"A right to Freedom of Choice! Message after a day of human rights!
Why doesn't God simply ban evil? Why does God allow suffering? A question that has been presented by agnostics and atheists over time in an attempt to question God's existence and omnipotence.
To understand the answer, we must consider the consequences such an action would bring. Understanding why God allows evil and its resultant suffering requires a fundamental understanding of one of God's greatest gifts as well as how man has continually abused that gift.
The gift is free will or, as it more popularly called, freedom of choice. God granted this freedom to our first human parents, Adam and Eve, at creation. But over the millennia we have proven ourselves to be woefully inept stewards of this precious gift and its far-reaching responsibility.
As God explained to ancient Israel, the freedom to make choices is essential to developing righteous character (Deuteronomy 30:15-19). Without freedom to choose, we would be little more than robots, with our behaviour either preprogrammed and unchangeable or dictated in all its details by an outside force such as God Himself.
But that is not God's intent. He has different expectations of us because of His much higher purpose for us. He wants us to choose to obey Him from the heart. He wants us to enthusiastically love and cherish His values and standards, which are based on two overriding principles loving Him with all our hearts and loving others as much as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:35-40). As we will see, choosing to obey God and learning to love others when we have the freedom to do otherwise is vital for the future God has planned for us.
Of all the earth's physical creatures that God has made, man alone can exercise free will. Simpler life-forms, such as microbes and insects, are preprogrammed to react in certain ways to certain stimuli. They behave in accordance with their environment and have virtualy no independent decision-making abilities in the sense that man does.
The actions of more-complicated life-forms, such as mammals, are also largely governed by instinct, though they do make rudimentary decision when reacting to stimuli and adapting to situtions. Human beings alone among eartly creatures have an advanced sense of time. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God "has put eternity in [our] hearts." In other words, we can contemplate the future. We make far-reaching decisions and plan our lives months and years in advance.
We also study the past; we have a sense of History. We learn lessons from our experiences and the experiences of others. God gave the capacity for advanced decision-making abilities only to man among His earthly creation. God designed human beings to make choices. Yet we have never learned how to make consistently wise and properly informed choices. Nor have we learned how to effectively manage our emotions, motives and desire and their influence on our decisions.
Understand that the suffering we have in our lives and in the people around us are results of misinformed choices. When we act of our greed and selfishness as human beings, we choose to advance the legacy of suffering in our lives which will affect others in the long run.
Finally, "I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live." (Deuteronomy 30:19 GW)
Exercise your freedom of choice today by chosing life!" - Abuti Rams