Evil Is Around Us

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
— Genesis 6: 5-6

There are people who go around with a sack over their head refusing to believe that evil exist in this world. Oh yes, they believe there are a few bad apples but they believe the world is full of basically good people who are fundamentally unselfish, kind, and always thinking of others.

There is a problem with that kind of view, it doesn’t square with reality. All you have to do is turn on the television or pick up a newspaper. The world is full of broken relationships, broken promises, rape, abuse, murder, child molestation, terrorism, and all sorts of evil. Evil is all around us.

The Bible says that, because of our nature, we primarily think about ourselves. It’s just what we do. None of us naturally consider what’s best for the world around us. We don’t naturally think about what God wants us to do. Instead we focus on what’s easy, convenient, and desirable.

So God looked down on the earth in Noah’s day and said, “What a mess they’ve made of this! Look at what people have done to themselves, one another, and the planet I’ve given them. They’ve messed everything up.” Even though God is God and knew what was going to happen, it still broke His heart.

No doubt in my mind that that’s the way God feels about the state of the world today. It breaks his heart.

The existence of evil proves the necessity of Hell. Heaven is perfect, and since all of us are made for eternity and none of us are perfect, there must be a place for evil to spend eternity.

That place is Hell.

But we have another option. The Bible says that though we’re not perfect, Jesus paid the price for our sin. We can spend our eternity with Jesus instead of separated from God in Hell.

Hell is real. Never forget that! Live with that reality, and it will change how you live. God Bless!!