Q: Why does God let the devil destroy the life of his creation
A: Why does God let the devil destroy the life of his creation? Why doesn’t he always keep us affiliated to his beautiful world, rather than exposing us to this evil world?
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It is tempting to blame all the ills of our world on the devil. After all, many of us have been taught from an early age that there is this force for evil, centered in the devil, that appears to have equal weight against the forces for good, centered in God. We have been taught to fear the devil, and we blame him for everything bad in the world. And when we are not blaming the devil, we are blaming God for letting the devil have his way so often.
God is not responsible for any personality’s evil deeds; and the devil is not always responsible for the bad things that people do:
“The devil has been given a great deal of credit for evil which does not belong to him. Caligastia [the devil—see link below] has been comparatively impotent since the cross of Christ.” (53:8.9)
This is not to say that the devil does not exist. There is a personality who The Urantia Book calls “the devil,” and you can read about him HERE. And he is not the only one; I am sure you are familiar with the names “Lucifer” and “Satan.” These two personalities. along with the devil, Caligastia, pretty much constitute the “forces of evil” who have done untold harm on this planet from the days of it’s earliest development.
Two of these personalities are no longer on this planet; the devil remains, but as a vanquished, hollow presence, who can only influence those who actually seek him out. His power is greatly diminished. The remnants of their evil deeds remain, but it can be overcome. Once we know the truth about these personalities, we realize that have much more power to assume responsibility for the changes we wish to see, instead of feeling that we are powerless under the influence of evil forces.
About God, and evil, Jesus said:
“My brother, God is love; therefore he must be good, and his goodness is so great and real that it cannot contain the small and unreal things of evil. God is so positively good that there is absolutely no place in him for negative evil. Evil is the immature choosing and the unthinking misstep of those who are resistant to goodness, rejectful of beauty, and disloyal to truth. Evil is only the misadaptation of immaturity or the disruptive and distorting influence of ignorance. Evil is the inevitable darkness which follows upon the heels of the unwise rejection of light. Evil is that which is dark and untrue, and which, when consciously embraced and willfully endorsed, becomes sin.” (130:1.5)
Please read HERE about Jesus, and how he overcame the forces of evil when he was on Earth. (In this section, you’ll read that Jesus was known as “Michael,” which is his celestial title. But Michael and Jesus are one and the same personality.)
God cannot force us to stay “affiliated with his beautiful world.” unless he takes away our free will. But he never forces us. We must come willingly to God. Likewise, the evil things that happen on our earth—things that threaten the life of the creation—could be stopped by God if it was his will, but it was his will that men have freewill choice. If God had wanted a perfect world, he likely would have created it. Instead we find ourselves in a place where God’s children have to struggle to find the perfection of God through faith. When we are exposed to a world that contains both good and evil, mankind then has the opportunity to choose the good and progress towards perfection. If there was no choice, we would not be freewill creatures anymore, and we could not experience the victorious joy of overcoming evil with goodness, as Jesus taught us to do.
But we are not alone in our struggles. God is still at work. Said Jesus:
“There lives within every human mind a divine spirit, the gift of the Father in heaven. This good spirit ever strives to lead us to God, to help us to find God and to know God.” (133:3.7)
Every person has this divine spirit, and every person has free will. It is up to each of us to seek God out—not everyone does. But we all carry within us that spark of divinity which can help us immeasurably to stay affiliated with his “beautiful world”—the kingdom of heaven within—by our own choosing. Then, no matter what happens in the outer world, we find ourselves with the inner peace of the kingdom of God.
When you find yourself worried over the state of the world, please consider this Urantia Book passage:
“As you view the world, remember that the black patches of evil which you see are shown against a white background of ultimate good. You do not view merely white patches of good which show up miserably against a black background of evil.
When there is so much good truth to publish and proclaim, why should men dwell so much upon the evil in the world just because it appears to be a fact? The beauties of the spiritual values of truth are more pleasurable and uplifting than is the phenomenon of evil.” (195:5.12)
God’s only will for us is goodness. It is ourselves that we must change so that we learn to think with God, if we want to change the world…only in this way will be able to experience more goodness.
I hope this answer has been helpful…please click on the links provided, and always practice the advice that Jesus was fond of giving: “Fear not.”