would not end, health throughout, holiness of character which brings about happiness of heart. God made them man and woman and planted love for each other within their hearts, He gave children for them to raise and enjoy, work to do that was fulfilling, and a beautiful world for the eyes to behold and the mind to soak in. He instilled emotions of joy and laughter, wonder and amazement, peace and contentment never grief and sorrow, pain and remorse. All this and so much more God did, but man undid, when he chose to sin against God and go his own way. The God who created nothing but good now had to deal with administering justice to a sinful race.
For six thousand years, we have all suffered because of our sin yet God has never forgotten His original plan. From the moment we sinned, He began the work of reconciliation. The Bible says that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them…” (2 Cor. 5:19). When a person turns from their sin and seeks forgiveness in Christ Jesus they are born again, filled with a new life and a restored relationship to God. It is not the original relationship where there was no sin, but it is the beginning of a life that will never end and will eventually bring both body and soul to a “new heaven and new earth.”
The Bible speaks and tells us that the “former things” will one day pass away and God “will make all things new.” There will be no more death, sorrow or pain. Wickedness and evil will be unheard of and crying a thing of the past. God didn’t create the world with evil and He will one day rid it of evil and all its horrible consequences. It hasn’t happened yet, but that is not because it won’t; it is because there are still those who haven’t put their faith and trust in Christ for new life. He is patiently waiting, is He waiting for you?
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor of Turner’s Chapel.