Paul's Passing Thoughts

Romans 8:28: God’s Response to Evil

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 20, 2018

ppt-jpeg4“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Love must necessarily come from freewill. It’s doubtful that God is loved by people because He created them to do so or preordained it. Though God does intervene in the affairs of mankind to guarantee love will win in the end, for the most part God isn’t much interested in making people do what He would like to see them do. God isn’t like a lot of marriages that are under law; the wife is content to get her own way via nagging, and the husband does what pleases her to merely avoid the consequences of breaking her laws. That’s not love.

God is unlimited. A god that controls everything is limited because said god could be overcome by something that comes out of an uncontrolled freewill reality. An all-powerful unlimited God does not fear anything that might come from an unlimited freewill reality. God knowing the future is not that big of a deal if He is the author of a prewritten metaphysical narrative, but if He knows what’s going to happen in a freewill unlimited reality, that’s pretty impressive.

God has a certain way of dealing with evil. No, God isn’t the creator of a limited evil that He needs to control because He is limited and might create a rock too big for Him to move. God allows evil, but turns every act of evil against His children into good. And evil knows it. Evil knows that every act it commits will be turned into good by God, and this in and of itself causes evil to limit itself in some circumstances.

The angels rebelled, and God created man, a living being. The living beings were deceived, and God made them His very family. Formally, they were just living beings. God’s chosen people, Israel, rebelled, and God turned that rebellion into the saving of the whole world (Romans 11). That is God’s mode of operation in dealing with evil. More examples can seen throughout Scripture, and if you think about it, in our own lives.

Recently, we had a neighbor go to the city and complain about two large storage facilities that I built on our property. Eventually, after a few hearings, the city made me tear them down and allowed me to rebuild one in a different area of our property. The neighbor, a devout Catholic, by the way, waited till the buildings were completely finished before complaining to the city. She had also done her homework and knew that the buildings were in violation of a zoning law by 24 inches.

Even though it was a tough situation and very hard, I knew that God was going to bring something better out of it. I am presently finishing the reconstruction and the layout and construction of the new building is a much better situation for us in regard to the use of our property. I knew it would end up that way.

Though a trivial example, this mode of operation applies to every evil event in our lives; it’s a promise. What good God is going to bring out of the evil may not come immediately, but inevitably, it will.


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  1. lydia00 said, on November 20, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Thank you. This was especially good to read today.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on November 20, 2018 at 8:26 PM

      You are welcome.


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